A Headshot image of Yolanda Adams.
Yolanda Adams. Courtesy of Word Distribution

Growing Up

Yolanda Adams was born on August 27, 1961. In Houston, Texas, she lived in a house filled with constant music and love. Her mother studied music and educated Yolanda in everything from gospel legends such as James Cleveland and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, to jazz icons like Nancy Wilson, and even to pop-style/R&B artist Stevie Wonder. With both her musical education and strong presence in the church community, Yolanda Adams started her fame as a Christian concert phenom and was able to grow immensely as not only a singer but as a person at a young age.

Yolanda Gets Discovered

As the adult lead singer with the Southeast Inspirational Choir, this former school teacher caught the attention of a well-known composer/producer named Thomas Whitfield. From there, he helped Adams release her first album on a small Gospel label in 1987, which led to multiple other releases with Tribute Records.

Stepping into the Mainstream

Ten years later, with multiple top selling concerts, Stellar Awards, and Grammy nominations, Yolanda signed with Elektra Records. Her first release with Elektra went multi-platinum, won several awards and successfully made the cross over to the secular market.

A New Label

She then took some time off to restructure her label and tour, and came back strong in 2005 with a new album titled “Atlantic”. During that time she also started the Voice of an Angel Foundation, which focused on the mentoring of high school students in order to help them find the right educational path. Adams has also recently started working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources to promote that children of low income areas receive immunizations.