Oleta Adams

Born May 4, 1953

Oleta Adams is an American soul, jazz, and gospel singer and pianist.

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1953 Birth Born on May 4, 1953.


1985 32 Years Old In 1985, Adams was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English band Tears for Fears, while she was performing in a hotel bar in Kansas City, Missouri whilst they were on a US tour. … Read More
1989 36 Years Old In 1989, the album was released and the single "Woman in Chains", sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums, became her first hit.
1990 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Adams embarked on a world tour with Tears For Fears in 1990, performing by herself as the supporting artist at the start of each show, and remaining onstage throughout the Tears For Fears set where she would provide piano and vocals.
1991 38 Years Old The album received much critical acclaim, and (after a slow start) eventually peaked at #1 in the UK in 1991 after she scored her biggest hit to date with her Grammy nominated cover of Brenda Russell's "Get Here". … Read More


1994 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Adams married drummer John Cushon at a United Methodist church in Kansas City, where they both taught Sunday School. … Read More
1995 42 Years Old Her 1995 release, Moving On, saw Adams move more in the direction of R&B, and she also reunited with Roland Orzabal for the duet "Me and my Big Ideas" on the Tears For Fears album Raoul and the Kings of Spain the same year. … Read More
1998 45 Years Old In 1998, she toured as a guest vocalist on Phil Collins's Big Band Jazz Tour.
2001 48 Years Old In 2001, Adams released her sixth album, All The Love, a return to an R&B/Adult contemporary sound. … Read More


2004 51 Years Old In 2004, Adams reunited with Tears for Fears once again as she made a surprise guest appearance onstage at their Kansas City concert, performing "Woman in Chains".
2006 53 Years Old Adams released her first Christmas album on October 3, 2006, entitled Christmas Time with Oleta. … Read More
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