Ms. Patti On-My-Own, Why-Did-It-End-This-Way (Sung in My James Wright Chanel Voice), Mrs. Adele Wayne from “A Different World and Kick Off Her Shoes Off in a Concert Labelle is joining the cast of OWN’s “Greenleaf” Season 3 which kicks off this summer!!! Ms. Patti been cast in the recurring role of “Maxine Patterson,” a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire. An old friend of Mae’s from college days, Maxine will be Lady Mae’s sounding board and greatest ally as Mae attempts to consolidate her power at Calvary.
Officially, Ms. Patti , who is represented by WME Entertainment and WPR, is known and revered for belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility. However, she has also 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. Several years ago, she introduced Patti’s Good Life, a successful product line that includes a variety of sauces, sweet potato pie, cobblers and cakes. She stars in her own highly rated cooking show, Patti LaBelle’s Place, which premiered its second season on the Cooking Channel in 2017. Additionally, Patti 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, Ms. Patti’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV / AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her 50-plus year career, Ms. Patti has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a ten-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at seventy-three years young. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it…It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.” And the world is thankful that Ms. Patti’s voice sounds so good to our ears.
I’m so here for Season 3 of OWN’s “Greenleaf!” Will you be watching Season 3 OWN’s “Greenleaf” when it returns this summer? For those of you who read my OWN “Greenleaf” recaps, would you like for me to interview Ms. Patti?
P.S. Why does Ms. Patti look as young as the now grown college students from “A Different World?”