Great Female Solo Artists – Part 3

Readers of our blog may have seen we have already covered 2 posts relating the great female solo artists. There are still a couple more artists who should be mentioned, all covered here in this part. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

This French-Canadian singer/songwriter rose to fame during the early 90’s. Without question Celine is one of the biggest selling female vocalists of all time, selling over 200 Million albums around the globe. A string of mega-hits, including 2 that featured in the much-acclaimed Titanic movie. Perhaps Celine will be best remembered due to the love ballad “My Heart Will Go On”. The movie sold in such big numbers, amassing over $2 Billion in box office viewings, which of course went a large part to explain the popularity of Celine’s number one hit. She continues to wow audiences with her strong, powerful voice. Many fans and critics agree that Celine is lucky to possess the voice of “an angel”. Other notable tracks by the Diva Dion include:

  • Because You Loved Me
  • That’s the Way It Is
  • The Power of Love

Celine did very well when it came to movies, not only did she have significant joy with the Titanic hit song she also sung duet on Disney’s 1991 release of Beauty and the Beast with Peabo Bryson. The music superstar was born in 1968 and has 3 children, she married René Angélil in 1994, but was sadly widowed in 2016.

Patti Labelle

Patti Labelle

Born Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, the musical world knows her better as Patti Labelle. For over 5 decades this diva has helped to shape popular culture, she continues to this day to influence new performers to the industry. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1944, Labelle endured a difficult childhood. She was abused by a family friend when only 7 years of age, then just 5 years later witnessed first-hand the turbulent breakup of her parents’ marriage. Of strong character, Labelle didn’t let life’s early setbacks prevent her from superstardom. Initially her career saw her play lead in the all-female group The Bluebells; however, this wasn’t to last too long before she went solo. Labelle is best known for the Billboard Top 100 chart hit, Lady Marmalade, which went on to record sales over 100 million copies. Other notable hits include:

  • Stir It Up – The track to Hollywood blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop
  • Imagine – This John Lennon hit was performed in her home town during the world fundraising Live Aid event
  • Come What May – From her 1979 album, It’s Alright with Me

Labelle largely avoided conflict during her illustrious career, with the exception of the civil case brought about after an altercation with West Point cadet Richard King. The 23-year-old approached her limousine while intoxicated, heated words were with her son were exchanged and it was alleged that Labelle’s security team were a little heavy handed. The singers people didn’t press charges and the cadet was later dismissed from the service, he later claimed he wasn’t able to remember what went on.  That concludes our 3rd and final blog post. We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about some of the greatest female solo artists the music world has ever seen.