Gladys Knight, at the age of 71, on her last US Concert tour? The thrice divorced singer is married to fourth husband William McDowell

HitBerryPublished on   24 Aug, 2015Updated on   07 May, 2021

Singer Gladys Knight, who is turning 72 next year, is set out for a fresh concert tour in her home country, U.S.A. Given her advanced age, this might be her last concert tour ever. At such an old age, most people are surprised that she still has the guts to set out for this, but Knight has never ceased to surprise us. Everyone is excited for this main event which is scheduled to start from this August 25th.

The tickets can be bought or ordered online from websites like The opening show will take place in Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta. Altogether, six concerts are scheduled to take place in six different locations. The final concert is going to be held in the 12th of September, in Hollywood Casino Toledo, Toledo.

Gladys Knight has given nearly all her life to music and singing. She started singing at a young age of nine. She was a lead singer of the musical group called ‘The Pips’ back then. The group consisted of a couple of her young brothers and sisters and cousins. But still, they managed to record a couple of songs, some of which even turned out to be huge hits.

In 1987, Knight won the Grammy’s award along with Stevie Wonder for the song ‘That’s what friends are for’.  After that, she was nominated in three and won two more Grammy’s awards. Besides winning the Grammy, Knight has been awarded many more honors and awards from other prestigious competitions.

Currently, Knight is married to William McDowell, a corporate consultant, for nearly over a decade now. William is about ten years younger than Knight. But, as they say, age is just a number when to love. William is Knight’s fourth husband. She already had three divorces in her life.

Her first husband, Jimmy Newman, was a serious drug addict. They had two children together, James and Kenya. After a few years of their separation, Newman died. Then, in 1967, Knight remarried Barry Hankerson. In 1979, they got a divorce. The couple had a son, Shanga Hankerson. After leaving him, Knight married motivational speaker, Les Brown, in 1995. They did not have any children. Their marital relationship ended abruptly in 1997.

Besides her problems in love life, Knight had a few bad habits of her own. She was a serious gambler. She even lost 45,000 dollars in a single night. After joining the organization Gamblers Anonymous, she finally quit this habit.

Gladys Knight is now known to the audience as ‘The Empress of Soul’. She has earned this wonderful nickname and she deserves it. Knight has nearly 264k followers in the Twitter. Similarly, she has 20.4k followers in the Instagram. The multitalented star is also engaged in business now.

We are pretty sure that her concert will be a massive success. We hope she continues creating more songs in the years to come.