Gospel great Yolanda Adams is ready for ‘A Capitol Fourth’ concert in the Nation’s Capital

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Gospel artist Yolanda Adams premieres “A Capitol Fourth,” which returns in person to the U.S. Capitol on July 4.

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

OMCP’s Jason Fraley presents “A Capitol Fourth” with Yolanda Adams (Part 1)

After two virtual years, “A Capitol Fourth” returns in person to the United States Capitol on Monday.

The 4th of July celebration will feature four-time Grammy-winning gospel great Yolanda Adams.

“I can’t tell you what we’re playing, it’s a secret because we have to get people to watch,” Adams told WTOP. “It will be patriotic, it will be heartfelt, it will touch the soul and hopefully make you proud to be an American. … In the past two and a half years, we’ve been through a lot, so sometimes you need a reminder of how truly blessed you are.

This year’s event will air live on PBS, hosted by country music star Mickey Guyton.

“It’s a huge win for this show,” Adams said. “I love Mickey Guyton so much. I remember when Mickey Guyton was coming up the country music ladder. Now she’s a real country music superstar. She’s beautiful, she has a wonderful spirit, she’s very kind and that can be seen when she sings… so she’s the perfect hostess this year.

The lineup also includes Darren Criss, Andy Grammer, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Rachel Platten, Keb ‘Mo’, Emily Bear and Loren Allred. You’ll also see Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, the Military District of Washington, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the US Army Herald Trumpets set to fireworks.

“It reminds us how great our country is despite whatever may be going on,” Adams said. “Once we have a visual with beautiful sound and beautiful people coming together…’A Capitol Fourth’ reminds us of the rich history we have. Some are disgusting, some are great, but as a collective we are still the best country in the world. »

Her positive attitude was shaped growing up in churches in Houston, Texas.

“I grew up singing in church, my mom was the musical director, so I sang a lot,” Adams said. “I started recording when I was 14 in the gospel industry. I’m still here, I love to inspire people, I love to help people through their situation because nothing beats inspirational music I have been so lucky to do this for over 40 years.

Highlights include the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2017, becoming the first gospel artist to earn a nomination to the Tonys for Broadway’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” in 2018 and the memorable vocals “America the Beautiful.” to kick off Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

“Just everyone’s collection,” Adams said. “Everything I’ve done with the majors that are no longer with us – my performance with Prince was amazing, so many times Whitney Houston and I worked together, Aretha Franklin – those are memories I hold dear. . , so if I start identifying things, I’ll start remembering [more].”

After Monday, she can add Guyton, Rivera and Gaynor to the list.

OMCP’s Jason Fraley presents “A Capitol Fourth” with Yolanda Adams (Part 2)

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

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