Gladys Knight Tickets
There is no more respected female name in Motown music than Gladys Knight. The singer, who is known by many as the “Empress of Soul,” has proved how deserving she is of this title through her long and enviable career. For decades the singer has been creating soulful music with her deep and alluring voice and proving that she truly is one of the most talented music icons in the industry today. Knight first got her start in 1960s and 1970s when she recorded numerous hits both for Motown and Buddha records labels. During this time, she performed with her group Gladys Knight and the Pips; a band that had a rotating lineup but typically featured her brother Pip and cousins.
The Atlanta native formed together with the Pips in the 60s and in 1966 they were signed by Motown. Gladys Knight began her career by opening for The Supremes, until the singer claimed that Diana Ross kicked her off the tour because audiences had a much stronger appreciation for Knight than Ross. The group, lead by Knight and her powerful vocals then went on to release hit singles like “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I were Your Woman,” “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong,” and “Neither One of Us (wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).”
Gladys would go on to eventually leave Motown. Even though she departed from the iconic label, she had even more success after leaving the Motown Family. She would go on to win Grammy Awards and release numerous hits including one of her most successful songs ever; “Midnight Train to Georgia.” This song was a number one hit on the pop and R&B charts and even was a top 5 hit in the U.K. The award-winning song helped catapult the singer’s career and she began releasing hit after hit.
Gladys eventually stopped recording with Pip and would continue to have numerous number one records and hit chart-topping singles on her own accord. She was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame among other awards. Even after decades of performing, Gladys Knight has shown that she still has her legendary knack for entertaining as she embarked on a 2012 nation-wide tour that will last through the summer of 2012.