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THE MOVIE- just in time for LGBT PRIDE !

OMG- I'm so excited to announce that YOU can FINALLY see:

NOW available for online screening- CLICK HERE WWW.GOYOLANDA.COM

As a special request for my friends suscribed to this newsletter, Ike Allen and Avaiya Media have made the movie available for online viewing just in time for LGBT PRIDE at a very low price: 48 Hour Video Rental:$4.99 (Streams to your computer)

                                        movie soundtrack and other merchandise also available at PRIDE prices !!

AND if you want to go ALL THE WAY with movie memorablia-check out the amazing coffee table book with beautiful photos of the movie production process by Christina Gressianu: CLICK HERE ON AMAZON

Thank you for all of your love and support around this movie. Many of you contributed to the Kickstarter campaign and have been asking when you can share it with others. NOW its ready for the world. Please invite your friends over and watch it together. It is a family affair.

I love you and as a special gift for viewing the film- I'm offering a free download of some of my most beloved tunes like We Are Angels, and Love Divine: CLICK HERE:http;//

All the best to you and your family and HAPPY PRIDE 2015!


Rev. Yolanda

Combining the talents of filmmaker iKE ALLEN, “Award-Winning” Photographer, Christina Gressianu and Reverend Yolanda, award winning Performance Artist and Sacred Activist (The GLBT Hall Of Fame and The Blues Hall Of Fame) this film features a live stage show combined with interviews of Yolanda and the people she loves.

Sing along, dance & open your hearts and minds to the many faces of love with this 2015 THe iNcLUSive PRojECt film.



New Releases from Rev. Yolanda


LIVE cd/movie soundtrack, Rainbow World Radio interview, and new video: "I Love Myself"

Hey Everybody and welcome to May!

Spring has sprung with delightful new offerings for your pleasure....

I am announcing the official release of the LIVE cd

"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-The Movie Soundtrack"

AND with the official release of the live cd, Len Rogers of

has created a listening party for the cd and an interview with me. Len and I discuss the cd, Spirituality, LGBT politics and just the sheer fun of being a GENDER BENDER! Tune in to starting Monday May 11, 8pm Central Time to join the fun. The show will be archived for your later listening.

I am asking your help in getting the song "We Are Angels" (from the soundtrack cd-live version)  to the top of the OutVoice Charts. Click HERE

official video here:

I know that so many of you love the song "We Are Angels". I always end my shows with this song and you always sing along. I get many emails and personal messages telling me how meaningful the song is to you. I know that many of you have voted for this song in the past-but it never has made it into the charts. Let's make it happen this summer... an anthem for unity!

CLICK HERE to put "We Are Angels" (from the soundtrack cd-live version) in the Top Ten... and I thank YOU!

AND .... just for fun.... I created a new music video for my song "I Love Myself" from the cd Country Gospel Kirtan. Watch it on YouTube:

see pics from the video shoot here:


You Tube link here:

Repeat after me: "I Love Myself" !!! (now you...."I Love Myself").

Was that hard to do?

A very long time ago, I read a book by Louise Hay called "You Can Heal Your Life". That book suggested that you say "I Love Myself" while looking in a mirror every day as a healing mantra. She then listed a set of affirmations to repeat for a healing effect:

I Love Myself

My Life Feels Good

I Can Have Want I want

Opportunity Finds Me

I Create What I Need

I Am Open To Suggestions

I Accept Success

I Take Responsibility

Abundance Flows To Me (and through me)

I Prosper

 I Am Always In The Right Place At The Right Time

I Feel Good

Ideas Come To Me

I Always Know What To DO

I Have Power-I Act

All My Needs Are Met

I Control My Life

I Am Ready to Start

I Travel Easily

I Love Myself

This set of affirmations has been my mantra for over 20 years and I have seen MIRACLES in my life because I adopted this mindset. I'm sharing it with you -because I believe its can HELP you re-shape your life.

As Always- I truly love you and appreciate your support.

Thank you from the depths of my soul,

Rev. Yolanda!




BE THE LOVE-final NYC show


Love is the way I walk in Grattitude...

I am so grateful for YOU. Its only Febuary and YOU have co-created a wonderful year with me already. Just last week I was inducted into The NY Chapter of The Blues Hall of Fame at BB King's in Times Square to a standing room only crowd!!


and then I went to Burlington VT to celebrate 20 Years of the biggest fund raising party in VT, for The VT PWA Coalition -WINTER IS A DRAG BALL created 20 years ago by me and my dear friend Christopher Moes, hosted for the past 14 years by

 The House of Lemay

Here I am celebrating 20 years of Winter Is A Drag:

I also had the privilege and joy of reuniting with my dear drag sister and longtime TV show co-host Miss Cherie Tartt. We reunited in Burlington VT after 14 years to recreate our hit TV show

"The Cherie and Yolanda Show"..... here we are last Sunday at the Vermont Cam studios with our REUNION SHOW. You can see the archive of the show at


I have already had a lifetime of love and grattitude...AND there's MORE.... JOIN ME IN NYC ON MARCH 12 for the final NYC show of:

Title: Rev. Yolandas Old Time Gospel Hour, BE THE LOVE
Date: 3/12/2015 (Thursday)
Address: The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street @7th Ave., NY NY 10014
Location: New York, NY
Hours: 6:30pm
Cost/Cover: $12 MAC, $18 general advance online $22 Day of Show, 2 drink minimum
Web Page:
Contact Info: Rev. Roger Anthony YOLANDA Mapes: Info & reservations: (212) 255-5438


Award winning singer songwriter (The Blues Hall of Fame. MAC Award, GLBT Hall of Fame), Drag Queen and Interfaith Minister - Rev. Yolanda- serves a heapin helpin of LOVE and Acceptance for all people with Traditional and Original Gospel Music!

" I think Rev. Yolanda could charm even the Republican Convention! You cannot help yourself. You love this lady and you love her message and your face hurts from smiling. She also has an incredible voice. Does this sound like a show you'd like to see? Then go!" -Sue Matzuki, Cabaret World, NYC

“You have never quite experienced a show like this. Really. You have not, and you have to see it firsthand."-The Arts Center -Carboro, N. Carolina

"By far, the most outrageous part of Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour is its sincerity. Sure, there's good music and fantastic wigs and plus-size amounts of humor: It's a drag show, after all. But the Reverend Roger Anthony "Yolanda" Mapes isn't skewering faith -- the Rev. is living out his/her beliefs on stage. This mix of camp and candor attracts a wide crowd, including those who would never consider attending a drag show and those who wouldn't be caught dead at a gospel concert. Moreover, Yolanda is a serious musician who, along with skilled collaborators, plays everything from spirituals to original compositions. In fact, "Home," a track from the Rev.'s latest album (Country Gospel Kirtan) has already reached #1 on the OutVoice Music Charts. Time passes too quickly during the hilarious sermonizing -- and effortless harmonizing -- of Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour." -GOLDSTAR -


 I hope you can join me,

Rev. Shawn Moninger-director,

Kenneth Gartman on piano, vocals, arrangements and  musical direction- with...

The Yolandaleers: Emily Mikesell on fiddle, Dennis Michael Keefe on bass, and Jim Keyes on guitar/banjo/harmonica for the last NYC showing of


Thanks ya'll,

Rev. Yolanda


The Blues Hall Of Fame


Rev. Yolanda to be inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame- Feb. 11 at BB Kings in NYC.


No Kidding my friends... I am to be inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame. The FIRST and ONLY drag queen ever to be given this honor. I am beyond moved and I hope you can join me if you are in NYC on Feb 11. Here are the details:

The New York Blues Hall of Fame honors legendary, master and great local blues artists from the great state of New York. We have formally inducted artists such as John Hammond, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter to name a few but we also like to keep the focus on the local, in the trenches blues musicians who play their hearts out night after night and give them the recognition they truly deserve.

-- Michael Packer, NY Ambassador

"A great organization that recognizes the working musician for their achievements"
- Prof. Louie (Woodstock Records)
Induction Ceremony Concert
Hosted By The Michael Packer Blues Band

featuring special guests Bobby Radcliff, Chris Bergson, Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour, Hugh Pool, Brian Mitchell, French Cookin' Blues Band, Bert Elliott, Joseph Rosen (Photographer), Irving Louis Lattin, Dave Dawson, Sari Schorr, Ric Frank, Pat Azelby Arochas (Promoter), The Sidney Green Street Band featuring Steve Holley, Mikey G. Merola, Paul Aaronson (Record Collector)
February 11, 2015
Showtime @ 8pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
Tickets $15
Of course I am beyond honored that I am in this line up of amazing musicians.
Playing with me that night will be my friend and honored musician Bill Turner of Bill Turner and Blue Smoke (
and Bill Halley and The Comets. Bill Turner has been a long time supporter of my music and as a NARAS member, submitted my cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" to The Grammys. Bill Turner will be playing and singing with me the night of my induction. We will be playing 3 of my songs, "Muscle Shoals", "Freedom", and "Love Divine". You can see the videos of these songs here:

2015 is starting off with a real BANG!

So much more is happening- I will tell you all about it in future emails.. but just to WHET you APPETITE ...

1. Feb 14: The 20th Anniversary of The Winter Is A Drag Ball in Burlington, VT:

2. The Raise It Up Gospel Hour Tour: Freddy Freeman and Rev. Yolanda go on tour to celebrate life music and Spirit! April 2015. TO BOOK US IN YOUR TOWN email:

3. Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-The Movie is MAKING AMAZING PROGRESS for 2015... keep up with what's going on at

As always- thanks so much for your love and support and PLEASE email me with questions, prayer requests and concerns.


Rev. Yolanda


World Premiere Videos and Free Gifts


You are an Idea in Divine Mind.

Happy Holidays!

Last Holiday Season, my husband, Glen and I went to Alabama to see my Mom. I wanted to go to my father's grave as my fully expressed self and meditate and sing at his grave site on his favorite day- Christmas. On Christmas, he would always be so much fun. He acted all excited. He got dressed up in his Santa suit and would hide our gifts with little maps to find them. He was a light hearted guy who always loved a party and a good laugh.. a lot like me :)

So last Christmas morning in Tuscumbia Alabama, I got up at 7am and dressed to the nines and headed off to the cemetary. Glen was videoing the experience. It was very moving and full of light for me and Glen. Joy, sadness, laughter and tears. We learn so much about ourselves in the presence of family don't we?  I LOVE MY FAMILY !

Finally this year I was able to create 2 videos that used the footage from that trip and I'd like to share them with you.

1. You Are An Idea: ( if you can't see the embedded videos click the link provided)

2. Muscle Shoals:


I also want to give you some FREE gifts by CLICKING HERE:  You can download the first ROUGH draft of Hush of Heaven which will appear on my 2015 upcoming cd Counrty Gospel Kirtan vol 2. There are also old favs like "We Are Angels" and "Love Divine" as well as FREE E-BOOKS.


If you'd like to listen and purchase from my entire discography, click here:



Thanks for being a part of my family. We do this together !

Love and Blessings and Have a Great Holiday Season.


Rev. Yolanda - Rev. Yolanda and Rev. Glen


Holiday Joy!


"The way of Peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth-it transforms all things."- Peace Pilgrim

Season's Greetings to all!

I believe in the transformative power of PEACE, LOVE, and the practice of FORGIVENESS. As many of you know- I practice the teachings of A Course In Miracles. I'm sharing the following lesson with you - as it is so pertinent to this Season and to the current events of our world:

Lesson 359 from A Course In Miracles:

God's answer is some form of peace. All pain Is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin is understood as merely a mistake.

All of my work in the world- be it in my music ministry/shows, my artwork, spiritual counseling, weddings, baby blessings, memorial services- is to be of service to bring peace to every mind and heart. I know that life can be very difficult for us....certainly the outward circumstances of my life present many challenges for me. I understand that life can be a roller coaster ride... AND I KNOW that ride can be amazingly fruitful for me and those around me- IN the MIDST of our particular circumstances. I have many tools for handling difficult circumstances that I would love to share with you. The music, art, and creative spiritual rituals and services that come through me are those tools that put Mother/Father God/Goddess front and center in my life and bring me and those around me peace.

