Gladys Knight “Empress of the Soul” Returns


Gladys Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul”, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author and seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Gladys Knight returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, February 6 at 8 pm. 

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 artistry. The seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary. She has triumphed in film, television, and live performance as well. Recently, Gladys released Where My Heart Belongs, which won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album.

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 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

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 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

 

Songs by Gladys Knight :

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-1970’s, 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 hit Midnight Train to Georgia which established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. 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, and the Minority AIDS Project. She has been honored by numerous organizations as well, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and is a recipient of BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets priced at $118.25, $93.25, $63.25 and $53.25 will be available at The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall, by calling 727.791.7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm ONLY.  The Raymond James Central Ticket Office will open one hour prior to show time.

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