Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsThe sisters who made “We Are Family” a classic will tell their story in a biopic.
Sister Sledge announced they are planning a feature film about their lives and career. Titled Life Song, it’s based on the memoir of Kim Sledge.
“I’m ecstatic to have been given the privilege to share our life story through my eyes,” Kim says in a statement. “It’s been an awe-inspiring journey through generations of art, heart and music!”
Consisting of Philadelphia sisters Kathy, Joni, Debbie and Kim, Sister Sledge made their recording debut in 1971. In 1979, they released their We Are Family album, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. The iconic title tune became an international hit, reaching number one and going platinum. The song became the theme of the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
The film will include footage of Sister Sledge performing in Zaire, Africa for the historic 1974 Muhammad Ali–George Forman “Rumble in the Jungle” championship fight. It will also feature their performance for Pope Francis in 2015 at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia, and their experiences with numerous music superstars, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Elton John, Earth Wind and Fire and Cher.
Joni Sledge died in 2017.
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