Rev. Yolanda 2014 MAC Award recipient

Rev.Yolanda is a singer/songwriter/performance artist, and Interfaith Minister who's work as an Artist and Sacred Activist has earned him a place in The GLBT Hall Of Fame. He has been called:

" Dolly Parton plus Louise Hay,

with a heapin helpin of Mrs. Doubtfire ! "


Rev.Yolanda's live music ministry is called:

"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" 

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

Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour was released as a full feature documentary by Ike Allen of AVAIYA MEDIA -September 2014- trailer and more info:


Rev. Yolanda's Country Gospel Kirtan-with the #1 song of 2013- "HOME"- on the OUTVOICE International GLBT Music Charts


Official bio:

Rev.Yolanda – Rev.Yolanda aka Roger Anthony Mapes is the 2014 recipient of The MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for Best Drag Artist.

An accomplished, award-winning singer/songwriter, performance artist, and Interfaith Minister, Roger was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama –The Hit Recording Capital of The World.  He joined his first band, Stained Glass Bluegrass, when he was only 17 years old.   At age 28 Roger moved to New York City and began exploring theater and performance art.  During this exploration 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 his/her original musical blend of rock, pop, country and jazz with her band Yolanda & The Plastic Family . They rocked the downtown scene in NYC celebrating the release of his 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 Roger/Yolanda began a spiritual journey which led him/her 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 Guiness Book of World Record-holder for bearded lady), and a feature film about his/her life by director Ike Allen was released September 2014.  Visit for more information on the movie.


 Rev.Yolanda is an eccentric, and ecstatic performer with a southern rock, country gospel style. He brings his 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, his 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.  


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


Roger/Yolanda is also a fine artist, who paints abstract expressionist paintings.  His/Her paintings on canvas and clothing are in private collections all over the world. You can visit Roger/Yolanda's art gallery here 


Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes'


received accolades from

Pride In The Arts and OutVoice

OutVoice #1 song of 2013 HOME from COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN

Pride In The Arts Best Producer for cd House of Joy: Robert Urban

Pride In The Arts Best Camp Pride Song from cd House of Joy: FREEDOM

OutVoice #1 CD for Jan 2011: House of Joy

OutVoice #3 Song of 2010 from cd House of Joy: I Wanna Know