Patti has worked with music artists like Michael MacDonald and Gladys Knight.
Patti was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
She is known for her strong vocals and her signature high octave vocal belting.
Patti was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995.
She was advised by a teacher to start a singing group.
Patti is a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
She is often compared to fellow R&B singer Aretha Franklin.
Patti was so mad at Cindy Birdsong for leaving the group that she didn't talk to her for 18 years.
She was once engaged to Otis Williams, a member of the The Temptations.
She began singing at the age of 14 in church.
Her belting range is considered to be one of the highest in music.
Patti was among the guests at R&B singer Usher Raymond's 26th birthday party.
She often takes off her shoes while performing.
The name "LaBelle" means "beautiful" in French.
She is the godmother of fellow R&B singer Mariah Carey.
She was close friends with Luther Vandross.
Patti Ranked #41 on VH1's "Greatest Women of Rock N Roll".
Her hit single "Lady Marmalade" reached #1 on the U.S. Hot 100, U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop, and U.S. Dance Chart.
She appears in Nelly and Kelly Rowland's music video "Dilemma" as Kelly's mother.
Three universities (Cambridge University, Drexel University, and the Berkley School of Music) have granted Patti honorary docotoral degrees.
On Feb 6, 2003, Patti sang "Way Up There" at the NASA memorial service for the space shuttle Columbia. The song was specially commissioned for the occasion.
Patti: Many people do things like this and you never hear about it. I think it's the right thing to do because you have to help wherever you can when you're in the position to help. I'm in the position, I don't need the money, but they need it for research so we can find out why we lost our loved ones and so that we don't have to lose any more.
Patti: We're praying it is going to be one of my bigger albums that I won't be paid for. In a way, my payback will be we sold so many records and this money went to cancer research.
Patti: Because of Bud's (longtime Musical Director and friend, Budd Ellison) situation, and I always wanted him to be involved with my gospel project because he was involved in all of my CD's, I said I better start now because he's slowly going away. That was my real reason for starting it.
Patti: I've come full circle where you can say it's a complete project.
Patti: I don't feel as though I have to prove anything to anybody.
Patti: I can't do some of the songs that younger girls like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce are doing. They have their own place and I have my own place.
Patti: I am blessed with this voice and people come to hear me and part of what they are going to hear is what needs to be said about this.
Patti: Women are strong now. Women are dominating the charts, and women are doing it for themselves. We're kicking butt and taking no prisoners.
Patti: I want to be remembered as a woman who was fair and always gave 150 percent, no matter what I did.