Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961 is an American Grammy- and Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host. The oldest of six siblings, Adams was raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979. After graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston, Texas. Eventually she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer.