Congrats to LaBelle!!

Possible Duet with Dionne Warwick

Dionne is seriously interested in doing a duet with Ms. Patti! 

AXS TV salutes a pair of influential Female Legends on February 20, as Rock Legends bows down to the “Queen Of Rock N’ Roll,” Tina Turner, in a special hour-long episode; and soul songstress Patti LaBelle discusses her eclectic career on The Big Interview. The month comes to a close on February 27 with a Let’s Dance Rock Legends lineup highlighting the smooth moves of prolific powerhouse Prince, superstar soul man James Brown, and “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect Of Rock N’ Roll” Little Richard

Over The Top With Patti LaBelle

During your holiday celebrations, we hope you had the chance to indulge in the sweet deliciousness of Patti LaBelle’s pies. If not, you definitely missed out.

Since the viral video recommendation of YouTube singing sensation James Wright in 2015, LaBelle’s sweet potato pies have become a seasonal tradition for many. This in conjunction with the singer’s legendary cooking skills, and there’s no wonder why Walmart cannot keep the mouth-watering treats on its shelves!

“I knew that I could throw down when I was around 12,” Ms. Patti exclusively shares with BET Style regarding her cooking skills. “I learned by watching my parents and then experimenting on my own. I used to make my own hot sauces in the garage.”

For years, Ms. Patti has proven that she knows her way around the kitchen—other celebrities have even testified to her culinary greatness. Now, the Philadelphia native is sharing her love for cooking with countless families, as they purchase her pies in droves.

According to Fox Business, the $4 dessert—which is available exclusively at Walmart— sold out within minutes this Thanksgiving season. In fact, the retail giant revealed it sold a whopping 36,000 pies daily. That translates to 1,500 pies every hour and 25 per minute!

Those numbers alone prove that people far and wide love Ms. Patti’s desserts, including some of your favorite stars. “I recently spoke to Johnny Gill and Carmelo Anthony and told them I'd send them some,” she reveals.

“My pies are homegrown and from the heart,” she explains to us about why people love her pastries. “They're from my mother's and aunt's recipes and were created with love. I think people can feel and taste that!”

Now, the best-selling cookbook author is virtually entering our homes to share her very special recipes with her new interactive cooking show, Over The Top With Patti LaBelle.

Available exclusively on Walmart Cook Shop, Ms. Patti joins a growing list of celebrity chefs, who share their yummy recipes on the free video hub.

“I wanted to show people my love for cooking and my way of cooking,” she tells us about her show. “And it was so fun being able to show new and interesting ways to prepare some of my recipes!”

What makes the Walmart Cook Shop fascinating is that viewers can tailor dishes and flavors to their own specific tastes. Don’t even get us started about the ability to utilize the retailer’s pickup or delivery services to make shopping for ingredients as easy as pie. *pun intended*

So far, you can cook up a storm with Ms. Patti and master her sweet and savory recipes for Amped Up Buttermilk Pie, Crazy Peach Cobbler, and Mouthwatering Mac & Cheese. “I want people to realize how easy it is to make these dishes. And how many different things you can do to make delicious and unique meals for yourself and your family,” says the 76-year-old songstress.

She continues, “I'll be doing kale greens, chicken and biscuits, and cornbread next. For dessert, lemon and coconut cheesecake because those are two of my personal favorites.”

Our mouths are watering just thinking about it...

Ms. Patti will be a part of this years Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade November 26 2020.

Patti at the MIGHT REAL GALA where she was honored with Sylvester Community Pillar Award

Patti Will Receive SYLVESTER COMMUNITY PILLAR AWARD

LaBelle will be receiving the Sylvester Community Pillar award from the organization in honor of her decades of work on behalf of AIDS organizations.

When Patti LaBelle calls you “honey” in the soulful, seen-it-all voice well known to generations of fans, you are suddenly swept up in a cloud of diva essence so powerful you momentarily lose your senses. The Grammy Award-winning singer of hits including “Lady Marmalade” and “New Attitude” speaks with all the gravitas her 76 years and six decades in show business command. But when she recalls a dear and departed friend, something in her voice shifts, suddenly framing the legend in a more human scale.

She’s talking about another musical legend, the late San Francisco pop star Sylvester, who was also a longtime fan of the Blue Belles and LaBelle frontwoman.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, LaBelle will be performing online as part of the “Mighty Real Gala” (named for the Sylvester song) benefitting PRC, a San Francisco nonprofit serving people affected by HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and mental health issues. LaBelle will also be receiving the Sylvester Community Pillar award from the organization in honor of her decades of work on behalf of the LGBTQ community: Sylvester left most of his estate and 80% of his royalties to the organization.

Datebook spoke to LaBelle about her relationship with Sylvester, as well as the major issues of 2020, from COVID-19 and social activism to the election. (Hint: She wants you to vote.

Q: How are you surviving 2020?

A: I’m doing well, although you don’t feel so great after you hear certain verdicts about certain issues that are in our faces (LaBelle refers to the Breonna Taylor grand jury). The COVID, I’m dealing with. I’ve actually been at home for seven months, not going out. I’m doing well, living my life, honey, the best way I can.

Q: Have you added your voice to the Black Lives Matter movement?

A: My voice is always in that discussion. It’s like, you know, ask me, “Do I love my child?” Of course I’m involved, we all are, and I’m always saying to everyone who’s disgusted, make sure you vote! That’s our savior right there, voting. If we vote, we can change our lives.

Q: What does Kamala Harris being on the Democratic ticket as the first African American female vice presidential candidate mean to you?

A: It’s personal: I’m a Black woman, and we don’t usually get chances or choices to be something as great as vice president of the United States of America. Any black woman or girl looking at Kamala Harris will say, “She did it, and I can do it too.”

Q: How does it feel getting the Sylvester Community Pillar award from PRC? Did you have a friendship with Sylvester?

A: It’s an honor. I loved him before I heard him do (LaBelle’s song) “You Are My Friend.” I just love Sylvester, and I was lucky enough to be in the Bay Area when he was in his last days. I went to his home, I sat on his bed, we talked, I cooked for him and we just had a great conversation. It feels so great getting this honor because he was like one of my children, for real.

Q: I heard Sylvester gave you a small gold purse?

A: Yes, he sure did. I still have that purse, but he gave me more than the purse, he gave me him. He was such an endearing person and a person who felt that his plight, being a gay man, might not be recognized in his time. I just said to him, “Just stay who you are. You can’t change, that’s for sure.” … We lost a lot when we lost him.

Q: Didn’t the two of you sing “You Are My Friend” together at the Warfield? Who did the harmony?

A: We sure did. That was one of those moments, one of those big moments. We were just happy to be singing it together. So, you know, knowing me, I was singing all over the place, lead and background.

Q: You were an early supporter of HIV and AIDS organizations as well as the gay community. Did you receive any backlash?

A: Never, and if I had, I would have looked at people like, “Are you serious?” It’s from my heart who I love. I’ve always loved my gay following. I think my gay following helps to keep me kind, and they’re always there for me.

Q: Do you have any idea what makes a Patti LaBelle or a Judy Garland or a Diana Ross into a gay icon? Why do you think the community has a tradition of elevating female artists like yourself?

A: I do believe it has something to do with our drag of choice. The LaBelle period and Patti were all about (being) outrageous dressers and our hearts were open to everybody. I really never knew exactly why gay fans gravitated to me or Diana or Judy Garland. Maybe it’s “Over the Rainbow,” but Diana never sang “Over the Rainbow.” I’m just happy that they’re in my corner.

Q: What do you tell people who are struggling this year?

A: I look at all of the things that are happening in our world, and we’re knowing why it’s really happening because we have someone in the White House who is putting out negative energy, you know, from the screen to their faces to their ears to their minds. As long as you believe in protesting properly and no riots and no looting or whatever, continue to do that. But the main thing you have to do really is vote. I think that will ease a lot of our pain once we vote and we know who’s going to take the place of someone else and it’ll be a better place for all of us. So I’m just saying, keep your heads up and really know this too shall pass. It has to pass, but you have to vote. Vote, vote, vote.

 

Mighty Real Gala Online Patti LaBelle Concert

NOVEMBER 7 2020

YOU MUST PURCHASE TICKETS WITH DINNER DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR!

 

https://app.mobilecause.com/e/JI4Qxw?vid=cjm5y 

Patti's Concerts

Due to the Covid 19 situation please make sure that you check with the venues if you have tickets as most of the concerts for 2020 are postponed.  Thank you. 

Iconic R&B and soul singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle were the most recent artists to battle it out on Verzuz. Tonight (September 13), the icons went hit-for-hit on the Instagram Live and Apple Music series. The two discussed their love each other and sang each other’s songs. They were joined by another legend, Dionne Warwick, and the three of them performed their collaborative single “Superwoman” to close things out.

When LaBelle sang “If You Asked Me To,” she made a point to note that her version came out before Celine Dion’s recording. Knight performed “Midnight Train to Georgia” twice, and after she sang “License to Kill,” she encouraged people not to kill anyone. The final rounds featured performances of multiple Patti LaBelle songs. Find the tracklist for the night below, as well as an accompanying playlist.

The last Verzuz match featured Brandy and Monica. Previous battles have been between Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, 2 Chainz and Rick Ross, DMX and Snoop Dogg, and RZA and DJ Premier.

Round 1:

Patti LaBelle: All Right Now
Gladys Knight & the Pips: You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

Round 2:

Patti LaBelle: If You Asked Me To
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Make Yours a Happy Home

Round 3:

Patti LaBelle: Stir It Up
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Every Beat of My Heart

Round 4:

Patti LaBelle: When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)
Gladys Knight & the Pips: On and On

Round 5:

Patti LaBelle: If You Don’t Know Me By Now
Gladys Knight: License to Kill

Round 6:

Patti LaBelle: My Love, Sweet Love
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia

Round 7:

Patti LaBelle: Love, Need and Want You
Gladys Knight: Someone to Watch Over Me

Round 8:

Patti LaBelle: The Right Kinda Lover
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Friendship Train

Round 9:

Patti LaBelle: Over the Rainbow
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)

Round 10:

Patti LaBelle: Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)
Gladys Knight & the Pips: You’re Number One (In My Book)

Round 11:

Patti LaBelle: Kiss Away the Pain
Gladys Knight & the Pips: I’ve Got to Use My Imagination

Round 12:

Patti LaBelle: New Attitude
Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald: On My Own
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia

Round 13:

Patti LaBelle: New Day
Patti LaBelle: Feels Like Another One [ft. Big Daddy Kane]
Patti LaBelle: The Alphabet Song (Sesame Street)
Labelle: Lady Marmalade
Gladys Knight & the Pips: Love Overboard

Round 14:

Patti LaBelle: You Are My Friend
Patti LaBelle: If Only You Knew
Dionne Warwick: That’s What Friends Are For
Gladys Knight: Superwoman [ft. Dionne Warwick & Patti LaBelle]

DO NOT MISS THE INTERVIEW WITH PATTI JACKSON AND PATTI LABELLE SUNDAY AT 430 PM PST RIGHT BEFORE THE CONCERT WITH PATTI & GLADYS KNIGHT!

It’s time to celebrate the MCA years of Patti LaBelle, whose refusal to tone her Patti’ness down prevented her from becoming a true pop superstar.

Patti LaBelle is a literal dramatic soprano. Over the more than five decades of her career, Philadelphia’s Patricia Louise Holt has been known for her impossibly high and spiky “art deco” hair; her grand, animated moves while performing; and a head voice that can be heard from blocks away. She takes up space of every kind; Patti kicks her shoes into the audience, she rolls around on the stage, she flaps her arms like wings. She enters rooms fur-clad with a smile that beams across to the furthest corner; she traverses stages in ensembles that shine, or flow, or drape, or sometimes all three. Patti has presence.

She also doesn’t sing within the lines – she’s prone to change keys and octaves without warning, letting the spirit of the riff take over, pushing the original song structure and melody aside if need be. For most of her career, LaBelle’s refusal to tone her Patti’ness down has prevented her from sitting in the same critically-acclaimed and mainstream-approved spaces as Aretha, Dionne and Diana.

Patti scored a Top 40 hit early in her career with The Bluebelles and the song “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” in 1962. Then, following a few stalled attempts at a futuristic glam funk/rock reinvention as LaBelle, scored a No. 1 classic with “Lady Marmalade.” But Patti never got into a solid creative flow for long stretches, even when she launched her solo career following Nona Hendrix’s departure from LaBelle. Loyal fans and willing labels kept Patti in the game even through periods when her music career seemed to be faltering. She tried new formulas, new writers, new producers, and sounds. And she was willing to be flexible and adaptable. It paid off in the mid-’80s when, while many of her peers were transitioning to the oldies concert circuit, Patti finally found pop stardom at 41 years-old, thanks to a new attitude.

In 1984, Patti landed the lead single for the accompanying soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop. The movie catapulted Eddie Murphy to superstardom, and the soundtrack introduced Patti to the MTV generation and launched her into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. “New Attitude” was a statement song for the already veteran singer; in the first official music video of her career, LaBelle emerges from a chic boutique fitting room with her trademark spiked hair crown and a star-worthy look. She’d been solo for several years already, but this felt like her debut moment.

“New Attitude,” followed by “Stir it Up,” gave Patti’s career a new life, and a new deal with MCA. The singer was incredibly aware that the heightened awareness wasn’t due to any elevation of her talent, but rather a change in who was finally paying attention. “Because of ‘New Attitude,’ I’ve been played on more white stations than I’ve been played on ever in my life…And it’s about time. I hate to be put in a slot,” she told the Washington Post in 1985. “Music is music and shouldn’t be categorized. If you’re called an R&B singer because you’re Black, a lot of people will close their minds, say ‘She’s going to sing us out of the place, or deafen us.’ In fact, that R&B singer can probably sing anything that he or she is given, given a chance. I want to be accepted on all radio stations, on all TV shows, on all video programs.”

In 1986, Patti released her MCA debut Winner in You, leading with the power ballad “On My Own.” Pop standards maestro Burt Bacharach composed the song for his frequent collaborator and muse Dionne Warwick, but it was ultimately left off her 1985 album Friends. The ballad was intended as a solo reflection on divorce, but after trying a pass with Patti by herself, the idea came to add former Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald to the track. They recorded separately, on different coasts in fact, but the result was magic. “On My Own” soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B and AC charts, remaining on all three for multiple weeks, and garnered a Best Pop Vocal by a Duo or Group nomination at the 1986 Grammys. It remains both LaBelle’s and McDonald’s biggest hit to date, and finally commanded the approval of critics who’d too often written Patti off for what they considered oversinging antics.

With the help of “On My Own,” Winner in You debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Some critics crowned Patti LaBelle the Queen of Rock and Soul, a title that slotted her directly in between Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, who were also – along with Dionne Warwick – experiencing triumphant ascents to pop stardom in their 40s; a time that could easily have been the addendum of their careers.

“There are a lot of things that make me know that I really haven’t made it, but I’ve made it enough in the public’s eye to make me feel wonderful. That’s what keeps me going – the public’s loving me and thinking I’m this superstar. It makes me feel good, but I know better,” she candidly shared in that same Washington Post interview. “I know my time is coming…It’s not here already. No, not yet. I’m on the steps of the house of making it. And then I’ll be in the door.”

In 1989, Patti released her ninth studio album Be Yourself, which featured the Diane Warren-penned “If You Asked Me To.” The torch ballad was also featured on the soundtrack for the James Bond film Licence to Kill, released the same year. Despite the profile of the Bond franchise, the song hit the Top 10 of the R&B charts but didn’t cross over. But a few short years later, Celine Dion’s cover peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 at AC.

Years later, when reviewing the song as part of a Dion greatest hits package, critic Geoff Edgars noted: “the hit ‘If You Asked Me To,’ with Dion’s moaning, pleading, screaming take-me vocals, works when reassessed as a chunk of modern soul as worthy as anything recorded by Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey.” It’s odd that he didn’t choose to reference the originator of all the moaning, pleading, screaming vocals. Or, maybe not at all. When asked by Canadian press why she thought Dion’s version was more successful in 2007, LaBelle responded frankly, “Because she’s a white girl.” She went on to explain, “People pay more respect to white artists who sing well before they do Black women…I’ve been singing for 45 years and that’s an obstacle that I’m still… I’m getting over it.”

Patti’s pop moment peaked with “If You Asked Me To” and the Be Yourself album, although she continued to put up hits on the R&B chart for the majority of the 90s. While she’s celebrated and beloved in the Black music community, she still doesn’t get the mainstream respect that many of her peers have gotten. “Patti LaBelle is a household name,” David Nathan told the Los Angeles Times in 2008. “Americans know who she is. But if you ask most music buyers to name a Patti LaBelle solo hit, they can’t. Black audiences can. But that’s part of the nature of America.”

Although Patti’s continued to express the desire for a bigger musical fan base over the years (she’s broadened her overall brand through TV, cookbooks, her frenzy-inducing Patti Pies, and even a turn on Dancing With the Stars), she’s always been certain of one thing: her level of superstardom – or lack thereof – wasn’t about her talent. Immediately after revealing that Celine Dion’s success with “If You Ask Me To” was one of the hardest moments of her career, LaBelle expressed her mantra in the face of a biased music industry: “You can’t beat me up. You can’t make me feel less than I am, because whenever I get the microphone I’m gonna show you who I am.”

It's the Godmother of Soul versus the Empress of Soul. Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight's pipes will take the roof off The Filmore on Sunday, Sept. 13 for the next Verzuz battle.

VerzuzTV announced the latest superstar pairing on Instagram Tuesday (Sept. 8). "The Master Class we’ve ALL been waiting for! @MsGladysKnight vs. @MsPattiLaBelle," the caption read. "Leave ya church clothes on all Sunday and pull up to the affair of all affairs. Y’all gotta get dressed up in ya Sunday’s best for this one."

In addition to fans donning their Sunday or even Easter best, the soul sisters will show out at an official venue, The Fillmore in Philadelphia, at 8 p.m. EST for what the post described as "the ultimate Verzuz."

Maybe the two superwomen will take on their Grammy-nominated "Superwoman" collaboration (featuring Dionne Warwick) that previous Verzuz battle contender Babyface wrote in 1991. And even though the Verzuz platform doesn't really do duets, the two might take on their other famed classic from the same year "I Don't Do Duets." Either way, these two have quite the catalogs to pull from, including their careers as frontwomen of Gladys Knight & the Pips and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and their subsequent, highly successful solo stints.

Fans can help their aunties and grandmas understand Instagram Live and set up Apple Music accounts after church for the Sunday evening celebration. And even though CÎROC is handling the drinks, Twitter users are already debating who's cooking what.

Watch it on our IG or in HD on Apple Music

DENISE RICH CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT

Denise Rich’s annual Angel Ball was postponed, but she will hold a virtual Studio 54-themed disco party on Sept. 15.

The cancer research benefit will feature performances by Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers and Kathy Sledge. DJ Cassidy will spin tunes, and we’re told that Olivia Newton-John, Pat Cleveland and Clive Davis are expected to share tales from their nights at the legendary disco.

“Because of COVID-19, we are not able to gather . . . but just because the world has paused, doesn’t mean that cancer stops,” Rich said.

AIN'T NOTHIN BUT A FEELIN TRACKS

TRACKLISTING:

1. Ain't Nuthin But A Feelin' (F.F. House Cleaning Mix)
2. Ain't Nuthin' But A Feelin' (F.F. House Cleaning Mix-Radio Edit)
3. Ain't Nuthin' But A Feelin' (F.F. Ozone Layer Mix)
4. Ain't Nuthin' But A Feelin' (F.F. Ozone Layer Mix-Radio Edit)
5. Ain't Nuthin' But A Feelin' (M & M Mix)
6. Ain't Nuthin' But A Feelin' (M & M Mix Radio Edit)

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw12Y8GUL_w&list=OLAK5uy_nQ4NnVWxEZhbJFg7WBZRbSppCl5IarDmI 

ONE WORLD, the timely and historic "We Are the World" style new charity anthem for the global pandemic - supporting musicians, actors and first responder families while changing America's racial narrative - officially welcomes superstar Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle to its "Celebrity Circle" as the "truly global" multi-vocalist track re-enters the Billboard Top 30 Mainstream Adult Contemporary chart this week, landing at No. 27 with a bullet.

ONE WORLD also has entered the Radio Media charts at #28 with a bullet and has passed 20,000 spins on Pandora, where it is now a featured artist track.

This extraordinary new recording, featuring an unprecedented chorus of Grammy Award winners and multiple Grammy nominees collectively known as Voices for One World, is being offered as a free download with any donation to the major charity beneficiaries, exclusively through www.oneworldoursong.com. The four major charity partners are: Musicians Foundation, The Actors Fund, as well as First Responders Children's Foundation, beneficiary of the recent "Living Room Concert for America" hosted on FOX by Elton John, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Donations of any amount entitle the donor to a free instant download of ONE WORLD. (Please note: Downloads for NAACP Legal Defense Fund donations are not yet available.)

"ONE WORLD" RELEASED

ONE WORLD, the timely and historic "We Are the World" style new charity anthem for the global pandemic - supporting musicians, actors and first responder families while changing America's racial narrative - officially welcomes superstar Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle to its "Celebrity Circle" as the "truly global" multi-vocalist track re-enters the Billboard Top 30 Mainstream Adult Contemporary chart this week, landing at No. 27 with a bullet.

ONE WORLD also has entered the Radio Media charts at #28 with a bullet and has passed 20,000 spins on Pandora, where it is now a featured artist track.

This extraordinary new recording, featuring an unprecedented chorus of Grammy Award winners and multiple Grammy nominees collectively known as Voices for One World, is being offered as a free download with any donation to the major charity beneficiaries, exclusively through www.oneworldoursong.com. The four major charity partners are: Musicians Foundation, The Actors Fund, as well as First Responders Children's Foundation, beneficiary of the recent "Living Room Concert for America" hosted on FOX by Elton John, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Donations of any amount entitle the donor to a free instant download of ONE WORLD. (Please note: Downloads for NAACP Legal Defense Fund donations are not yet available.) 

Groundbreaking HBO series coming to the UK

A Black Lady Sketch Show is coming to the UK.

Sky Comedy is to air the first series of the acclaimed US comedy show, more than a year after it debuted on HBO.

The series was created by comedian Robin Thede, who recruited her friends from comedy - Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black, and Gabrielle Dennis - to develop a programme to address the dearth of black women's representation in the American comedic landscape.

When it launched in August last year, it was the first US television series to have a writer's room entirely composed of black women. It was renewed for a second series within a month of its debut, although it has not yet returned to air.

A Black Lady Sketch Show has also been nominated for three primetime Emmy Awards, which will be announced next month.

The first series, which will air on Sky Comedy from Tuesday September 1 in a prime-tine 9pm slot, features guest stars including Angela Bassett, Patti LaBelle, and Insecure creator Issa Rae, whose production company makes the show.

Patti LaBelle among inspiring women on Pennsylvania list

Patti LaBelle

Grammy Award-winning singer, (1944 - )

A Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress, she was born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards and began her singing career as a teenager in Philadelphia. Her career began with a group originally known as Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, before changing its name to Labelle.

Notable success came with the recording of the disco standard “Lady Marmalade,” which helped earn Labelle the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first Black vocal group to appear on that cover.

The group was also the first Black pop act to play at the Metropolitan Opera House. Patti Labelle, a “powerhouse soprano,” became a solo artist in the mid-1970s. She has sold 50 million records over five decades, and is best known for "If Only You Knew," "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up," among other hits.

She has since added stage and screen credits, including roles in the films “A Soldier's Story” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” She has written several books, including the autobiography “Don't Block the Blessings,” and the diabetic cookbook “LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About.”

She is a part of the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. LaBelle is commonly identified as the "Godmother of Soul."

The following show has been postponed:

Alert! Patti September 11 2020 POSTPONED NEW DATE TBA.

Date & Time TBA
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, AL
Please Note: The event organizer has had to postpone

https://www.ticketmaster.com/patti-labelle/event/2000586AA07F9946

An all-star lineup of legendary disco-era artists, including Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle, Chic's Nile Rodgers and Sister Sledge's Kathy Sledge, will perform on the Virtual Disco Party online charity event scheduled for Tuesday, September 15.

The virtual event, which this year is taking the place of the annual Angel Ball, will raise money for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. The organization provides financial support to scientists focused on finding less-toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.

