The golden voice and widely regarded Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle, has given numerous hits during her vastly successful career. The lead singer of the first African-American vocal group to appear in Rolling Stoneâ€™s cover, 71 years old Patti LaBelle has worked hard to climb her way up to the heights of success. Letâ€™s have a look at her life and career:
Born on May 24th 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Patti LaBelle was the third of the four girls of her parents. Her real name is Patricia Louise Holte and got her stage name later. She joined a local church choir at 10 and won her first talent competition at school. Later she formed her first band â€œOrdettesâ€ with her schoolmates, which later became â€œBluebellsâ€. About her childhood she also confessed later that her parentâ€™s marriage was abusive and she also got sexually molested at 7, by their family friend.
Career and Success:
With her band â€œBluebellsâ€ Patti sung â€œI sold My Heart To The Junkmanâ€ for the local record label owner Harold Robinson. The â€œBluebellsâ€ won many accolades for their songs like â€œDown The Aisleâ€, â€œYouâ€™ll Never Walk Aloneâ€ and especially â€œApollo Sweetheartsâ€.Â Â Later the group got dropped and re-managed by Vicki Wickham under the name â€œLaBelleâ€ which gained rave success for a brief period.
She signed her solo contract with Epic Records and got huge success with her song â€œYou Are My Friendâ€. She went on to give more single hits like â€œLittle Girlsâ€, â€œCome What Mayâ€, â€œI Donâ€™t Go Shoppingâ€ etc. She later signed with Philadelphia International Records and gave another huge hit â€œOver The Rainbowâ€. She sung a duet with Grover Washington â€œThe Best Is Yet To Comeâ€, for which she earned her first Grammy Nomination. Her album â€œIâ€™m in Love Againâ€, 1983, was considered as her career defining album. Its single â€œIf Only You Knewâ€ was her first single to be the number one as a solo artist. The whole 80s were her era of huge success with her singles like â€œNew Attitudeâ€ and â€œStir It Upâ€ making new records.
She received her first Grammy Award for her 1991 hit â€œBurningâ€. Even 90s era was a testimony of her success with her hit albums â€œGemsâ€, â€œLive, One Night Onlyâ€ and â€œFlameâ€. She won her second Grammy Award for â€œLive, One Night Onlyâ€.
Later in 2008, the member of earlier disbanded band â€œLaBelleâ€ got together again and released their first complete album â€œBack To Nowâ€, after which they did a successful reunion tour.
Career Other Than Singing:
LaBelle has also written many books which include her autobiography and two diabetic cook books along with launching her own line of sauces. She appeared in many movies like â€œA soldierâ€™s storyâ€, â€œBeverly Hills Copâ€ etc. She also appeared in TV shows like â€œA different Worldâ€ and â€œAmerican Horror Storyâ€. She has also participated in Dancing with Stars
At 71, she has five children, one her own and others adopted. She had a successful marriage for 30 years before she separated with her husband Armsted Edwards. She now runs a line of Lipsticks and Nail Paints. Age doesnâ€™t matter; she still has a golden voice. Once considered too dark and plain to be the group leader, LaBelle has touched the unparalleled heights of success making her life an inspiration for all.