The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
In her first effort since 2013’s Another Journey – Knight’s 8th solo effort – this summer marked the release of Where My Heart Belongs, a new inspiration gospel album. Knight is a two-time Grammy winner in the gospel category, and Where My Heart Belongs dropped on September 9th from Deseret Book, and recently won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.”
Knight fans enjoyed Before Me – Knight’s last big commercial effort – which paid homage to the great legends of song – Ella, Duke, Billie, Lena – as well as the many artists who served as Knight’s friends, mentors, colleagues and inspiration throughout her career. Knight’s second collaboration with the Saints Unified Voices gospel choir, A Christmas Celebration, was an album of holiday classics. Coming off of a “Best Gospel/Choir Album” Grammy win with their debut album One Voice, Knight again directed the 100-member multi-cultural choir she formed, injecting their unique flavor and definitive soul into such Christmas staples as “Silent Night,” “White Christmas,” and a medley of “Winter Wonderland/Jingle Bells” among others.
A tireless performer who still wows audiences around the country and the world, Knight also finds the time to make forays into film and television. She appeared in the Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which featured her song “The Need to Be”). She also starred in the holiday-themed Holidaze, her first animated project to which she also contributed a track, Unbeatable Harold, and the Harrison Ford film Hollywood Homicide. On the small screen, Knight did a cameo on the Emmy-winning NBC hit comedy 30 Rock, and former FOX talent competitions American Juniors and Duets. She also starred as Jamie Foxx’s mother on The Jamie Foxx Show. Knight has appeared as a guest judge on FOX’s smash hit American Idol, and has performed in the show’s always star-studded finale.
Today, Knight and husband William, along with various other members of the family, oversee her busy career from the Las Vegas headquarters of Shakeji, Inc., her personal entertainment corporation. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, performer, restaurateur, and businesswoman with a spiritual outlook on her life. Her faith in God has been the driving force behind all of Knight’s endeavors, guiding her through her many successes.