R&B Diva Patti LaBelle @ BergenPac

Patti LaBelle

LaBelle is a world-class entertainer and humanitarian committed to issues ranging from foster care and adoption to diabetes

Thursday, March 4th- 8:00 PM

$124, $99, $59, $29

(Englewood Cliffs, NJ- February 9, 2010) Patti LaBelle is known for a voice that practically defines the R&B genre. Long recognized for her gospel-flavored soul, she is now out on the road performing the hits that made her a legend. Soul sister and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle belts out classics hits like “Lady Marmalade,” “New Attitude” and “On My Own” that have made her one of the most beloved entertainers of our time.

LaBelle released her first self-titled album in 1977 on Epic Records, which featured the top twenty R&B dance single, “It’s a Joy to Have Your Love” and the well-known gospel ballad, “You Are My Friend”, which she co-wrote and dedicated to her son.

In 1980, Labelle scored a Dutch top twenty hit and a U.S. dance sensation with “Release (The Tension)“. Three years later, in 1982, LaBelle and singer Al Green participated in the revival of the successful Broadway play, “Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God“. That same year, she recorded the hit ballad, “The Best is Yet to Come.” The song reached number fourteen on the R&B chart and earned LaBelle her first solo Grammy Award nomination.

In 1983 LaBelle was granted her first nationally televised live broadcast special, featuring Cyndi Lauper, Bill Cosby and Luther Vandross. LaBelle’s popularity increased further in 1986 with the release of her best-selling album to date, “Winner in You.” The album yielded her first solo No. 1, “On My Own” with pop balladeer Michael McDonald, the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Oh, People,” the R&B chart hit, “Kiss Away The Pain” and “Something Special Is Gonna Happen Tonight,” a dance favorite.

In 1991, LaBelle released “Burnin,’” achieving gold status and helping her win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Burnin’ featured the top five R&B hits “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)“, “When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)” and “Feels Like Another One.”

During this period, LaBelle had a recurring role as Adele Wayne (mother of Dwayne Wayne) in the NBC sitcom A Different World and also starred in her own sitcom, Out All Night playing a club owner and former R&B star named Chelsea Paige, which debuted in 1992 and canceled in 1993 after 19 episodes. In January 1995, La Belle performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and the Miami Sound Machine, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye,” to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction.

In 2000, LaBelle released her final album for the MCA label. “When a Woman Loves,” featuring a collection of ballads written entirely by songwriter Diane Warren. Four years passed before LaBelle released a new album under Island Def Jam: “Timeless Journey,” which saw LaBelle adding a modern hip-hop flavor to her brand of classic R&B. The album featured the modest hit “A New Day.”

In June of 2009 LaBelle was honored at New York’s Apollo Theater and inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. “The Apollo is a national treasure, I’m overwhelmed and honored to be recognized on this stage” LaBelle said.

bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

About Bergen Performing Arts Center: Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood, has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and in its sixth season as bergenPAC it remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’s own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.

For ticket information Box Office: Phone: (201) 227-1030

For Press information contact: Angela Thomas: (201) 503-1333

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Angela Thomas

Prana Marketing

560 Sylvan Avenue

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey  07632

phone:  201 503 1333

fax:         201 503 0424



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