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Patti LaBelle talks 'PattiPies,' cooking on tour, her favorite health foods and more

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Singing hasn't taken a backseat to Patti LaBelle's burgeoning food empire.

The 71-year-old R&B legend will bring her tour to the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday, with a long line of hits including Lady Marmalade and New Attitude. But in the past year or so, she's become almost equally famous for her wildly popular line of pies sold exclusively at Walmart under the brand name Patti's Good Life.

"I've been singing for 52 years," she said in a phone interview. "I've been in the mix for all that time and I have a bunch of loyal fans who follow the music and now they're following the food. The food comes after the music — waaaaay after the music with people knowing about my cooking. So now they're doing both."

LaBelle will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $45 and up. Click here for details.

For more of Robbyn Mitchell's interview with Patti LaBelle, click here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 11:03am]


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