The Studio 54-themed bash also will feature DJ Cassidy, and will be hosted by singer/songwriter and philanthropist Denise Rich and her daughters, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter. The evening will honor Denise's late daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who died of leukemia and was the inspiration behind Gabrielle's Angel Foundation.

The event also will include appearances by Star Jones, veteran fashion model Pat Cleveland and drag artist Marti Gould Cummings.

"Because of COVID-19, we are not able to gather together at our annual Angel Ball event, but just because the world has paused doesn't mean that cancer stops," says Denise. "My beautiful daughter Gabrielle asked me to promise not to give up until a cure was found, and so this year, we come together, virtually, to honor that promise and Gabrielle's life."

In conjunction with the fundraiser, an online charity auction to benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation will be launched at CharityBuzz.com starting on September 10.

All guests who attend the virtual celebration will be sent a VIP party box to help bring the disco theme into their homes.

https://gabriellesangels.org/product/virtual-disco-party-2020/

Due to Covid 19 please stay tuned for updates on Ms. Patti's events some of her shows are being canceled.

Sarah Dash Virtually Yours

AUGUST 16 2020 PATTI AND MANY MORE WILL HONOR SARAH DASH BIRTHDAY BASH ONLINE WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DETAILS!

AIDS WALK : LIVE AT HOME

AIDS WALK: LIVE AT HOME shared today that the previously announced star-studded line-up for Sunday's virtual broadcast will now also include Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Harvey Fierstein, Raul Esparza, Norm Lewis and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
 
AIDS Walk: Live at Home will also feature performances and appearances including: award-winning icon, Bette Midler; Grammy-winning global superstar, Gloria Estefan; Golden Globe winner, Matt Bomer; entertainment icon, Vanessa Williams; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Laura Linney; Tony Award winner, Alan Cumming; Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary) Katharine McPhee (Smash); Shoshana Bean (Wicked); Megan Hilty (Smash); Skylar Astin (Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist); Tan France (Queer Eye); Bobby Berk (Queer Eye); Karamo Brown (Queer Eye); Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist); Ross Mathews (RuPaul's Drag Race); Alex Newell (Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist); Elvis Duran (iHeartMedia on-air personality); Mae Whitman (Good Girls); and stars from RuPaul's Drag Race, including Nina West, Jackie Cox, Latrice Royale, Willam, Chi Chi DeVayne, Alexis Michelle, The Vixen and Ginger Minj.
 
In addition to being live-streamed on aidswalk.net, PRCSF.org and GMHC.org, AIDS Walk: Live at Home also will be broadcast on ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco. Presented in partnership with iHeartMedia, the event will feature iHeartMedia on-air personality, Elvis Duran and will be streamed live on iHeartRadio's YouTube channel. Additionally, iHeart's Z100 in New York and KIOI, KMEL and KYLD in San Francisco will support the event with multiple radio promotions in the days and weeks leading up to July 19.
Featuring voices from both cities, AIDS Walk: Live at Home will harness the strength and individual character of two landmark events and the communities that embrace them year after year.

The American Cancer Society invites members of the press to share this story with their audiences – and to tune in for this special evening. Learn more about this campaign and how to help at www.cancer.org/sharethelight.

Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Facebook Live, Cancer.org, YouTube

Special guest and musical legend Ms. Patti LaBelle, sportscaster Erin Andrews, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, Telemundo host Stephanie "Chiquibaby" Himonidis, survivor and jewelry designer Simone I. Smith, Young & the Restless actress Sharon Case, NFL Super Bowl winning siblings Jaylen and Sammy Watkins, along with many more who have gathered to Share The Light for cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society.

A CAPITOL FOURTH 2020

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen Officiates a Virtual Gay Wedding and Patti LaBelle Performs: Watch

Andy Cohen Officiates a Virtual Gay Wedding and Patti LaBelle Performs: Watch

Andy Cohen helped spread the love during the last days of Pride Month by officiating the wedding of Justin and Robert in front of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen viewers, Patti LaBelle, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi Burruss, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Erika Jayne.

"I want to get started before we lose the venue, oh wait, we're all at home," Cohen quipped, kicking off the virtual ceremony. "We are gathered here tonight in front of Patti LaBelle, a gay shark, [and] the woman who wrote 'Bugaboo.'"

Justin and Robert leaned into the campy-event cracking some jokes during their vows while also sharing some heartfelt sentiments.

"You're my best friend, you're my partner in crime... you let me be who I want to be, weird and everything, control freak and all," Justin told Robert.

Watch Patti on THE TALK June 26 2020

The National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame said Friday it has chosen Augusta as its permanent home and will bring an induction ceremony next year.

The National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame said Friday it has chosen Augusta as its permanent home and will bring an induction ceremony next year.

Owner LaMont Robinson announced through local spokesman Corey Washington the next steps are meetings with Mayor Hardie Davis, the Augusta Commission, state politicians and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

The proposed up to 50,000 square-foot building “may be further down the road,” but in the meantime, plans are in the works for the “Music Hall of Fame Weekend,” a 3-4 day series of events leading to an induction ceremony in August 2021, Washington said.

Names being considered for induction next year include Chaka Khan, the Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle, CHIC, Major Lance, Jermaine Dupri, Charlie Wilson, Peabo Bryson, Tony Braxton and James Brown’s cape man Danny Ray, while Tyler Perry will receive a humanitarian award, he said.

Family members of inductees Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Little Richard and Brown have committed to attend the induction ceremony, Washington said.

Patti Interview on Kelly Clarkson Show!

Patti To Appear on THE TALK on CBS

FRIDAY JULY 26TH 2020 CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!

 

 

Patti LaBelle Remembers Making Black Music History at The Metropolitan Opera House

Black don’t crack. It’s not just a saying, it’s true. We can look at any number of our matriarchs and mavens and see timelessness and fierceness. Patti LaBelle is one of the women who has been showstopping since she started singing and performing in the 1960s. And not only has she secured hit after hit through the decades, she’s established herself as a cultural icon from her music to her classic television and movie roles to her famous frozen foods and so much more.

It seems Miss Patti has done it all and yet, she keeps going – giving the rest of us something beautiful to aspire to.

“I feel 35. I still wear my pumps. I get out there and I just, I love to entertain. And I love to be fierce-looking,” LaBelle shared with Yes, Girl! hosts Cori Murray and Charli Penn.

“And it’s a blessing that I feel that way. I don’t feel like an older lady.”

LaBelle who recently celebrated her 76th birthday shared some soulful and salient memories on the latest episode of Yes, Girl! including:

…HOW LABELLE INFLUENCED FASHION AND AFROFUTURISM

“We wanted to be a different type of girl group. Most black girl groups, people weren’t looking at or listening to, we’re just three black women. So, we did say, okay, maybe we change our look, and we went into the silver and me with whatever hair I had, and the costumes were totally fierce. Once we got on stage to hear our story and our music, they had to look at us first and then something settled them down. And they said, “Oh wow. They’re talking about the revolution, they’re talking about things that black women might not be able to say.”

…THE BACKSTORY OF HER HIT ON MY OWN

“He said, “Well, Burt said, how would you like to do a duet?” I said, “I would love it as a duet because right now I’m not feeling it at all.” He said, “Who would you like to sing it with?” I said, “I love Michael MacDonald.”

…BEING THE FIRST BLACK GIRL GROUP TO PLAY METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

“We asked Ron Delsener and he said, “Why not? That would be wonderful.” So we asked and we got that gig and it was a, wear something silver night, LaBelle. Everybody came in with something silver on. I remember Debbie Allen was there, Cher was there, the Cycle Sluts. Some people had their behinds hanging out with their little, whatever they had on.”

To hear the full episode, listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to audio. 

Patti Concert Re Scheduled

The coronavirus pandemic has postponed to 2021 the planned August concert by musical icon Patti LaBelle at the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

LaBelle's concert has been rescheduled for May 22, 2021 at the downtown Tanger Center. The Tanger Center opening had been postponed from March because of the pandemic, and a new opening date has not been set.

Previously-purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date. Tickets are on sale now at TangerCenter.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Aug 15 Sat
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts @ 7:30pm
Greensboro, NC, United States

https://www.ticketmaster.com/patti-labelle/event/2D00576C04DAA69D 

Patti and John Stanley her musical director and solo artist at The Capitol Fourth taping which will air July 4th on PBS.

Patti To Appear in Season 5 of Greenleaf

In season 5, Lovie Simone reprises her role of Zora Greenleaf (Kerissa and Jacob’s teen daughter). Jacob Gibson returns as A.J. Delajae, Grace’s long-lost son. Oprah Winfrey (who joined the cast in season 4) makes an appearance as Mavis McCready, Lady Mae and Mac’s sister. Other returning actors in pivotal roles are Rick Fox as Darius Nash, Patti LaBelle as Maxine Patterson, and LeToya Luckett as Rochelle Cross.

 

 

“A Capitol Fourth” is set to return for America’s 244th birthday in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic means the star-studded Independence Day television extravaganza must make some changes.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” is changing format from its usual venue on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn to a pretaped, 90-minute special which PBS will air starting 8 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

This year’s D.C. fireworks will still be carried live during the broadcast.

Actor John Stamos and singer Vanessa Williams will host the show’s 40th anniversary broadcast, which will include a tribute to the nation’s health care workers, service sector employees, scientists and others on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

There will be a salute to wounded service members and a segment “honoring the contributions of African American heroes from our nation’s past and present,” a news release said.

Grammy Award-winning singers Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty and Renee Fleming are among those set to perform, along with legendary Motown stars The Temptations.

Since it is the program’s 40th anniversary, this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” also will run highlights from previous years.

The show will be streamed on the event’s website, YouTube and Facebook feeds.

Maryland Crab Cakes with Patti LaBelle

NYCWFF AT HOME

DATE + TIME

Thursday, June 18
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

25.00

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Patti LaBelle is capitalizing on the success of her line of desserts with Walmart to create her next venture: a line of Chinese frozen foods.

Recently it was announced that Labelle, 74, and her business partners, Alex Thompson and Charles Suitt, joined forces with her son Zuri Edwards and restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, of the famous Asian-inspired Brooklyn Chop House, to launch the line, according to Page Six.

LaBelle’s store-bought pies have been a hit. Since they launched in 2015, her partnership with Walmart has expanded to include pies, cakes, cobblers and more!

JUNE 25-28 & JULY 2-6

 

First-Ever Virtual Festival Includes Two UNSTOPPABLE Weekends of #ESSENCEFEST with Daytime Empowerment Experiences and Nighttime Concerts Streaming on ESSENCE Studios, June 25-28 and July 2-5 -

- Featuring Bruno Mars, John Legend, Patti Labelle, Swizz Beatz, Estelle, Doug E Fresh, BBD, Nas, Andra Day, Master P, Tank and The Bangas, PJ Morton, India.Arie, Kelis, Kirk Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Egypt Sherrod, and Many More!
– Hosted by Loni Love and Featuring D-Nice -

- #ESSENCEFEST Experience to Also Honor 50 Essential Heroes on July 4th -

ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women and communities, today announced its 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture: Unstoppable Virtual Experience Presented by Coca-Cola. For the first time in the Festival’s 26-year history, the much-anticipated celebration – which annually draws more than 500,000 attendees and contributes almost $300 million in economic impact over July 4th weekend in New Orleans – will be produced as a fully virtual experience spanning two weekends of programming that entertain, empower, inspire, educate and mobilize. Taking place June 25-28 and July 2-5 (Thursdays-Sundays) and streaming on ESSENCE Studios, the multi-day experience will extend to a global audience of viewers and feature virtual performances, summits, panels and more including leading musical artists, influencers and experts from around the world. ESSENCE’s #BlackVotesMatter365 voting hub will also be a core element of the virtual Festival including quick access to helpful resources for Black women and communities to amplify their voices in local and national elections through voting. The Festival will also include a benefit initiative to raise funds to support the critical needs and sustainability of Black and Brown entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses, and organizations focused on racial equity across the U.S. For an up-to-date artist lineup and schedule, click here.

