Home Leisure & Sports “Miss Patti” LaBelle with the Nashville Symphony Feb. 8-10 

“Miss Patti” LaBelle with the Nashville Symphony Feb. 8-10 

by Cass Teague
Patti LaBelle

R&B legend and “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle has enjoyed one of the longest careers in contemporary music. LaBelle is a soprano recognized for her vocal power, modal register range and emotive delivery. Patti LaBelle has done it all, from girl group pop and gutsy soul to space-age funk and hard-hitting disco. Get ready to be rocked when Patti hits the stage with the Nashville Symphony, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with thre shows, Thursday, February 8; Friday, February 09; and Saturday, February 10, at 07:30 p.m. nightly at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Nashville Symphony will be conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez.

Patti LaBelle, born May 24, 1944, began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and frontwoman of the vocal group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. After the group’s name change to Labelle in the 1970s, they released the popular number-one hit “Lady Marmalade.” After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, “You Are My Friend.” 

LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles “If Only You Knew,” “Love, Need and Want You” (later sampled for 2002’s “Dilemma”), “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up.” Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored a number-one album “Winner in You” and its number-one duet single, “On My Own,” with Michael McDonald.

In 1989, the standard “If You Asked Me To” (later covered by Celine Dion) was released on “Be Yourself.” LaBelle won a 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album “Burnin’”’, an album that featured “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is),” “Feels Like Another One,” and “When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven).” She won a second Grammy for the live album “Live! One Night Only.” 

Her 1990s albums “Burnin’”, “Gems” (1994), and “Flame” (1997) continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade. She reunited with her Labelle bandmates for the album “Back to Now” which was followed by a well-received promotional tour.

LaBelle also has had success as an actress with a role in the Oscar-nominated film “A Soldier’s Story,” and in TV shows such as “A Different World” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom “Out All Night.” In 2002, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, “Living It Up with Patti LaBelle” on TV One. In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition “Dancing with the Stars” at the age of 70. 

Labelle has also seen success launching her own brand of bedding, cookbooks, and food for various companies. In 2015 her Patti’s Sweet Potato Pie sold millions when a YouTube video praising the product went viral. As a result, over a 72-hour period, Walmart sold one pie every second.

In a career which has spanned seven decades, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. She has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. She was included in Rolling Stone on their list of 100 Greatest Singers.

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