Setlist: The Very Best of Yolanda Adams Live
Performer: Yolanda Adams
Producer: Stephen Lynn Smith; Nedra Olds-Neal...
Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
Notes: Liner Note Author: Bill Murphy . Recording information: Jericho Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. (08/18/1995); Los Angeles, CA (08/18/1995); Jericho Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. (1996); Los Angeles, CA (1996). Photographers: Kevin Winter; Andrew Goetz; Scott Weiner; Brooks Kraft. Standing right where gospel rubs shoulders with secular blues, jazz, and soul, Yolanda Adams, at her best, merges the distinctions between these into her own strain of gospel pop music. This set features Adams live in concert in various locations, with most of the tracks drawn from her 1996 Yolanda Live in Washington album. Her vocals gracefully shift between passionate power and hushed melodic whispers, and she sings gospel with a jazz heart, particularly on-stage like this, making this a perfect budget-priced introduction to Yolanda Adams. ~ Steve Leggett
Contemporary gospel singer Yolanda Adams hails from Houston, Texas, where she spent her young adulthood teaching, modeling, and singing in choirs. Adams's debut, JUST AS I AM, was released in 1987, followed by SAVE THE WORLD (1989), and MORE THAN A MELODY (1995). Adams continued recording and releasing albums into the late `90s when she had a commercial breakthrough with her major label debut, MOUNTAIN HIGH.VALLEY LOW (1999). The album went platinum and netted Adams a Grammy award. THE EXPERIENCE (2001), a live album, also won a Grammy, while that year's BELIEVE, 2005's DAY BY DAY, THE BEST OF ME (a greatest-hits package), and 2007's WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME, a holiday album, continued to enjoy impressive popularity and sales.
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