Grammy-Nominated Music Artist Oleta Adams Up Next for Ovations

Posted on 3/13/2019 12:15:38 PM

Oleta AdamsThe IUP Lively Arts Ovations series will present the iconic, Grammy-award nominated vocalist Oleta Adams for one night only on Friday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. The performance will take place on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Gorell Recital Hall on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

With a career spanning over 45 years, Adams has performed on tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross.  Adams also secured four Grammy nominations. Since her successful debut album, Circle of One (1990) with the hit single “Get Here,” she has a growing legion of fans across the globe. Adams continues to inspire and touch the hearts of her fans after nine albums produced, including secular, gospel, and Christmas, and more than two and a half in million album sales.

Adams’ musical odyssey continues with her latest album Third Set (2017), comprised of songs that she and her band had worked out on the road over the last couple years. It is filled with arrangements of all-time favorite songs that the velvety-voiced songstress was able to self-produce and self-released. “At this point in my life, it’s kind of cool that I don’t have to ask anybody’s permission anymore about what I want to sing,” Adams said.

A long-time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, where she has found sanctuary from the turmoil of the entertainment industry, Adams also remains anchored by her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest where she spent her formative years in Seattle and Yakima, Washington. This is also where she first demonstrated her budding vocal gifts in the church where her father was minister. After high school, Adams eventually landed in Kansas City and became a local institution with a regular gig at the Hyatt Regency, where many national and international touring artists came to hear her sing.

In 1989, serendipity came in the form of the British band Tears for Fears, whose frontmen Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith asked her to appear on the The Seeds of Love album, video, and European tour. Proving that good things come to those who wait, upon her return to the United States, Adams signed a record deal for her first solo album, which Orzabel produced.

Through the years she has recorded duets with the likes of Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Toots Thielmans, Shirley Ceasar, and, of course, the infamous songs she recorded with Tears for Fears. Her music is featured in the Hollywood movies Corrina, Corrina, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Jason’s Lyric, and her vocals were instrumental in setting the tone in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

In 2017 Adams was featured in I’m Yours with José James, released on Blue Note Record, and in 2018 she was featured on Dave Garfield’s Grammy-nominated album Jammin’- Outside the Box on the song “The Highways of My Life” with Phil Perry.

Adams was the honoree of the Legends Award at the televised Black Music Honors (2017), acknowledging her influence and significant music contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. You can find her touring the world, including just-announced concerts from coast to coast in the United States and a soon-to-be-announced tour in the Netherlands for 2020. Updates can be found by visiting the Oleta Adams website or on Facebook or Instagram @theOfficialOletaAdams or Twitter @realOletaAdams.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $19 for seniors and groups, $13 for I-Card and military, and $11 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To avoid a $3/ticket fee, patrons may purchase their tickets in advance of the day of the show in the ticket office. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

The Ovations series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.