Soul siren Patti shows a bit of Respect for Aretha

FOLLOWING an 18 month period affected by Covid-19, the award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye, will restart her tour of the UK later this summer.

And a highlight of the post-coronavirus ‘comeback’ is a performance at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, on Friday, September 10.

It will feature previous sell outs of her one woman show Aretha and Me, with all tickets booked during 2019.

In this fascinating show, Patti compares and contrasts her life with that of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin who died three years ago and whose celebrated career included 17 Top 10 singles and 20 No 1 R&B hits during her five decades of recording.

Patti will be singing some of her favourite Aretha Franklin numbers including Respect, Say A Little Prayer, Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Nessun Dorma and Think, and many more including some songs which are special to her.

The 67-year-old British-Nigerian singer has published her remarkable and moving autobiography, The Faith of a Child, which charts her riveting life story through wealth, poverty and near death in the Biafran civil war, to show-business stardom and success in Britain and Nigeria. The Hardback of this book is being published in August 2021 through Kaleidoscope Publishing.

Last year Patti launched her internet streaming TV chat show Life with Patti Boulaye, in which she encourages celebrities and successful people from all walks of life to share with her and the audience challenges they had overcome in their life/career and how they had endured difficult times to show young people that difficulties can be surmounted although it may not be easy. The chat show is now into its second series.

This year Patti started The Vlogging Grandmother, her famous Vlogging channel on YouTube. You can see all episodes of Life with Patti Boulaye and Patti’s Vlogs and music on YouTube The Vlogging Grandmother Patti Boulaye.

In 2018 Patti, who is a ‘Visiting Teaching Fellow’ at Middlesex University, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree for services to The Arts and Education by the Joint Council of Churches just after she appeared in the BBCTV series Celebrity Master Chef among other national TV shows. The following year marked the 46th anniversary of Patti’s West End debut in the musical Hair. And in 2016, Patti had taken a journey of a lifetime for the BBCTV travel documentary series The Real Marigold Hotel.

Patti, who came to prominence as a singer, winning the British ITV talent show New Faces, when she made history by becoming the only contestant ever to receive the maximum 120 points, was awarded an OBE for her charity work in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016. Her charity has built five healthcare centres in Africa and helped to finance a school with Prince Harry’s charity in Lesotho.

For more information, see Dr Patti Boulaye OBE www.pattiboulaye.com