At age 71, R&B diva Patti LaBelle is showing no outward signs of slowing down. She appeared for six weeks on last season’s “Dancing With the Stars” and even has a new jazz album set for release in the coming months.
Now the singer/actor is coming to Charlotte for a Feb. 27, 2016 show at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets go on sale Sept. 18, priced at $55, $75 and $125 (plus applicable service charges).
“Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God,” she said in a statement announcing her Charlotte performance. “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.”
In a recent interview with OregonLive.com, LaBelle said her forthcoming album would include 13 songs, including three by the legendary Nina Simone and another by Lainie Kazan. She also will be returning to “Empire,” where she made a guest appearance during last year’s season finale. (She also has a signature line of sauces and marinades.)
When LaBelle not performing, she keeps busy as an advocate for a host of humanitarian efforts, including adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund.