REV. YOLANDA

 
 

Bio

REV. YOLANDA

Official Brief Bio: Rev. Yolanda is a singer/songwriter/trans-femme genderqueer performance artist and interfaith minister whose work has been honored with induction into the The GLBT Hall Of Fame, the  Blues Hall of Fame, and two MAC Awards for her work. Work includes: “CHURCH WITH A 2 DRINK MINIMUM” (creator, producer, composer, lead performer; 2016-present) a monthly spiritual “happening” at Sidewalk Cafe, NYC; “WELCOME TO THE DOLL DEN,” (co-creator, co-composer, co-lead performer 2016-present; Dixon Place and The Tank, NYC with Electric Eye Ensemble); “REV. YOLANDA'S OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR” and “BE THE LOVE” (creator, producer, composer, and lead performer in NYC and national tours; winners of the 2014 and 2015 MAC Award for Best Drag Artist). Other original musical theater works include: “HOUSE OF JOY” (The Laurie Beechman Theater, NYC and various LGBT PRIDE celebrations across the US) “YOLANDA AND THE PLASTIC FAMILY” (Wigstock, monthly NYC gigs at CBGB's & Meow Mix, The Laurie Beechman Theater) and “ALIEN NIGHT JOURNEYS.” Acting stage credits include: STONEWALL, A RHAPSODY ON RESISTANCE (AEA Showcase) and TV credits include HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO) and SKELETON CREW (Sidekick Productions). Yolanda’s albums include “REV. YOLANDA'S COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN VOL 1,” and “VOL. 2” (considered for Grammy nomination) as well as “HOUSE OF JOY” and “YOLANDA AND THE PLASTIC FAMILY.” MFA in Performance Art from Vermont College of Norwich University.

Blues Hall of Fame award winner

 2 time MAC Award winner

GLBT Hall of Fame award winner

Rev.Yolanda is a singer/songwriter/trans-femme performance artist, and Interfaith Minister who's work as an Artist and Sacred Activist has been honored as a Blues Hall of Fame award winner, 2 time MAC Award winner, and as a member of The GLBT Hall Of Fame.

 " Dolly Parton plus Louise Hay, with a heapin helpin of Mrs. Doubtfire ! "

Rev.Yolanda's current live music ministry is called:

Church With A 2 Drink Minimum

She describes her music ministry as "A Gender Bending Gospel Celebration for The New Thought Generation".  Taking traditional Gospel sounding melodies, and mixing them with world instrumentation, Rev. Yolanda is creating new gospel songs with lyrics that affirm the God/Goddess within, and embraces the diversity of humankind.

Rev. Yolanda won two MAC Awards for her original, autobiographical cabaret show

"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour". This show is also a full feature documentary by Ike Allen of AVAIYA MEDIA -  trailer and more info: www.goyolanda.com

or view the movie on AMAZON:

 

 

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Official Extended Bio:

Rev.Yolanda – Rev.Yolanda Roger Anthony Mapes is a 2015 inductee into The Blues Hall of Fame and 2015/ 2014 recipient of The MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for Best Drag Artist, as well as a member of the GLBT Hall of Fame.

An accomplished, award-winning singer/songwriter, performance artist, and Interfaith Minister, Rev. Yolanda was born Roger Anthony Mapes in Muscle Shoals, Alabama –The Hit Recording Capital of The World.  S/He joined hir first band, Stained Glass Bluegrass, when s/he was only 17 years old.   At age 28 s/he moved to New York City and began exploring theater and performance art.  During this exploration s/he spent some time living in the Radical Faerie Community in Vermont.  It was during this time that Yolanda was born (1993)!  Yolanda developed a loyal following in Vermont with hir original musical blend of rock, pop, country and jazz with hir band Yolanda & The Plastic Family . They rocked the downtown scene in NYC celebrating the release of hir first CD Yolanda & The Plastic Family.  In 2003 Yolanda was awarded OutMusician of the Year , and recorded a critically acclaimed solo cover of the ABBA tune “Lay All Your Love on Me” on the Abbalicious CD (FigJam Records). 

Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes was inducted into the GLBT Hall of Fame for Activism, Art Excellence and Community Awareness in 2005.  It was around this time that Yolanda began a spiritual journey which led hir to One Spirit Interfaith Seminary where s/he became Rev.Yolanda, an ordained Interfaith Minister in June of 2011.  That same year the song “I Wanna Know” from her cd House of Joy made it to #1 on the OutVoice Music Charts and “Love Divine” was included on a special first edition collection of GLBT Christian singer/songwriters.  

Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour -the live, autobiographical Gospel Music show was realized in January of 2012 and the release of yet another album, Country Gospel Kirtan followed shortly thereafter. “Home” from that album was voted the #1 song of 2013 on the OutVoice Music Charts. 

Rev. Yolanda has also been seen on “Family Stories” for the Discovery Channel playing Vivian Wheeler (the current Guinness Book of World Record-holder for bearded lady), and a feature film "Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-The Movie" about hir life by director Ike Allen is now available for online streaming at AMAZON.  Visit www.goyolanda.com for more information on the movie.

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More Info:

 Rev.Yolanda is an eccentric, and ecstatic performer with a southern rock, country gospel style. S/He brings hir message of Non Duality into every event by merging GLBT and Mainstream Popular Culture with Integrated Spirituality. With a soulful voice, a message of oneness, great costumes, and a wicked sense of humor, hir shows and CDs emphasize love, beautiful melodies, interesting stories, and a bit of inspiration.

Rev. Yolanda was born and raised as Roger Anthony Mapes in

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, The Hit Recording Capital of the World

and the birthplaces of

Helen Keller and W.C. Handy.  

http://muscleshoalsmovie.com

The Muscle Shoals area is populated by an abundance of musicians and visual artists/painters. Yolanda began studying music, painting and drawing at a young age with local artists and was encouraged to develop hir own unique vision, which combines GLBT culture, drag performance, personal spirituality, and a love for Old Time Gospel Music. Yolanda is influenced by pop, rock, blues,gospel, country, and folk, but doesn’t self-consciously follow any one tradition…combining them all into a hybrid of hir own.

 

Yolanda is also a fine artist, who paints abstract expressionist paintings.  Hir paintings on canvas and clothing are in private collections all over the world.

You can visit Yolanda's art gallery here 

 

Rev. Yolanda's

COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN

received accolades from

Pride In The Arts and OutVoice

OutVoice #1 song of 2013 HOME from COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN