Singer Gladys Knight didn’t get her honourary title “Empress Of Soul” for nothing. At age seven she won a TV talentshow, and just a year started The Pips with her brother, sister and two cousins. Later, the group, with a partly different line-up, was signed to the famous Motown label as Gladys Knight & The Pips. They scored most of their big hits in the 60s and 70s, such as I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Train To Georgia and Baby Don’t Change Your Mind. Knight went solo in the late 80s. Nowadays, she has eight Grammy’s to her name and even a Las Vegas theatre named after her. In recent years, Knight, now at the age of 68, also appeared as an actress in several films and has been doing a lot of charity work. Her latest album, ‘Before Me’, was released in 2006; new work has been announced.