Songs From the Heart-
Yolanda Adams

by Rhonda Sholar

Yolanda Adams combines jazz, rhythm ‘n’ blues, pop and gospel to come up with her new Verity Records release, Songs From the Heart. Adams’ style varies from song to song with the changing of instruments. The constant element is Adams’ strong vocals, delivered from a whisper to a crescendo.

With a focus on developing a relationship with Christ, Adams delivers "To Know Him" and "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian." The fully orchestrated ballad "Still I Rise" offers hope to not give up despite disappointing circumstances.

The "Jesus Medly" alone is worth the price of the CD. It combines three favorite choruses about Jesus in an eight-minute jazz roundup.

In an unusual but welcome addition, Adams prays for healing while a choir sings "His Presence Is Here." Adams will encourage anyone needing a touch from God.

Reprinted by permission, Charisma Magazine.