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Motivated To Inspire: Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams To Perform At Riverfest

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Four-time Grammy award-winning singer Yolanda Adams will headline the Gospelfest at Wichita’s Riverfest on Monday night.

For Adams, the possibility of making somebody's life better gets her up every day.

"I like the music, writing the music," she says. "I know that if I have dealt with certain things in life — loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of friends, those kinds of things ... sometimes people forget to live in expectation, so those are the kinds of things I write about now and I get excited about."

Adams says she's "just an excited person." From her daughter to her line of handbags to working out, she's overjoyed about many aspects of her life.

"I’m really excited about the radio show coming back and being able to walk people through their dark times, or their sad times," Adams says. "I try to let people know that where ever they are in their lives, things are going to get better if you walk it day by day."

At Adams' performance on Monday night at Riverfest, audiences can expect to hear some of their favorite songs.

"I’m going to make them laugh, I’m going to make them sing," she says. "We don’t want much crying, but just in case they have to cry, we’ll sing something else that will make them happy again."

Adams has reunited with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the renowned producers who helped catapult her career. She is creating a new gospel music project with a single expected to be released this summer.

Carla Eckels is director of cultural diversity and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

Carla Eckels is Director of Cultural Diversity for News and Engagement at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.