I'm going to list for you and give you links below for my music, artwork, special services, and spiritual counseling. I pray that what channels through me can be of service to you on your journey. Please email me with questions or to set up an appointment: or simply click the links below.


REV.YOLANDA's MUSIC- listen and buy click here

All of the album covers below represent original music by Rev. Yolanda. Check out my entire discography:

             Don't forget your FREE HOLIDAY MP3's featuring a sneak peek song from the upcoming cd release Country Gospel Kirtan vol 2, and more goodies - CLICK HERE:


Rev. Yolanda The Movie, stay posted on the distribution updates. CLICK HERE:


Rev. Yolanda's Artwork


Weddings by Rev. Yolanda

Happy couples with creative, fun weddings designed by Rev. Yolanda and Rev. Glen


also available: Baby Blessings and Memorial services:

Weekly Course In Miracles Meetings and Spiritual Counseling by Rev. Yolanda and Rev. Glen-Mighty Companions Ministries. Click here:


Live weekly meetings, one on one spiritual counseling, and online workshops. Email:



*Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour Radio-click here:

*Awakening and A Course In Miracles Podcast-click here:

* The Mighty Companions- a Livestream video show. Click here:


I have been reading Tarot for people for almost 20 years now and have very satisfied clients. If you would like to set up a reading for yourself, someone else or even for a party.. email me:

Well that's all for now my dear friends. You can check my calendar for dates and times of all events live and online. CLICK HERE:

As always I appreciate your love and support and look forward to your prayer requests and speaking to you personally.

Happy Holidays to all and many blessings to you and your family!


Rev. Yolanda




Movie and Music FLASH!


Online Viewing of film is coming!!!




Hi Everyone, 

Here's a message from Ike Allen of Avaiya Media.. the director and publicist for Rev. Yolanda The Movie

"We wanted to let you know we'll soon be offering the free online viewing for Reverend Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour The Movie for all Kickstarter well as sending out most of the rewards to backers starting next week. 

Now, about the movie, we've decided to give all our Kickstarter backers one week to watch the film! We'll be sending out an email soon with the information to watch the film Thanksgiving week, November 23-29th. 

More to come and thank you so much for all you've done to help us bring Yolanda and The Inclusive Project out into the world! 

-iKE... more details at "

I am soooooo looking forward to your thoughts about the movie. Have a party-invite your friends! It is Thanksgiving week after all. Thanks for helping make the movie happen and rest assured your donations are being used for all the work and expense it takes to get the film submitted to the major film festivals and online distribution.

AND don't forget the music!

coming up:

Rev. Yolanda will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on Feb. 11, 2015 at BB Kings in NYC for her cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" (submitted for Grammy nomination 2014 and her lifelong dedication to Southern musical genres. You can listen to and buy Country Gospel Kirtan here:

ALSO- the live cd soundtrack from the movie is at the above link- as well as my entire collection of award winning cds including southern rock pop- House of Joy, dance pop single- Alien Love Child, House Blend, ABBALICIOUS, and my first cd WELCOME TO YOLANDAWORLD. CLICK HERE



As always... thanks for your love and support.

Feel free to email me at


Rev. Yolanda



A Happy Outcome To All Things is Sure !


"Happy endings...for every problem that we can perceive; for every trial we think we still must meet." -lesson 292 A Course In Miracles


As many of you know, I love A Course In Miracles and do the lessons every day. The headlines I am sharing today come from lesson 292.. you can read it here

I truly find that the more I learn to celebrate each day regardless of the "problems", the more I have to celebrate! I'm not sayin I don't have challenging days. There are always circumstances and people that do not please me.. and such is life ! LOLOL !

I've been meditating on these lines from the prayer of St. Francis: "O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life."

Over the past month, I have been asked to explain my "gender identity". I call myself a "transcendant gendered" person. I say this for several reasons. I place myself in the realm of the transgender experience -NOT because I believe myself to be a "woman in a man's body" but because I don't feel comfortable identifying with the binary gender system- Male/Female. I truly believe myself to be a beautiful combination of both and am comfortable expressing both in the birth body I came into the world with. Since I don't wish to have a "sex change", and since I am not "transitioning", I have had some surprising criticism directed towards me and my ministry. These critics appeared in the media as we were releasing "Rev. Yolanda The Movie" in Colorado. The critics did not bother to watch the movie...LOL...Everyone who saw the movie left with a clear understanding of who I am and what I am about.

I would love to get your feedback on the film. It's only going to be available online for a few more weeks: . It's $5 to rent for 48 hours. I invite you to have a viewing party with your friends and then send me an email review. I guess this is a controversial film...hmmmmmmmmm what do YOU think!

All of you Kickstarter folks who helped us raise $5000, your perks are coming to you this month...AND... YOU will receive a link for a free screening of the film. After November, the film will be pitched to the big film festivals across the US. While the film is being pitched to the festivals, it will NOT be available for online screening... SOOOOOOO... if you want to be one of the first to see the film.. PLEASE do so now at

AND- speaking of Gender Identity, it seems that Facebook is striving to be inclusive... have a look at this interesting article:


Rev. Glen and Rev. Yolanda on the radio:

Thursdays from 8-9 at ACIM Gather for Awakening & ACIM: An Interfaith Perspective
Sundays from 9-10 at ACIM Gather for Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour

We meet live every Wednesday in NYC at Yeoryia Studios (2067 Broadway between 71st & 72nd) on the 5th Floor in the Carmen Room. We laugh, sing, share, and contribute to our community, our fellowship of awakening to our greatest sanity. We sometimes bring a snack to share, but always bring a Love Offering to help pay for the room and materials. Come join us and share your wonderful gifts and sanity !! Details:

Rev. Yolanda's recent award nominations!!

Right Out TV Awards:

Fan Favorite Award-
Best performance in a Live Video:

Broadway World Awards:

Preliminary voting for best male vocalist- Roger Anthony YOLANDA Mapes - vote here:

I can't thank you enough for your love and support on this musical ministry journey. I pray that I am of service to you. My love and prayers to you and your family.


Rev. Yolanda





Be The Love with me on Oct.15 !

This last month has been an amazing celebration thanks to YOU!

