- Date of Birth:
- August 27, 1961
- 6' 1"
Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams in Houston, Texas on August 27, 1961) is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. 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, which went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won Yolanda a Grammy Award. In 2005 she released Day By Day. Although charting higher than Mountain High…Valley Low on the Billboard 100 and Billboard R&B Albums chart, it did not receive RIAA certification. After the release of her second Christmas album, Yolanda began her radio career with “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show.” The show proved to be a success, taking over 26 radio markets in just two years. Currently, the show is heard on 39 stations, including 1190 WLIB in New York City. Yolanda has released 13 albums total and as of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States — nearly 8 million albums worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard Magazine named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade. In the same chart, her album Mountain High…Valley Low was acknowledged as the best gospel album.
Best Known For:
Yolanda Adams is best known for being a gospel artist and for hosting her own radio show.
Yolanda Adams married Troy Mason in 1987, but the couple divorced in 1990 due to spousal abuse. In 1997, Yolanda married Tim Crawford, a former NFL player. However, in 2004 they too divorced. Yolanda and Tim had one daughter together, Taylor Adams Crawford, who was born in 2001. Yolanda is passionate about helping others and served as a spokesperson for the FILA Corporation’s Operation Rebound, a program that addressed the concern of inner-city schoolchildren.