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Pssst! Motown Favorite, Gladys Knight, Is Performing Two Nights At The McCallum Theatre

Palm Desert

Kicking off the Living Legend Series at The McCallum Theatre is Motown artist, Gladys Knight. With two performances backed by a seven-piece band, this...

...show promises a remarkable opening to the popular series.

So jump on that “Midnight Train to Georgia” and catch Gladys Knight on Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22 at 8pm.

Georgia born, Gladys Knight began performing music at age four in her church and as a special guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. At age seven, she won Ted Mack’s “Amateur Hour” (the 50’s TV version of today’s “Star Search”) and its $2,000 grand prize. At age eight – following encouragement from her parents – she, brother Bubba, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Elenor Guest formed a “little group” called The Pips.

In 1966, Gladys Knight and the Pips were signed to Motown Records and in 1967, they had a major hit with the original release of “I Heard it Through The Grapevine,” an uncompromisingly tough performance of a song that became a Motown standard in the hands of its author Marvin Gaye in 1969. “The Nitty Gritty” (1968) and “Friendship Train” (1969) proved equally successful, while the poignant “If I Were Your Woman” was one of the labels biggest-selling releases of 1970.

In 1972, Knight and the Pips elected to leave Motown for Buddha Records and the group found immediate success with the US chart topper “Midnight Train to Georgia,” an arresting soul ballad, while major hits such as “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” and “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” mined a similar vein.

After The Pips retired, Gladys Knight moved toward an easy listening, adult contemporary direction, which she continues to perform today.

In the community, Knight lends her hand to philanthropic efforts including the American Cancer Society, Minority AIDS Project, programs for Battered Women and Abused Children, am FAR, Homelessness, Hunger Prevention, and Crisis Intervention.

She has also been honored by numerous organizations for her dedication and selflessness to help those less fortunate. Some of these include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund – Black Women of Achievement; Congress of Racial Equality – Creative Achievement; Shaw University – Honorary Doctorate Degree; and B’Nai B’Rith – Humanitarian Award.

Presenting her remarkable music that has been honored with 10 Grammys and earned her a place in the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, Gladys Knight is truly a “Legend in Her Own Time” expressing herself as a singer, entertainer, songwriter, producer, actress, entrepreneur and humanitarian.

Opening for Gladys Knight is comedienne Loni Love, recently awarded the Jury Prize from the US comedy Arts festival in Aspen for her stand up comedy. A comedy finalist for “Star Search” Love’s other credits include “Comic View,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” in which she is a recurring sketch player. Love regularly performs at the Laugh Factory, Improv and the Ice House comedy clubs.

Tickets for Gladys Knight on Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22 at 8pm are on sale now. Ticket prices are $100/85/75/65 and are available only at the McCallum Theatre Box Office by calling 760-340-ARTS, online at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by walk-up.

The McCallum Theatre Box Office is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260. The McCallum Theatre accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

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