"Due to COVID-19, this was certainly not the year we planned for the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture, but challenging times call for innovative measures," said Richelieu Dennis, founder & chair, Essence Ventures (parent company of ESSENCE). "As we began to see the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our community, it became more important to us than ever to still create a Festival experience that delivered the community, love, laughter, fun and empowerment that the Festival is known for—and to leave our audience feeling inspired and uplifted, especially during these times. "For 50 years, it has been ESSENCE’s mission to provide content that our community needs – when they need it, and we are thrilled that ESSENCE Studios has been the perfect platform to deliver our offline experiences, such as Festival, for the first time ever virtually. We are also appreciative of our partners for their support and vision as we continue to navigate this time together and provide the quality programming, stellar lineup of musical talent, leading experts and thought leaders, and epicenter of global Black culture that only ESSENCE can."

The 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture will feature a global ensemble of performers, including: Amanda Black, Andra Day, Bell Biv Devoe ("BBD"), Bruno Mars, Burna Boy, Common, D-Nice, Damian Marley, Diamond Platnumz, Doug E. Fresh, Elephant Man, Estelle, India.Arie, John Legend, Ledisi, NAS, Patti LaBelle, Raphael Saadiq, Rapsody, Sauti Sol, Shaggy, Swizz Beatz and more, hosted by Loni Love. Leading a special tribute to the city of New Orleans will be Mayor LaToya Cantrell, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Irma Thomas, Tank and The Bangas and Big 6 Brass Band. Also, featured in the popular Sunday gospel Get Lifted celebration are Anita Wilson, Bri Babineaux, Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Greater Sound of Greater St. Stephen FGBC, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, The Clark Sisters, The Walls Group, Tye Tribbett, and more, along with Sunday sermons from Bishop Paul S. Morton and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Other culture-leaders and influencers raising their voices to speak include: Steph and Ayesha Curry; Rev. Al Sharpton; Ryan Michelle Bathe; Don Lemon; New Orleans, LA, Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Atlanta, GA, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Chicago, IL, Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser; Ferguson, MO, Mayor-Elect Ella Jones; San Francisco, CA, Mayor London Breed; Tamika Mallory; Lori Harvey; Teyana Taylor; Iman Shumpert; Ryan Destiny; Kirk and Tammy Franklin; Lexi Underwood; Egypt Sherrod; Lena Waithe; Lisa Nichols; Marc Morial; Master P; Naomi Campbell; Nia Long; Shaun T.; Tabitha Brown and more

 

Patti LaBelle On OWN tonight

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air on June 16 a special, Greenleaf: Goin’ Up Yonder, in preparation for the show's fifth and final season, according to the network. 

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Patti LaBelle -- who appeared inGreenleaf as Christian motivational speaker Maxine Patterson -- the special celebrates the first four seasons of the drama series and looks forward to the show’s fifth and final season, which premieres on June 23, said the network. 

NEW PATTI LABELLE CONCERT ON SALE!

Thu • Jan 28, 2021 • 8:00 PM
Knight Concert Hall-Adrienne Arsht PAC, Miami, FL

https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/Z7r9jZ1AePtQ4?tmrid=TMR-2969695&routing=y 

LEE DANIELS TO DRESS UP AS PATTI LABELLE FOR LOS ANGELES GAY PRIDE 2020

Lee Daniels is a celebrated film maker and creator of content. Over the past few years, he's written, produced and directed some of our favorite movies and shows like Precious, Monster's Ball and Empire. A dad to two children, Father's Day to Daniels means: "To celebrate our dads, celebrating the struggles and the triumphs of being a father. It's the definition of pride, my ex-partner (and I) were the first same-sex couple to adopt in Pennsylvania 23 years ago. It makes me proud to be gay right now.

For Father's Day we're going to Zoom from Los Angeles to New York (my son's in Brooklyn) a father’s day BBQ. For pride we're dressing up in drag as Patti Labelle and going up and down Santa Monica Blvd. I would have never thought, 30 years ago I would be able to celebrate with my kids like the Brady Bunch. Who dared to think that same-sex couples could adopt. It wasn't even a conversation because it was impossible and illegal.

I’m blown away at the progression we’ve made with the LGBTQ community. To hear my kids say we still have a-lot more to go blows my mind. This is probably the best pride in my life with the celebration of black lives and my kids being at the forefront of it. Embracing the gay man that I am, it’s the best pride of my life."

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Covid 19 Philly Concert

To Tell The Truth

Patti On The Masked Singer


Patti LaBelle hit the stage of the show “The Masked Singer,” in an elaborate green ruffled dress.

Big-name Philadelphia music acts, celebrities, and athletes banded together for COVID-19 relief on Thursday night on PHLove, a fast-paced fundraiser that called for unity in the fight against the coronavirus and for more attention be paid to the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The hour-long show, which was broadcast on several local TV and radio stations as well as being streamed on Inquirer.com, opened with an introduction by Phillies owner John Middleton and his wife, Leigh, then immediately got down to business with a performance by Daryl Hall.

Visit this link for more information Patti's exact performance date TBA https://soulnationevents.com/presidents-day-weekend-getaway/

Review Patti Live August 18 2017 The Venue...A “New Attitude” on jazz standards and Patti LaBelle’s own gems sparkle at The Venue

Hardly a season goes by when Patti LaBelle isn’t on the road, but having just dropped her first album in a decade, “Bel Hommage,” made the soul singer’s latest, completely packed visit to The Venue At Horseshoe Casino extra special. With 54 years in show business at “73-years-young,” the headliner more than lived up to the criteria behind Concert Management Inc.’s ongoing “The Legends Series” at the famed Las Vegas-like establishment, and for nearly two hours, Miss Patti took the adoring crowd back to her Philly roots, stretch of pop superstardom and current season of revisiting jazz standards.

Patti LaBelle’s treatment of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” pumped up the dramatic delivery yet another notch, especially when she kicked off one high heel, then unfastened the other and launched it across the stage.
Although many of the selections were rooted in the past, the veteran entertainer brought a “New Attitude” to everything as the opening selection so appropriately proclaimed, often times improvising her way around the familiar while feeding off the energy of attendees. Granted, LaBelle’s uninhibited delivery and sky high screams are qualities that are both cherished by millions or chastised by detractors, and though she repeatedly took the tone totally over the top, the performance was met with constant yelps of delight, camera clicks and the gifting of several flower arrangements (including one from a longtime admirer she actually remembered).

“As I get older, I think I get better strength because God’s been nothing but good to me,” she proclaimed in between secular smashes (“If Only You Knew,” “If You Asked Me To”) and gospel blessings (Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would’ve Made It,” Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise”). She also slayed an extended edition of “Isn’t It A Shame” from her days fronting the envelope-pushing girl group Labelle and called much-deserved attention to the smooth “The Jazz In You” from the recent release.

Much of LaBelle’s charm comes in her portrayal of being a people’s diva, and rather than throwing a tantrum over forgotten lyrics during “Right Kind Of Lover,” she instantly admitted the mistake and gave it another whirl. She even flipped the memorable line “I got a burning desire, my soul’s on fire” from “Love, Need And Want You” into being a metaphor for menopause, and a little later, playfully asked crew members to crank up the fans so she could stay cool.

LaBelle’s treatment of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” pumped up the dramatic delivery yet another notch, especially when she kicked off one high heel, then unfastened the other and launched it across the stage. Bringing up several male fans for “Lady Marmalade” also led to a loving free-for-all, with the same fella who brought a bouquet asking permission to get on the ground and roll around as onlookers howled in bewilderment from the eccentric request.

The evening dedicated exclusively to LaBelle, her seven-piece band and three background singers also had some serious sides with “You Are My Friend/What A Friend We Have In Jesus” going out to many of the musical geniuses, world leaders and personal family members that were lost along the way. Following a soaring rendition of “Over The Rainbow,” Shirley Horn’s softer spoken “Here’s To Life” proclaimed “I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets/ but I had learn that all you give is all you get/ so give it all you got,” which couldn’t have been more impeccable wording to describe the modern day mantra of this one-of-a-kind song interpreter.

The Philadelphia Music Alliance will extend its Walk of Fame this year to include Patti Labelle and Jill Scott, among others.

The honorees will be formally inducted in an Oct. 4 ceremony on the Avenue of the Arts

The organization’s “Class of 2017” also includes: Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx of Labelle; ’70s vocal group Sister Sledge (who performed during Pope Francis’s 2015 visit); songwriting duo McFadden & Whitehead (known for “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”); Sister Rosetta Tharpe (the subject of the recent rock-and-roll gospel musical “Shout Sister Shout”); R&B group The Soul Survivors; and Chris Schwartz of Ruffhouse Records.

In addition, Bob Pantano of 98.1-FM’s Saturday Night Dance Party will receive the PMA’s 2017 Broadcaster Award, and Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center, will receive the Platinum Award, which is “given to an individual, organization or company that has been a leader and champion in supporting the music making community in a significant way,” according to the organization.

“The 2017 honorees represent powerhouse vocals, signature anthems, soulful vibes, and production firsts within the R&B, pop and rock genres, with an emphasis on powerful and decorated women in music,” PMA vice chair Mia Tinari said in a statement.

The PMA will celebrate with an induction event on October 4th, featuring afternoon ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts. The event will conclude with a special grand gala at the Fillmore Philadelphia. Tickets for the gala are available online.


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-philadelphia-music-alliance-gala-tickets-35947866035

Must Read Interview With Ms. Patti!

Q&A: Patti LaBelle on Why She's Still Not a Diva, the Shady GIFs of Her You Share ('I'm Honored'), Having No Beefs (Just 'Dislikes') & Trump's Trans Ban ('Ain't That a Witch')
'The Gay Fans Loved Me When Other People Tried Not To.'

Is there a singer more real than Patti LaBelle? The 73-year-old legend of song (and shade) is a firehose of strong-minded opinions, and in an age that has some tight-lipped "divettes," as LaBelle calls them, refraining from saying too much, the ever-honest LaBelle is, refreshingly, that rare freewheeler who revels in being blunt AF.

In 2014, she told me she no longer considers herself a diva because "all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas." The word, she observed, is not "cute anymore." Now, after our recent warm phone reunion while doing promo for her new jazz album, "Bel Hommage," she who has given the gays so much, from music and pies to a bevy of side-eye-serving GIFs, still has more to give - even her own precious pie-making time.

"I really like talking to you," she tells me when I start to wrap the interview. My allotted time has long passed, but she's not done. And by the end of our 25-minute interview we've covered generous ground: why she's "still standing" thanks to the LGBT community, President "Trumpette" and his Twitter-proposed ban on transgender people in the military, her music-biz foes (and how Aretha Franklin is not one of them) and how you "may see me as a diva and that's a compliment to those who think it's a compliment."

Last time we had a gay press chat it was shortly before you had me twerkin' on your stage here in Detroit. I still can't believe you let me do that. What's the craziest thing a gay fan has done on your stage?

Gosh, I don't really know! Maybe you! I know I've had a lot of gay men on my stage during "Lady Marmalade" and they go way out because once they're up there they say, "I'm here with Ms. Patti's microphone and I'm gonna wear it out." I've had so many do so many things that I can't tell you specifically one.

I don't know if he was gay, but in Vancouver last year, a fan got frisky on your stage and...

Showed me his ass?

Is that what he did?

Yeah! He mooned me! Because he came up and I was looking at him through the whole show and I said, "Oh, he's an enthusiastic fan," right? I try to look at the people that I'm gonna bring up, so I brought him up thinkin' he was cool. He did his little shake and then turned around and pulled his pants down. I had on high pumps. I kicked that ass.

You even called him a "bitch."

I did! I did use a curse word. And I felt so bad. He took me to that limit. I said, "How could he take me there?" And they had it on TMZ or whatever. I said, "It's true." Gotta protect myself. (Laughs)

I was happy to see that you did NYC Pride this summer. Is there something special about performing for an all gay audience?

That night it poured, so when Deborah Cox was on she did three songs and then had to be rushed off the stage. It could've been shut down 'cause it was so bad. Everybody got drenched. So instead of my going on at 9, I went on at about 10:15... and they were still there!

My whole thing is, when I knew I was doing gay pride, I said, "I'm gonna wear something beautifully outrageous, and I'm gonna have that old Patti LaBelle hair that I used to do with the fans and all that jazz."

I said, "I'm gonna wear that hair!" And from the time I went on until the end, they never stopped yelling for more. I mean, when we were pulling out in our car, they were still, "More, more, more!" They were so enthusiastic. But what I did: I wore that old hair, and a lot of people who didn't know me from the '80s - we got some bad press for it - and I said, "You know what, I did that for my queens. They understand it." It was for you guys. But I enjoyed doing it. And then the wind knocked that sucker down. I said, "OK, I'm gonna have to kick it up." (Laughs)

Ha! Who would give Patti LaBelle crap for her hair?

