Patti LaBelle’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets has created the unique platform of versatility for which she is known and revered.
In between recording and touring, LaBelle has written six books: “Don’t Block the Blessings,” “LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” “Patti’s Pearls,” “Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine,” “Recipes for the Good Life” and “Desserts LaBelle.” Recently, she released a 20th anniversary edition of her New York Times bestselling cookbook, “LaBelle Cuisine,” featuring three new recipes.
Additionally, LaBelle has been featured in popular films and television programs including “A Soldier’s Story,” “A Different World,” “The Neighborhood,” “American Horror Story,” “Empire,” “Star” and “The Kominsky Method,” as well as holiday movies “A Family Christmas Gift” and “A New Orleans Noel,” and starred in her own TV series, “Out All Night,” and cooking show, “Patti LaBelle’s Place.” She’s also wowed audiences with unforgettable performances on the hit competition series, “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Masked Singer” and starred in Broadway productions of “Your Arms are Too Short to Box with God,” “Fela,” and “After Midnight.”
In 2007, she introduced “Patti’s Good Life,” a successful food and lifestyle brand that offers a variety of frozen comfort foods, breakfast items and desserts, including her world-famous sweet potato pie. The brand is available at retailers across the United States including Walmart and Target. Always a person to take on new challenges, in 2017 LaBelle launched a record label, GPE Records, and released her first jazz album, “Bel Hommage.”
Although she is an award-winning entertainer, author and entrepreneur, LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as noteworthy. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her 60-plus-year career, LaBelle has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
The same motivation that allowed Patricia Louise Holte to blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, and then to a solo artist, is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at 79 years young.