One of the legends of American Soul, Grammy-winning Gladys Knight has had a deep influence on the music world throughout her five-decade career. From April 3-5, Knight will be bringing her one-of-a-kind performance to The Orleans Showroom.
Gladys Knight made her solo singing debut at the age of four in a Baptist church in Atlanta. In 1952, shortly after winning a prize for her performance on the televised Ted Mack Amateur Hour, eight-year old Gladys formed The Pips with her brother, sister and two cousins. With young Gladys supplying the throaty vocals and The Pips providing impressive harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, recording some of the most memorable songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
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-‘70s. Top 10 gold-certified singles such as “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Good-bye),” “I Have Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the No. 1 smash-hit “Midnight Train to Georgia” established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premier pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.
Recording nine solo albums over the years, and teaming with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers and Patti LaBelle, Knight has topped the charts and enjoyed numerous No. 1 hits. In addition to her vocal talent, Knight’s involvement in other creative undertakings, business adventures and humanitarian activities has been extensive and has brought her widespread honors and acclimation.
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. Knight recorded the title theme for the James Bond movie License to Kill in the late ‘80s. In 1999, she completed a starring run on Broadway in the small musical hit Smokey Joe’s Café. Knight also managed to find time to publish her autobiography entitled, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory.
Tickets are now available starting from $74.95, plus tax. Showtime is
8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at
702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.