We premiered Rev. Yolanda-The Movie in Colorado with filmmaker Ike Allen of Avaiya Media to raves. Everyone who saw it really loved it. YOU can see the trailer at . Currently the only way for you to see the film is to invite me to come to your church or LGBTQI organization for a live showing with a mini concert by me. If you are interested in this... please email

The movie will be for sale AFTER we secure our distribution channels. We had a very successful Kickstarter campaign for distribution costs, and the film is now moving forward on its way to Film Festivals and online distribution. If YOU contributed to our Kickstarter campaign... you will receive an invitation to an online private showing in November with me and Ike Allen filmmaker. We have not scheduled that date yet-but will get that out to you asap.

In the meantime BE THE LOVE- live show in NYC at THE DUPLEX is happening OCT. 15, 6:30pm $20 cover 2 drink minimum. IF YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN- YOU WILL BE COMPED TO THE SHOW.

If you made a contribution to my Kickstarter campaign in any amount and you can come to the live show on OCT 15..

PLEASE make a reservation here: - you will see the words: "Click HERE for reservations". When you make your reservation please write these words in the notes section "One comp from the Kickstarter campaign"

I will also extend a 2 for 1 cover charge for anyone on this list who can come. Please follow the above instructions and write these words: "2 for 1 cover charge from the email list"

If you have any questions at all.. please email me:

I'd like to pack the house to capacity because.. my husband Rev. Glen Ganaway and I are celebrating our 10 yrs together this October..AND this will be that last time I do this particular show in NYC.... so bring your friends! I will extend discounts to all of ya'll! Just email me and let me know you and your friends are coming and PLEASE make reservations.

Also...if you are in NYC... you can join Glen and I every Wednesday night for our Miracles study and prayer group called The Fellowship of Awakening. We meet from 7-9pm every Wednesday night at 2067 Broadway-5th floor -Carmen Room. You can see all the details and directions at our ministry website

Thank you so much my friends for your love and support. I send my love to you and your family, and as always I'd love to hear from you. I'm always available for a chat or prayer request. Please email me with any thoughts or concerns you may have.

See ya soon!!!

Rev. Yolanda


We Did It !

Thanks to YOU our Kickstarter campaign is a success.
Congratulations everyone! 
We surpassed our goal and made $750 extra for our Google Stretch Goal to buy tartgeted ads on Google! We couldn't have done it without all of you. You are our s/heroes.
You can let everyone you know about the Reverend Yolanda Movie Premiere next Friday, Sept. 5 in Colorado. We're excited for this next chapter and hope you are too. Here are the premiere details. You can buys TKTS
Film Premiere Dates:Friday, September 5th at 7 p.m. : First Congregational Church  (Boulder, Colorado)Saturday, September 6th at 7 p.m. : Centers For Spiritual Living Denver (Denver, Colorado)Sunday, September 7th at 12:30 p.m.(afternoon) New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living  (Aurora, Colorado)Sunday, September 7th at 6 p.m. Metropolitan Community Church Of The Rockies (Denver, Colorado)Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m. Bas Bleu Theatre (Fort Collins, Colorado)
After the premiere, we'll check back in to let you know what's next, details to receive your perks for pledging and more. 
For now, celebrate being part of history in the, dance, dance, 
-iKE Allen (filmaker) & Yolanda

60 Hours Left



Kickstart Rev. Yolanda THE MOVIE


Kickstart our movie PREMIERE...

Its my great pleasure to announce that Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-The Movie:, will have its launch on Sept 5 in Colorado. Here are the dates and places where YOU can see it first:

Film Premiere Dates:

  • Friday, September 5th at 7 p.m. : Unity of Boulder  (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Saturday, September 6th at 7 p.m. : Centers For Spiritual Living Denver (Denver, Colorado)
  • Sunday, September 7th at 12:30 p.m. (afternoon) New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living  (Aurora, Colorado)
  • Sunday, September 7th at 6 p.m. Unity Church of Denver (Denver, Colorado)
  • Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m. Bas Bleu Theatre (Fort Collins, Colorado)

YOU CAN HELP get the screenings and distibution channels in place by contributing to our KICKSTARTER campaign:

Terrific perks as well as the satisfaction of knowing that YOU are setting the wheels in motion for national distribution of this movie. Here are some of the perks:

You are helping us create a film that will support acceptance for everyone in our world AND...
1) An invitation to a private online film showing with Reverend Yolanda and filmmaker, iKE ALLEN providing Q&A.
2) Reverend Yolanda Film Production Book filled with photos, artwork and more via digital download.
3) Your picture and name on the website as a Transcendent Supporter.

and more... go to


AND if you are planning to be in Colorado for the Movie Premiere we will also be doing events with the LGBT PRIDE organization for COLORADO PRIDE WEEK ! I hope you can join us. Stay in the loop for updates at my website

As always- I appreciate your love and support. Blessings to you and your family.


Rev. Yolanda



Fresh Fruit and Wild Goose Memories !


Rev. Yolanda at the Fresh Fruit Festival-Tuesday July 15, 9pm at The Wild Project Theater. Reservations:

Greetings to ya'll Fresh Fruits :)

It is my pleasure to invite you to The 12TH ANNUAL FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL in NYC!
Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour
by Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 9:00PM

at The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd St.
between Ave A & B
New York, NY 100009
East Village
F-Train 1st Ave & Houston

A sincere celebration of faith, joy and LGBT Spirituality by drag queen Interfaith minister and Gospel singer Rev. Roger Anthony YOLANDA Mapes - the story of how a young gay boy from Alabama grew up to be Rev. Yolanda.

This is the 2014 MAC Award winning version of the show being performed at The Fresh Fruit Festival. This will be the final performance of the MAC Award winning version in NYC....because.. starting in September- we will be opening

"Rev. Yolanda-The Movie"

which features this show. SOooo if you'd like to see the original version of the show that spawned the movie.. JOIN US on Jully 15 at The WIld Project in The East Village. Reservations here:


We just returned from The WIld Goose Festival in N. Carolina where we were well received and where we met many amazing people of faith. I encourage each and every one of you to consider going to the Wild Goose Festival in 2015. Have a look at some of the stories from the festival:


There's so much going on with me and my husband  Rev. Glen Ganaway

as we continue following Spirit's lead with our ministry organization called

Mighty Companions Ministries:

We hold weekly meetings in NYC on Wednesday nights at 7pm where we study A Course In Miracles. We hold weekly webinars called "Your Passion Your Treasure" that emphasize your personal growth and development. You can check out the details at our website.

