FOX's music industry drama "Star" is recruiting some, er, star power to play Queen Latifah's family. The network announced via press release on Thursday that Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will join the series for multiple episodes starting at an unspecified date next spring. LaBelle will play Christine Brown, the mother of Latifah's character Carlotta, while Brandy portrays Carlotta's sister Cassie.
The casting creates a reunion between Patti LaBelle and Queen Latifah, as LaBelle performed on "The Queen Latifah Show" in 2014; you can watch her performance by playing the video above. LaBelle, who has two wins from 13 Grammy Award nominations, also appeared as herself on "Empire", which is the sister series to "Star" and also created by Lee Daniels, in 2015.
LaBelle just released a jazz album called Bel Hommage in May, and according to Thursday's press release, has another Christmas album coming on Nov. 24 called Patti LaBelle & Friends: Home For The Holidays.
As for Brandy Norwood, she's focused more on acting than her music career recently. The Grammy Award winner just reprised the lead role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical "Chicago" for a two-week run this summer, and appeared opposite Coby Bell in the final five seasons of BET's comedy "The Game" from 2012-2015. But she, too, has also worked with Queen Latifah in the past; the duo reunited for a performance at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Neither artist currently has any live performances scheduled, but music fans can safely expect for them to perform on "Star," as it's a series that's built around musical numbers. It certainly would be appropriate to have two Grammy Award winners sing on the show, especially in Brandy's case where she's previously performed with Queen Latifah. And since both of them have recent music to offer up, it may also provide a platform for fans to hear each artist's latest singles, or even some new music by the time their episodes begin in 2018. If you're a fan of either Patti LaBelle or Brandy Norwood, you'll want to keep your eye on "Star."
"Star" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX. For more on either Patti LaBelle or Brandy, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.