Is Gladys Knight a Mormon?

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Gladys_Knight2Gladys Knight was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” which caused the question of whether or not she is LDS to be asked more frequently. The answer is yes, she converted.

Gladys Knight is an American singer, best known for her hits recorded during the 1960s and 1970s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips.

In 1997, Gladys was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following her son and daughter.

In a newspaper article published not long after her baptism, she talked about how she was “happier than I’ve ever been.”

On the verge of celebrating 50 years in show business, Knight is starting anew, and the biggest renewal has been spiritual. Following her son and daughter, she was recently baptized into the Mormon faith.

“I know, I know,” she says, anticipating the question before it’s asked. “There are a lot of misconceptions about the Latter-day Saints, especially about their past exclusionary practices toward African Americans. . . .

“Of course I asked. I said, `Wassup with y’all and black people?’ The answer was that it’s the perfect church run by imperfect people. That was the answer I wanted to hear.'”

Faith in God, she insists, is the only way she’s survived three failed marriages, a teenage pregnancy, a gambling addiction, and a life spent on the road.

Gladys Knight has performed with the “Mormon Tabernacle Choir” on several occations. She also created and directs the LDS choir “Saints Unified Voices”, a multi-cultural choir.

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