Gladys Knight returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m.
CLEARWATER - Multiple Grammy winner Gladys Knight returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for one show only, Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. This will be her first performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2010.
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been on one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
This year Knight released her much anticipated eighth solo album, Another Journey, featuring the hit I Who Have Nothing. The album also features the up-tempo track Settle, produced by Randy Jackson, with whom she previously collaborated with on her Grammy-winning album, At Last.
Georgia-born, Knight began performing professionally at the age of 4. 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 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 No. 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 No. 1 hit in 1985 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on That’s What Friends Are For.
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.
A tireless humanitarian, Knight is an iconic supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America. She recently donated a Randy Jackson-produced song, The Dream, to motivate youths to fulfill their dreams, raise awareness of the need for BGCA, as well as create a way to support the non-profit through iTunes purchases. In the song itself, the choir singing along with Knight was comprised of members of the Bronx-based Kips Bay BGC, the same one that superstar and BGCA national spokesperson Jennifer Lopez grew up in.
Tickets are priced at $95, $79, $55 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Pre-show dining is also available.