People who didn't really understand where I was in the '80s. You know, some of the younger kids - they don't have a clue who Patti LaBelle or Labelle was.

So what do they know you for?

I have no clue.

I'm thinking, "But that is part of your legacy."

Yeah, they're Patti latecomers.

Speaking of Deborah Cox, a lot of people don't know that Montell Jordan wrote "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," but you didn't love it and then it went to Deborah.

Deborah always says I'm her reason for being in show business because I let the song go and she got it. That's her start. After that, I started performing that song at my show and told the audience, "This is the song that got away." But I'm happy it did because I love her.

Have you given up a lot of songs that became hits?

Right?! Well, this is the first time for me. But I'll know the next time to hold onto something that sounds halfway decent.

I read "Hello, Dolly!" came your way years ago, before it hit Broadway, but that you passed on it. When the role ultimately went to Bette Midler, were you kicking yourself for not jumping at the chance?

Nope, I didn't. 'Cause you know what: That's a big piece of work and I think Bette Midler can do it much better than Patti LaBelle. I thought about it after she did it. Might I do it in the future? You never know.

Do you pay attention to the memes and GIFs of you throwing shade that people love to share on the internet?

Yeah, I see them. And you know what, I'm honored! (Laughs) And whenever I see something that's not totally positive about me, I say, "God, at least they thought about me." It's really the way to look at these situations. But at the end of the day I know who I really am... and that's a cool chick! (Laughs)

Has your son given up on keeping what you say in check?

Well, he tries. Lately, he hasn't had to because I've not been saying anything out of order. But I know he's always waiting and when I do he'll take me to the side: "Mom, could you not say that ever again?" I say, "OK." Something happened about two weeks ago and I'm trying to remember what it was. This time it was about... god, what did I do? I'm always doin' something and he's always reprimanding me for it.

Do you ever regret things that you say?

My god, about 50 million things. I'm full of regrets. But you know what, I'm honest. So it will come out and I'll say, "God, I didn't mean to say that." But it's too late. And I'm not gonna whoop myself up for it. I did it and I'll do it again. I know I'll do it! I do have my little cop son watching me, so I try to be nice.

Three years ago you told me you don't call yourself a diva because "all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas." But then, after that interview, you did VH1's "Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night" last year and then "Daytime Divas" this year. Now, Ms. Patti, I feel like you're sending me mixed signals here.

(Laughs) No - no, mixed signals! If I do "Daytime Divas," which I did, and if I did "Divas" the concert, of course, I'm gonna be in it, but I'm not saying, "I'm a diva." People look to me and may see me as a diva and that's a compliment to those who think it's a compliment. Like I said, Lena Horne and Dinah Washington and all those beautiful dolls back in the day, they were divas. These little divettes walking around - I don't wanna put myself in the same sentence with some of these little kids. So, I'm not a diva; just a singin' fool.


People are under the impression there's rivalry between you and Aretha Franklin, but you recently quashed that rumor when you said, of anyone, you'd most want to duet with her. Why do people think you had a beef? And what's the deal with women constantly being pitted against each other?

I'm not gonna be pitted against any lady in this industry. I do my job, I sing hard and I sing well, and I love what I do. If another lady finds that as being too much for them, or whoever might feel I'm being too much, that's their problem. But I've never had beef.

Now, there are a lot of ladies in this industry who don't care for Patti LaBelle - and some gentleman, also - but I look at them and I smile. Because what can I do? I can't change your mind, boo, because I don't wanna change your mind. You go on thinkin' about me the way you think. No - but I haven't had beef with anyone. I've had a lot of dislikes. But I pay no mind. I keep moving and I don't stop to talk about the ones who talk about me.

Let's talk about food. You know how people say gays don't eat carbs?

Gays don't eat carbs - who said that?! Every gay guy I know, they eat carbs. (Laughs)

And they eat your pies?

They eat my pies, honey! And my peach cobbler. You have to go to Walmart, or I'll have to come and make you one personally. One more thing about food: I start taping my cooking show soon and Laverne Cox is one of my cooking buddies.

Regarding "Bel Hommage": If there's ever an album that pays homage to you the way you pay homage to artists such as Nina Simone and Frank Sinatra on this album, who would get your blessing to cover your songs?

Oh, I would give Fantasia blessings. And Ledisi. The little singing girls. The ones who can really, really sing.

What does it mean to you to be able to "really, really sing"?

Someone who can sing without someone in the studio tweaking what they just sang because it was so flat or whatever. Sing straight out in the studio, record without all those little gimmicks. Some of them are lucky because they end up selling a lot of music, but a singer is a person who goes out there and throws down. Just get on a microphone and sing. Phyllis Hyman was that girl.

Would you still regard a "singer" as someone who can throw down in the studio but lip-syncs live?

Oh, a lot of them lip-sync. But they lip-sync and they do it so well you can't tell that they're doing it. But I can always tell. I can always tell. I've never done that.

What gives them away?

Their mouth sometimes miss the movement! (Laughs) Your mouth should be making a certain movement when you sing a certain note, and they miss sometimes. But that's what they do for a living. I don't do that.

So we've got Fantasia - who else is on this covers album?

Ledisi, Andra Day, Emeli Sande and Leela James - my god, that girl can sing. I love these ladies.

Why have you never duetted in the studio with your goddaughter, Mariah Carey?

I don't know. We always talk about it when we see each other.

Maybe you two can hook up for a song on your dance album, which I believe is in the works. Hopefully we don't have to wait as long as we waited for this jazz album.

Right?! Not 10 years, that's for sure. I have not started working on it. I'm working on a Christmas album at the moment and old R&B favorites of mine from back in the day. And that... the uptempo music, I call it (laughs)... that will be done as soon as I do something with these other two projects, but it's definitely in the mix.

Will it be for the gay clubs?

Oh yeah, for the gay clubs. You know what, I was so angry with myself when I did NYC Pride. There was a song that I recorded many, many years ago called "Land of the Living." I meant to do that that particular night and we didn't have time to rehearse it, but I'm gonna put stuff like that back in my show.

Why did you want to perform that song at NYC Pride?

Because there are so many gay men who were there who might be going through something with life. You're in the land of the living, so act like you're living. I just know what gay men go through and I wanted to put that song in the air, but I will.

There couldn't be a more perfect time. There is so much happening in the world. Maybe you heard, but President Donald Trump said trans people are no longer able to serve in the military.

I know! My friend told me. They're banned from service, according to the Trumpette. Ain't that a witch.

Do you think about your legacy, Patti?

I just want to be honest and truthful, and I want people knowing that when I did whatever I did, it was all the way. Never half percent, always 100 percent. One-hundred percent in everything: my cooking, my dressing, everything. If I can't go all the way, I won't go halfway. I have to go all the way. And just how honest I am - they can remember that. The more honest I am, the better I get by, the more things come to my plate. Everybody knows that if you give Patti something, it's gonna be quality. That's just how I work.

Any last word for your gay fans?

I just want all of my gay fans to know that I will always be here for them the way I am: honest, to the point, and loving my gay fans even more and more each day. I mean, when I think about it, the gay fans are some of the reason - one big reason - I'm still standing 'cause they loved me when other people tried not to. Everybody always says, "What makes gay men like you?" I have no clue, I say. I still don't. But I know that love has lifted me up for many, many years.

As long as I can stand on stage and my gay men and lesbian women see Patti LaBelle as someone who's always been honest on stage - you know, I'll stop and have to go to the bathroom and I'll let them know I'll be right back. A lot of cutie girls stand up there and they pretend for the hour or however how long and that's just gross. It turns me off.

They pretend like they wanna be there?

Yes! And everything you see of them is gonna be mechanical. Gladys Knight - she's a raw girl. And whenever you see Gladys, you're gonna see a different Gladys. If you just saw her show five nights in a row, she will not do everything the same.

You just want something real.

It has to stay that way.

BMI is pleased to announce that Patti LaBelle will be named the BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. LaBelle will receive this honor in recognition of her extraordinary career achievements and countless contributions to the musical landscape over the past five decades. The event will be held Thursday, August 31, at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta and will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton.

“Patti’s work as an entertainer and her involvement in humanitarian efforts have touched the lives of many people,” said Brewton. “Her music transcends genres and generations paving the way for aspiring songwriters to follow in her footsteps. She is the epitome of an icon, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Patti LaBelle.”

The private event will also salute the songwriters, producers, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the United States from BMI’s repertoire of more than 12 million musical works. The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony.

In addition, BMI’s Social Star competition honoring the songwriter with the most engaged social media audience will be returning for the sixth year. Beginning August 14, fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestant across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. The songwriter with the most Instagram likes and use of their specialized Twitter hashtag will claim the prize. Previous winners have included Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Zendaya, SoMo, and Joey Bada$$.

LaBelle joins an elite group of recipients who have received BMI’s Icon Award for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include Nile Rodgers, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, James Brown, Al Green and Snoop Dogg among others.

A best-selling author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, TV personality and legendary entertainer, Patti LaBelle is no stranger to success. With more than 50 million records sold worldwide and more than 50 years in show business, LaBelle has enjoyed one of the most celebrated careers in contemporary music. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer has been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business with the Legend Award.

Her love for music developed while singing in the church choir as a child. She went on to score multiple hits with Patti LaBelle and the BlueBelles and later Labelle, including the iconic song “Lady Marmalade,” before embarking on a solo career in 1977. Throughout her career, LaBelle has scored hits with a string of successful singles and albums and received numerous awards. Some fan favorites include “If Only You Knew” (1984), “New Attitude” (1984) and the number-one single “On My Own,” a duet with Michael McDonald from the platinum-selling album The Winner in You in 1986. She received a GRAMMY for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1992 for Burnin’, followed by a second GRAMMY win in 1999 in the Traditional R&B Performance category for Live! One Night Only. Her most recent album, Bel Hommage, a collection of jazz standards, was released in May of this year. In addition, she released her sixth book and fourth cookbook, Desserts LaBelle, in April.

Beyond her work in the arts, Patti LaBelle’s humanitarian efforts are another one of her passions. Through the years, she has advocated for adoption, foster care, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and many other important causes.

Soul legend Patti LaBelle will perform at the annual N.C. A&T Alumni Homecoming Concert this fall.
LaBelle has been singing since the 1960s, when she was the lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. The band later changed its name to LaBelle and recorded the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade.”
As a solo singer, Patti LaBelle is best known for her songs “New Attitude,” “You Are My Friend,” “If Only You Knew” and “On My Own,” a duet with Michael McDonald.
Over her career, LaBelle has sold more than 50 million records, won multiple Grammy and NAACP Image awards, received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and been inducted into several musical halls of fame.
Opening the concert will be Mike Phillips, a saxophonist whose top 10 Billboard Jazz hits include "You have Reached Mike Phillips" and “Uncommon Denominator." Phillips has recorded and toured with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince.
The event will be held Oct. 6 at the Koury Convention Center. The night will start with a buffet reception at 7:45 p.m. followed by the concert at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the general admission concert go on sale Aug. 14. Call A&T’s Office of Alumni Affairs at 336-433-5570 for more information.
The Alumni Homecoming Concert is part of the university’s week-long homecoming celebration that runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 8.

Patti Talks To People Magazine!

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Patti LaBelle Interview/Podcast

Patti LaBelle Full Show Pride Island NYC GAY PRIDE

Patti To Perform on 2018 Presidents Cruise MORE INFORMATION TBA

President’s Cruise

In other news, the "Loyal Royals" are now given one more opportunity to cruise with Chief Executive of Royal Caribbean, Michael Bayley and indulge in various activities that are exclusive to the cruise.

The cruising company has recently announced details for its upcoming annual President’s Cruise. It is targeted to commence in the 29th of September 2018 and will sail on Harmony of the Seas. The cruise will have a span of 7 nights from Fort Lauderdale and will navigate through the islands of San Juan, St. Thomas, Nassau and Labadee – Royal’s private island.

Similar to the initial President’s Cruise which was done in the Allure of the Seas, the cruise will be open for public bookings. As for those who are Royal Caribbean visa cardholders and under the Crown and Anchor Society – a loyalty program of the cruise, they will have access to private activities such as cocktail parties and panels. A guaranteed appearance of Bayley, Director of Crown and Anchor Society Millie Quiles and executives are also expected as well.

