Strathmore Presents Gladys Knight
Empress of Soul reigns during special two-night concert engagement
4/10/2013, 9 p.m.
NORTH BETHESDA, MD – Eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has packed many lifetimes into a career that has embraced gold records, sold-out concerts, film performances and most recently a spin on "Dancing with the Stars," and on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. she brings her showmanship and soul-stirring voice to Strathmore.
Georgia-born Gladys Knight began her ascent in music after forming The Pips with her brother and cousins, which later became Gladys Knight and the Pips. The group debuted their first album in 1960, when Knight was 16 years old, going on to achieve icon status with 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 the #1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia." 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." Knight has recorded more than 40 albums over the course of her career.
Her involvement in other creative undertakings has been extensive. 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 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. 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, 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.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.