We also have 2 radio shows:


"Awakening and ACIM-An Interfaith Perspective" every Thursday night at 8pm EST on PalTalk GATHER Radio-a project of You can hear us every Thursday night by clicking here:

you can also listen to the archives here:


"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" on the RADIO- every SUNDAY night 6-7pm on radio This is a new radio station for the LGBTQI community and we are proud to be a part of this station. This radio version of The GOspel Hour features music by Rev. Yolanda and special musical guests, as well as interviews with LGBTQI Spiritual Leaders. We laugh, sing, and learn about our Highest Selves in this hour of GOOD NEWS! You can listen to the archives here:


Thank you for all of your love and support and we want to be of service to you. Please let me know how Glen and I can pray for you. We also pray in a group setting on Wednesday nights-so if you want the group to pray for your concerns-let us know.

Love and Light and Peace,

Rev. Yolanda

The peace of God is shining in me now.
Let all things shine upon me in that peace,
And let me bless them with the light in me.

A Course In Miracles -lesson 188


WILD GOOSE and Fresh Fruit


Wild Goose and Fresh Fruit.

Friends, family, fun, social activism, progressive spirituality and music by Rev. Yolanda at two major festivals in June and July. After seeing my show recently, one of my new friends asked me "How do you manage to be so subversive and so sincere at the same time"...lololol.. I LOVED that question! Come see Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour live or on the radio this summer and find out :)


Wild Goose Festival-JUNE 26-29:

Rev Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour will perform FRIDAY NIGHT, 5:30pm,,,at this amazing intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art. We will sing, learn, teach, argue, pray, eat, dance, imagine a new world, and give birth to a new way of seeing at the Wild Goose community.

This will be an amazing experience for all of us. Please have a look at their entire schedule (with Grammy award winng band Jars of Clay) and join us in Hot Springs N. Carolina:



News from Chapter 2-Be The love!


Chapter 2 - Be The Love !

Greetings my friends!

I am sustained by the Love of God.. by the Love of the Allowing of the Flow of the Universe through me.

How do I BE this LOVE in the world I see that doesn't seem to be loving? I start by taking the RADICAL step of truly LOVING myself first.. and in that centered place of peace and calm-I walk into my daily life with a new vision of those around me. I see that everyone is doing the best they can. I see the call for love coming from those I meet on the street, at work, and in the subway. I see the call for love in my relationships with my friends and my dear husband. I see it because I recognize myself in those around me. We all want to be loved-but many of us don't realize that its ok to love ourselves first and foremost.

Its my pasion to practice and teach self love ...because I see how I treat people better when I care about myself. I see how my friends succeed in life when they learn to treat themselves with respect. 

So with this in mind -I offer my new version of Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-Chapter 2- Be The Love.

(YOU can download my song "I LOVE MYSELF"  for free here: )

I hope you can join me and The Yolandaleers on March 16, or Easter Sunday April 20, or Mother's Day May 11 for a celebration of Universal Love that begins with YOU. We'll sing some old timey Gospel songs together (some lyrics have been changed to include EVERYONE) and I'll teach you some of my new Gospel Kirtan songs from my award winning cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" -including my song "HOME" -voted #1 song of 2013 by 

I will also share a story with you that made a deep impact on my life and how I came to understand the transformational gift of forgiveness that "heartbreak" gave to me. We will co-create a celebration together and transform darkness into light through song!

I hope you can join us on March 16, April 20 or May 11. Make your reservations now online and get 1/2 price TKTS through GOLDSTAR



REV. YOLANDA -THE MOVIE aka The Rocky Horror Show of Country Gospel Music:  is being edited NOW and will be released this Summer along with a Rev. Yolanda coffee table book that includes some of my favorite home made recipes that mix up Southern Cookin with a Hindu Twist! I call it "The Elvisha Cookbook" -imagine Elvis' fav foods with Indian spices and you have a hint of what's to come. Go to the above link to watch the trailer and sign up for a free online pre-screening of the movie.

AND.. my filmmaker, Ike Allen of AVAIYA Media is now releasing his newest feature "NEW THOUGHT-THE MOVIE" with a plethora of well known visionaries such as Mike Dooley, Bob Proctor, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Kylie Renner, and many more There is even a guest spot interview with me in this inspirational feature. See  "NEW THOUGHT-THE MOVIE" here:



Country Gospel Kirtan was voted one of the Top 20 cd's of 2013 on and has garnered the attention of famed blues musican Michael Packer of Windmill Music:

Michael is now representing me for promotional purposes and we are ON FI-YAH! LOL. Michael is an amazing musician and a terrific promotions expert. He loves blues, country, gospel and all types of Americanan and Roots music. Please check out his music and services here:
Michael Packer: Home Welcome to the official site of The Michael Packer Blues Band and Windmill Music. Windmill Music is a promotional management consultant company. Windmill Music represents The Michael Packer Blues Band, The Rev.Yolanda old time gospel from Muscle Shoals Alabama, Robert Hill incredible guitarist from Arkansas, Willie and the Dixons from Australia, from the San Francisco Bay area the legendary Delta Wires, also from California the great blues band Looking For Trouble, Bluesman and Blues Hall Of Fame ambassador to Sweden Bruno ..... (for more info go to website)


As always I am interested in what's going on with you and your life. I mean it when I say I want to pray with you.. so please email me with your prayer requests. I know that all things are working together for your good and that YOU are sustained by the LOVE of God.

Be well and many blessings to you and your family,

Rev. Yolanda


Be The Love


The Season of LOVE.

First off I want to offer you a special "Season of Love Gift" of free mp3 downloads. I'd like to give you 2 of my favorite Love Songs: "Love Divine" and "I Love Myself". Just click here

As I sit here writing this note to you, my wonderful husband Rev. Glen is napping on the couch. He's adorable. He's also my best friend, teacher, and Mighty Companion! Being in a releationship is the greatest teacher of all. But it doesn't have to be only a life partner relationship, I have discovered that I am in an intimate relationship with everyone around me. At work, at school, at play, in the subway, on the street, while driving. All of these situations give me the opprtunity to practice forgiveness...

( "giving way for a new thought"-Rev.Shawn Moninger ).

In this way I learn to Be The Love that I want to see in the world. 

I have been working with this idea of "Being The Love" and decided to re-write my live show The Gospel Hour to reflect this theme. We will be featuring new songs,new stories, and showcasing my fabulous band The Yolandaleers. We will open this new live version of the show on March 16, 6:30 pm at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, NYC, (212) 255-5438 -1/2 price TKTS via Goldstar at my website 

In other FAB news... my song HOME from my cd Country Gospel Kirtan was voted the #1 song of 2013 by .net The International GLBT Music Charts. Thank you Thank you for voting. This was a significant year for the OutVoice charts as I and another "out" spiritual Gay musician SHAWN THOMAS placed highly on the Top Ten Songs of 2013. Shawn actually had 2 spiritual songs on the charts. This indicated to me that a spiritual re-awakening is happening in the LGBT community. You can see the current charts and vote at 

I truly appreciate all of your support and will be praying for you. If you'd like to talk to me about any personal prayer request or something that's happening in your life..please email me , I am also available for phone consultation and spiritual counseling.

Blessings to you and your family,

Rev. Yolanda!

Here's the official blurb for the upcoming shows that includes the teaser info on my upcoming movie...

For Immediate release:

Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour- a Gender Bending Gospel Music Celebration 
rides again with "Chapter 2-Be The Love" on Mar. 16, 6:30pm at The Duplex-61 Christopher St. NYC- $20 cover $15 MAC and 2 drink minimum. RESERVATIONS:
This is a new version of the original show -with new songs, new stories and featuring 
The Yolandaleers:
Kenneth Gartman -musical direction,arrangements, vocals
Emily Mikesell- fiddle, vocals
Dennis Michael Keefe-stand up bass,vocals
Bill Turner-banjo, vocals
AND... also in March.. the release of Rev. Yolanda-The Movie (the Rocky Horror Picture Show of Country Gospel Music) a full feature film by Ike Allen and Avaiya Media. Sign up for a free pre-release online showing and see the trailer here: 
I know you will want to join us in March for full throttle fabulousness!!! 




2014 -The Perfect Year!


So much more than I ever dreamed....

I love life and I thank you for being in my life. This year you and I will achieve so much more than we ever dreamed possible. We will discover new fountains of strength inside ourselves and we will inspire those around us to live authentic, grounded lives. We are miracle workers-we are bringing the light.

As most of you know my husband Rev. Glen and I study and teach A Course In Miracles  (You can find all info on our classes at This year we start fresh again - looking at ourselves and the ways that we can be truly helpful in the world. I'd like to share a passage from ACIM text Chapter 2 that is my 2014 prayer:

"You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way:

I am here only to be truly helpful. 
I am here to represent him who sent me. 
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because he who sent me will direct me. 
I am content to be wherever he wishes, knowing he goes there with me. 
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal." 
With this prayer in mind, I'd like to share with you what I hear Universal Source calling me to do this year:
I thank you so much for your support in 2013, as many of you came to my shows, bought cds, and helped with the filming of the movie. YOU also voted to keep my cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" in the Top Ten at -The International LGBT Music Charts. As a matter of fact, you voted my song "HOME" from that cd as The #1 song of 2013. I can't thank you enough. You can hear my cd featuring the song HOME here:
The next NYC event on my calendar is on Feb. 2 and is called The Gathering-Purificaton and Initiation"

It is a ritual to celebrate our intentions for the new year. This event is sponsored by Mighty Companions Ministries and is an outgrowth of our weekly Miracles classes that we call Fellowship of Awakening. This ritual and event will involve group singing, meditation, intention setting, laughter and friendship- with some light food and impromptu performances. Suggested donation is #20- or love offering- to cover the expenses of the room rental and supplies for the event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
In March we will be releasing  REV YOLANDA THE MOVIE so be sure and sign up for our special online PRE RELEASE SCREENING at
AND also in March- we will begin performing a new version of the live show "Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" at The Duplex in NYC-details at
We will also be taking the show across the country to your church, coffee house or theater. Please contact me if you are interested in having the live show with a showing of the movie in your town.
As always, love and blessings to you and your family,
Rev. Yolanda

Happy Holidays in Drag!


Have a Gender Bending Goooood News Holiday with

Rev. Yolanda... Dec. 15 at The Duplex, and....




our last Gospel show of the year is Dec. 15 at The Duplex:

REV YOLANDA's Old Time Gospel Hour- A Gender Bending Gospel  Celebration!  1/2 price TKTS available when you make a reservation at before Saturday Dec.14... click "GOLDSTAR" 

MAC discounts 1/2 price at the door

with special guest Karina Yanku creator of OANARHYTHMS

RESERVATIONS with Discounts by GOLDSTAR (if Goldstar is sold out-you can email me for a discount code)


 "...iconic, funny, loveable, and has a story to tell that is larger than life and yet touches everyone." -David Friedman

 “You have never quite experienced a show like this. Really. You have not, and you have to see it firsthand." -Art Menius, Executive Director at The ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC 


 I am also making several "guest appearances" this Holiday season at some wonderful events such as :

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Unity Center of Practical Spirituality

Holiday Cabaret 2pm

213 West 58th st New York New York 10019 USA
Price: $15

The Unity Christmas Cabaret Matinee

December 14th 2-4PM at The Unity Center 213 West 58th Street

Hosted by: Bobbie Horowitz

Accompanist: Bill Zeffiro

Featuring Our Fabulous Holiday Line Up!

Rev Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes, Sarah Rice, Dana Lorge

Deb Berman, David Vernon, Lois Morton, Elaine St. George

Richie Eisenberg,Natasha Castillo, Annette Hunt, Scott Albertson

David F. Slone,Parker Scott, Ken Grieves, David Fuller

Bob Simonello, Corky Romash, Edie Stokes, Marla Sampson 

Dean Matir, Stewart Frimmer, Louis Iacovino

Refreshments will be served at this holiday celebration!

