Patti Burns Lehman Stage
Patti LaBelle will be bringing her dynamic sound to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m.
By Deardra Schuler
Who doesnâ€™t know the legendary Patti LaBelle?Â The woman is an icon, a trendsetter, a chart topper and a monster talent.Â This Grammy Award winner has been electrifying national and international audiences as far back as the 1960s when she was known as Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.Â Ms. LaBelle topped the charts and wowed her fans with hits such as â€œLady Marmalade,â€?Â â€œOn My Own,â€? and â€œNew Attitude.â€?Â This weekend, she will be bringing the same high energy to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, in the Bronx, on Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 p.m.
Born Patrica Louise Holt in Philadelpia, Pennsylvania, LaBelle who was the youngest of five children, began singing at the age of 14.Â In 1958, she formed a girl group known as the Ordettes.Â When two of the original Ordettes left, she and Sandra Tucker brought in Nona Hendryx and Sara Dash.Â When Tucker left, Cindy Birdsong replaced her.Â They became the Bluebelles.Â The ladies scored a hit with â€œI Sold My Heart to the Junkman,â€? and gained further acclaim in 1964 with â€œYouâ€™ll Never Walk Alone.â€?Â Shortly after, the group became known as Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles scored a hit with â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbowâ€? but became even more popular when they went space-age and became LaBelle.Â As LaBelle the ladies became the first African American act to appear at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.Â In 1977, the group disbanded and Patti went solo.Â Patti scored a #1 R&B hit â€œIf You Only Knew,â€? and went on to reach the pop Top 20 with her â€œBeverly Hills Copâ€? soundtrack contribution â€œNew Attitude.â€?
Patti found herself on the Broadway stage by 1982, when she co-starred in the Broadway revival â€œYour Arms Too Short To Box With God.â€? Not to be undone, Patti went on and proved herself a unstop winner when in 1986 she debuted with the song â€œThe Winner in You,â€? for MCA featuring the Michael McDonald duet â€œOn My Own.â€? It went platinum. â€œBurninâ€™ won Ms. LaBelle her first Grammy Award for best female R&B performance in 1991.Â Her second Grammy came in 1998 with Live! One Night Onlyâ€? and netted her the award of Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
Patti proved that not only could she sing but that she could write as well when she published her best-selling autobiography, â€œDonâ€™t Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime.â€?Â Patti also has a clothing line which is available on HSN.
Most recently, Patti launched her new lifestyle show on the TV One Network entitled, â€œLiving It Up with Patti LaBelle.â€?Â
A humanitarian, Patti brings awareness about diabetes, AIDS, and cancer via her position as spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association and National Minority AIDS Council, and via her position on the Board of the National Cancer Institute.Â In fact, the University of Miami dedicated a research laboratory to honor Pattiâ€™s work on behalf of cancer awareness.
Interested parties can obtain tickets for Patti LaBelleâ€™s show by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Mon. through Fri., 10 AM â€“ 5 PM, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert.)Â Ticket prices are $100, $85, $75, and $55.
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