Yolanda Yvette Adams ( born August 27, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is an American gospel singer.
Yolanda Adams is the eldest child of six siblings. She graduated in 1979 from Sterling High School in Houston and graduated from the University of Berkley. Subsequently, she worked as a teacher and part-time model in Houston. From 1980 to 2004 she was married to the former football player Tim Crawford. The couple has a daughter (* 2001).
Mid-1980s, she was discovered as a member of a gospel choir and began a full-time career as a solo singer. Her first solo album Just As I Am, was released in 1987. To this day, they took a total of ten studio albums and two live albums, all of which reached the Top Ten in the U.S. Gospel Charts. 1999 their sixth album Mountain High ... Valley Low, with whom she also gained outside the gospel scene recognition and entered the Billboard 200 and 24 on the course. It was twice platinum. The single release Open My Heart reached the 57th position on the Billboard Hot 100 At the Grammy Awards of 2000, the album was awarded in the category of Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. At the Grammy Awards 2002 she was awarded for the live album The Experience her second Grammy Award. Two more Grammys she received at the Grammy Awards in 2006 and the Grammy Awards 2007 in the categories Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance. In 2001 she was also awarded the American Music Award.
Besides her work as a singer, she presents regularly for Radio One, the four-hour Yolanda Adams Morning Show.