Known as the “Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music,” Yolanda Adams has sold more than 4.5 million albums in the US since 1991, and more than 8 million worldwide. Adams released her debut album Just As I Am in 1987 and was met with criticism from the Christian community for embracing secular music and fashion to accompany her gospel-themed music. The genre’s rise in popularity throughout the 1990’s thrust Adams into the spotlight. Her breakthrough came with the release of 1999’s Mountain High…Valley Low, which went 2x platinum, earning the singer a Grammy Award and going on to be regarded as the best gospel album. Adams has released a total of 13 studio albums, earning five Grammy Awards, 16 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, four Dove Awards and an American Music Award. She was named the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the Decade by Billboard Magazine.