First Listen: Oleta Adams returns with a song of "Peace"

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(April 18, 2020) Oleta Adams seemed to come from nowhere when her song “Get Here” shot up the charts in the early 1990s. That’s not the case, however. Adams had been grinding it out the old fashioned way – in clubs in Kansas City until she came to the attention of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith from Tears For Fears. She appeared on the group’s “The Seeds of Love” album, participated in the tour and returned stateside with a record deal all her own. “Get Here,” a ballad about anxiously waiting for a loved one to return, dropped around the time that America involved in the first Gulf War, and the tune became the musical backdrop for many joyful reunions.

(April 18, 2020) Oleta Adams seemed to come from nowhere when her song “Get Here” shot up the charts in the early 1990s. That’s not the case, however. Adams had been grinding it out the old fashioned way – in clubs in Kansas City until she came to the attention of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith from Tears For Fears. She appeared on the group’s “The Seeds of Love” album, participated in the tour and returned stateside with a record deal all her own. “Get Here,” a ballad about anxiously waiting for a loved one to return, dropped around the time that America involved in the first Gulf War, and the tune became the musical backdrop for many joyful reunions.

Adams has released music at a leisurely pace over the years, so we always take notice when she has new music. This week, in the shadow of Easter, she's released a new song that was recorded several years ago but never issued. "Place of Peace" is a song about the troubles that beset us in life (sound appropriate for now) and about the prayer for calm and security: "I don't need to walk on water / Just help me find a place of peace / Lord, in You I found my shelter / Just help me find a place of peace."

It is shocking that this beautiful, somewhat bluesy song sat in the vaults for many years. It is a great single, and a song that resonates in the current times. Check it out below.

By Chris Rizik

Oleta Adams - "Place of Peace"

 
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