Amerikanske Gladys Knight aka "The Empress of Soul" er første store hovednavn på Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019. Koncerten med superstjernen afholdes i Koncertsalen i DR Koncerthuset fredag 12. juli.
Gladys Knight er syvdobbelt Grammy-vinder og kendt for indspilningerne af tidløse klassikere som “Midnight Train to Georgia”, “Baby Don’t Change Your Mind”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” og “That’s What Friends Are For” med Dionne Warwick, Elton John og Stevie Wonder.
Siden Gladys Knight begyndte sin karriere i slutningen af 1950’erne med The Pips, har hun indspillet adskillige nr. 1 hits inden for pop, soul og gospel.
Gladys Knight & The Pips var på kontrakt med Motown og Buddah Records i 1960’erne og 1970’erne, hvor de blev tidens superstjerner. Senere steg Gladys Knights stjernestatus med “That’s What Friends Are For” i 1985 og James Bond-sangen “Licence To Kill” i 1989, og i dag er den amerikanske souldronning både at finde på Hollywood ”Walk of Fame” og i ”Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame”.
Med i alt 38 albumudgivelser, en lang karriere inden for film og tv samt optrædener i Det Hvide Hus, i Royal Albert Hall og så sent som i februar til Super Bowl 2019 i hjembyen Atlanta står Gladys Knight som et ikon inden for den amerikanske soul og gospel.
Derfor er det med stor glæde, at Copenhagen Jazz Festival og DR Koncerthuset kan præsentere Gladys Knight som det første store festivalhovednavn, fredag den 12. juli i Koncertsalen.
Koncerten er en del af Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019, som finder sted på flere end 120 venues den 5.-14. juli. Info & program: www.jazz.dk
Gladys Knight (US) – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019
Gladys Knight, also known as the Empress of Soul, is the first major headliner for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019, July 5-14.
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 Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.
Gladys Knight recorded classic hits like “Midnight Train To Georgia”, “The Way We Were, Baby Don’t Change Your Mind”, “Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “You’re The Best Thing (That Ever Happened To Me)” and the 007 theme “Licence to Kill” – and the iconic “That’s What Friends Are For” with Dionne Warwick, Elton John & Stevie Wonder.
Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church and sang as a guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, her mother Elizabeth Knight created the group Gladys Knight & The Pips.
The group debuted their first album in 1960, when Knight was just sixteen. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In their early Motown career, Gladys Knight and the Pips toured as the opening act for Diana Ross and The Supremes.
Top 20 hits, like “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “If I Were Your Woman,” set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia” established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. The party kept rolling with hits like “On and On” from the Academy Award nominated soundtrack of Curtis Mayfield’s “Claudine”.
Knight enjoyed another #1 hit in 1985 when she teamed up with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on “That’s What Friends are For.” She and Stevie Wonder sang together again for the successful Frank Sinatra Duets II album, joining his voice for the song “For Once in My Life”. She recorded the title theme for the James Bond movie “License to Kill” (1989). In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight & The Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years. Adored the world over, Knight have been performing at The White House, a packed Wembley Stadium, and returned to her home state of Georgia to sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl 2019.
The 41th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place in Copenhagen on more than 120 venues on July 5-14, 2019. Info & program: www.jazz.dk