Soul Singer Oleta Adams at El Camino College
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The last date listed for Singer Oleta Adams was Friday October 12, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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This was my first visit to El Camino but, I figured a college setting would be somewhat intimate and, I was right. It was perfect for Ms. Adams, whose voice was in prime form. She is as personable as she is talented and, sounds even better live...continued
Oleta Adams was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised with gospel music. In her youth her family moved to Yakima, Washington, which is sometimes shown as her place of birth.
Adams started her career in the early 1980s with two self financed albums which had limited success. In 1985, she was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English pop band, Tears for Fears, whilst performing in a Kansas City, Missouri bar. They invited her to join their band as a singer on their next album The Seeds of Love.
In 1989, the LP was released and the single “Woman In Chains” – sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums – became her real first hit. Adams started her solo career in 1990 assisted by Orzabal who did the production. Her debut album Circle of One received much critical acclaim and she scored her biggest hit to date in 1991 with her Grammy nominated cover of Brenda Russell’s “Get Here”. 1991 also saw Adams contribute to the Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute album, Two Rooms, on which appeared her version of John’s 1974 hit “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”.
Her next album Evolution was also a commercial success. Her 1995 release, Moving On, saw Adams move more in the direction of R&B. Two years later she released the Christian themed Come Walk With Me.