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Patti LaBelle

LaBelle in 2008
Background information
Birth name Patricia Louise Holt
Also known as Patricia Edwards
Born (1944-05-24) May 24, 1944 (age 72)
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.




Years active 1962–present

Philadelphia Int’l
Def Soul Classics

Associated acts

Michael McDonald
Yolanda Adams
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Aretha Franklin
Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


I'll perform all the way to the grave.
I want to be remembered as a woman who was fair and always gave 150 percent, no matter what I did.
Patti LaBelle
I just sing the stuff that makes me smile, makes me feel like I didn't sell myself out.
Patti LaBelle
All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don't let anybody crush your dream.
Patti LaBelle
I never thought I would be singing for the world.
I know how to put it on when it comes to interviews and performing because I have to. But I'm pretty laid back.
Patti LaBelle
When I was married, I wasn't loving myself. Now I'm in love with myself. I will get married again.
Patti LaBelle
I'm very spontaneous.
I clean my house, although I have help. I'm on the floor getting spots. I can't stand a dirty house. I'm a cleaning fanatic.
Patti LaBelle
I truly respect the people who are working. If they want an autograph from Patti LaBelle, they are going to get it. I have never separated myself from them. I never think you are better than the next one.
Patti LaBelle
Whenever I go out, so many people who respect me ask me what to do in a certain situation. A lot of times, I didn't know the answers because sometimes I was going through the same sort of thing. But then later on, I would think of things that people told me.
Patti LaBelle
I'm 60, and I did 60-year-old women songs. I'm not trying to be the Hip-Hop Queen, although I am the original Hip Hop Queen.
Patti LaBelle

So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
I'm no different than you.
I'm still standing up there tall and strong every night that I perform.
Patti LaBelle
I've had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I've had, I'm happy that I've had them because it's taught me to appreciate all the ups.
Patti LaBelle
I like hip-hop music, but some of the lyrics make me want to cry.
So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
I never wanted to go on stage alone because if you mess up, who can you blame?
Patti LaBelle
I'm very shy in a crowd.
I don't tweet, Twitter, email, Facebook, look book, no kind of book. I have a land line phone at my home – that's the only phone I have. If my phone rang every day like everyone else around me, I would lose my mind.
Patti LaBelle
A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
You don't have to be an angel, just be someone who can give.
You've got to know business before you go to show business.
I was a shy kid with a broom handle that I pretended was a microphone.
Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We're kicking butt and taking no prisoners.
Patti LaBelle
I don't feel as though I have to prove anything to anybody.
I was very shy. I'm still shy.
I think the race situation is getting better as far as people respecting each other goes. I think the race situation with entertainment is not that much better.
Patti LaBelle
I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada.
So if anybody wants to get me something, get me 60 crabs – one for each year. I don't want no diamonds, I don't want no shoes, I don't want no party. I want some crabs.
Patti LaBelle
I keep showing decade after decade that I am a real performer.
I can't do some of the songs that younger girls like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce are doing. They have their own place and I have my own place.
Patti LaBelle
People with no humor, they're outta my life.
I have to go 150 percent or nothing at all.
Women are strong now. Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We're kicking butt and taking no prisoners.
Patti LaBelle
I've been shut down, run down, talked about, dogged out, but that never stopped me from the being the true me that's here and will be here.
Patti LaBelle
I decided to always sing in the back with the chorus and never went up front because I had trouble performing.
Patti LaBelle
When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, black and white – it's amazing that I'm able to connect with so many different kinds of people.
Patti LaBelle
I'm so grounded, it's sad.