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.