Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944), known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian, and author. She is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, the most famous incarnation of which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest. Knight has won a total of seven Grammy awards (four as a solo artist, and three with The Pips). Knight has been married four times and given birth to three children. In 1960, Knight married her high school sweetheart, James Newman. Gladys gave birth to their son, James "Jimmy" Newman (1962–1999). She retired from the road to raise the child while The Pips toured on their own. After giving birth in 1963 to her only daughter, businesswoman Kenya (Newman) Jackson, Knight returned to recording with the Pips in order to support her family. Newman and Knight divorced in 1973. She lived in Sherwood Forest, a neighborhood of Detroit and her children attended Jesu Catholic Grade School. She married producer and Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson, who is the uncle of the late R&B singer Aaliyah, in 1974. They had one son, Shanga Hankerson, and divorced in 1981. She married motivational speaker Les Brown in 1995, but they separated and divorced in 1997. Also in 1997, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following her son and daughter. Knight married current husband, William McDowell, in 2001. They have sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Read More on the Empress Of Soul @: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladys_Knight

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