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Gladys Knight, Country Unplugged added to Luhrs Center schedule

Gladys Knight, Country Unplugged added to Luhrs Center schedule

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight will perform at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, as part of the H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarship Fund Benefit Dinner & Program.

Knight, who is also known as the Empress of Soul, has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary music, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including her four solo albums during the past decade.

Knight, her brother Merald, sister Brenda, and cousins William and Elenor Guest first formed a musical group called the Pips in 1952. By the end of the decade, the act had begun to tour, and had replaced Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest with Gladys Knight’s cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. In 1961 the group recorded “Every Beat of My Heart,” and released several songs on two different labels before joining Motown Records in 1966. Although first regarded as a second-string act, they scored several major his, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me,” “Friendship Train,”, “If I Were Your Woman,” and the Grammy-winning “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” (1972), and “Daddy Could Swear (I Declare)” (1973).

The act eventually left Motown and went on to have hits such as “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “The Way We Were/Try To Remember,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and the Grammy-winning “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

In 1987, Knight decided to pursue a solo career and she and the Pips recorded their final album together, All Our Love. The lead single, “Love Overboard,” was a No. 1 R&B hit and scored another Grammy for the act as well. After a tour in 1988, the Pips retired and Knight began her solo career. Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Knight has acted on TV and in film. She made her debut in the film “Pipe Dreams,” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress in 1976. In 2003, she had a short role in the movie “Hollywood Homicide,” which starred Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. In 2009, Knight was featured in Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” the film version of a play he had dramatized, and performed her song “The Need To Be” from the 1974 album, “I Feel a Song.”

For more information about Knight, go to www .gladysknight.com.

H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarships are awarded to first-year students from ethnically diverse populations, who demonstrate excellence in academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and SAT scores.

Tickets for Knight’s concert only cost $75, $85 and $95.

The H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarship Fund Benefit Dinner & Program costs $55 per person. The dinner is at 5:30 p.m. in the Tuscarora Room in Reisner Hall.

Tickets for the dinner and VIP concert seating, which includes seating in rows A, B, C or D), cost $200 per person.

For tickets and information about the dinner or the dinner and VIP concert seating, call the Shippensburg University Foundation at 717-477-1377. To order tickets for the concert only, call the box office at 717-477-7469 or go to www.luhrscenterboxoffice.com.

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Three country music stars come together for one night of country classics “Unplugged,” featuring Mark Chesnutt, Meal McCoy and Joe Diffie, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets cost $39, $49 and $59.

Chesnutt has had four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles, and 23 top-10 singles to his name. He is known for the kids “Going Through The Big D,” “It Sure is Monday,” and “All My Old Flames Have New Names.”

Neal McCoy has sold more than 5 million albums, and has 3 platinum albums. His hits include “No Doubt About It” and “Wink.”

Joe Diffie has 12 No. 1 hits and 20 top 10 hits, and albums with sales exceeding 6 million. He’s a Grammy and CMA award winner and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Diffie’s hits include “John Deere Greene,” “Pickup Man” and “Prop Me Up Beside the Juke Box (if I Die).”

For more information or to order tickets, go to www.luhrscenterboxoffice.com.

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