Be Yourself is the ninth solo album by American singer Patti LaBelle, released in 1989 on the MCA label, her second album with the company following 1986's platinum hit, Winner in You. The album features the single, "If You Asked Me To" (a US R&B top 10 single by LaBelle, later covered by Celine Dion), which is also featured on the soundtrack to the James Bond movie, Licence to Kill, and the top ten Prince-written hit, "Yo Mister". The album marked LaBelle's foray into new jack swing music with the tracks, "I Got It Like That", produced by Full Force and the aforementioned "Yo Mister".
Track 2 arranged and produced by Raymond Jones and Sami McKinney. Recorded and mixed by Larry Fergusson. Gerald Albright: saxophone; Raymond Jones: keyboards; Larry Robinson: drum programming
Tracks 3, 9 & 11 produced by James Ellison. Tracks 3 and 9 arranged by James Ellison; track 11 arranged by Nathaniel Wilkie. Recorded and mixed by Bob Fintz and Joe Tarsia; tracks 3 and 11 remixed by Louie Silas. Annette Hardeman, Desiree Coleman, Paula Holloway, Thelma Houston, Charlene Holloway, Deborah Dukes, Freddie Washington, Gabriel Hardeman Jr., O.J. Smallwood: backing vocals; James Ellison: keyboards, percussion; Nathaniel Wilke: keyboards, synthesizers; George Duke: piano; James Herbert Smith: guitars; Lenny Castro: percussion; Jim Salamone: drum programming
Tracks 4 and 6 arranged, produced and played by Prince. Recorded, mixed and remixed by Timmy Regisford.
Track 5 arranged, produced, recorded and mixed by Full Force. Full Force: all instruments, backing vocals; Lisa Lisa, Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley: backing vocals
Track 8 arranged and produced by Alan Roy Scott and Alan Dennis Rich. Lyndie White, Mona Rae Campbell, Ronee Martin: backing vocals; Mark Leggett: guitars; Brad Cole: keyboards; Dominic Genova: bass; Tom Walsh: drums, percussion
Track 10 arranged and produced by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. Recorded and mixed by Mick Guzauski. Joe Pizzulo, Julia, Maxine and Oren Waters, Phil Perry, Stephanie Spruill: backing vocals; Randy Kerber: piano; Michael Boddicker: synthesizers; Dann Huff: guitars; Neil Stubenhaus: bass; Jeff Porcaro: drums; Lenny Castro: percussion