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Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and producer. Sledge is best known as a founding member and lead singer of the family vocal group Sister Sledge (made up of her sisters). Embarking on her solo career in 1989, Sledge has had several hits on the International Pop and Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Take Me Back to Love Again“, which hit #1 in 1992. Sledge continues to tour throughout the United States and worldwide.

Background

Born in 1959, Sledge is the granddaughter of former opera singer Viola Williams, and daughter to Florez Sledge and former Broadway star Edwin Sledge of dance-tap duo “Fred and Sledge”. Sledge is the youngest of four daughters in the music group Sister Sledge and enjoyed several R&B and dance/pop singles with her sisters Debbie, Joni and Kim. Kathy performed the lead vocals on the two Top Ten US hits the group had on the Hot 100, “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family“. In 1992, Kathy released a solo album, ‘Heart’, which peaked at #86 on the R&B charts. The album produced two singles, “Take Me Back to Love” (US R&B #24) and “All of My Love” (US R&B #57). Sledge collaborated with dance producer Robert Miles on the dance/pop single “Freedom” 1997. She returned to the dance chart in 2001 as a featured vocalist for King Britt‘s musical project Sylk 130 on the track “Rising”.

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In 2011, she released a track called “Give Yourself Up” on Universal Records, featuring Adam Barta, and produced by Mike Rizzo and Mr. Mig, which hit Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Club Play Chart.  September 2013, she was the first signing of the new Pacific Electronic Music record label formed by Jerry L. Greenberg (former President of Atlantic Records), Max Martire & Lenny Ibizarre.

On September 25, 2013, Sledge received an “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award at the 16th DJ Awards at PachaIbiza. and performed the new Aristofreeks remix of “We Are Family“. The first release of the 5 remixes of “We Are Family” that she re-recorded with the Aristofreeks were released on November 11, 2013. She also has a single together with the same group, “Keep It Moving” (2014), which went up to the No.2 spot on the US Dance chart.

Personal life

Kathy Sledge has been married to Philip Lightfoot since 1981 and together they have two children.

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