In further details of some activities, a concert by Patti Labelle is planned as well as a food and wine festival at the ship’s Boardwalk. These public activities are open to everyone. A promenade party is also expected on the last night.

Patti LaBelle performed at NYC GAY PRIDE / PRIDE ISLAND Concert June 23 2017 and brought back the iconic hair!

Ms. Patti returned to Star of The Desert Arena Primm Nevada and slayed the crowd. And of course she needed a few men!

NEW JAZZ ALBUM "BEL HOMMAGE" DROPS MAY 5 2017 PRE ORDER IT NOW EVERYWHERE!

Patti kicks of her "Valentines Week" Tour at the Hard Rock in Ohio February 10 2017. More photos in our photo gallery!

Legendary Superstar and bestselling author Patti LaBelle is about to share her baking secrets with us. With the recent success of her baked goods at Walmart stores nationwide…What’s Next? A cookbook filled with her favorite dessert recipes and kitchen memories–including the sweet potato pie recipe that went viral and caused a frenzy last Fall. DessertsLaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About is set to be released on April 25, 2017. Pre-Order now!

Patti will headline the New Orleans Jazz Festival May 7 2017!

Patti to headline New Orleans Jazz Festival May 7 2017!

Now in Walmart! Patti's Banana Pudding!

To support World Aids Day 2016 Ms. Patti LaBelle, Common and more will be giving a FREE concert November 30, 2016 use this link to register and get your free tickets it will be at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. #pattilabelle

DOLBY THEATRE LOS ANGELES
5 TO 9 PM

NOV 30
KEEP THE PROMISE

TO REGISTER FOR YOUR TICKETS VISIT http://ahfwad.org/

Patti joins the cast of VH1 "Daytime Divas"

Patti LaBelle will join the cast of the VHI scripted series "Daytime Divas! Patti LaBelle will play Gloria, William's (Norm Lewis) sharp-tongued, fabulous, prying mother who loves visiting her son in New York City to catch the latest sales at Barneys. Lead by her maternal instinct, she knows her son better than anyone. For more information.http://tvline.com/2016/11/03/daytime-divas-cast-vh1-kristen-johnston-patti-labelle-rob-estes/ 

After unveiling Mariah Carey as the first performer of VH1's forthcoming Divas Holiday special Unsilent Night, another icon has been added to the bill: Patti LaBelle.
The legendary singer -- and sweet potato pie entrepreneur -- will be serving up sweet melodies, like she did on her holiday-themed albums, 1990's This Christmas and 2007's Miss Patti's Christmas. LaBelle is also a Divas alum, having performed at the 2004 benefit concert for VH1 Save the Music Foundation in Las Vegas alongside Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Gladys Knight.
"I'm so thrilled to share the VH1 Divas stage with Mariah, who is not only an incredible performer, but also my goddaughter," LaBelle said in a statement. Free tickets are available, visit our Facebook page for details. The special airs December 5 only on VH1!!

Patti LaBelle's Place Six Episode Holiday Specials! Air Dates and Guest Stars!

When legendary artist Patti LaBelle isn't on-stage performing, she finds true happiness entertaining and cooking for her friends and family. In the new six-episode series Patti LaBelle's Place, she opens THE KITCHEN doors to viewers for an up-close and endlessly entertaining look at her cooking talents. Packed with special guests including Estelle, Kirk Franklin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Gayle King and Joe Zee, PATTI LABELLE'S PLACE premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, December 3rd at 11am ET/8am PT on Cooking Channel.

"The one-of-a-kind Patti LaBelle's talents in THE KITCHEN are right up there with her talents on-stage," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The happiness Patti gets from sharing her favorite dishes with her guests is a joy to watch."

Episodes are:
"50 Cent and Naturi Naughton" Premieres Saturday, December 3rd at 11am ET/8am PT
Patti invites Grammy-winner® Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson over for some fresh and delicious comfort food. Dancing up a storm in the kitchen, they prepare a menu of Slow-Cooked Brisket, Smashed Potatoes and Patti's Southern-Style Fried Corn. Later, actress Naturi Naughton stops by for Patti's famous Succulent Scallops in Garlic Butter Sauce, and Miss Patti gives Naturi a cooking lesson that is "Over the Rainbow."

"Estelle and Joe Zee" Premieres Saturday, December 3rd at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT
Patti invites her friend, fashion guru Joe Zee, over for a simple Shrimp Scampi served over Angel Hair Pasta. She tops off the meal with Apple-Peach Compote and Vanilla Ice Cream. Then, British Grammy Award-winning® singer Estelle comes by and Patti makes her feel right at home with her very own version of Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce.

"Kirk Franklin and Erica Campbell" Premieres Saturday, December 10th at 11am ET/8am PT
Patti introduces long-time friend and gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and his wife Tammy to her Famous Fried Chicken. Nothing says "yum" like golden-brown, delicious fried chicken served with Sautéed Potatoes and Onions, along with Garlicky Broccoli Rabe. Later, Erica Campbell from the legendary gospel duo MARY MARY stops by, and she and Patti make a simple and delicious double-layer Peach Cobbler.

"Gayle King and Jay Manuel" Premieres Saturday, December 10th at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT
Patti is hanging out in THE KITCHEN with celebrity make-up artist Jay Manuel and there's never a dull moment when these two are in the kitchen. Their meal starts with a Mixed Green Salad drizzled with Patti's Secret Homemade Salad Dressing, and then she shows Jay how to prepare her Spicy Garlic Sautéed Chicken Breasts and Fresh Spinach. Later, Patti's good girlfriend Gayle King drops by for a down-home meal of mouthwatering Beef Short Ribs and Miss Patti's Mean Greens.

"Ta'Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday and Lance Gross" Premieres Saturday, December 17th at 11am ET/8am PT
Patti has star power in her kitchen today! First, Ta'Rhonda Jones drops by to learn Patti's delicious Pork Chops with Sautéed Cabbage recipe. Then, Patti refreshes her palate with actress Kaitlin Doubleday over a vegan lunch of Sautéed Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic and Butter. Finally, Patti is joined by actor Lance Gross, to help her prepare Pan-Seared Salmon served with Sautéed Green Beans a La Bella.

"Carla Hall and J.R. Smith" Premieres Saturday, December 17th at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT
Its FAMILY TIME at Patti's place, when she invites her good friend Carla Hall over for a down-home Southern lunch, inspired by her father's Cornmeal Fried Catfish. Patti and Carla reminisce and cook up a storm, and then NBA champion J.R. Smith brings his mother, Ida, over for a very special Italian meal of Linguine with Meatballs at Miss Patti's.

For more Patti LaBelle's Place, fans can visit CookingChannelTV.com/Patti and join the conversation on social media using #PattiLaBellesPlace.

Patti LaBelle's Place is produced by Powerhouse Productions.

Patti LaBelle Shows Off Granddaughter in Essence

When she is not hitting the stage, or selling out her famous pies, legend Patti Labelle is doting over her own mini-diva: her granddaughter Gia Edwards.

 

 

The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee put up an Instagram post of the little tot, dressed to the nines in a Celine t-shirt, jean shorts, gladiator sandals and a dazzling hat topped off with a Saks 5th Avenue bag. Because of course, she is off to buy more slayable outfits.

 

 

“My stylish little mini diva, Gia is just too cute and fierce!” her caption read. The cute baby is a style icon in the making. Just click through her personal Instagram page, and you’ll see her cuteness in full display for her already over 1800 followers.

September 24, 2016 1:53 PM EDT - Legendary musicians Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder each took the stage to perform during the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (The Washington Post)

Patti Performs A Change Is Gonna Come African Museum Grand Opening

Patti LaBelle is making an encore.

Her sweet potato pie was a smash-hit last year for Walmart (WMT), her exclusive retailer. Now she's expanding her line to include five new pies: berry cobbler, apple cobbler, peach cobbler, apple pecan cake and sweet potato loaf.

LaBelle's sweet potato pie hit stores last August, but it wasn't a huge success until Youtube star James Wright Chanel sang its praises in a expletive-laced video that went viral.

"I want to taste Patti live," said Wright, breaking into song as soon as he dug in. "You turn into Patti after eating this! Go to Walmart and buy the Patti LaBelle pie."

After that video came out in November, LaBelle's sweet potato pie sold like hot cakes.
"We were selling one per second for a while after his video went live," said Walmart spokesman John Forrest Ales. "He posted that video and we sold out and had to quickly make more, a million pounds."

Walmart launched Patti LaBelle peach cobbler and four other new desserts, capitalizing on her viral success with sweet potato pie.

And it wasn't just a Thanksgiving thing. Even after the holidays the pies were still selling, so Walmart has been churning them out year round even though they were originally meant to be a seasonal item.

"It's pretty insane that it's August and people are still buying the sweet potato pie," said Ales.
LaBelle fans may want to brace themselves for a bit of sticker shock, though. While the sweet potato pie costs $3.98, the cobblers are $6.98, the apple pecan cake costs $9.98.

January 16 2017 Patti To Speak And Perform At Martin Luther King Event

Singer Patti LaBelle will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon on Jan. 16, 2017 at the Peoria Civic Center.

The 25th Annual luncheon will be followed by a concert by LaBelle in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. “Patti LaBelle is truly an icon in the music industry,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “We’re excited to welcome her to Peoria to help us celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

This is the first year the event, sponsored by Public Employees for Community Concerns, will feature both a luncheon and concert.

Doors will open for the luncheon at 9:30 a.m. and the luncheon will begin at 10:45 a.m. LaBelle will be the featured speaker at the event, sharing how King impacted her life and career, followed immediately by her concert from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 25th annual luncheon than an appearance by the legendary Patti LaBelle,” event chairman Alma Brown said.

Tickets for the luncheon and concert are $50 per person or 10 for $500 and are available for purchase at www.mlkluncheon.com, at Peoria City Hall and by mail to P.O. Box 1312, Peoria, IL 61654-1312.

Tickets for the concert only will be available starting Friday at the Toyota Box Office at the Peoria Civic Center, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

New Cooking Special Coming!

That's right Patti has been taping a brand new cooking show for the Cooking Channel which will debut this fall!  Stay tuned! 

Ms. Patti LaBelle kicks off her Summer Tour and celebrated 72 years young on May 24 2016. Stay tuned to the only Patti LaBelle website and social media across the internet that truly brings you Patti LaBelle like no other!

WITH PATTI JACKSON AT WDAS FM WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE LUNCH

PATTI WITH SARAH DASH AND NONA HENDRYX

WITH PATTY JACKSON WDAS FM

PATTI RECEIVES WDAS FM WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Get ready in May TBA Patti who has teamed up with Lung Force and The American Lung Association has a special commercial, song and surprise concert at Grand Central Station check daily at www.facebook.com/ultimatepattilabelle for THE DAY!

Ms. Patti with East Coast Inspirational Singers taping commercial which will air soon plus a new song and concert TBA for the American Lung Association / Lung Force. The commercial was taped in Harlem. (Right) Mr. John Stanley Musical Director for Patti LaBelle.

March 2016 Patti received the 2016 Bet Honors Musical Arts Award which aired nationwide.

Patti LaBelle has given her most prominent fan the whirlwind experience of a lifetime.

The songstress’ line of sweet potato pies at Walmart became this Thanksgiving’s hot ticket item after superfan James Wright Chanel posted an instantly viral YouTube video (literally) singing its praises.

Since then, the two have become close friends, spending Thanksgiving together at LaBelle’s house and even filming a holiday television special set to air on the Cooking Channel, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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“It’s one of those blessed stories,” LaBelle tells PEOPLE. “For his birthday, which is Thanksgiving, we were at my home. I invited him to dinner before I even met him.”

In fact, their first meeting was on the set of the show. “It was his first time seeing me, so when he came into the kitchen, he saw me and my back was turned. He came up behind me and he had on these beautiful leopard pants and a necklace,” the singer says. “We just had a love moment.”

And now, LaBelle sees herself not only as a mentor, but as a mother figure for Chanel. “He’s such a larger than life person himself; he’s like my new son. It’s just a blessing when people come into your life like this and you’re not expecting anything.”

