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 singles, "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 & produced by Raymond Jones & Sami McKinney. Recorded & Mixed by Larry Fergusson. Gerald Albright: Saxophone; Raymond Jones: Keyboards; Larry Robinson: Drum Programming
Tracks 3, 9 & 11 produced by James Ellison. Tracks 3 & 9 arranged by James Ellison; track 11 arranged by Nathaniel Wilkie. Recorded & Mixed by Bob Fintz & Joe Tarsia; tracks 3 & 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: Vocal Backing; James Ellison: Keyboards, Percussion; Nathaniel Wilke: Keyboards, Synthesizers; George Duke: Piano; James Herbert Smith: Guitars; Lenny Castro: Percussion; Jim Salamone: Drum Programming
Tracks 4 & 6 arranged, produced and played by Prince. Recorded, mixed & remixed by Timmy Regisford.
Track 5 arranged, produced, recorded & mixed by Full Force. Full Force: All instruments, vocal backing; Lisa Lisa, Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley: Vocal Backing
Track 8 arranged & produced by Alan Roy Scott & Alan Dennis Rich. Lyndie White, Mona Rae Campbell, Ronee Martin: Vocal Backing; Mark Leggett: Guitars; Brad Cole: Keyboards; Dominic Genova: Bass; Tom Walsh: Drums, Percussion
Track 10 arranged & produced by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager. Recorded & Mixed by Mick Guzauski. Joe Pizzulo, Julia, Maxine & Oren Waters, Phil Perry, Stephanie Spruill: Vocal Backing; Randy Kerber: Piano; Michael Boddicker: Synthesizers; Dann Huff: Guitars; Neil Stubenhaus: Bass; Jeff Porcaro: Drums; Lenny Castro: Percussion