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Sister Sledge

 

Sister Sledge

On Tour


Autumn 2018 & Spring 2019

 

 

 

The sisters, Debbie, and Kim (sister Kathy stepped away from the ensemble in 1989 and Joni sadly passed away in 2017), are daughters of entrepreneur/actress Florez Sledge and acclaimed Broadway performer Edwin Sledge. Their beloved grandmother, Viola Beatrix Hairston Williams, was an alumna of the Juilliard School and of Bethune-Cookman College, where she was a personal protégé of founder Mary McCloud Bethune. An accomplished lyric-opera soprano in her own right, Mrs. Williams provided unique vocal training to the siblings early on, arranging for her granddaughters to perform at church events and community functions. The quartet, introduced to the world as "Mrs. Williams Granddaughters,” before long, formed a band and, with Debbie serving as vocal arranger, Joni as artistic director, and Mom, Florez as manager, Sister Sledge was born.

Performing jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B, flourishing both in-studio and onstage, the sisters built a formidable reputation, dazzling audiences and impressing critics from the start. Along with their busy performance schedules, the ladies also made certain to complete academic studies, each of them earning a Temple University college degree.

Having set the world's dance floors on fire with “He’s The Greatest Dancer,” the albums next release, the seminal title track, “We Are Family” skyrocketed the group into the musical stratosphere. Perfectly demonstrating the group’s ability to uplift, inspire and unify, “We Are Family” became the theme song for the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates and was sung live by the sisters at the World Series opening game. The hit songs “Lost in Music,” “Thinking of You” and “All American Girls” followed, helping to cement the group’s status as industry front-runners.

After remaining at number one for over 4 weeks in the UK with the certified Gold single “Frankie,” Sister Sledge went on to collaborate with Incognito’s Bluey on the song “World Wise and Shine” which shot to number 1 in Italy and resulted in the trio starring in their very own TV show. Joni Sledge produced the group’s 9th studio album, “African Eyes” which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Produced CD and remains one of their finest artistic achievements.

Over the years, the group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of over 15,000,000 worldwide. Garnering along the way additional Grammy Nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Duo or group, Sister Sledge has earned over 100 awards and commendations. The group has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in six of the planet’s seven continents including Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, Japan’s Nakano Sun Plaza, Britain’s renowned Glastonbury Festival, the Burg al Arab in Dubai, the Zenith in Paris, and the State House in Accra, Ghana. They also performed a rousing set at the final White House Christmas Party of the Clinton administration. 

Today, Sister Sledge remains in the international spotlight and continues to champion and support the importance and value of family while touring and performing to capacity crowds the world over. With Debbie's wide and agile vocal ranges and a band of exceptionally talented band, the group’s combined artistry is magical! Their 2014 performance headlining at the Tramlines festival in Sheffield, UK was described by The Star paper as being “one of Tramlines greatest ever nights”.

In September of 2015, Sister Sledge were honoured to be invited to perform for Pope Francis at The prestigious world Festival of Families in Philadelphia, PA, along with Andrea Bocelli and Aretha Franklin. 

On March 2017, Joni Sledge, aged of 60, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. 

During the Fall of 2018 and Spring 2019, Sister Sledge will be back for an international tour ! 


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