Kam Williams | 10/31/2012, 9:22 a.m.
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And some of those rappers are college-educated.

Yeah, nobody talks about how Puffy went to Howard University or about Lil Wayne attending the University of Houston. All the young kids know is what they see on the videos. They don’t realize that these guys have taken managerial and business courses, and know how to brand and how to market themselves. They’re very smart.

Are you ever afraid?

Fear? Wow! I don’t call it fear. I call it awareness. I only think fear comes when you’re unsure or in danger, but I’ve never been put in a dangerous situation.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

My guiltiest pleasure must be watching “RuPaul’s Drag U.”

What was the last book you read?

”The Law of Confession” by Bill Winston.

What is your favorite dish to cook?  

Omigosh! Kam, I just love to cook. Some of my favorites are sautéed kale, shrimp scampi and lobster risotto.

What excites you?

Wow! That’s a great question. New challenges, especially doing things that people think are impossible for a gospel artist.

Who is your favorite clothes designer?

Me! I have my own fashion line that can be found at YolandaAdamsLive.com. I also definitely like Mark Bouwer, Donna Karan and Kevan Hall, and I’ve really been into Etro these days.

What was the best business decision you ever made, and what was the worst?

My best was to own everything that belongs to me. My worst was once making a spur-of-the-moment decision because I needed the money.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

I see a very happy mom who is in love with life and in love.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

I know everybody says world peace but, seriously, world peace. I really wish we could have world peace.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Having lots of fun and laughter in the house with my mom, dad and siblings. I didn’t grow up in one of those restrictive Christian households where you couldn’t do this or that. We were brought up with a great collection of good morals and good values, but we also had fun. We’d go to church on Sunday, but then have ice cream, roller skate or play in the park afterwards.

How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

Guess that would’ve had to be in the third grade when Michael Gray said he didn’t like me. [Laughs] It was puppy love, and the pain of the rejection left me convinced I was never going to share my feelings with anybody ever again.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?


If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?

Mahalia Jackson.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Hone your craft, study the history of the music and sing anywhere that you can.

How do you want to be remembered?