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Religious audiences have been validating Yolanda for well over a decade. She was employed as an elementary teacher in Houston when she first began to garner recognition for her stunning performances. “I taught second and third grades. I would go on the road during the weekends to sing. Pretty soon the demand started growing. I realized I might be able to make it my career.” The eldest of six siblings, her pioneering spirit and boundless optimism soon became her trademark.
Her solid church background and love of all kinds of music, which she says: “was inspired by family- everything from Stevie Wonder to Beethoven,” left her with a respect for traditional musical hues, as well as a desire for more contemporary interpretation. “Too many times we’re put in a box by musical labels,” she says. It was while she served as a lead singer with the Southeast Inspirational Choir that Yolanda caught the eye of the prolific composer/producer Thomas Whitfield. He guided her first album, Just As I am for Sound of Gospel Records.
Yolanda went on to sing for the Tribute label in 1990, and was soon hailed as the most versatile contemporary gospel singer since Aretha Franklin. Her brilliant follow-up albums, 1991’s Through The Storm , and 1993’s Save The World won several Stellar awards, Gospel’s highest accolade. 1995’s More Than A Melody propelled her into the world of R and B Gospel, with hit singles such as “Gotta Have Love, ” and “Open Arms.” The disc won a Soul Train Lady Of Soul award, earned her a Grammy nomination, and unforgettable live performance spot on the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards telecast.
Her album, Yolanda…. Live In Washington, snagged her yet another Stellar award, and another Grammy nomination. Her “bring-the-crowd-to-their-feet” reputation has now become the stuff of pop legend. In fact, it was after seeing Yolanda live in New York ‘s Beacon Theater that Elektra’s Chairman Sylvia Rhone (co-executive producer of the new album) decided to sign the vocalist.
Yolanda Adams can now be heard on KROI – Praise 92.1 FM Radio, A Radio-One, Inc. Station, Monday through Friday from 5am – 10am. The Yolanda Adams with Bro. Larry Jones is syndicated in over ten (10) markets.
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Minister, musician, artist, producer, singer, model, radio personality, director, ceo, and the list goes on. Coming up as the youngest of 5 children, in a suburb of chicago, lonnie is one of those we would consider a church baby.
Lonnie was surrounded by gospel at a very young age due to the fact that his mother was a popular background singer for many of gospel music’s legends during his youth. She passed on to be with the lord on lonnie’s 8th birthday. It was at this time that he became determined to carry out her legacy.
Lonnie graduated western il.university with a bachelors in public administration/public relations. After working in the public sector, lonnie started hunter communications group. Training corprorate management teams in areas such as cultural awareness/ diversity, effective communication skills, effective leadership, time and stress management. As ceo of hunter communications group, lonnie earned the pinnacle award of achievement for black owned companies. Awarded by the gellett corporation.
A stellar award nominated artist, lonnie recorded and produced 3 cds with the voices of st. Mark, on the malaco record label with hits such as “even me” ,“lets dance”, and “theres power in his name”.
While earning his degree, lonnie served in the u.s air force for 5 years earning an honorable discharge as a high ranking seargent.
Lonnie spent 3 years as a runway/ print model for luster hair care products male texurizer campaign and continued to do what god had commissioned him to do in the gospel music industry.
For 4 years lonnie was the host of the #1 gospel radio show in chicago. Ruling the morning drive time mon-fri 6am-10am on wgci am. While at the same time serving as dean of students for one of the largest school districts in the suburbs of chicago. Now a resident of new jersey, he serves as pastor of worship at bethany baptist church a 23,000 member mega church in lindenwols nj. Where bishop david g. Evans is the pastor.
Lonnie can now be seen weekly as the male face of the word network, and heard as the host of “real christian radio” mon – friday on praise 103.9fm. A philadelphia radio-one station. As a husband, father, mentor, artist and business man, lonnie lives by phil.4:13 “ i can do all things through christ that strengthens me.”