Patti LaBelle, James Wright Score Holiday Cooking Special
Patti Pie: The gift that keeps on giving.
Days after James Wright’s hilarious review of Patti LaBelle’s now famous sweet potato pies went viral, the soul-singing duo, who spent Thanksgiving together, were invited to film a holiday special for the Cooking Channel.
“It’s one of those blessed stories,” Patti told People. “For his birthday, which is Thanksgiving, we were at my home. I invited him to dinner before I even met him.”
The pair actually met for the first time on the set of the cooking show, which was filmed before Thanksgiving.
“It was his first time seeing me, so when he came into the kitchen, he saw me and my back was turned. He came up behind me, and he had on these beautiful leopard pants and a necklace,” the singer says. “We just had a love moment.”
Patti went on to say that the two have formed an amazing bond, and she considers herself to be a mentor and mother figure to James.
“He’s such a larger than life person himself; he’s like my new son. It’s just a blessing when people come into your life like this, and you’re not expecting anything.”
“When she first called, it was like we’d known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends,” James added. “I told her, ‘I have to tell my mom that Patti is my new momma too.’ I said, ‘Patti, you my momma!’”
As for the TV special, the pair will be whipping up a variety of different goodies including some sweet potato pie.
“He’s a great sous chef, I found out,” said Patti.
The special is set to air on December 16 at 8:30 ET on the Cooking Channel. The duo will also be performing together at an upcoming concert.
“We’re going to perform in more ways than one. He can be my lead singer, and I’ll be his background singer,” said Patti.