Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show, “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show.” As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and nearly 8 million albums worldwide which has earned her the name tags “Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music”and the “First Lady of Modern Gospel”.
Yolanda began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston before transitioning to perform full-time as a lead singer. Her first significant attention outside the urban contemporary gospel arena was in 1999 on Elektra Records. The album went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won her a Grammy Award. In 2000, Yolanda released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album (The Experience). The Experience netted her a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Following this, Yolanda then immersed herself into building a radio career with “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show”. The show proved to be a success, taking over 26 radio markets in just two years.
In 2010, she released her book “Points of Power”, based on one of the segments of her radio show Points of Power. On December 11, 2009, Billboard named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade.
Cumulatively, she has won five Grammy Awards, sixteen Stellar Gospel Music Awards, four of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, one American Music Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and five BET Awards.
She is also known for her philanthropic endeavors such as offering support in places like After-School All-Stars, a place that helps kids achieve success in school and life, National Park Foundation and many more.
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