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Get To Know Yolanda Yvette Adams, The Contemporary Gospel Music Legend



Yolanda Yvette Adams, a contemporary gospel music legend, was born on August 27, 1961, in Houston, Texas, to Major Adams and Carolyn Jean Adams, a schoolteacher. In 1985, Adams received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas Southern University.


Adams married Troy Mason on June 25, 1988, in Houston. This brief union, which ended in 1990, had no children. Adams married Timothy Crawford Jr, a former Cleveland Browns player from Houston, in 1997. Taylor Ayanna Crawford was their child.

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President George W. Bush invited Adams to the White House, where she performed “Never Give Up” from her album Believe at “The Salute to Gospel Music.” In 2002, Adams’ album Mountain High… Valley Low peaked at number 24 and remained on the charts for 54 weeks, selling over a million copies in the United States and earning a Platinum certification from the RIAA, and both of her albums Believe peaked at number 42 and Verity Presents: The Best of Yolanda Adams sold over 500,000.

Adams has received numerous honors, including one American Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards, four Dove Awards, sixteen Stellar Awards, seven NAACP Image Awards, and fourteen Grammy nominations. She also has four Grammys, including one in 2005 for “Best Gospel Song” for “Be Blessed” and another in 2006 for “Best Gospel Performance” for “Victory.” In 2009, Billboard magazine named Adams the “No. 1 Gospel Artist” of the previous decade. Adams received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama in 2016 for her volunteer work. In 2019, she received the Soul Train Music Awards Lady of Soul Award three years later.

Yolanda Yvette Adams, President of the Recording Academy Texas Chapter, has sold 4.5 million albums and was honored at the 2019 Grammys on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C. for philanthropic measures and advocacy for MusiCares Foundation, which assists musicians in need.



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