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Since the runaway success of her 1990, platinum-selling debut albumCircle of One, and the impassioned hit single “Get Here,” Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans around the world with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.
Her success was first nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton and Luther Vandross, and was solidified by four GRAMMY nominations and more than 2.5 million records sold.
A long-time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, Adams also remains anchored by her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest where she spent her formative years in Seattle and Yakima, Washington. This is also where she first demonstrated her budding vocal gifts in the church where her father was a minister. After high school, Oleta eventually landed in Kansas City where she became a local institution with a regular gig at the Hyatt Regency where many national and international touring artists came to hear Oleta sing.
In 1989, serendipity came in the form of the British band Tears for Fears, whose frontmen Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith asked her to appear on the The Seeds of Love album, video and European tour. Proving that good things come to those who wait, upon her return to the U.S., Adams signed a record deal for her first solo album.
Through the years she has recorded duets with the likes of Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Toots Thielmans, Shirley Ceasar and of course the acclaimed songs she recorded with Tears for Fears. Oleta’s music is featured in Hollywood movies Corrina, Corrina, Sleeping with the Enemy, Jason’s Lyric, and her vocals were instrumental in setting the tone in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
In 2017 Oleta was featured in “I’m Yours” with José James was released on Blue Note Record, and in 2018 she was featured on Dave Garfield’s GRAMMY-nominated album Jammin’- Outside the Box on the song “The Highways of My Life” with Phil Perry.
Celebrating 45 years in the music industry and having released nine albums, including secular, gospel and Christmas Oleta’s musical odyssey continues with her latest album THIRD SET (2017), comprised of songs that she and her band had worked out on the road over the last couple years. It is filled with stunning arrangements of all-time favorite songs that the velvety-voiced songstress was able to self-produce and self-released. “At this point in my life, it’s kind of cool that I don’t have to ask anybody’s permission anymore about what I was to sing.” Oleta states.
On June 1, 2019 Oleta was inducted into the American Jazz Walk of Fame at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO.. In 2017 Oleta was the honoree of the Legends Award at the televised Black Music Honors, acknowledging her influence and significant music contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.
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