Gladys Knight to perform at WCA
Published 11:25 am Friday, May 20, 2022
Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will take the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore (WCA) Amphitheater stage on Sat., July 9, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the WStore.
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. In her ﬁrst eﬀort since 2013, “Another Journey” – Knight’s eighth solo eﬀort – this summer marked the release of “Where My Heart Belongs”, a new inspira3on gospel album. Knight is a two-time Grammy winner in the gospel category, and “Where My Heart Belongs” dropped on September 9, from Deseret Book, and recently won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.”
Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church and sang as a guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. Three years later, she won the grand prize on televisions “Ted Mack!s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, her mother Elizabeth Knight created the group consisisting of Gladys, her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest. They called themselves The Pips in honor of their cousin/manager, James Pip Woods. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor leave the group, replaced by cousin Edward Paten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.
The group debuted their ﬁrst album in 1960, when Knight was just sixteen. With Knight singing lead the 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 including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Leer Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
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 inspira3onal “Many Diﬀerent Roads” (1999); and “At Last” (2001). “At Last” showed the world that she s3ll 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.