October 26, 2018

Patti LaBelle comes to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center for first time Nov. 18

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patti labell streamGrammy-winning entertainer and entrepreneur Patti LaBelle will perform Sunday, Nov. 18, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

This will be the first time LaBelle has performed at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. The concert is set for 7 p.m. A VIP dinner package is also available. The concert is sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine.

Tickets are $94, $84 and $74. All member and UAB faculty/staff tickets are sold out. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets has created the unique platform of versatility that LaBelle is known and loved for. LaBelle got her start in the 1960s as lead singer and front woman of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells. The group changed its name to LaBelle and released the hit “Lady Marmalade,” later becoming the first African-American vocal group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. LaBelle’s career took off as a solo artist with hit singles “The Best is Yet to Come,” “New Attitude,” the No. 1 duet “On My Own” with Michael McDonald, “Burnin’,” “All Right Now,” “When You Talk About Love,” “New Day” and more. LaBelle was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. She has won NAACP Image, Soul Train Music, Essence, BET Walk of Fame, Lady of Soul, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, World Music and BET Honors awards, and more.

LaBelle has written six books: “Don’t Block the Blessings,” “LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” “Patti’s Pearls,” “Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine,” “Recipes for the Good Life” and her most recent, “Desserts LaBelle.” She introduced Patti’s Good Life, a product line that includes a variety of sauces, sweet potato pie, cobblers and cakes. She stars in her own cooking show, “Patti LaBelle’s Place,” which premiered its second season on the Cooking Channel in 2017. LaBelle released her first jazz album, “Bel Hommage,” and a holiday album, “Patti LaBelle and Friends - Home for the Holidays,” in 2017.

World-renowned for her dynamic career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, and for those fighting diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, and supports many other causes and nonprofit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her more than 50-year career, LaBelle has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer, according to her artist’s statement. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.