Oleta Adams (born May 4 1962 in Seattle, Washington) is an American soul singer. She was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised with gospel music.
In her youth her family moved to Yakima, Washington, which is sometimes shown as her place of birth.
Oleta started her career in the early 80s with two self financed albums which had limited success. In 1985 she was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears For Fears whilst performing in a Kansas City, Missouri bar. They invited her to join their band as a third member.
In 1989 the album The Seeds of Love was released and the single "Woman In Chains", sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums, became her first hit. Oleta started her solo career in 1990 assisted by her colleagues from Tears for Fears who did the production. Her debut album Circle of One received much critical acclaim and she scored her biggest hit to date in 1991 with her cover of Brenda Russell's "Get Here". That song's success was attributed it becoming an official anthem of sorts to the Persian Gulf War, expressing the sentiments that many spouses and familie...