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Patti LaBelle (Patti LaBelle)

Patti LaBelle

Nowadays, new school rhythm and blues flagrantly breeds carbon-copy-here-today-gone-tomorrow artists chartered by formulaic gimmicks, synthesized beats and digitalized studios, but longevity is rarely synonymous with their futures. However, authentic R&B veterans who revolutionize the genre command respect and staying power. One notable soulful maven whose indelible talent has earned her a rightful place among rhythm and blues royalty is the incomparable, Patti LaBelle. Even as the melodic doyen of the legendary 60s quartet, Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles, and the retro 70s trio, Labelle--Patti's kinetic performances and signature, four-octave instrument served as the group's torch. For more than 40 years in the music business, the two-time Grammy-winning legend continues to solidify herself as a musical pioneer.