Gladys Knight Brings Her Holiday Celebration Concert to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio
Gladys Knight is one of the most enduring artists of the past half-century, having racked up No. 1 hits on the pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary charts. Now the seven-time Grammy Award-winner — best known for the classics “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman” — is returning to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.
The Georgia native started performing gospel music at age of 4, and began fronting the classic lineup of Gladys Knight & The Pips in 1960 at 16. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group achieved iconic status throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Top 20 hits like “Every Beat of My Heart” and “Letter Full of Tears” set the stage for an amazing run of top 10 singles including “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 chart-topping smash “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which established them as the world’s premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble.
Continued success came with hits like “On and On” from the 1974 Academy Award-nominated soundtrack of Curtis Mayfield’s “Claudine.” Knight enjoyed another No. 1 hit in 1985 when she teamed with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on “That’s What Friends Are For.” She paired with Wonder again in 1994 for the successful Frank Sinatra Duets II album, joining his voice on “For Once in My Life.” All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums throughout here career, including her most recent solo album, 2014’s Where My Heart Belongs.
In 1995, Knight earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the following year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine placed her at No. 51 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In February 2019, Knight was revealed to be the Bee on FOX’s hit series The Masked Singer, which she placed third.
A devoted humanitarian and philanthropist, Knight remains involved with a number of worthy causes, including the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, the Minority AIDS Project, amFAR and Crisis Intervention, and The Boys and Girls Club. She has been honored by numerous organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), B’Nai Brith, and is a recipient of BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tickets for Gladys Knight start at $49 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17 at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.