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Friday January 25, 2019
8:00 pm EST
Multiple GRAMMY®-winner Gladys Knight returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for one night only! The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time GRAMMY®-winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. In 2014, Gladys released Where My Heart Belongs, which won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album”.
Georgia-born, Knight began performing professionally at the age of four. In 1959, she and her brother Bubba formed the group, The Pips and in 1960, the group debuted their first album. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips in 1962 and the classic line-up was in place. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits, like Every Beat of My Heart, Letter Full of Tears, I Heard it Through the Grapevine and If I Were Your Woman, set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye), I’ve Got to Use My Imagination, Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me and the #1 smash Midnight Train to Georgia established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. The party kept rolling with hits like On and On from the Academy Award® nominated soundtrack of Curtis Mayfield’s Claudine, the 1974 comedy about love in the inner city. Knight enjoyed another #1 hit in 1985 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on That’s What Friends Are For.
A humanitarian and philanthropist, Knight has devoted to various worthy causes, including the American Diabetes Association, for which she is a national spokesperson, the American Cancer Society, the Minority AIDS Project, amFAR and Crisis Intervention and The Boys and Girls Club. She has been honored by numerous organizations as well, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), B’Nai Brith and is a recipient of BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.