Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Gladys Knight 2004-2005

29 Jun 2004: She appeared on Bridge to Havanna, which chronicles a seven-day get-together in Havana with American, English, and Cuban musicians in 1999. It boasts a broad range of artists. On "Vacilon," Gladys Knight and Edesio Alejandro merge African-American soul and the Afro-Cuban bolero. (Source: Eugene Holley, Jr. @ Amazon.com)

Aug 2004: She sings on on Ray Charles' LP Genius Loves Company. (They are nominated for a Grammy award in February 2005.) (Source: Rock on the Net)

09 Dec 2004: Rolling Stone Magazine listed Midnight Train to Georgia as Number 492 in it's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (Source: Rolling Stone)

04 Jan 2005: She released a new album titled One Voice. It is her first album with the Saints Unified Voices, a choir she organized in 2002 "to provide an opportunity for people who wouldn’t come otherwise to an LDS meeting, where they will hear a strong Christ-centered message of the restored gospel and feel the spirit that is present." The choir is made up of more than 100 members from several stakes in the greater Las Vegas area. They bring a new level of passion and cultural awareness to the traditionally reserved LDS hymns. (Source: Deseret Book). See also "R&B legend still has passion for music" By Brian Balthazar, NBC News, 18 Jan 2005 and Gladys Knight & Saints Unified Voices @ LDS Music World

13 Feb 2005: She wins her sixth Grammy award for her duet with Ray Charles. She sang "Heaven Help Us All" on Genius Loves Company, a collection of duets with Ray Charles. But, on Grammy night, she was not present to receive her award. "I was doing a fireside in Las Vegas," she said. Her programs are so popular they have to be divided into two sessions, "and my bishop came up to me in between them and said, 'You won! You won!' I was so surprised." (Source: "Knight cherishes last duet with Charles" By Carma Wadley, Deseret Morning News, 15 Feb 2005)

20 Sep 2005: She appears on a second compilation CD from Ray Charles. This second collection of duets is titled Genius and Friends. She sings "You Were There." In August 2004, she appeared on Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company. She sang "Heaven Help Us All," and they won the Grammy for best duet. (Sources: Ray Charles eCard featuring "You Were There" and Listening Party also featuring "You Were There")

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