Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour is the concert ministry of award winning singer songwriter drag artist Interfaith Minister
Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes
The performances feature Rev. Yolanda and special guests singing Traditional and Original Gospel Music, encompassing Spirituals, Country Gospel songs, Hymns, and Original Gospel music written by Rev. Yolanda. The show is a fun, lively, celebratory, experience of worship, praise and gratitude for God's blessings. Rev. Yolanda has designed the show to be interactive and to fit any format from Sunday Church Service, to a concert/benefit, or hospital/ nursing home program. Wherever your church or organization can use a celebration of Spirit, Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour is ready!
Your participation is vital in making the concert a personal experience for your group. Please let us know about your soloist, choir and or musical director’s interest in participating when you contact us for a booking. We enjoy combing music and working together to create a performance that reflects the Spirit of your organization.
To book Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour or for more info, please email or call firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes is an accomplished singer/songwriter/performance artist garnering awards from:
Roger was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama –The Hit Recording Capital of The World. From very early he dreamed of being a music minister and singing Gospel Music. Roger’s first band at 17 years old was a bluegrass gospel band that played traditional and original bluegrass gospel music. He continued singing and playing gospel music of all types (Black Gospel, Country Gospel, Hymns, Spirituals, and Classical Choir music) at churches, colleges, youth groups, and music festivals until his senior year of college. Roger came out of the closet as a Gay Man, at that time, and left the church, and the music he loved.
Roger moved to New York City and began to explore Theater, Performance Art, and life as a Gay Man. Roger’s journey took him to The East Village in the 80’s, a Vermont based Radical Faerie Commune in the 90’s, and back to NYC in 2000 as a Gender Bending Performance Artist by the name of Yolanda! Yolanda was born in the Radical Faerie Community and created a loyal following with his/her original musical blend of rock, pop, country, and jazz. Yolanda moved back to NYC and rocked the downtown scene with his/her band The Plastic Family, winning awards such as The GLBT Hall of Fame, OutMusician of the Year,
and hitting the top of the OutVoice music charts at #1 with the song
In 2004 Roger/Yolanda met his now husband, Glen, and they began a conscious spiritual path together. Roger explored New Thought principles as taught by Science of Mind, Unity, and A Course In Miracles. Along the way Roger decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a minister. He enrolled at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC and became an ordained Interfaith Minister in June 2011. This has been a journey of healing- back to a personal connection to Spirit. Roger’s current ministry is performing as Rev. Yolanda and creating bridges of love among communities of differing beliefs using traditional and original
Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes
Brooklyn, NY 11209