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Oleta Adams

Being the daughter of a minister, it's no surprise that Oleta Adams' roots are in gospel, as she often performed in her father's church. But her formal introduction to the masses began rather unexpectedly. While performing in a Kansas City hotel, Oleta Adams was discovered by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears, and she was invited to participate in the recording of the British band's follow-up to the immensely popular 1985 album Songs From the Big Chair. When Tears for Fears unleashed the long-awaited The Seeds of Love in 1989, listeners were taken aback by the soulful female voice that was prominently featured on the album. Her vocal contributions to The Seeds of Love helped it generate generally positive reviews. In 1990, Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Seeds of Love producer Dave Bascombe produced Oleta Adams' debut release, Circle of One. One of the album's standout tracks was a stunningly performed rendition of "Get Here," written and originally performed by Brenda Russell. Whereas Russell's version was a bit on the cutesy side, Adams virtually reinvented the song as an aching, gospel-tinged ballad. "Get Here" soared into the Top Ten, and the single's success helped Circle of One achieve gold status.

When Oleta Adams' second album, Evolution, was released in 1993, she inched closer toward the adult contemporary ballad schlock that has plagued such gifted vocalists as Anita Baker. Despite ample production from Stewart Levine (Patti LaBelle, Simply Red) and Oleta Adams' vocal prowess, generally weak material marred the album, though it included a stirring version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." Released in 1995, Movin' On attempted a more R&B approach, but too much outside input made it a disjointed affair. The album boasted credits from producers, including Vassal Benford (Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton), Michael J. Powell (Anita Baker, James Ingram), and Alan Rich and Jud J. Friedman (Whitney Houston), but again the songs were weak, and the slick production undermined the raw intensity of Adams' always glorious vocals. The religious album Come Walk with Me followed in 1995, and she returned to R&B with 2001's All the Love. I Can't Live a Day Without You appeared from Wave Records in 2004, followed five years later by Let's Stay Here on Koch Records. ~ William Cooper, Rovi
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Ms. Adams' voice is amazing!! I don't care if she is singing Gospel or R&B. I think I like every song on each one of her CD's that I have. I honestly can not think of one single solitary song that I do not enjoy listening to. Simply put....AWESO M E ! ! !
Oleta Adams, music is ageless. A one of a kind voice, that is anointed to bless in song.
Ur the s**t sweeety mmmm!
Ur music iz so out thiz planet,damn takes me to a guy i had graving for LOVE!! N it waz so ......
blessed anionted artist
beautiful voice
On the morning of 9/11, waking up to the MADNESS, the first thing I'd reached for was my CD player remote, and I had put on OLETA ADAM's . . . BEAMS OF HEAVEN . . . at 9:45 AM, here in NYC . . .
Timeless love her voice so rich
i have been listening to this great woman and singer since I was in my teens!! and i'm in my 30s!! i love her music!
Will always love this music, so rich and regal.
m.pagnotta
Love this woman's voice. Just love it. Huge Oleta Adams fan!
I fell in love with this entire album and the woman who brought it to life.
That is the least bit of what we should be concerned about. Take a look at your hearts everyone!
The music recording business is messed up these days. These young guys who will be shoe store managers next week after they get fired KNOW EVERYTHING, and don't know anything. They think they are hip and know what the pubic wants but they usually mess up the recording. A and R men have ruined more recordings and careers than anything else in the business. The old timers stayed out of the way and let the musicians and singers make music. Too many cooks who claim they are hip may have ruined her
A very BEAUTIFUL person!
Oleta where have you GONE? Love you your fan!
burtgm59
Frankly, this bio is bullsh*t. I've been listening to Oleta Adams since I dont know when and cant count the times her voice has calmed me and made me HAPPY. What else matters?
vlwe43
CD for me. He passed away a week later and I was honor to attempted to sing one of her songs from the album at his funeral. Some of the words included I Know Captain of My Ship I'm Sail On. I just wish I could find the CD again, but have not had any success in 2 to 3 years of searching. Beautiful lady; beautiful voice; FANTASTIC gift!
I dont care what the bio says about her weak song. she is a great singer and she is FANTASTIC in person. Not everybody has to be on the top 10 to have a great adult following. Go Oleta
virginiaview 9 8
There are only a few voices that move me and Oleta has done just that. I first heard “Get Here!” at a wedding in Long Beach, CA, October 1991. I have been a fan ever since. O Let A Girl Go, Go!!
adriennepalm e r 8 3
I love her music its the truth!! I remember driving two hours to her concert in St. Louis.....a fan forever!!! Adrienne
Get Here is my girlfriends favorite song and now mind to. I think of her every time I hear it.
bigdadal101
Oleta's, Get here if you can stole my heart! I have been a fan ever since and I would love to see and hear her in a live performance. God bless you Oleta and please don't ever let your music stop!
dougsmreker
Oleta Adams please sing for Jesus..
Oleta sings the note of a heart in tune with love, life, and Spirit. Love her style!
Oleta sings from the heart.
One of my all time favorite artists!
Beautiful song, and voice!
elkatehar
Laurie, you could of not said it any better....an d . t h i s woman has a great voice
I have alway loved this song. It never gets old because it's giving glory to the holy name of the lamb of god. Don't stop giving him the glory that is due him. Hallelujah Amen
Oleta has one of the most unusual voices. She is simply fabulous. While I have never seen her in person -- I'm sure she'd be a great ticket! You go...Oleta! Best Wishes. When you come to New Bedford, MA Oleta, I'll be looking for you. Enjoy.
oilrigpilot
Great song...aweso m e voice... and her GET HERE song... is without words.
vmw1031
Oleta was here in Denver a few months ago. I was struck by how not only is she a wonderfully rare talent, but really is genuine person. If you ever get a chance, catch her show it will give a lift for days afterward.
My sweetie Sbannister surprised me and took me to see Oleta Adams and I was so thrilled and excited because I could not have imagined that I would see her in concert it was fabulous, we saw her at Dakota in Minnesota; I thank my fiancee Sbannister to this day. I would definately love to see her again and get a picture with her.
I love the sound of Oleta's voice she is a genuine soul. Patricia in Minnesota.
witterla
I love Oleta's voice. I have seen her in concert 3 times and would drive hundreds of miles to see her perform. Her album, "Circle of One" is amazing!
Just saw her perform at BB King's NYC: Flawless! Didn't want the night to end.
This song touch the heart
LeLe is one of my all time favorite artists. She does not recieve enough critical acclaim.
I love Sweet side of life. It Keeps me positive when things began to look dark and gloomy.. thanks for the encouragemen t through your song.
This woman has a voice straight out of heaven!
So inspired by her passion. I love her!!!
Iknew she was going to the top I met her @ T/F concert she stole the show with her angelic voice .... She is special no doubt .
I love this artist!
Sweety voice,my all time fav
lredding7
OLETA ADAMS IS MY FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER. I ALWAYS SAY SHE HAS A REAL "WOMAN'S VOICE"-NO FLUFF. I LOVE HER. HER LATEST "LET'S STAY HERE" WAS ONE OF MY FAVES IN 2009.
lunita_allen
Oleta has an incredible voice and it is just so rich. The first time I heard her sing I just fell in love with her voice - what a gift from God. I put her in the same crowd with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin - she just has that voice that stands out and will stand the test of time. God bless you Oleta.
darryl660
I first heard her at Chastain Park (Atlanta)in 1990 and thought WOW what an awsome voice this lady has, 20 years later I still enjoy her music
moniquesmith 5 3
love her gifts...sing i n g and playing the piano.
steele_jacqu e l y n
Wow! This lady has the greatest voice of all time and I love listening to her.
She's a great singer.
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