Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams was born in 1961 and she Yolanda Adams is the oldest in the six children and she graduated in Sterling High school in the Houston in 1979. She grew up with the classic gospel sounds of James Cleveland and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, but hers was also a musically eclectic household. Adams's mother, a pianist who majored in music in college, introduced her daughter to jazz, classical music, and secular R&B. Adams joined a gospel choir, the Southeast Inspirational Choir, shortly after her father's death when she was thirteen years old.

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She started a career as a school teacher and as a part-time model in the Houston, Texas. After some time, she gave up teaching to became a full time singer. She got the attention of Thomas Whitfield and Sound of Gospel Records as a lead singer with Houston's Southeast Inspirational Choir affiliated with the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Carl Preacher, Brenda Waters, and Shirley Joiner. The choir released the single "For My Liberty" in 1982 with Adams as the featured vocalist. In 1986, Adams was featured on the Edwin HawkinsMusic and Arts Seminar Choir released Give Us Peace, with a performance entitled "My Trust Lies in You".  She then signed her first recording contract with Tribute Records and she released her first album called “Just as I am” during the year 1987.

Adams' first significant attention outside the urban contemporary gospel arena came with the release of Mountain High... Valley Low in 1999 on Elektra Records. Several mainstream artists and producers helped in the production of this album. The album went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won Adams a Grammy Award. Notable singles from the album include "Yeah", "Fragile Heart", and "Open My Heart". "Fragile Heart" was dedicated to the memory of Adams' long-time road manager, who died in 1998

In 2000, Adams released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album (The Experience). The Experience netted Adams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Believe, which included the hit "Never Give Up" was released in 2001 and reached gold status according to the RIAA. She would later go on to perform this song at "The Salute to Gospel Music" at the White House during President George W. Bush's administration. In 2001, Adams also released a compilation CD entitled The Divas of Gospel; it included the legendary Grammy Award winner Albertina Walker, who is considered the "queen of gospel music".

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 27 Aug, 1961
Age: 58 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Houston
Education: Sterling High School
Texas Southern University
Gender: Female
Description: American gospel singer and actress
Twitter Id: Yolandaadams
Net Worth 2021: 5 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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