Patti LaBelle is super grateful to James Wright, the man who recorded the wildly entertaining and now viral (over 3 million views and counting) YouTube review of Patti’s sweet potato pie. But she says her sales success at Wal-Mart is all her doing.
In a recent interview with TMZ, the camera man asked Patti about her pie sales and whether or not she was going to use James Wright to help promote some of her other culinary products. Patti’s response was, “I did it myself.”
While the sweet potato pie recipe did come before James Wright and his camera phone promo, many of us had no clue Patti had a pie line dropping until that YouTube link made its way to our unsuspecting inboxes. And even if we were aware beforehand, everyone has an auntie that can bake a sweet potato pie so delicious, you forget your identity until your plate is clean so we’d have been a little hesitant to try it.
James’ review had us rolling on the floor with laughter and scrambling to figure out how to get our hands on these magical Patti pies.
When the TMZ camera man said, “That guy had you selling out of pies in Wal-Mart.” – Ms.LaBelle responded with, “I was selling out before that guy did that wonderful review.”
In a recent interview with Madame Noire Patti described her first meeting with James.
“He’s a good guy. I called him from London about a week ago. That’s when I first met him, over the phone. I sent him some flowers, balloons and a big teddy bear because he’s a big teddy bear. I do believe in giving people back when they give to me. And he gave me a video! A man I never met before. I said, “Thank you, dear God, for another blessing.”
Patti might not necessarily want to share pie spotlight with James but it’s clear she appreciates him and even hinted that the two might be collaborating in the studio sometime soon.
“The man can sing his face off, so I know we’ll be doing some music together,” she told the website.
So what do you think? Does Patti owe a slice of her success to James? Would you be interested in a LaBelle/Wright duet?
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