Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul”, will be at the State Theatre on Wednesday, April 24, at 8 pm. The program will include Knight’s hit songs such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” and more.
Knight has been performing for most of her life. She started her singing career at the age of four as a member of the gospel choir at Mount Mariah Baptist Church. After winning the grand prize on the television show Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour in 1953, Knight soon formed The Pips, whose members consisted of her brother Bubba, her cousins William Guest and Edward Patten, and friend Langston George. In 1960, when Knight was just 16, the group’s first album was released; after that, the group went on to deliver many memorable hits, such as “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman.” Their 1973 smash-hit “Midnight Train to Georgia” propelled the group to pop/R&B superstardom. The group received four Grammy® Awards over the course of their career, and was recognized for their success in the industry when they were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
In 1985, Knight worked with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Dionne Warwick on the song “That’s What Friends are For,” which became a number-one hit. Four years later, she recorded the title theme to the James Bond film License to Kill. Knight has recorded over 36 albums in her career, as well as four solo albums, including Good Woman (1991), Just for You (1994), Many Different Roads (1999), and At Last (2001).
In 2012, Knight released the single “Settle,” which was featured in Tyler Perry’s drama For Colored Girls. For her impressive accomplishments, Knight received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. In 2004, Knight was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual BET Awards ceremony. The next year, she accepted a Grammy® for her duet with the late Ray Charles on his posthumous album Genius Loves Company.
More than simply a musician, Knight has worked in the fields of both production and acting. In 1986, she produced and starred in the Cable Ace Award-winning HBO® special Sisters in the Name of Love, which co-starred Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle. Later that year, Knight displayed her acting skills in the CBS comedy Charlie & Co. alongside Flip Wilson. She was recently featured in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and also made a cameo on the NBC hit comedy 30 Rock.
Ticket prices will be from $35 to $105.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit online at StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office is located at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick.