Debbie Sledge wants her children to carry on the legacy of Sister Sledge when she quits acting rather than holograms.
The 67-year-old singer is now shooting her band’s greatest hits as Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary, and the line-up includes daughter Camille Sledge, son David Sledge and nephew Thaddeus, the son of original Sledge member Joni Sledge, who died aged 60 in 2017. Vocalist Tanya Ti-et completes the group.
Debbie and Camille are aware of ABBA’s London hologram show, “ABBA Voyage”, which features the four members – Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – recreated in their heyday performing “ABBAtars “.
However, mother and daughter want Sister Sledge to continue with the family performing beloved tracks like “We Are Family”, “Lost In Music” and “Thinking Of You”.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, singer Camille said: “I love how the technology is being used. I’ve seen Tupac [Shakur] on hologram but I just like live music and a live audience. I’m really just a live performance person, I’ve always loved it and I think it’s because of my mom.”
Adding that she hopes her children will be playing as Sledgendary for years to come, Debbie added: “That’s a thought that crossed my mind.
“I hope whatever they do, they will continue to share their talents, grow and do things that will make them happy. They are true artists and they are in the element with that and me that they continue with this, whether I’m there or not. I hope they continue.
Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary will be performing in the UK at the ‘Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2022’ this weekend and they can’t wait to perform in front of their passionate fans again.
Debbie and Camille believe the reason Sister Sledge’s songs have lasted for six decades has as much to do with the family aspect of the band – which originally also included Debbie’s siblings Kim Sledge, Kathy Sledge and Joni – as well as the “superb” melodies.
In the joint interview, Debbie said: “I think we had some really popular songs and I think we just love singing these great songs.
“We’ve been coming to the UK for so long that we feel like we have family here now.
“I think it’s the family aspect.”
Camille reflected, “Mom and her sisters are really sisters and I think people really relate to that. I’ve heard fans come up to my mom and say, ‘Me and my real sisters would stand in front the mirror with hairbrushes and act like we were Sister Sledge. Families always protest and say things like that. Songs are still at family gatherings, they’re still at weddings, they’re still at family functions.
‘Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2022’ takes place at Glynde Place in East Sussex, England from July 1-3 and the lineup also includes Erykah Badu, Gregory Porter, TLC, Tom Misch and Lianne La Havas among many other artists .
Visit Lovesupremefestival.com for tickets and more information.