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‘Lady Marmalade’ singer Patti LaBelle performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Feb. 15

‘Lady Marmalade’ singer Patti LaBelle performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Feb. 15
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From a press release:

It was announced today that the legendary Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle, known for chart-topping hit singles like “Lady Marmalade,” “On My Own,” and “New Attitude,” will perform at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $59, $79, and $89, go on sale this Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

In a career that has spanned 50 years, Patti LaBelle has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. She has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business by awarding her the Legend Award. Possessing the voice of a soprano, LaBelle was included in Rolling Stone on their list of “100 Greatest Singers” and is commonly identified as the “Godmother of Soul.”

LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and frontwoman 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. After they split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song “You Are My Friend.” LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles, “If Only You Knew,“ “New Attitude,” and “Stir It Up,” with the latter two crossing over to pop audiences and becoming radio staples.

Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored with the No. 1 album “Winner in You” and the No. 1 duet single “On My Own” with Michael McDonald. She eventually won a 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album “Burnin’,” followed by a second Grammy win for the live record “Live! One Night Only.” Her 1990s albums “Burnin’,” “Gems” (1994), and “Flame” (1997) continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade.

Following the release of two mildly receptive solo albums in the early new millennium, she reunited with her Labelle bandmates for the album “Back to Now,” followed by a briefly well-received promotional tour.

LaBelle’s success continued as an actress, with a notable role in the film “A Soldier’s Story” and in TV shows such as “A Different World” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom, “Out All Night.” A decade later, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, “Living It Up with Patti LaBelle,” on TV One. In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition “Dancing with the Stars.”