Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for. As she continues into her fourth decade of performing, the Philadelphia maven has returned to her roots with her latest project, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. “I was born gospel, so it’s not like I’m coming back or trying to impress people with this new gospel project.” In addition to her amazing entertainment career, Ms. LaBelle's work as a humanitarian is legendary. She has been active championing adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund. While Ms. LaBelle's celebrated career is respected world-wide, she has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. LaBelle herself was diagnosed with diabetes in 1994 and became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association. Ms. LaBelle is mom to five children: a biological son, an adopted son and daughter of her late sister Jackie, and later 2 neighborhood children. LaBelle and her children live in Philadelphia.