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Gladys Knight Opens in Boston Following Grammy Nomination For 'Many Different Roads'
Boston Globe pgF1 22Feb00 A2
By Steve Morse: Globe Staff

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- LDS popular music singer Gladys Knight, whose album "Many Different Roads" was nominated for a grammy recently, will open tomorrow in the Boston production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the musical review based on the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote hits like "Hound Dog" (sang by Elvis Presley), "Jailhouse Rock" (Presley), "Charlie Brown" (the Coasters) and many others. Knight was recruited for the Broadway production of the show last year.

Knight loves the show and is happy to be performing it, ''It's a wonderful feel-good musical show,'' she says. ''Even if you weren't born during the time when this music was popular, you'd still have a sense of recognition because the things they have written about are still so relevant today. Everybody knows a Charlie Brown - you know, that person who creates havoc and makes mischief and keeps something going all the time. We've still got those kind of people. And it makes for a really fun show. The music is great and the way they've opted to present it is unique, fresh, and uplifting.''

Knight joined the LDS Church two years ago, and says that her faith helps her handle the challenges of life, ''Whoever is not treating someone fairly, they're going to have to answer for that. I don't even have to worry about it. I don't have to spin my wheels dealing with it. I just need to still make my music and he will grant me a way to do that.''

But she is not sitting on her laurels either. She has a new pop album that she hopes to get out this year through MCA Records and is about to release a physical fitness book, "Body Temples," written with her fitness guru, Al Claiborne. Knight, who is a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Foundation, works out five times a week and is careful with her sugar intake. She reports losing 40 pounds and says she feels terrific, ''I'm just trying to get this body temple to feel right.''

The Deseret News' Jerry Johnston called her a 'pioneer' last week, echoing the endorsement of the New York-based Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which honored her with a 'Pioneer Award' two years ago. However, Johnston called Knight a pioneer for becoming the first LDS artist to get the attention of the Christian music market, hopefully opening the way for other LDS artists to follow.

See also:

Jerry Johnston: Knight is winner -- as pioneer in LDS faith
Deseret News 19Feb00 A2
By Jerry Johnston



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