Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards (born May 24, 1944) better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. She spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade". Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles were the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Her solo career began shortly after the group disbanded in 1977 with the release of her self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album. In 1984 she achieved her first number one R&B hit with "If Only You Knew", while later in the year, she crossed over to pop music with singles such as "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up", both becoming pop radio staples.
Her success continued with the number one single "On My Own", a duet with Michael McDonald which was taken from her triple platinum selling album Winner in You as well as 1989's "If You Asked Me To" (which was later covered by Celine Dion for her 1992 eponymous album). Labelle's tenth album Burnin' earned her first Grammy. She maintained commercial appeal and gained a younger audience with albums such as 1994's Gems and 1997's Flame.
In 1998, Labelle earned her second Grammy award for her Live! One Night Only CD. Her 2004 release Timeless Journey earned her another top five RnB album. In 2008, the group reunited after more than 32 years releasing the acclaimed Back to Now which was followed by a successful reunion tour. More of LaBelle's most notable songs include, "You Are My Friend", "Love, Need and Want You" (which was famously sampled on the #1 song "Dilemma" by rapper Nelly and Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland), "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)", "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" and "The Right Kinda Lover".
The singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards presented her with the coveted Legend Award. Labelle has sold more than 50,000,000 records worldwide. Rolling Stone has included her in its 100 Greatest Singers List. She possesses the vocal range of a soprano. Labelle has been called the "High Priestess of Good Vibrations", and the "Queen of Rock 'n' Soul".
LaBelle is also a noted actress having a supporting role in the Oscar nominated drama A Soldier's Story as well as being a recurring character in the acclaimed sitcom A Different World. She guest-starred in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show. She also competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.