Long a fixture in Kansas City’s music community, Oleta Adams received a big career boost with the release of Tears for Fears’ third album on Sept. 25, 1989.
Born and reared in Washington state, Adams moved to Kansas City on the advice of her vocal coach. She quickly made a name for herself playing hotel bars and showrooms.
There are songs I never get tired of hearing, and this is one of them. This is one of the outstanding recordings of the last 20 years. Oleta Adams is not a flashy singer, but she’s a masterful one, and you can hear it from the moment she opens her mouth to sing.
This is a live performance that was broadcast on the BBC in 1991. The audio is not particularly good (it sounds like it was originally recorded on VHS tape and then transferred to a digital file), but it’s worth hearing the interplay between the band.
Today in KC’s Music History: “The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears