With dance floors from all over the world set alight with love and expression in the ubiquity of their music, Sister Sledge is a group blessed to have provided the soundtrack to countless lives. Hailing from Philadelphia PA, four sisters; Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim became a shining symbol of unity in 1979 with the world-wide smash of their iconic album and song, We are Family.
The multi-lead group are responsible for some of the biggest dance anthems of all time. Lost in Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer and Thinking of You are some of their universally cherished songs that bring people together in love, life and soulful groove.
Daughters of actress Florez Sledge and Broadway tap dance artist, Edwin Sledge, the four sisters came from modest beginnings but were fed on a rich diet of music and culture, and given formal vocal training by their grandmother Viola Beatrix Williams, an acclaimed Opera Soprano. In connected sisterhood and encouraged early on by their big sister Carol, Sister Sledge was born. From receiving the Silver Award in Japan at the Tokyo Music Festival in 1974 to singing live at the World Series opening game for the World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates (who adopted We are Family as their anthem), the sisters have been blessed with an extraordinary career. They have performed at legendary events such as the Rumble in the Jungle, Ali vs Foreman boxing match in Zaire Africa, for the Clintons at The White House, and even before the Pope himself at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in their hometown Philadelphia PA.
Tragically, Joni Sledge passed away in 2017. Today founding members Debbie and Kim Sledge continue to perform as Sister Sledge, live with their incredible ensemble, honouring Joni’s life, and continuing to spread a message of love and unity that speaks to us all. In recent years the group has officially dedicated its efforts to philanthropic pursuits, having launched the Nothing is Greater Than Love (charity) Foundation, created in Joni’s memory as a resource to empower women and support under-served young people in Arts-based education.
Over the years, the group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of over 15,000,000 worldwide. They have earned over 100 awards and commendations, garnering GRAMMY Nominations for Record of the Year, Best R&B Duo or group and Joni Sledge’s Best Produced CD.