All this for a suggested “Love Offering “ of $15


- See more at:

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

R Patisserie

Garry Novikoff 's Storefront Acoustic

302 Huguenot St New Rochelle NY 10801 Uni 914.358.1841

 STOREFRONT CONCERTS (all at the R Patisserie, address above, with Garry hosting and performing)


- See more at:


AND to top it off I want to thank you for keeping my cd "COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN" in the Top Ten Song Chart and the TOP 20 CD Chart all year long at  ... You can see the charts and vote for your favorite LGBTQ artist at  


I am sending you a whole lotta love this season

and looking forward to sharing 


with you in 2014!

Blessings to you and your family from Rev. Yolanda and Rev. Glen





Thanksgiving-and A Movie!


I am so blessed. I am so grateful :)

I have so very much to be thankful for. This has been an amazing year filled with wonderful people and dreams come true. I have also seen many friends bring peace and satisfaction into their lives. I believe that we can have miracles in our lives.. that miracles are the natural state of our being, and for me it starts with the practice of gratitude. So I am thankful for you and all that is happening in my life and yours. 

The biggest news for me is that Ike Allen of Avaiya Media has finished filming me and my husband Rev.Glen   for his new full lenghth documentary

"Rev. Yolanda-The Movie" to be released early in 2014. Here's what Ike has to say about the movie:

"Do you believe in Angels? 

Last week we were in New York City filming for what we believe will challenge many of us to expand our understanding of what it means to be an angel and a truly loving person.

A few months ago in Chicago, iKE told only two people that for his next film, he would like to make the "Rocky Horror Picture Show of Country Music." Two days later, Reverend Yolanda came into our lives.

Reverend Yolanda is an A Course in Miracles teacher, Interfaith Minister and all around loving angel.  

Watch a sample music video of our next film,

Reverend Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour -

We invite everyONE this holiday season to open up to the love and diversity of our Amazing Human Amusement Park and invite others in our lives to love beyond limits." 

To sign up for a pre release online showing, to see the music video, and for all details on the movie-go to: 

AND for all you New Yorkers...



Sunday, December 15th, 2013, 6:30pm at 

The Duplex Cabaret

 Rev.Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour

at The Duplex

61 Christopher Street New York City NY 10014,
phone: 212-255-5438
Price: $20 cover -2 drink minimum

regular price -RESERVATIONS HERE

1/2 price if you are a MAC, OUTVOICE, or UNITY member- and you make advance reservations -write MAC, OUTVOICE, or UNITY in the "comments" box when making an online reservation.

LIMITED GOLDSTAR discount seats available for the general public: CLICK HERE for GOLDSTAR 

at this live performance of the Gospel Hour, we have a very special guest:

Karina Yanku-creator of OANARHYTHMS

I also invite you to visit my online music store for your holiday gift giving! For my newest cd "Country Gospel Kirtan"

Country Gospel Kirtan and my whole discography click here:

For tee shirts, tote bags, PJ's and more, visit here:  


I'd like to leave you with a quote that rocks my world everytime I read it.......

“Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense any more.”― Rumi

Thank you everyone for your love and support. Blessings to you and your family, and see ya soon at "Rev Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" 




Rev. Yolanda returns to The Duplex OCT. 20


Hey everybody!!

We just got back from N. Carolina and the wonderful folks at N.Carolina PRIDE, The Arts Center in Carrboro, and Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill. Please visit my Facebook page: for the reviews and pictures. Here's a taste of the review by

Jaleesa Jones of The Daily Tar Heel:


"Perhaps even more dazzling than Yolanda’s actual vocals is his poise onstage.

There is a comfort to his stride — even in pink heels —

that invites others to bask in the same pool of self-assurance. The message of love and acceptance communicated by Yolanda’s body language imparts authenticity to his music. Thus, the traditional gospel songs are not just hollow echoes of his Christian past; they are confirmations of the divinity of each individual, often reworded by Yolanda to reflect as such."

- See more at:


it was just terrific and I'm so grateful to all of my friends in N. Carolina!


and NOW back in the date- OCT 20-

Joyful Noises and Huge Hair: 

Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour



By far, the most outrageous part of Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour is its sincerity. Sure, there's good music and fantastic wigs and plus-size amounts of humor: It's a drag show, after all. But the Reverend Roger Anthony "Yolanda" Mapes isn't skewering faith -- the Rev. is living out his/her beliefs on stage. This mix of camp and candor attracts a wide crowd, including those who would never consider attending a drag show and those who wouldn't be caught dead at a gospel concert. Moreover, Yolanda is a serious musician who, along with skilled collaborators, plays everything from spirituals to original compositions. In fact, "Home," a track from the Rev.'s latest album (Country Gospel Kirtan) has already reached #1 on the OutVoice Music Charts. Time passes too quickly during the hilarious sermonizing -- and effortless harmonizing -- of Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour.

* Additional fees apply= 2 drink minimum


The Gospel Hour's special guest on OCT 20 is mezzo soprano Martina Bruno!

Martina Bruno: "The Angel of NY".  Martina studied in Italy, debuted with Opera Ebony, toured Germany, and now she is with us on Oct. 20!


And as always we will feature KENNETH GARTMAN-

musical director arranger /piano/and  vocals

and THE YOLANDALEERS: BILL TURNER on banjo/vocals, EMILY MIKESELL on fiddle/vocals, and DENNIS MICHAEL KEEFE on stand up bass/vocals  

It will be a fabulous evening -so I do hope you can join us. For more info, video, cds and DVDs go to WWW.YOLANDA.NET 

as always... I thank you for your love and support

and send blessings to you and your family.


Rev. Yolanda


September Travel & Rev. Yolanda -THE MOVIE!



Exciting news!!! Filmmaker Ike Allen of Avaiya Media and I have finalized an agreement to co-create Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour-The Movie! Its an honor to work with Ike-who has made so many wonderful, uplifting movies such as "A Course In Miracles -The Movie"

Ike has filmed many spiritual leaders such as Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, Gary Renard, Jon Mundy,David Hoffmeister, and now he will be filming Rev. Yolanda! 

We will be filming my live show for the movie on Nov. 17 in NYC at The Duplex (Click the link for reservations now) Please save the date and come be a part of the movie! We want to pack the house and YOU can be there with us! For more details- email me: I will be updating you here as the events fall into place.


SEPT 7 in NORWALK CT at UNITY CENTER OF PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY. $20 advance $25 at the door. Make reservations by phone 203.855.7922 or

click here for reservations online 



The Arts Center and N. Carolina Pride presents Rev. Yolanda!

Art Menius, Executive Director at The ArtsCenter, says of Rev. Yolanda:

“You have never quite experienced a show like this. Really. You have not, and you have to see it firsthand."



NC PRIDE weekend 

"Celebrating The Magnificence of All Beings"

Sept 27-29, 2013


Fri.Sept 27: "Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour"

at TheArtsCenter-Carboro, NC 8pm, $17


Sat.Sept 28, NC PRIDE PARADE 10am-3pm Duke East Campus-


Sun.Sept 29-11am Sunday Service with Rev. Yolanda & Rev.Glen Ganaway at Unity Center of Peace 919.968.1854

8800 Seawell School Rd. Chapel Hill, NC


Sun.Sept 29,7-9 pm, “The Alien Love Child-Rev. Yolanda,Drag Queen Reverend", Oasis Café, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro NC


We are so honored to be a part of this magnificenct weekend in N. Carolina. Please join us if you are in the area. I'd love to see you and share a big hug.

AND THANK YOU for voting my song HOME from my cd COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN to the#1 position on

the  Top Ten Song Chart. Click the OutVoice logo to see the chart and vote. To listen and or buy the song HOME and cd Country Gospel

Kirtan -click the cd cover here:


As always -you can email me at and visit my website for more 

Thank you for your love and support,

Rev. Yolanda!


A Quick Hello!


Just Sayin HI!

I wanted to thank all of you who came out to my birthday party on Aug 4. It was GREAT and I appreciate you. I was FLOATING!!!

Since last we spoke- YOU voted my song HOME into the #1 position on The OUTVOICE Top Ten Song Charts! WOW -I can't thank you enough. Click here for the charts and to vote: you can also hear all of my OUTVOICE chart topping songs at

THANK YOU to EASTON MOUNTAIN and all of the organizers and artists of

OUT IN THE WOODS music festival. It was an amazing time and we raised money for ARTS IN THE WOODS- a summer arts camp for Urban LGBT Youth! Here are some pics from OUT IN THE WOODS:


I have some terrific NYC and out of town gigs coming up at

One Spirit Interfaith Seminary for TAIZE on August 22, 

Unity Center in Norwalk CT on Sept 7,

the MAC Award winning concerts series: "Concerts for City Greens" on Sept 11- at Tudor City in NYC,

and in Carboro, N. Carolina at The Carboro Arts Center on Sept 27 (a weekend of shows and N. Carolina PRIDE celebrations). PLEASE visit my calendar for all details. CLICK HERE: 

As always - you can see video, hear my cd COUNTRY GOSPEL KIRTAN and see reviews, bios, pics at

Thanks so much for your love and support!

Rev. Yolanda!


I celebrate my birthday- I celebrate YOU !


I celebrate my birthday- I celebrate YOU!



with special guest Candy Samples


Miraculous Events


A series of miraculous events are unfolding

for my highest good

and the highest good of all beings :)

Greetings Friends and Happy Summer!

I have been  praying the above prayer every day now for the last 2 1/2 months. In that time I have seen big and little shifts in my own consciousness and the world around me. I have begun to look at everything in my life as a miraculous event.

It is a miracle that I wake up in the morning. Its a miracle that my body is so perfectly healthy after over 20 years living with HIV. It is a miracle that I have a loving partner in my life who is now LEGALLY my husband. It is a miracle that I always have everything I need in my life even when I don't have the cash in my pocket. Universal Source ALWAYS provides. I belive that life is a miracle and when I affirm that truth in my heart and mind ... that the world around me reflects that miracle. Even when events occur that are "bad" I know that a miracle is actually happening. The bad event is taking me somewhere I wouldn't have gone otherwise. That journey makes me who I am,

and I love who I am.

Exercise: ok ya'll.. take out a hand mirror and look into your own eyes and say "I love Myself". If that's difficult, then click here or here: or the widget below (hopefully your mail program allows the nifty soundcloud widget-if not follow one of the other links above)  You can hear all of the cd at my website


Now you may be wondering what that picture of me at the top of the newsletter is? AOL LIVE? What's that all about??

Well about a week ago, Rev. Yolanda was invited to the AOL LIVE ANCHOR auditions... it was hilarious!!! My call time was 7am-in FULL DRAG! It truly was a miraculous event to see ME get up at 4am in our Bay Ridge Brooklyn apartment and put on my full Rev. Yolanda drag, get on the subway, and easily and effortlessly make it right on time to the AOL studios without a bead of sweat (it was FREEZING on the R train). I was escorted immediately to the studio, miked up, and pushed into the light. "Your ON" they yelled ..and I said "Hi Ya'll Rev Yolanda here.. now its time for a song- I'LL FLY AWAY OL GLORY"... the studio cracked up and so did I! Here's the link to the video of the best moments from the audition. I come in at about 1minute: 

I was trending all day on the AOL Home page. You can still Tweet to AOL LIVE if you like.. they dig it. Tweet "I WANT REV YOLANDA" to #AOLLIVE



and finally.. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for 2 upcoming Miraculous Events...




AUGUST 10:  OUT IN THE WOODS MUSIC FESTIVAL at EASTON MOUNTAIN. I will be singing and emceeing. The headliner is John Cameron Mitchell.. with a virtual whos who of the LGBT MUSIC SCENE: Rachel Sage, Nojji, Justin Vivian Bond, Freddy Freeman, and many many more. Tickets at the EASTON MOUNTAIN website:



Well... thanks for being a friend :)

I'd love to offer you my free downloads if you haven't done so already. I have 3 of my  songs for download, and I'm offering an awesome new book published by my seminary One Spirit Learning Alliance. Have a look at

Thanks so much and Blessings to you and your family,

Rev. Yolanda