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Gladys Knight

 
Birth Place:
Atlanta, GA, USA
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This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: May 28, 1944 (77)

Birth Place: Atlanta, GA, USA

Bio:
This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Special Guest Star [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Guest Star [Replacement]

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Special Guest Star [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Guest Star [Replacement]

Gladys Knight Biography

This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as lead single from her twelfth studio album that she is currently on.

Knight who is a tw0-time Grammy winner in the gospel category, yet again embraced her gospel roots, releasing her inspirational album “Where My Heart Belongs”, in September 2014. The album was a major success and won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.”

Christmas Season of 2014 found Knight returning to the small screen in the Lifetime original movie “Seasons of Love”. In the story about two lovers as they journey through life, love and family, Knight stars alongside Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson and fellow Grammy winner Cliff “Method Man” Smith. In the New Year she will guest on Lee Daniels and FOX TV’s new series “Empire” opposite Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

Knight enjoyed success from her 8th solo effort, “Another Journey” with hit singles “I Who Have Nothing” as well as the up-tempo track “Settle,” produced by Randy Jackson, with whom she previously collaborated with on her Grammy-winning album, “At Last.” Knight also enjoyed the success of her song “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” which appeared over the end credits of the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels film THE BUTLER.

Also on the small screen, Knight shared her musical expertise on the first and second season of Centric’s original series “Apollo Live.” Joining judges Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins, the legendary songstress gave guidance to contestants as they took the stage with the hope to jumpstart their career in the entertainment industry.

No stranger to performing and light choreography over the course of her career, Knight raised the stakes when she put on her dancing shoes in the spring of 2012. She joined the cast of ABC’s hit reality competition “Dancing with the Stars” for season 14, partnering with Tristan MacManus.

The year of 2011 was a year of much recognition as Knight was both honoring and being honored, first at a Michael Jackson tribute concert, and then at the 2011 Soul Train Awards. At the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Knight joined such performers as Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, and Smokey Robinson in a tribute to the legendary King of Pop in a concert event called “Michael Forever.” Following that, Knight was honored with a “Legend Award” alongside fellow recipients Earth, Wind & Fire on the BET broadcast of the 3rd annual Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” a longtime Las Vegas resident, returned to the Strip in the late-2000s to the famed Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas. This followed a successful four-year show run at The Flamingo, which the Las Vegas Review-Journal praised as “the number-one show on the Strip.” A tireless humanitarian, Knight is an iconic supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, to which she donated a Randy Jackson-produced song, “The Dream.” As the celebrated singer of the timeless song “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Knight was a natural fit as national spokesperson and host of Amtrak’s National Train Day, the celebration of which took place Washington, DC’s famed Union Station.

In February 2011, Knight reunited with Elton John, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder for the first time in 25 years to perform their Grammy-winning song, “That’s What Friends Are For” at an AIDS research benefit at the downtown Cipriani in New York. Adored the world over, Knight then toured across the UK, performing at packed arenas that included a sold-out performance at Wembley Stadium.

Knight fans enjoyed Before Me – Knight’s last big commercial effort – which paid homage to the great legends of song – Ella, Duke, Billie, Lena – as well as the many artists who served as Knight’s friends, mentors, colleagues and inspiration throughout her career. Knight’s second collaboration with the Saints Unified Voices gospel choir, A Christmas Celebration, was an album of holiday classics. Coming off of a “Best Gospel/Choir Album” Grammy win with their debut album One Voice, Knight again directed the 100-member multi-cultural choir she formed, injecting their unique flavor and definitive soul into such Christmas staples as “Silent Night,” “White Christmas,” and a medley of “Winter Wonderland/Jingle Bells” among others.

Adding to her already impressive collection, Knight won another Grammy for her duet with the late Ray Charles on his posthumous album Genius Loves Company (2005). The duo won for Best Gospel Performance for their duet “Heaven Help Us All.” Knight’s solo album At Last also won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album in 2002 and featured a duet with Jamie Foxx, “I Wanna Be Loved.” During the televised opening ceremonies kicking off the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Knight performed “This is Our Time” (which she co-wrote with husband William McDowell), which was featured on a commemorative Olympic album.

A tireless performer who still wows audiences around the country and the world, Knight also finds the time to make forays into film and television. Her version of “I Hope You Dance” played during the end credits of Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER, and she appeared in his film I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (which featured her song “The Need to Be”). She also starred in the holiday-themed HOLIDAZE, her first animated project to which she also contributed a track, UNBEATABLE HAROLD, and the Harrison Ford film HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE. On the small screen, Knight did a cameo on the Emmy-winning NBC hit comedy “30 Rock”, and also appeared in NBC’s “Las Vegas,” former CBS hit “JAG,” and former FOX talent competitions “American Juniors” and “Duets.” She also starred as Jamie Foxx’s mother on “The Jamie Foxx Show.” Knight has appeared as a guest judge on FOX’s smash hit “American Idol,” and has performed in the show’s always star-studded finale. In season two of “Idol,” Knight famously dubbed eventual winner Ruben Studdard the ‘Velvet Teddy Bear” while she sat in the guest judge’s chair.
Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church and sang as a guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, her mother Elizabeth Knight created the group consisting of Gladys, her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest. They called themselves The Pips in honor of their cousin/manager, James Pip Woods. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group, replaced by cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.

The group debuted their first album in 1960, when Knight was just sixteen. 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 with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on “That’s What Friends are For.” She and Stevie Wonder sang together again for the successful Frank Sinatra Duets II album, joining his voice for the song “For Once in My Life” in 1994.

All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade: “Good Woman” (1991); “Just for You” (1994); the inspirational “Many Different Roads” (1999); and “At Last” (2001). “At Last” showed the world that she still has what it takes to record a hit album, employing the talents of contemporary producers like Randy Jackson, Gary Brown and James D.C. Williams III, Jon John, Jamey Jaz, Keith Thomas, Tom Dowd and Tiger Roberts.

Her involvement in other creative undertakings, business ventures and humanitarian activities has been extensive, and has brought her honors from industry and community alike. In 1986, she produced and starred in the Cable Ace Award-winning “Sisters in the Name of Love,” an HBO special co-starring Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle. That same year, she showcased her acting ability when she co-starred with Flip Wilson in the CBS comedy “Charlie & Co.” Other acting roles followed on such TV shows as “Benson,” “The Jefferson’s” and “New York Undercover,” and in such television films as “Pipe Dreams,” “An Enemy Among Us” and “Desperado.” She recorded the title theme for the James Bond movie “License to Kill” (1989). In 1999, she completed a starring run on Broadway in the smash musical hit “Smokey Joe’s Café.”

In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight & The Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Knight published an autobiography, “Between Each Line of Pain and Glory” (a line taken from her million selling recording “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”), in 1997, and the next year, she and The Pips were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual BET Awards ceremony.




Gladys Knight News

Whoopi Goldberg, The Roots, Tyler Perry, Kenan Thompson & More to Take Part in Apollo Photo Whoopi Goldberg, The Roots, Tyler Perry, Kenan Thompson & More to Take Part in Apollo Theater 2022 Spring Benefit
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

The Apollo Theater today announced the 2022 Apollo Spring Benefit, the historic Theater’s largest annual fundraising event, will return as an in-person event on Monday, June 13, with the theme “The Renaissance Is Now!”

The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesda Photo The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesday Nights This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

THE DJANGO will bring another month of stellar jazz by some of the field’s heroes alongside young, emerging artists.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, May 4, 202 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, May 4, 2022
by TV Scoop - Apr 28, 2022

Get all the scoop on THE MASKED SINGER, airing on FOX on Wednesday, May 4, 2022! Plus, see who was un-masked on the most recent episode now!

Circle Theatre Pays Tribute to Michigan Roots With GET READY: The Music of Motown Photo Circle Theatre Pays Tribute to Michigan Roots With GET READY: The Music of Motown
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2022

Circle Theatre, West Michigan’s go-to destination for exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting, will pay tribute to Michigan roots with Get Ready: The Music of Motown, directed by Darius Colquitt. From the 1960s to today, Motown has shaped musicians and communities for generations. Songs from Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and more!

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, April 27,  Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, April 27, 2022
by TV Scoop - Apr 21, 2022

Get all the scoop on THE MASKED SINGER, airing on FOX on Wednesday, April 27, 2022! Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode now!

The Apollo Theater, ACO & NBT to Present THE GATHERING: A COLLECTIVE SONIC RING SHOUT Photo The Apollo Theater, ACO & NBT to Present THE GATHERING: A COLLECTIVE SONIC RING SHOUT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

On Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm ET live and in-person, three major, mission-aligned organizations-the Apollo and American Composers Orchestra (ACO), with co-curation by National Black Theatre (NBT)- will present The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout.

American Composers Orchestra & The Apollo Theater Co-Present THE GATHERING - A COLLEC Photo American Composers Orchestra & The Apollo Theater Co-Present THE GATHERING - A COLLECTIVE SONIC RING SHOUT
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 19, 2022

American Composers Orchestra continues its 2021-2022 season, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and President Melissa Ngan, with The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout co-presented by ACO and the Apollo Theater and co-curated with National Black Theatre in partnership with Gateways Music Festival and Harlem Chamber Players, on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 8pm at the Apollo.

New Black Fest at the Apollo to Launch This Week Photo New Black Fest at the Apollo to Launch This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

 This month marks the launch of New Black Fest at the Apollo, a festival celebrating contemporary Black playwrights from across the nation. On April 22, 23, and 25 at 7pm, audiences will have the opportunity to see original works by 18 playwrights, each commissioned by the Apollo and New Black Fest co-founder Keith Josef Adkins. 

Guitarist/Composer Anthony Wilson Releases 'The Bridge' From Forthcoming Album 'The P Photo Guitarist/Composer Anthony Wilson Releases 'The Bridge' From Forthcoming Album 'The Plan Of Paris'
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 15, 2022

Renowned guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson has released today a new single and lyric video from his forthcoming album The Plan of Paris—the 13th in a career that began in 1997 with his self-titled, Grammy-nominated debut.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, April 20,  Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, April 20, 2022
by TV Scoop - Apr 14, 2022

Get all the scoop on THE MASKED SINGER, airing on FOX on Wednesday, April 20, 2022! Plus, watch Jennifer Holliday be the latest celebrity to be un-masked on the series!

Gladys Knight Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for SUMMER OF SOUL! VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for SUMMER OF SOUL!
by Stage Tube - Jun 16, 2021

The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

VIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer for SUMMER OF SOUL, Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda VideoVIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer for SUMMER OF SOUL, Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2021

Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now.

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'If I Were Your Woman' VideoVIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'If I Were Your Woman'
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

In the latest Kellyoke, Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a soulful cover of 'If I Were Your Woman' by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

BWW Exclusive: Watch Nick Cordero's Last Public Performance, 'Dear Hate'- The Single  VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch Nick Cordero's Last Public Performance, 'Dear Hate'- The Single Is Available Now!
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2021

Just yesterday, Americans paused to remember the 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in a special ceremony at our nation's capital. One of those lives was beloved Broadway veteran Nick Cordero.  Today, Broadway Records has announced the release of Nick’s last public performance, a song with the timely message that love conquers all despite the existence of hate.

VIDEO: Watch Sly5thAve's Video for 'More or Less' VideoVIDEO: Watch Sly5thAve's Video for 'More or Less'
by Stage Tube - Nov 11, 2020

Recorded live in New York, at The Bridge Studio “More Or Less feat. Marlon Craft (NYC Edit)” sees Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sly5thAve team up with prolific New York MC Marlon Craft on this special edit of the NYC-Texas inspired “More Or Less'.

VIDEO: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Stars Take On a DEAR EVAN HANSEN Hit! VideoVIDEO: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Stars Take On a DEAR EVAN HANSEN Hit!
by Stage Tube - Dec 1, 2017

Hollens & Evynne Hollens. Watch below as the duo celebrates their tenth anniversary with a hit from a different Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen!

VIDEO: On This Day, April 14: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens on Broadway
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2017

On this day in 2013, Motown the Musical opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. 

BWW TV: Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and More Chat West End's MOTOWN on the Red Carpet
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2016

Last night (8 March 2016) marked the opening of the West End production of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Last month, due to public demand, a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale taking bookings at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 18 February 2017. Click below to watch the stars strut the red carpet, including Gordy, director Randolph-Wright, Beverley Knight and more!

VIDEO: Trailer for Lifetiime Aaliyah Biopic THE PRINCESS OF R&B, Airing Tonight
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Lifetime will present the World Premiere of AALIYAH: THE PRINCESS OF R&B tonight, November 15th at 8/7c. Check out a first look below!

VIDEO: Fox Debuts New Trailer for Midseason Drama EMPIRE
by Tyler Peterson - Oct 25, 2014

Fox has released a new trailer for its midseason drama, EMPIRE, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson - check it out below!


Gladys Knight Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Gladys Knight been in?
Gladys Knight has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Gladys Knight been in?
Gladys Knight has not appeared in the West End