Proverbs 11:14 NLT says “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” Veteran recording artist, radio personality and fashion designer, Yolanda Adams, validated this truth in a conversation with Pastor Donnie McClurkin on his national radio show of the same name yesterday.
The two discussed the early stages of Adams’ career and the mentors that helped her get to where she is today.
McClurkin noted that Adams, whose career began in 1988 with her freshman release, “Just as I Am,” (Sound Gospel Records) has “done what most females in the music industry have not done” over the life of her diverse and multifaceted career. The gospel chanteuse who has wowed audiences all over the world walks McClurkin’s radio audience back to the early days of her ministry under the tutelage of the legendary Thomas Whitfield and other wise teachers.
According to Adams, each taught her something unique, particularly, how to perfect her musical craft and more importantly, how to better understand and expound upon the word of God.
“We always started every rehearsal with at least an hour of Bible study,” she recalls. “So that’s where my love for the word and expounding in concert comes from, because we could not introduce our songs saying, you know, ‘Hey, I’m Yolanda Adams and I’m about to sing.” Oh no, no, no, no. You had to introduce it relevant to the scriptures, [tell] why it was so important and how it would affect anybody that would be listening.”
The fruit of wise counsel is evident in Adams’ life, as her ministry continues going strong today—something that cannot be said for many of the gospel female solo and ensemble acts that popped up in the late eighties and early nineties.
Watch the full conversation below: