Gladys Knight is an American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian, and author. She is best known for her soulful recordings with the Pips on both the Motown and Buddah record labels. Songs which she and the Pips recorded in the 60’s and 70’s such as “I Heard It through the Grapevine,” “Neither One of Us,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “You Are the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me” are classics by all rights. She is a seven-time Grammy awards winner (four as a solo artist and three with the Pips), is currently ranked number eighteen in the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records’ list of the most successful female musical artists of all time, and is well-known as the “Empress of Soul.”
Gladys was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1997, and in 2001, she married William McDowell. In 2002, she formed the Saints United Voices (SUV) Choir in Las Vegas which performs free concerts in LDS churches and on television.
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In an up close and personal interview for Arise Entertainment 360, the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight talks about the early days of Motown, the struggles that she faced as a single parent, and how she overcame a gambling addiction and also quit smoking. She also talks...