A musical journey of the life of the American icon Billie Holiday, starring Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge)
of her day who rose to become a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Holiday's soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Kathy Sledge celebrates Billie's masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, through the channeling of her songs, which are as well known today as they were decades ago. Travel back with Ms. Sledge as she delivers a reincarnation of Lady Day's poignant voice: A style still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.
Grammy Nominated Recording Artist and International Entertainer
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kathy Sledge is the youngest of five girls from Edwin and Florez Sledge. By age of 6 she was singing songs with her sisters in perfect harmony. Who would of guessed that only 10 years later she would record a song that would literally touch the hearts of millions around the world. Kathy was born to perform. Along with vocal coaching and teachings from her grandmother, an experienced opera singer her instinctive ability was bred from her father Edwin Sledge, of the legendary Broadway tap duo "Fred and Sledge" and her mother, singer and actress Florez Sledge. In addition to numerous performance for the congregation at her local church, Kathy's elementary school years were spent performing in clubs and at local talent shows. With rising popularity in Philadelphia, word around town was that the "Sledge Sisters" were the 'act to see.' A talent promoter contacted them to perform at a local cabaret, and the rest, as they say is truly amazing history.
Kathy and her sisters signed their first record deal with Atco Records, resulting in very first #1 hit "Mama Never Told Me." They went on to record their second international hit "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me," which landed #1 on the Japanese charts. following this Kathy and her sisters won the prestigious and highly sought after Silver Award at the Tokyo Music Festival. After meeting Kathy and her sisters hit songwriters Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote and produced "We Are Family" reflecting their real life family. The song and the album went on to reach No 1 position on every imaginable chart all over the universe and also earned a Grammy nomination. The album also spawned two additional hit songs "Lost In Music" and "He's the Greatest Dancer." Kathy recorded the vocals to "We Are Family" in just one take. Sister Sledge went on to double platinum success on several albums.
In 1992, Kathy Sledge signed with Epic Records as a solo artist. Her first LP "Heart," featured the singles "Take Me Back to Love Again" and the ballad "All of My Love, with the remix of "Take Me Back to Love Again" becoming a huge dance hit. After departing from Epic Records Kathy recorded several dance hits on independent and foreign labels including, a Stevie Wonder cover song from "Songs in the Key of Life, titled "Another Star," and the maxi CD single "Another Day."
Kathy Sledge, is a undisputed world renowned, international recording artist. Summer 2014 Kathy releases a new dance single, "Keep It Movin" (EDM) and a new urban single "A Little A Lot" in Fall 2014. Currently receiving stellar reviews for her performance in the one woman show "Brighter Side of Day" a tribute to legendary singer Billie Holiday, co-produced by jazz legend Stanley Clarke.
A well versed resource within the music industry, adding actress, producer and manager to her resume of experience Kathy Sledge is well aware of the business of music in front and behind the scenes. Her upcoming book and motto, "No, Means Next" will inspire her Focus Sessions: MusicBiz at Sea workshop, offering keen insight on how to maintain and sustain a career the in music/entertainment industry.