Yolanda (Ullanda) Innocent-Palmer

 

Yolanda Innocent-Palmer, known earlier as Ullanda Innocent when she was an award-winning singer of popular music and well-known jingles heard by millions, is today a singer of traditional inspirational Christian music. She was a fixture on talk shows, appearing as a guest on the David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Regis and Kathy Lee, and Saturday Night Live television programs. She also appeared on the Martin Luther King Special.

Innocent-Palmer recorded with or was associated with a who's who in a galaxy of popular artists and personalities that included Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Englebert Humperdinck, James Taylor, Eddie Murphy, and many others. Since her conversion to the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1985, she has worked with Tremaine Hawkins, Wintley Phipps, Clifton Davis, and other well-known Christian artists.

Yolanda began singing at age thirteen in a church founded by her grandfather, Bishop Alexander Jones, the Jones Temple Church of God in Christ, in Detroit, Michigan. She traveled to New York in 1975, where she sang with Ashford and Simpson, recording the hit song "Solid As a Rock," which became a gold record. She also was involved in two other gold hits, "Sesame Street" and Bill Whither's "Just the Two of Us."

She became the voice for thousands of jingles and commercials, including the ubiquitous Coca-Cola hit "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." Joan Rivers crowned her the "Queen of Jingles."

Since her conversion in 1985, Yolanda has hosted a television program, "It's All About Love," which aired on 3ABN for four years; recorded four CDs of sacred music, and co-authored two books, All that Glitters and an autobiography, Something Special. She has traveled the world in her ministry, visiting countless cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean as well as in the U.S.

In 2002, she married H. Schubert Palmer, M.D., a cardiologist and author of God Must Be Crazy. Together they founded Heart and Soul Ministries, an outreach program dedicated to ministering to the heart and soul through service, song, and the written word.

 

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Sources: Biography at Heart and Soul Ministries website (2009); Reger Smith, Jr., "In All Directions," Adventist Review, May 2005; Yolanda Palmer's Testimony, 1 November 2004, RemnantRainment.com/adornement.htm; Other Online Sources.

Discography

Yolanda Innocent-Palmer

A Place Beyond CD Twelve songs with orchestrations and choir

A Place Beyond DVD Recorded live in the Crystal Cathedral, with orchestra and choir, a full concert and songs. Features choices of concert version (complete program to watch and hear), songs only, or selected songs. Other DVD features include the "International Praise" music video, photos of the event, and biographies of the artists, participants and producers.

A World Without End CD International songs of hope, trust and promise. Also includes a duet with Wintley Phipps.Twelve songs with orchestrations and choir

Forever Hymns CD Seventeen songs/medleys of well -known hymns.

Something Special CD Ten songs with orchestrations and mass choir and a duet with Walter Arties. Includes arrangements by Shelton Kilby.