Gladys Knight performs in concert Sept. 8 at Pala

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PALA – Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul,” will perform in concert 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s Starlight Theater.

Very few singers over the past 50 years have matched Gladys Knight’s unassailable artistry. The seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary and has triumphed in film, television and live performances.

In her first effort since the 2013 album “Another Journey,” this summer marked the release of “Where My Heart Belongs,” a new inspirational gospel album and her eighth solo effort. Knight is a two-time Grammy winner in the gospel category. “Where My Heart Belongs” dropped Sept. 9 from Deseret Books recently won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.”

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 “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour,” and the following year, her mother, Elizabeth Knight, created a group consisting of Gladys, her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda, and her cousins William and Eleanor Guest. They called themselves, The Pips, in honor of their cousin and manager, James Pips Woods. In 1959, Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest left the group, replaced by their cousin Edward Patten and a friend, Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic lineup was set.

Tickets for the upcoming concert at Pala are on sale with no service charge at the Pala Box Office, by calling (877) 946-7252 or by visiting Tickets also are available at Star Tickets; call (800) 585-3737 or visit Pala is located at 11154 State Route 76, in Pala.

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