Oleta Adams’ career in song spans over 25 years. This fall, as she releases new music, and guests on drummer Terri Lynne Carrington’s latest album, the beloved soul and gospel singer shared her pearls of wisdom. 

The biggest risk I have ever taken is… Getting married. We celebrate our 21st anniversary this month!

I’m glad that I never… bought into the “Hollywood” idea of stardom.
The moment I knew I made it was when… I performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Doc Severinsen and his band was playing my song, “Circle Of One”. The band charts were literally drying on the way to the gig.

My greatest joy in life right now is… appreciating the moment RIGHT NOW, with my husband.

My everyday mantra is… Love is the answer. 

I could never have predicted… That I’d be discovered by a British Pop Rock Group

The hardest lesson I’ve learned is… Everything must change. Nothing stays the same.

The key to my happiness is… Loving myself and others. Forgiving myself and others.

I get all my strength from… That still small voice that lives inside and loves me as I am…eternally.

Being in the public eye has taught me… the importance of being kind.

Today’s singers will never know… what it was like singing six nights a week, three or four shows per night, 50 weeks of the year in a smoky environment for a tiny fraction of what we are paid today.

Making music for a living has been… the gift that keeps on giving in more ways than you can imagine.

My biggest regret is… that my great uncle and aunt who raised me never lived to see me on Johnny Carson.