29 Facts About Yolanda Adams


Yolanda Yvette Adams was born on August 27,1961 and is an American gospel singer, actress, and host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show.


Yolanda Adams was the first Gospel artist to be awarded an American Music Award.


Yolanda Adams was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association in 2017.


Yolanda Adams has scored five number one albums on Billboard's Top Gospel Album.


The eldest of six siblings, Yolanda Adams was born in Houston, Texas.


Yolanda Adams graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979.


Yolanda Adams first attracted 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.


In 1986, Yolanda Adams was featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir released Give Us Peace, with a performance entitled "My Trust Lies in You".


Yolanda Adams featured Adams' vocals on his album and concept video single "You Bring Out The Best in Me" on his 1994 release Play Me in Your Key.


One year later, Yolanda Adams followed with Save the World, which included her first signature song "The Battle Is The Lord's".


In 2000, Yolanda Adams released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album.


In 2001, Yolanda Adams released a compilation CD entitled The Divas of Gospel; it included the legendary Grammy Award winner Albertina Walker, who was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music" until her death in 2010.


Yolanda Adams recorded a song for the 2003 film Honey entitled "I Believe", which played during the last scene in the final dance.


Yolanda Adams was a judge for the 2nd annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.


Yolanda Adams is credited as the Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music.


Yolanda Adams's radio show featured Marcus D Wiley as Bishop Secular.


On December 25,2009, Yolanda Adams performed on BET's The Mo'Nique Show, where she sang "Already Alright", from her 1999 Mountain High.


In 2010, Yolanda Adams released her book "Points of Power", based on one of the segments of her radio show Points of Power.


Yolanda Adams appeared on the 2011 BET Honors to sing her signature song "The Battle Is the Lord's" in honor of Cicely Tyson.


Later, Yolanda Adams appeared at the 53rd Grammy Awards, taking part in a tribute to Aretha Franklin along with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, and Martina McBride.


On May 29,2011, Yolanda Adams sang at the prestigious National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC, to honor the US soldiers.


At The BET Awards 2012, Yolanda Adams' won the award for Best Gospel Artist for the 4th time in her career having won the most since the first BET Awards in 2001.


Yolanda Adams released her first book Points of Power in 2010.


Yolanda Adams was married to Troy Mason from 1987 until 1990.


Yolanda Adams said spousal abuse was the reason for their divorce.


Yolanda Adams and Crawford have one daughter, Taylor Yolanda Adams Crawford, born in 2001.


Yolanda Adams served as a spokesperson for the Fila Corporation's Operation Rebound, a program that addressed the concern of inner-city schoolchildren.


Yolanda Adams was inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority as an honorary member on July 8,2018.


In total, Yolanda Adams has won four 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.