Grammy Award-nominated artist Oleta Adams brings her soulful sounds to the Miramar Cultural Center for A Night of Smooth Jazz featuring Oleta Adams on Saturday, November 6th at 8 p.m. for one performance only.
Known for her impassioned hit “Get Here” (a Brenda Russell composition) from the runaway success of her 1990 debut Platinum album Circle of One, Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of other music genres. Her success has been solidified by four Grammy nominations.
With eight CDs, including secular, gospel, and a Christmas album plus almost three million albums sold, Adams’ musical odyssey continues with her latest album “Let’s Stay Here.” She wrote eight of the 10 creative and evocative songs that highlight a soulful jazz influence and produced the album herself. The songs weave through a journey of a seductive love affair, vacation bliss, an abusive relationship, and forgiveness. It also includes a cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” which was used in a recent Buick TV commercial.
Adams was recruited by the British Band Tears for Fears and appeared on their 1989 “The Seeds of Love” album, video and European tour. Since then, she has had worldwide tours with Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross. She is a resident of Kansas City, KS, where she finds sanctuary from the entertainment industry. She remains anchored by her upbringing in Seattle, and Y a k i m a , Wa s h i n g t o n , where she first demonstrated her musical gifts at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where her father was the minister. By the time she was 11, Adams was playing the piano and directing four choirs. She credits her further musical development to her junior high school teacher Lee Farrell, who she describes as “the brilliant Julliardtrained teacher and voice coach.”
Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark is located at 2400 Civic Center Place, on Red Road north of Miramar Parkway. Tickets are $42, $55 and available at 954-602-4500, MiramarCulturalCenter.org or the Box Office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to show time.