Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards was born May 24, 1944, and is known professionally as Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group’s name change to Labelle in the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade” and the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Labelle, began her solo career in 1977 with her self-titled debut album. The album was noted for the disco hits, “Joy to Have Your Love” and “Dan Swit Me” and the gospel ballad, “You Are My Friend”.
As lead singer of the idiosyncratic group Labelle, Patti LaBelle has been called one of the pioneers of the disco movement due to singles such as “Lady Marmalade” and “Messin’ With My Mind”. In turn, “Lady Marmalade” has been also called one of the first mainstream disco hits (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). Rolling Stone included LaBelle in its 100 Greatest Singers list in 2011, citing her as an influencing factor to “generations of soul singers” including Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi and Christina Aguilera.