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Joslin Diabetes Center’s Singing for a Cure™ Brings Two Time Grammy Winning Legend Patti LaBelle to the New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall June 20, 2009 for a Rare, Intimate Performance to Benefit Joslin’s High Hopes Fund

Special Opening Performances by Ernie & the Automatics and R&B Singer/Songwriter, Superstar Music Group Recording Artist, Link.

BOSTON -- March 9, 2009 -- For more than 40 years, two-time Grammy winning legend, Patti LaBelle has continued to solidify herself as a musical pioneer. While millions around the globe adore her for that incredible four octave voice and hits like “On My Own” & “New Attitude,” there is a very personal journey that brings this original ‘Lady Marmalade’ to Singing for a Cure™ to benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund.

Since losing her mother to type 2 diabetes and discovering she also has the disease, Patti has become a relentless partner in the pursuit of finding a cure. A self-proclaimed ‘Divabetic,’ she has inspired others to follow her lead and change their nutritional and physical activity habits while living life to the fullest. As the author of several diabetes-friendly cookbooks and years of service as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, she continually utilizes her celebrity to shed light on the disease that now impacts 24 million Americans.

Singing for a Cure™ begins with two very special performances. The night begins with Boston’s Rock & Roll royalty, Ernie & the Automatics, led by car czar-by-day/rocker-by-night, Ernie Boch Jr. The six current members of the band have sold a combined 30 million records worldwide and boast two former original members of the multi-platinum selling band Boston, Barry Goudreau on guitar and Sib Hashian on drums.
The band will perform classic rock hits and originals as well as new songs from their long awaited debut CD, “Low Expectations,” released this month.

Singing for a Cure™ continues with Superstar Music Group Recording Artist, Link. In just a few short years, he has grown from a local singing sensation to one of the industry's most sought after R&B songwriters.  Writing hits like, "My Body" for LSG, "If You" for Silk, "Crazy" for K-Ci and JoJo and "Thinkin' Bout It" for Gerald LeVert  has earned him four ASCAP songwriting awards and has catapulted his career.  In addition to accumulating a long list of hit records, Link is also a seasoned performer who has a commanding stage presence  and is currently starring in the acclaimed stage production, "99 Reasons."

His current release, "Creepin" is a concept album about love, fidelity and the trials and triumphs of relationships and is enjoying national airplay.

Patti LaBelle will be attending post show meet and greet reception for VIP ticket holders.

When: June 20, 2009 7:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston Ma 02115

VIP Tickets: Tickets go on sale March 16th. Sponsor packages & VIP tickets with post show meet and greet with Patti LaBelle are available through the Giving_to_Joslin_Calendar or call (617) 732-2531.

All other Tickets: $175, $85 - ticket only available through Jordan Hall’s box office:
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-1260.