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It’s a sentiment that the YouTube star certainly echoes. “When she first called, it was like we’d known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends,” Chanel tells PEOPLE. “I told her, ‘I have to tell my mom that Patti is my new momma too.’ I said, ‘Patti, you my momma!'”

As for what we can expect from the special, the pair ensures that there will be sweet potato pie, as well as a variety of other pies. “He’s a great sous chef, I found out,” LaBelle says.

Patti LaBelle Pie Cooking Channel
COURTESY COOKING CHANNEL


For Chanel, the whole experience has been life-changing. “For the past few weeks, my life has been planes and hotels,” he says.

“I’ve always tried to perform with [Patti]. When she does ‘Lady Marmalade’, she calls people on stage to sing. At all of the concerts I’ve been to I never got a chance to make it on stage. And now I’m gonna be on stage with her.”

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Yes, you read that right — the two are also planning a concert performance together. “We’re going to perform in more ways than one. He can be my lead singer and I’ll be his background singer,” LaBelle says.

You can watch the pair together (and get the famous pie recipe) on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 E.T. on the Cooking Channel.

Ms. Patti's Sweet Potato Pie at Walmart has gone viral and sold out. Patti surprises the Today Show 11/20/15 click here to view the video http://www.today.com/…/patti-labelle-her-sold-out-sweet-pot…

Highlights of Patti Live in London November 2015!

For Photos check out our Ultimate Photo Gallery!

Must Read! New Interview/Article Ms. Patti on LUNG FORCE and "Famous Fan From Vancouver"

New Article and Interview with Ms. LaBelle about teaming up with LUNG FORCE and even the fan who went too far on stage enjoy!

It’s not every day that one gets to chat with a music legend and supreme diva. And while I could have chatted with the delightful Patti LaBelle for hours on end about all things music, including her classic cuts, we had serious business to discuss when I briefly chatted with her over the phone on a Thursday afternoon. Very serious business.

Did you know that lung cancer is now the No. 1 cancer killer of women? Yeah, neither did I. And that’s why LaBelle has teamed up with the American Lung Association to promote their LUNG FORCE initiative. The aim is to get more people to do their research on lung cancer and work to prevent it, educate and empower both patients and those in healthcare, and, of course, increase funds for more lung cancer research. This is all very important to LaBelle, who lost two sisters, in their 40s at the time and who smoked, to lung cancer.

Check out what LaBelle had to say about getting people to take lung cancer seriously, her sisters, and how she’s staying healthy at 71 with her family’s medical history. And, of course, we also got a few questions in about folks trying to remake “Lady Marmalade,” and that misguided fan who tested LaBelle’s patience on stage in Vancouver.

MadameNoire: What influenced you to join forces with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE?

Patti LaBelle: I lost my sisters, Vivian and Jackie, in their early 40s, to lung cancer. It was a very, very, very devastating feeling for me and my family members still left at the time. They’re all gone now. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, more so than breast, colon and pancreatic cancer combined, which I just found out myself.

By the time of their demise, every time I would come home from tour, because we all lived together at my mother’s house, they were walking around all skinny and sick, not knowing what lung cancer really meant for them. But once they were diagnosed, within a year, they both died. I was not aware of all the factors about lung cancer until I joined the American Lung Association LUNG FORCE initiative. Did you know one woman in the U.S. dies every eight minutes from lung cancer?

You once said that you didn’t think you would make it to 50 because of your family’s health history. You’re 71 now. What have their deaths taught you about life and living it to the fullest? And how do you take care of your health now?

When I turned 46, that was a blessing because my sisters died in their early 40s. My mother died of complications from diabetes. My father, from Alzheimer’s. My other sister, of colon cancer. My family has been touched by so many devastating issues, and illnesses, and I prayed to God that I wouldn’t get any. But I am diabetic. I have diabetes–but diabetes doesn’t have Patti. I’m off the insulin now. My A1C is almost normal. But no one is exempt from lung cancer or any type of illness. So I pray every day. I wake up smiling saying, “Thank you, dear God, for another day.” I go to doctor’s appointments all the time, and I’m always checking myself. As they say, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” And that’s what I’m going to continue to do. At 71, honey, I’m still strong–and look kind of cute. But my sisters, they didn’t look beautiful at all with their condition, and they were all beautiful women. You want to look at people and think there’s still hope, but at the time, I looked at them and there was no hope. So I’m hoping to bring awareness to lung cancer and bring people to the table because critical funds for research are necessary.

Switching to music, what do you think of the news that Rita Ora wants to remake “Lady Marmalade” with Iggy Azalea and others? There’s nothing like the original!

What a compliment! That’s such a compliment. When it was Christina Aguilera and all the little girls, I mean, that was a compliment to Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle. We were so happy. And if these girls, Rita Ora, who I love, if they do this song, that’s another feather in my hat [laughs]. Baby, we inspired someone to do something. Don’t you think that would be cute? It would be. I would love that.

Are there any singers with voices out now that you think could cover a Patti LaBelle song? If so, who would you love to see kill it?

For sure, singers like Adele. The young girls like Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James–that’s a singin’ fool. There are so many young girls with great voices who could do a Patti LaBelle song and just kill it. Even Demi Lovato! She’s my new crush. That little girl can sing like I never thought she could. She could sing a Patti LaBelle song. And Fantasia. That’s my daughter! She kills my songs. Oh yes, honey.

Also, what were you thinking when that so-called fan got on stage in Vancouver and tried to pull off his clothes in front of you? I saw you were NOT having that, Ms. Patti!

You know, baby, I’m praying for him. Because he knew not what he did. He was a special baby who was drunk or high off of something. Or maybe he just wanted to get real flirty with me and show me his body parts. Either way, I said, “No, darling.” And I said it the way you saw me say it on TMZ. So if you’re going to come up to a person like a Gladys Knight or an Anita Baker or a Patti LaBelle, you better respect the fact that we’re older ladies and we’re not taking someone’s butt in our faces. I said, “Bye, Felicia!”

That Patti LaBelle, always the comedian. And a fabulous one.

For more information on lung cancer, the American Lung Association and their LUNG FORCE initiative, go to LUNGFORCE.org and learn how to share your voice on social media, donate, walk to raise money and find out how to reduce your risk of getting it. 

November 4th, 2015
Patti LaBelle wears turquoise (and sings) to raise awareness of lung cancer
Actress and Grammy-winning singer Patti LaBelle, a paid spokesperson for Lung Force, visits the Fourth Hour dressed in turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer, which took two of her sisters as well as impacting women around the world. Her visit isn't complete until she belts out an impromptu tune for the ladies.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Grammy-Winner-Patti-LaBelle-Teams-With-American-Lung-Association-20151104#

http://www.today.com/video/patti-labelle-wears-turquoise-and-sings-to-raise-awareness-of-lung-cancer-558972995541

Patti Performs National Anthem 10/30/15 Philly 76's Opening Night

Denise Rich raised about three and a half million dollars last night at the annual Gabrielle’s Angel Ball, named for her beloved daughter who passed away in 1996. After a couple of years of downsizing, the Angel Ball was back last night in force, with roughly 900 guests at Cipriani downtown dressed in their formal best and rocking to Patti LaBelle and Ryan Tedder with One Republic.

And the guests were truly A list: Heidi Klum, Clive Davis, Nikki Haskell, Ivana Trump, Sam Moore, Nick Cannon, and Star Jones just to name a few. Usher put in a long appearance and greeted everyone. James Carville and Mary Matalin were there, along with race car driver Jeff Gordon, and sponsor host Lorraine Schwartz, the most popular jeweler since Harry Winston.

Denise’s faithfuls were there, like Michelle and Frank Rella, and Michelle Herbert, as well as philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Steve Boxer of Phillippe restaurant, newscaster Felicia Taylor, pr magnate Norah Lawlor, and so on. The evening honored NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian and Amy France, Mary Kitchen and Compass Lexecon Co-Founder Jon Orszag. My old pal Alicia Quarles, who looked like a million bucks, did a lot of emceeing. At one point, she proposed marriage to a stunned Patti LaBelle to raise money for research. Patti got a kick out of that, but declined graciously.

There was talk of those K people may turning up, but they didn’t (which was wise considering their situation). Also, Cipriani was bursting at the seams this year as the silent auction separately may have yielded around $2 million.

Heidi Klum, whom I’ve known since long before “Project Runway” turned her into a fashion mogul, brought along a young man (whose parents I know quite well) as her “date.” She said, “This is my side piece!” Tell the tabs. It was all for fun.

Like TJ Martell, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research is the real deal. I remember in the first years when Denise started it, we all thought it was a reason to gather celebrities and have a party. But this foundation produces results, particularly in children’s cancers and leukemia. It’s one of the few annual events like this where the vast number of people in the room stop and listen to the survivors’ speeches. Nicely done.

PS Patti sang the crap out of “Lady Marmalade.” Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic is the real thing. He sang some of his hits and played keyboards with OneRepublic. They’re a tight band and real musicians.

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Patti Interview Cooking Channel Special & More

Patti LaBelle Talks Her Cooking Channel Special and Dancing with the Stars 

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Patti LaBelle on Patti LaBelle's Place(Cooking Channel)

It’s no secret that two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle sings for her supper, but on Sunday, she is going to take it one step further and cook it up as well!

LaBelle, who is the author of five cookbooks, the most recent Recipes for the Good Life!, is going to whip up some of her tasty treats on her hourlong specialPatti LaBelle’s Place, premiering Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the Cooking Channel.

Joining LaBelle in the kitchen will be pal Whoopi Goldberg, stopping by for some seafood favorites; her Dancing with the Stars partner Artem Chigvintsev, who swings by for a hearty meal of roasted lamb; and Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams, who satisfies her sweet tooth.

LaBelle chatted with Parade.com about Patti LaBelle’s Place, how Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t like greens, and the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

How did you transition from cookbooks to a TV special?

Oh, honey, I guess it was meant to be. I’ve been cooking all my life, coming up with little recipes for hot sauces and different ketchups. It just expanded. I guess it’s like singing, that’s a natural for me, and so is cooking.

I hear you’re making decadent dishes. Are they healthy and decadent or just decadent?

They’re both healthy and some not so healthy. I’m a diabetic so I will cook everything for anybody, but I’m not going to eat it, though, because, of course, I have to cook healthier now for myself.

You mentioned that you have diabetes. What’s been the biggest change to your diet since your diagnosis?

I had to stop eating cheesecake, that I love, and fried chicken. In moderation, I can have a piece of fried chicken. You know, whatever I would eat, it would be fried, and then potato salad and macaroni and cheese. Things like that I can’t really have anymore. I cheat every now and then. I have to taste it to see if it’s good. That’s as far as I go to make sure it’s good for people.

Having to eliminate all the fried food from your diet, did you teach yourself to cook healthy or did you have somebody who helped you?

I didn’t have a dietician, nor did I have help in my kitchen because I really know how to cook healthy. I do the branzino [fish] now with a little grapeseed oil, like one-and-a-half minutes on each side with lots of habanero peppers and fresh garlic sliced. When you season with garlic, or a hot spice like cayenne or habanero or jalapeño pepper, you don’t miss fried food. I’ve been doing that forever and it’s so good.

You have Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Williams, and Artem Chigvintsev as your guests. How did you pick those particular people?

I love all three of those folks. Whoopi is like my friend forever. She was with me when my family members passed. She was with me when I got my Hollywood Walk of Fame star. She’s just a Patti girl. I love her. Artem is going to be my friend forever after being my partner. Michelle, every time I would see Beyoncé, Kelly, and Michelle they would always say, “What you going to cook for us? We need some food.” So she was perfect for the show.

I read that Whoopi doesn’t like vegetables, but that you were able to get her to taste something. Did she like it?

I made kale and I said, “Whoopi, I know how you feel about green anything but please just taste my greens.” She said, “For you, Patti, I’ll taste them.” She put about two forkfuls in her mouth and she said, “I still don’t like greens.”

 

But she loved my crab cakes and the branzino. “What kind of fish is this?,” she said. I said, “It’s a form of bass.” She said, “I’ve never heard of it.” I said, “It’s not like a catfish. You pay a lot of money for this.” She said, “Girl, listen, that’s my new fish now. I’m going to start having my people buy this and cook this for me like you did.” So I turned her on to the branzino and my good crab cakes.

Dancing with the Stars is back for a new season. You lasted on it six weeks I think it was. What was the most challenging part for you?

