Yolanda Adams with co-host Donald Lawrence

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gospel diva Yolanda Adams stopped through Atlanta this week with Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition. The popular radio host and Sunday Best  judge is co-hosting this year’s competition alongside award-winning singer and songwriter Donald Lawrence.

Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound  pays tribute to gospel music and provides choirs a platform to showcase their talent with a broader community. The program is a year-long series of gospel experiences that unite communities and cities all across America in celebration and song. The tour, which ends on Saturday, November 2 at L.A.’s Nokia Theater, features a variety of choirs competing and is judged by gospel great Hezekiah Walker, singer and actress Tamela Mann, and gospel newbie VaShawn Mitchell.

While backstage, Adams chatted with The Brandy Blog’s  Vaughn Alvarez about her participation in this year’s competition. She also indicated that she was in the studio working on new music and wants to do a duets album with Brandy, Monica, Mary J. Blige, Nancy Wilson and Diana Ross. Adams also gave her “two cents” about Miley Cyrus and shared a few words of encouragement to fans that are currently affected by the government shutdown.

Check out the full interview below and as well as a few photos below from the competition:

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the judges

 Judges: Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, VaShawn Mitchell and Dorinda Clark-Cole

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 Tamela Mann performing “Take Me to the King”

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 VaShawn Mitchell singing


 Dorinda Clark-Cole doing her thing on stage


 Anoited Voices of Tabernacle Baptist Church


 Regional Winner Darryl Izzard & Christ-N-U


 Finale photo featuring hosts, judges and choirs

Photography Credit: Robin Lori