Kathy Sledge of the Sisters Sledge refused to sing with her sisters for Pope Francis in Philadelphia on Saturday. Sister Sledge is scheduled to be one of the performers for the big occasion at the World Meeting of Families in the group's hometown. As to why Kathy would not sing, the reason is unclear.
According to a press release sent on Kathy's behalf, "although the performance is being promoted as though all four original members of the group will be in concert, sisters Joni, Debbie and Kim have refused to allow youngest sibling Kathy, original member and iconic voice of Sister Sledge, from participating in the performance."
It also cites a "familial dispute that has long been developing between the sisters."
Kathy 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. She 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".
She was the youngest of four in the music group Sister Sledge and enjoyed many pop, R&B and dance/pop hits with her sisters Debra, Joni and Kim. Kathy performed the lead vocals to their biggest hits, "He's the Greatest Dancer", "We Are Family" and "Frankie". Sledge collaborated with Dance producer Robert Miles on dance/pop hit "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". 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.