Every day. We rehearsed every day except I think we had Tuesdays off, and the live show was Monday. It was very, very hard but those things I live for. I live for doing something that I’ve never done before, that I’m not used to, and listening to someone give me direction…I’ve been singing for 52 years and the only person that tells me what to do is Patti. Artem had to tell me what to do and I had to listen. Thank God he’s such a sweetheart. He wasn’t cruel or harsh with me. He was very easy.

Are you watching the new season?

Yes, I am.

Do you have a favorite?

Well, I love Chaka Khan. She’s my girlfriend. But I watched it and I love little Bindi Irwin. Her personality is just all over the place. I mean I love this little girl. I’ve never met her, but I think she’s got something.

Patti Amazing at Arlene S. Concert Hall

At 71 years young, Patti LaBelle looked amazing and full of energy on Sunday night at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Within the first 30 seconds of taking the stage for her opening song “Need A Little Faith,” she immediately answered any questions of whether or not she still had the three-octave voice, leaving little doubt that LaBelle was in top form for her Portland performance. Hitting her stride, or strut if you will, on “New Attitude,” from there she just kept getting better.

Her 10-piece band, led by pianist John Stanley, were near flawless as they covered “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes), “Stay With Me” (Sam Smith) and “I Keep Forgettin'” (Michael McDonald), as well as a seemingly endless string of LaBelle’s hit songs including the classic “Lady Marmalade” (watch a retro video below), during which she invited three audience members up to sing and dance with her.

In closing, she covered “Over The Rainbow” and her final song was “There’s A Winner In You.” A fantastic show, there is really nothing that compares to seeing a performer of this caliber: She truly loves what she does—whether interacting with her fans or sharing the stage with her band. LaBelle is a consummate performer with unmistakable style and one of the greatest voices of our generation. She is one of the true original divas in my book.

Patti LaBelle heads to the Cooking Channel and hosts a special party for some of her celebrity friends right from her kitchen. Patti’s Kitchen is a special which airs on the cooking channel on Saturday September 27, at 8 pm ET.

The two-time Grammy-winning singer and actress, invites you to join her as she prepares a special meal for her friends Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Williams and dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev.


Patti LaBelle serves up her best dishes for a Cooking Channel special
Although Patti is a master of many venues, her kitchen seems to be the place in which she is most comfortable. This is apparent when Goldberg, stops into the kitchen for a seafood feast, including mouthwatering crab cakes and crispy pan seared branzino.

Goldberg does not like vegetables, but in Patti’s kitchen everything is flavorful and her sautéed kale with garlic might just convert Goldberg into making a dietary change.

Dancing partner and friend Artem Chigvintsev also stops in and gets a chance to savor Ms. LaBelle’s inspired roasted lamb, mashed and creamy sweet potatoes and southern-style sautéed green beans.

Of course no Patti LaBelle cooking special would be complete without her famous Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese made with eight different types of cheeses.

But the real fun begins when singer and songwriter Michelle Phillips gets access to the secret behind Patti’s incredibly easy and satisfying parfait.

Labelle has always enjoyed being in the comfort of her kitchen. In her book “LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” she expresses how cooking is an extension of her soul.

"From the time I was a little girl,” she writes, “I knew there were two things in this world I was born to do: sing and cook. I've spent my life developing my voice and my recipes, and to tell you the truth, I'm hard pressed to say where I'm happiest--in concert or in the kitchen, making music or making meals."

Fans will be able to access the full recipes from the special on CookingChannelTV.com and can join the conversation on Twitter using #PattiLaBellesPlace.

Patti LaBelle's Place airs on The Cooking Channel, Sunday, September 27th at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT.

Patti Throws Off Rude Fan Of Her Stage In Vancouver 9/18/15

Singer Patti LaBelle made it clear on Friday that stripping fans are not allowed on her stage!
TMZ reports that the 71-year-old singer did not hold very much back during a performance in Vancouver on Friday night after being disrespected on stage by a fan.

According to the report, several fans from the audience were invited on stage to sing and dance with Patti LaBelle one at a time. However, one fan in particular went above and beyond by starting to take off his shirt.
As soon as the “New Attitude” singer realized what he was doing, she literally stopped everything — including the music — to nip it in the bud immediately.
“Hold up. Hold up! Don’t you dare…not on my stage. No, baby.”
A member from Patti LaBelle’s security team tried to intervene on stage by removing the stripping fan, but Patti urged him not to by repeatedly saying “I got this.”
“Let me say something… Did I say I was 71 years young? Right? I am not Nicki Minaj or that little, uh…Miley.”
Apparently, the message did not stop the fan from wanting to show off on stage. Instead of listening to Patti LaBelle respectfully and attentively, he appears to turn his backside to her. At that moment, Patti’s initial mildness went out of the window and she forced him off the stage and out of the show.
“Oh no! Get off of my goddern stage, b-tch. And stay off! Put him out of the building. Put him out! How dare you? I’m sorry I didn’t let my security do what he felt he had to do earlier. I believe in giving second and third and fourth chances, because I always say sometimes we know not what we do. Just so rude! A rude American or whoever he is, whatever he is. Don’t ever come in my face again.”

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Patti On This Years VMA Fashions

Iconic singer Patti LaBelle sat front row at the Zang Toi fashion show last week — but she saved her front-row shade for barely dressed female pop stars.

“You know, I watched the VMAs and I was totally turned off with what I saw,” she tells Threads. “I need these young girls to put some clothes on!” When asked to name names, LaBelle would only give the side eye. “You know who I am talking about.” (Could she mean Miley Cyrus and her suspenders? Nicki Minaj and her anaconda? This could start another Twitter war!)

LaBelle’s fashion advice? “I would tell them to cover up and stop showing your breasts and butts — you do not need to be naked to sell records. But I don’t know if they would listen to an older woman. I am 72 years young, but I will continue to pray for them as well as myself.” Patti, what’s good?

Latest Interview With Ms. Patti

At 71, Patti LaBelle is still a diva in demand. The singer, actress and budding culinary mogul will perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Sunday, with a performance she promises will be "very unpredictable." She called in from her Wynnewood, Pennsylvania home on Tuesday to talk about her upcoming album, her "Empire" role and what she took away from "Dancing with the Stars."

Tell us about the jazz album you're working on.

Patti LaBelle: That's done, actually. They're just beautiful songs. I think I did 13. By Nina Simone, "Wild is the Wind," two other Nina songs. I did a Lainie Kazan song. They're songs that are not redundant, you don't repeat many lines, after you say it once, you won't hear it again in the song.

When can we look for that one?

PL: That's what I don't know. I'm hoping, before the year is out.

"Empire" comes back to TV next week. Are we going to be seeing some more of you after your finale appearance last season?


PL: Not on this one, because Lee (Daniels) has finished filming. But he didn't kill Patti LaBelle. She'll return. Can't return on "(American) Horror Story" because they did kill me. I'll be back on "Empire."

How did you get the call to make that first appearance? Did you know the show was going to be such a big hit?

PL: I'm very good friends with (co-creator) Lee Daniels and he called me about the second week, the second episode was going to air. He called me and said, "Lala," he calls me Lala, "I'm in Philly, I have a dentist appointment, and I want to come over and I want to eat dinner." And so I made him dinner, he came over and I wanted him to leave so I could watch the episode. He said, "No, I'm not leaving now, not going (on) the train to New York until we watch it together."

And we watched together and he said to me, "What part would you like to play?" I said, "I would like to play any part except the part of someone who's gonna die. I've been killed off in 'Horror Story,' I want to live on this show." He first said, before he said that to me, that he wanted me to play an angel. I said, "What does that mean? I can't come back!" He came back with the idea of me just being myself. And you know, he's my good, good buddy. So I'm so proud of him and happy.

You had a nice run on "Dancing with the Stars" this year as well. Are you bringing those moves to your concerts?


PL: Honey, I had those moves before "Dancing" (laughs). So I'm still doing the same thing that I was doing before in my live shows. Just moving. I'm not a dancer. I'm a spirit mover. But on that, you had to be totally conscious of choreography in that one minute live every Monday night, so you concentrated. On stage, I don't concentrate, I just move.

 

 

Ms. Patti's "Good Life" Line Now at Bed, Bath & Beyond

Her line is already at Walmart including the newest hit "Patti's Sweet Potato Pie" but now her line has reached "Bed, Bath & Beyond".  You can also purchase some of her items on her official website store.  

Patti LaBelle Attends Zang Toi Fashion Show NYC 9.11.15

Zang Toi Fashion Show in New York City. At Zang Toi, a show so revered that both Patti LaBelle and Ivana Trump showed up on a Friday night, the crowd was certainly the main attraction. Besides the two grand dames, Miss Universe sat near several Real Housewives. Across the runway, ladies from "Orange is the New Black" ooh-ed at the collection. For SS16, Toi created a collection around the "Splendor of Santorini." Relying on old school glamour and the serious drama only a majorly wide-brimmed hat can provide, looks ranged from all-white structured cotton tunics, to embroidered knits, and even lush, half-sequined statement coats. The color palette remained simple, keeping mainly with the navy, turquoise and emerald found near the Aegean. The real spectacle came at the show's close, featuring gowns with gorgeously beaded crop bodices attached to sheer full skirts, under which live more modest mini skirts. Between the twirling and the sparkles was a vision in tulle. No wonder Ms. LaBelle high-fived the designer as he walked the runway. 

Patti To Appear In Season 2 Of "Empire"

Get ready for the new season and another great appearance from Ms. LaBelle.  

"Patti' Place" Special To Air On The Cooking Channel

Cooking Channel to Premiere New Special PATTI LABELLE'S PLACE, 9/27

Cooking Channel invites you to Patti LaBelle's Place, a primetime special hosted by legendary Grammy award-winning musician Patti LaBelle premiering Sunday, September 27th at 8pmET/5pmPT. The special follows Patti as she entertains off stage and puts on a show in the kitchen, cooking and entertaining celebrity guests. When it comes to simple and delicious food served with lots of personality, there is no place like Patti LaBelle's Place!

"Throughout her career Patti LaBelle has inspired audiences with her music and her voice. Now, she is sharing what inspires her most - cooking a delicious meal to share with special guests," said Michael Smith, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Cooking Channel."

Join Patti as she creates decadent dishes that wow her guests from the moment they enter her kitchen. Whoopi Goldberg stops by for some seafood favorites, including succulent crab cakes and crispy pan seared branzino that is seasoned to perfection. Patti's cooking skills are put to the test when Whoopi, who is notoriously known for disliking vegetables, tries her sautéed kale with garlic. Patti's dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev also swings by for a hearty meal of roasted lamb, served with mashed sweet potatoes, and delicious sautéed green beans. As a special surprise Patti whips up her signature Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese made with eight different types of cheese. Of course there is always room for dessert, especially when singer, songwriter, and actress Michelle Williams shows up. Patti makes a last minute sweet treat that is so quick, easy and delicious that it makes them both sing for more. At Patti LaBelle's Place the food is always good, and you always feel right at home!

Fans will be able to access the full recipes from the special on CookingChannelTV.com and can join the conversation on Twitter using #PattiLaBellesPlace.

Patti LaBelle is a two time Grammy Award-winning singer, a best-selling author of five successful books, a three-time Emmy nominee, the star of a hit television series, and philanthropist who devotes her time and talent to numerous charities. LaBelle has CELEBRATED a prolific career that has spanned over 50 years, and is widely known for classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets including "Lady Marmalade," "New Attitude" and "If You Asked Me To." She first blossomed from a choir member to lead vocalist for the girl groups Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and later Labelle, before launching a solo career. In 2008, adding to her long list of achievements, LaBelle launched a food and lifestyle brand, Patti LaBelle - Good Life, which includes a line of signature sauces, marinades, spices, cookbooks, instructional cooking DVDs, and bedding. LaBelle's love for entertaining comes from the heart, and continues to motivate her work as an entertainer, entrepreneur and humanitarian.

Patti Labelle's Place is produced by Powerhouse Productions.

 

 

Sunday November 15, 2015 Patti LaBelle headlines Great Voices of Soul at The SSE Arena Wembley! Check our upcoming events for more information!

Patti LaBelle will perform at Great Voices Of Soul in November. November 13: O2 Apollo, Manchester. November 15: SSE Arena, Wembley, London. For tickets, visit www.greatvoicesofsoul.co.uk