Time: April 1, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm
Location: Arena Theater
Street: 7326 Southwest Freeway
City/Town: Houston Texas
Website or Map: http://www.arenahouston.com/e…
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Bob Fuldauer
Latest Activity: Mar 18
The "Empress of Soul," Motown Legend Gladys Knight in Concert
One of the great soul singers of all time, eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight, rolls gthe "Midnight Traikn to Georgia" into Houston's Arena Theatre. "The Empress of Soul," shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed, she had a unique full-circle experience when she again became another talent contest hopeful on TV's "Dancing With the Stars" sixty years after winning Ted Mack's The Original Amateur Hour TV show contest at the age of seven. In between, she has constantly worked to improve and expand her talent, from different collaborations and exploring musical styles to taking on acting roles to critical acclaim. The year after winning the Original Amateur Hour, at the tender age of eight, she and family members and friends banded together to form the group "The Pips."
They made the Top Ten in 1961 with the heavily doo wop-influenced “Every Beat of My Heart,” recording fine pop-soul sides for the Fury and Maxx labels in the early and mid-'60s such as "Letter Full of Tears" and "Giving Up," but Knight didn't hit her commercial stride until she moved to Motown in 1966.
Steeped in the gospel tradition, like so many soul singers, Knight & the Pips developed into one of Motown's most dependable acts, scoring big hits with some rabble-rousers such as "Friendship Train" and the original recorded version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; mainstream mid-tempo soul like "It Should Have Been Me" and "The End of Our Road"; and smooth ballads like "If I Were Your Woman."
In 1973, Knight had her biggest Motown hit with "Neither One of Us," which made number two; shortly afterward, she and the Pips left Motown for Buddah. The early 70s saw a string of hits, including the smash number one "Midnight Train to Georgia," "I’ve Got to Use My Imagination," and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years.
A tireless performer who still wows audiences around the country and the world, Knight has also found time over the years to make forays into film, television, and theater. She credits her faith in God as the driving force behind all of her endeavors, guiding her through her many successes.