Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kathy Sledge is the youngest of five girls from Edwin and Florez Sledge. By age 6 she was singing songs with her sisters in perfect harmony.
Kathy was born to perform. Along with vocal coaching and teachings from her grandmother, an experienced opera singer, her father was the other half of the legendary Broadway tap dance duo, Fred & Sledge. Kathy’s elementary school years were spent performing in churches, clubs and local talent shows.
As their star rose in the Philadelphia area, word around town was that the “Sledge Sisters” was the ‘act to see’. A talent promoter contacted them to perform at a local cabaret and the rest is truly amazing history.
Sister Sledge signed their first record deal with Atco Records, leading to their first No. 1 record in the UK ‘Mama Never Told Me’. Their second international hit record ‘Love, Don’t You Go Through No Changes on Me’ landed at No. 1 on the Japanese charts, after which Sister Sledge won the prestigious and highly sought after Silver Award at the Tokyo Music Festival.
The start of the millennium was a monumental time for Kathy and her sisters. In addition to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, Sister Sledge was voted by VH1 one of the most successful girl groups of all time, second only to the Supremes. In 2001 “We Are Family” was voted the No. 2 biggest record of all time.
Here is a look at the new “Sizzle reel” of the We Are Family Television series.