Philadelphia has kept me here because it’s quiet for my soul; it’s very grounding. It’s not New York or Los Angeles, where there’s so much going on. I’ve moved in Philly three times in my life, but I’m done with moving—I’m turning 75 in May! It’s going to be a party, honey. This is a wonderful age. I have more time to work on my art and how I’m going to perform. No show is ever the same: If I perform three nights in a row for 90 minutes, every night is different. It keeps it fun for the crew and the band, and for me. I’m still always on tour. I just get on a plane and go. And I’m working on some savory items for my Patti’s Good Life brand available at Walmart. We just introduced a Southern buttermilk pie and mini sweet potato pie. I’m also working on two albums, one is R&B and the other is dance. I have so much on my plate—God has put so much on my plate—but I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, even in my 30s or 40s.
Photography by: Photography Courtesy of Bel Hommage