A Gladys Knight Scripted Series About Her Life Is In The Works
Gladys Knight will soon be releasing a mini-series about her life.
According to reports, the Empress of Soul, who recorded more than 38 albums in her career, has teamed up with Cineflix Productions to put together a scripted mini-series that she intends to executive produce through her Empress of Soul Productions banner. It was suggested that Gladys Knight’s project could be compared to “The Crown,” taking on different aspects of her life. If the project follows through, Gladys Knight would be the latest soul legend to score a series.
The “Midnight Train to Georgia,” singer has done a good choice collaborating with Cineflix Productions after they successfully produced the doc “Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy,” from Nancy Buirski. They also worked with Smokey Robinson on “Miracole in Motor City.”
Knight and The Pips, which she formed with her brother Bubba, sister Brenda, and two cousins, signed with Berry Gordy’s label in 1966 and made hits such as; “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” later recorded by Marvin Gaye, “The Nitty Gritty” and “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).” The group later signed with Buddah Records, where they recorded “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s personal life will reportedly also be covered in the series. Knight married four times — Atlanta musician James Newman; Barry Hankerson, uncle of Aaliyah; former Ohio Congressman Les Brown; and William McDowell –and birthed three children.
The 78-year-old also had a reported gambling addiction during the 1980s and one of her sons was kidnapped, leading her to spend over a million dollars to have him returned. She’s also acted in film and television and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1976 for her role in “Pipe Dreams.” In addition, she appeared on “JAG,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” and “Star and Hawaii Five-0.”
While speaking on her upcoming series, Knight said:
“At the age of 78, most people in my industry have retired, but I’m just getting started. All my life I’ve been able to sing my stories. I can now use this opportunity to show the meaning behind the words. Our partnership with Cineflix, sharing my life story, will allow me to leave a legacy of hard work and dedication. That alone is greater than any award I could ever receive. It’s important to leave large footprints that go in the right direction. That’s why Empress of Soul Productions was founded.”
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