The first-ever SoulMusic.com live video interview! The legendary, award-winning CANDI STATON in an up-close-and-personal interview with SoulMusic.com founder DAVID NATHAN in London, summer 2016. Video courtesy Paul Mason, Video Event Productions
Brilliant show by Gladys Knight on Saturday at Royal Albert Hall before a packed house of music lovers who clearly appreciate great singing and great entertainment. Gladys was away from the UK for a number of years and actually did shows here a few years ago touted as a final/farewell tour.
Thankfully, that was not the case and last year, she returned triumphantly to the same venue: I missed that show – and I’m so glad (thanks to Joanna Burns P R, Andrew Scott and Angie Becker of Kennedy Street Enterprises) that I got to see Gladys (who I first interviewed in 1972) in all her glory this time. The show moved, Gladys grooved, there were ballads (Neither One Of Us, The Best Thing That Ever Happened, I Don’t Want To Do Wrong), surprises (On & On, You’re Number One, Baby Don’t Change Your Mind), the timeless hits (Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Love Overboard), a nod to some of Gladys’ self-professed musical inspirations (via The Man I Love, Stormy Weather and Someone To Watch Over Me), a beautifully-constructed medley of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Adele’s “Hello”) and a tribute to Prince by the four background vocalists with Gladys joining in on “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999”. Truly a wonderful evenng – and my only personal disappointment was not being given the ok to go back afterwards and say ‘hello’ to a lady I’ve spoken to so many times over the past four decades…
In person interview conducted at Boisdale’s, Canary Wharf, London, April 28, 2016.
She is the voice behind a string of timeless soul and pop classics – Car Wash, I Wanna Get Next To You, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Wishin’ On A Star, Ooh Boy and I’m Goin’ Down. As the lead singer of Rose Royce from 1975-1980, Gwen Dickey experienced unprecedented success with the legendary Norman Whitfield as her musical mentor. Since leaving the group in 1980, Gwen has forged a solo career that has included collaborations with KWS on Chaka Khan’s classic hit Ain’t Nobody in 1994 and in 1998 with Jay-Z for a brand new version of the Rose Royce hit Wishing on a Star becoming a UK Top Ten hit.
Ahead of her show at one of London’s most prestigious venues, Boisdale’s in Canary Wharf, Gwen sat down with David Nathan to reminsice and reflect on her musical legacy….
SoulMusic Records has reissued (5) classic Arista albums by the legendary drummer/producer/songwriter Harvey Mason, recorded between 1975-1981
Marching In The Street
Funk In A Mason Jar