From Yolanda Adams's House to the White House

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 53 -- Pictured: Musical guest Yolanda Adams performs on August 20, 1992 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

From Yolanda Adams's House to the White House

Yolanda Adams blesses us in an unforgettable way!

Published November 1, 2016

  1. Just As I Am

    Yolanda Adams's inspirational message in her music was spiritual fruit for gospel audiences. Her 1988 debut, Just As I Am, solidified Yolanda's spot in the gospel arena, where she wowed audiences all over the world.

    (Photo: Sound of Gospel Records, Nine Records)
  2. Yolanda…. Live!

    In 1999, Yolanda was four studio albums and one live album into her career with the Grammy nominated Yolanda…. Live in Washington secured under her belt.

    (Photo: Verity Records)
  3. Super Collabs

    Yolanda also collaborated with the production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who assisted her on Mountain High...Valley Low's ethereal “Open My Heart,” “Wherever You Are” and the album's closing record “Already Alright,” all of which were co-written with Yolanda.

    Yolanda Adams (center) and James Q. Wright, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, winners of Best Gospel Song for "Be Blessed" (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
    (Photo: M. Caulfield/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
  4. Cross Genre

    1991’s Through the Storm and 1993’s Save the World won several Stellar awards, gospel’s highest accolade. But it was in 1995 with More Than a Melody that she was propelled into the world of R&B gospel, with hit singles such as “Gotta Have Love” and “Open Arms,” earning her a Soul Train Lady of Soul award, a Grammy nomination and an unforgettable live performance spot on the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards.

    Yolanda Adams during The 6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
    (Photo: SGranitz/WireImage)
  5. Yolanda Adams Secures Her Spot

    Adams's release of Mountain High...Valley Low in 1999 on Elektra Records went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won her a Grammy Award. Her singles "Yeah," "Fragile Heart" and "Open My Heart" scored major play.

    (Photo: Elektra Records)
  6. White House Veteran

    Her album Believe, which included the hit "Never Give Up," reached gold status. She would later go on to perform this song at The Salute to Gospel Music at the White House during President George W. Bush's administration.

    WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 11: (AFP OUT) Grammy Award winning artist Yolanda Adams performs for President George W. Bush at The White House February 11, 2007 in Washington DC. The White House celebrated President Abraham Lincoln's 198th birthday observed February 12, 1809.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
  7. The Gospel

    After almost four years without releasing an album, Yolanda returned in 2005 with Day by Day, which ended up charting higher than Mountain High...Valley Low on the Billboard 100 and Billboard R&B Albums chart.

    Her single "Victory" from the album was also prominently featured in the movie The Gospel.

    (Photo: Atlantic Records, Elektra Records)
  8. BET Honors

    Yolanda Adams performed at the 2011 BET Honors to tribute Cicely Tyson.

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

    That same year, Yolanda sang at the prestigious National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., to honor the U.S. soldiers.

    Yolanda Adams performs at the 4th annual BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
    (Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage)
  9. White House Official

    Yolanda Adams has gotten the call to return to the White House and celebrate the Obamas on this very special occasion. Do not miss her performance on Tuesday, November 15 at 9P/8C.

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21:  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) speaks to middle school, high school and college students as singer Yolanda Adams (L) listens during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House October 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event is part of the ongoing series of The GRAMMY Museum musical workshops.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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