This Lady. THIS Lady. Let your show host catch her breath. Oleta Adams has meant MUCH to a LOT of fans and friends. We knew her from the 1990 release, "Circle of One." You may or may not know this - but "Get Here" was the unofficial anthem of the Gulf War. It made both Oleta and the writer, Brenda Russell, proud :)
The roots of this amazing vocalist, musician, composer and producer are solidly in the Church. Dad was a minister and little Oleta sang at Pilgrim Rest Baptist. The Pacific Northwest was our guest's upbringing - and she thrived there. By 11, Oleta was directing four choirs. She has already established herself as a piano prodigy. This was observed by more than a few. She had strong mentorship in junior high and became the star of "Hello Dolly" in her corner of the world. As Ms. Adams has said: "Early on, I realized the pleasures of being a big fish in a small pond."
The shorter version of a splendid novel: Oleta turned down a career in opera AND a scholarship. Instead, she opted for a Summer in Europe and a move to L.A. The early 70's, however, were not kind to those with Gospel-drenched power in their throats - it was the Disco Era. At the urging of a superb vocal coach and friend, Oleta moved to Kansas City and blossomed as she never imagined. A regular gig at the Hyatt Regency brought Legends to see her. Talk about a great reputation - this wonderful artist has that to spare :) If you could talk to Luther Vandross, he'd tell you. Phil Collins and Michael Bolton would say the same. And Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith more than any two people on earth. They saw Oleta one night in K.C. - and ALL of their lives changed. We'll talk about the Tears For Fears connection on 2/20/2017. Join us!
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