Grammy Award-winning musical artists Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, The Goo Goo Dolls and Kelly Rowland ('Destiny's Child') will perform, along with Jesse McCartney, on the seventh annual A Home For The Holidays, a new entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell, who herself was raised in foster care for 18 years, present inspirational stories about adoption. Following the success of the past six annual shows, this year's special continues to tell moving stories about adoption to raise awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced by performances from some of today's most popular performers. In the special, Yolanda Adams performs a powerful cover of R. Kelly's inspiring anthem, "I Believe I Can Fly"; Mary J. Blige sings "Be Without U," from her forthcoming album, The Breakthrough; Sheryl Crow performs "Always on Your Side," from her recently released Wildflower album, as well as "Every Day is a Winding Road," from her self-titled second record; The Goo Goo Dolls play "Better Days," the first single from their upcoming new studio album; Jesse McCartney sings 'Beautiful Soul,' the title track of his 2004 debut release; and Kelly Rowland closes the show with a rendition of the holiday standard, 'Do You Hear What I Hear.' The musical performances frame several pre-taped story segments which are presented by celebrities who either have their own adoption experiences or are involved with children's issues. The stories highlight many exceptional American children and families involved in this rewarding process.
Yolanda Adams, the groundbreaking Grammy- winning contemporary gospel artist, has signed with Columbia Records, who will release her new collection of holiday songs on Tuesday, October 16. Yolanda is currently recording the as-yet-untitled seasonal showcase with legendary production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Adams, Jam and Lewis will continue their creative collaboration on a follow-up studio album for Columbia to be released in early 2008. "Yolanda Adams is truly the 'first lady of modern gospel' and we are proud to have her on the Columbia Records roster," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "Her pioneering blend of R&B, pop and gospel continues to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape. Her music has brought me a lot of joy over the years and we are all very excited to hear where Yolanda is going next." Born and raised in Houston, Texas, where her first musical influences ranged from gospel and classical music to R&B and Motown, Yolanda Adams found her calling and honed her craft as the lead singer in the Southeast Inspiration Choir. Her debut album, "Just As I Am," reached #8 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in 1987 and inaugurated an unbroken string of chart-topping collections including the #1 Top Gospel Albums: "Mountain High ... Valley Low" (1999), "Christmas With Yolanda Adams" (2000), "Believe" (2001), and "Day By Day" (2005). The star of "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show," airing on major radio stations across-the-country, Yolanda has been the recipient of numerous honors including four Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, seven NAACP Image Awards (including 2001 Outstanding Female Artist and 2006 Outstanding Gospel Artist), one Soul Train Music Award and five Grammy Awards. She is the first artist to win the American Music Award for Best Contemporary/Inspirational Artist (2001) and took home the BET Award for Best Gospel Artist three years in a row (2001, 2002, 2003).
Grammy award- winning gospel music recording artists Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary will headline "Chrysler Presents the Divas of Gospel," an 8-city nationwide tour affiliated with African American churches, April 26-June 3. At selected venues along the tour, other gospel greats, such as Tye Tribbett, G.A. and Dottie Peoples will perform. "This tour features some of America's most outstanding gospel music performers, which will make this an unforgettable experience for gospel music fans across the country," said David Rooney, Director -- Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. "For Chrysler, this tour is a unique opportunity to showcase our Chrysler vehicles to a very influential and important audience." Chrysler vehicles will be on display outside the concert venues the night of each performance. During the tour Chrysler is offering the chance to win a two-year lease on a 2007 Chrysler Aspen. Individuals can sign up for the drawing at one of the concert stops or by registering at http://www.divasofgospel.com. A winner will be selected at the end of the tour. Performances will take place in non-church venues, with the exception of the May 26 concert in Lakeland, FL. Following is the Chrysler Presents the Divas of Gospel tour schedule: April 26, Temple Buel Theater, Denver, CO April 28, Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH May 5, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA May 11, Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL May 20, Landmark Theater, Richmond, VA May 26, Without Walls International Church, Lakeland, FL June 2, Kimmel Theatre, Philadelphia June 3, St. Louis, Fox Theatre Tickets are available through the venues' box office or through Ticketmaster. More information is available at http://www.divasofgospel.com.
The internal Revenue Services (IRS) is reportedly investigating R&B singer/radio host Yolanda Adams. She was ordered by a federal judge to turn over her financial records for 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004, after failing to show up for an appointment last month to clarify her financial affairs. The agency is trying to sort out her tax liability and how to collect on the debt. According to filings in Houston federal court, two million-dollar mortgage loan applications precipitated the investigation. The Houston Chronicle reveals that a 2005 Ocwen application said Adams earned $40,000 a month and listed $8 million in assets, along with an $800,000 trust account, $4.9 million in other personal holdings and jewelry valued at $1.5 million. The document also states she claims ownership of a Lexus and a Hummer. A subsequent Chase home loan application listed $3 million in assets, including a business worth $1.5 million, a Mercedes-Benz and a Range Rover. The singer also reportedly owns a home worth more than $2 million in Houston's Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision. The agency also wants details about her endorsements and royalties as well as music companies and foundations with whom she is affiliated. Adams’ lawyer, Houston entertainment lawyer Ricky Anderson, said Wednesday that he was unaware of the lawsuit and declined to comment until he could look at the IRS filings and reach Adams, who is headlining on a gospel cruise to the Bahamas this week.
Syndication One announced plans to expand its programming beginning with two feature weekday morning shows which include Rickey Smiley and Yolanda Adams. Syndication One, a joint relationship between Radio One, Inc. and REACH Media Inc., has made programming changes in an effort to extend its lineup to include established talent that complement music based programming, as well as FM radio stations. “The Al Sharpton Show, Keeping It Real,” which has proven to be a popular draw on weekdays addressing news and talk issues, will continue with Syndication One. Current radio shows, “The 2 Live Stews” and “The Warren Ballentine Show,” will end their run with Syndication One in December. “We’re excited to be bringing additional creative and entertaining programming to the urban radio market place,” stated Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of Radio One. “Rickey Smiley and Yolanda Adams are proven talent that can be a morning show cornerstone for key stations.” Grammy award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams has developed an inviting morning show with a mix of praise and inspiration launched on Houston’s KROI Praise 92.1 FM. “The Yolanda Adams Show” is syndicated to twelve markets, including Praise 97.5 WPZE-FM in Atlanta, 94.1 WXEZ-FM in Norfolk and Praise 103.9 WPPZ-FM in Philadelphia. Popular comedian Rickey Smiley, who has already established rating success on Dallas’s KBFB 97.9 The Beat, a Radio One, Inc. station, has generated a number of inquiries that have prompted syndication opportunities. “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” has already been added on WHHL-FM in St. Louis and WFXA-FM in Augusta.