Soul Queen Gladys Knight To Perform at the Hollywood Bowl
On top of preparing for a much anticipated performance at the Hollywood Bowl on August 8th and 9th, Gladys Knight has a few other tricks up her sleeve. The 70 year old “Empress of Soul” is getting ready to release a new album this September, and Where My Heart Belongs is not only meant to inspire faith in her fans, but to reestablish her connection with her gospel roots.
“My mother reassured me at a young age that my music was a gift from God Himself and that I am to share it freely for His glory,” says Knight. “My faith was formed because of her and throughout this journey of life, my faith has strengthened because I know that Jesus covers me through it all.”
While Knight may be more well known for hits like “I Heard it through the Grapevine,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” she has worked Sains United Voices Choir to record several faith-based albums, including One Voice, for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir of Chorus Album. She also won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance for her duet with the late Ray Charles, in which they sang “Heaven Help Us All.”
“My desire for this album is to motivate and serve as an introduction to Christ,” Knight says. “I vividly remember the time in my life when I felt lost, as if something was missing. I was desperately seeking answers and when I finally found the answer, I learned that it was Jesus Christ. He gave me this gift and out of obedience, I want to give Him back to the listeners.”
The eleven track album, set to release on September 9th, features tracks like “Life Song,” “Always,” and “Just Look Up.”