Patti LaBelle Biography, Age, Son, Songs, Tours and Interview

Patti Labelle Biography

Patti Labelle born Patricia Louise Holte an American singer, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as a lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.

Following the group’s name change to Labelle in the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade” and the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine

Patti Labelle Age

She was born 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. She is 74 years as of 2018.

Patti Labelle Husband

LaBelle was engaged to Otis Williams, a founding member of The Temptations. In 1969, LaBelle married a longtime friend, Armstead Edwards. After LaBelle started a solo career, Edwards became her manager until the couple separated in the late 1990s. In 2000, the couple announced they had legally separated. Three years later, their divorce was finalized.

Patti Labelle Son

Zuri Kye Edwards who was in born 1973, who is now her current manager.

Patti Labelle Image
Patti Labelle Image

Patti Labelle Latest Career

In 2008, Patti and former LaBelle members Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash reunited to release Back to Now, their first full album as a group in 32 years. The collection featured a combination of new songs and singles recorded before the LaBelle break-up. The album was followed by a successful reunion tour. In June of 2009, Patti LaBelle was honored yet again, with her induction into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.

In addition to her success as a singer, LaBelle has also written several books, including the auto biography Don’t Block the Blessings (1997), the diabetic cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (1998) and Recipes for the Good Life (2008). She has also recently launched her own line of sauces called Patti LaBelle Good Life.

LaBelle has starred in numerous stage and screen productions, including roles in the films A Soldier’s Story (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984); an appearance in the Broadway gospel musical Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God (1982); and a recurring role in the television series A Different World (1990). More recently, LaBelle appeared on the popular series American Horror Story in 2014.

The following year, LaBelle took on a new challenge. She became a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. LaBelle’s competitors include actress and author Suzanne Somers and athlete Michael Sam.

Patti LaBelle married her manager, Armstead Edwards, in 1969. The couple split in 2000, after 30 years of marriage.

Patti Labelle Tour

Fri, Jul 12
8:00 PM
Bensalem, PA
Parx Casino

Sat, Jul 13
8:00 PM
Boone, NC
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Fri, Sep 6
2:00 PM
Reno, NV
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Fri, Oct 18
2:30 PM
Omaha, NE
Orpheum Theater

Sun, Oct 20
7:30 PM
Detroit, MI
MotorCity Casino Hotel

Sun, Nov 10
7:00 PM
Norfolk, VA
Chrysler Hall

Fri, Dec 6
8:00 PM
Oxon Hill, MD
The Theater

Fri, Feb 14
7:00 PM
Nashville, TN

Labelle Patti New Attitude

Patti Labelle House

Labelle Patti Solo Success

In response to the album’s success, LaBelle began a whirlwind tour, becoming the first group to play at the Metropolitan Opera House, and the first black vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Yet, underneath the success, there was a layer of tension within the group over musical direction. In 1977, after creative differences, the group split up to focus on solo projects.

Patti LaBelle released her eponymous solo debut in 1977, which received critical acclaim. In 1982, after the moderate success of albums such as Tasty (1978) and Released (1980), LaBelle recorded the ballad “The Best is Yet to Come”, which reached No. 14 on the R&B chart, and garnered LaBelle her first solo Grammy Award nomination. That same year she had a No. 1 hit with “On My Own,” sung with Michael MacDonald. Throughout the 80s, LaBelle continued to score hits with songs such as 1984’s “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up,” which both became pop radio staples, as well as 1989’s “If You Asked Me To.”

In 1991, LaBelle released Burnin’, which hit gold status and landed the singer her first Grammy Award. She was honored again for her work in 1993 when she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also continued releasing popular albums throughout the 90s, including Gems(1994), Flame(1997), and Live! One Night Only (1998)—which won LaBelle her a second Grammy

Patti Labelle The BlueBelles

Going out on the road, the BlueBelles earned national fame at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, where they became “Apollo Sweethearts.” The group also enjoyed modest success with remakes of songs such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and their ballad “Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)” became a top 40 hit. Yet nothing compared to their early success. In 1967, Cindy Birdsong left the group to join forces with Diana Ross and the Supremes. Meanwhile, the remaining members of the BlueBelles tried to pull out of their musical slump.

In 1970, unable to recreate their early success, the BlueBelles were dropped from their label and abandoned by their managers. Patti turned to promoter Vicki Wickham for help with their antiquated image. Under Wickham’s management, the group changed their name to the edgier “LaBelle,” altered their fashion to reflect the 70s glam rock era, and pushed the limits with their lyrics and music. After releasing several albums on the Warner Bros. label, their 1974 release Nightbirds finally caught on with listeners. The first single off the album, “Lady Marmalade,” about a seductress in New Orleans, became the group’s first No. 1 hit in 12 years.

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