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Patti Austin

A professional since the age of five, Patti Austin was a protégé of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis, Jr. A 1969 single for United Artists titled "Family Tree" cracked the R&B Top 50. Austin cut her debut LP, End of a Rainbow, for Creed Taylor's CTI label in 1976, followed by Havana Candy in 1977 and Body Language in 1980. She sang lead vocals for Japanese koto player Yutaka Yokokura on "Love Light" in 1978, did a duet with Michael Jackson on "It's the Falling in Love" for Off the Wall, and sang "The Closer I Get to You" on Tom Browne's album in 1979. Austin dueted with George Benson on "Moody's Mood for Love" in 1980. She sang backgrounds for sessions by Houston Person, Noel Pointer, Ralph McDonald, Angela Bofill, and Roberta Flack.

Austin did vocals on Quincy Jones' The Dude LP in 1981, and was featured on the hit "Razzamatazz." She inked a solo deal on Jones' Qwest label, and her 1982 LP Every Home Should Have One included the number one pop hit (number nine R&B) "Baby, Come to Me," which got widespread exposure via the ABC soap opera General Hospital. The follow-up single, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," was the theme for the film Best Friends. Both songs paired Austin with James Ingram. She continued recording for Jones' Qwest label through the '80s, but couldn't recapture her pop or R&B success, despite working with several top producers, including Jam & Lewis in 1985.

Austin switched to GRP in 1990 and recorded Love Is Gonna Getcha, with the singles "Through the Test of Time" and "Good in Love." She subsequently recorded Carry On and Live in 1991 and 1992. Street of Dreams followed in 1999 and On the Way to Love appeared in summer 2001. Her lovely tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, For Ella, appeared in spring 2002. Nearly five years later, Avant Gershwin was issued. After a decade on the jazz side of the fence, Austin returned more to the pop side with 2011’s Sound Advice, produced by Greg Phillinganes. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Love her voice. So smooth. Been a fan for many years. Wish she would come to Tampa Bay again
Great singer
mjenk10733
This girl never ever dissapoints! Could make love to her voice all night!
I love this song. It is my favorite song.
dannythomas5 8
I have had a hard crush on this very beautiful woman with the voice of an angel. and when she sings they sing with her.-Danny Thomas
Oldie but good this is what love is all about.....
Classic Music! Follow me on Twitter: @Courage2Bel i e v e . Author, Show Host, and Mentor! I'm always posting music and wise words.
This song here, HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC is one of the best DUETS I know by Ms. Patti so elegant soft and a lot of hope
sandimccree
Today I met the beautiful the talented the amazing the lovely Grammy Award-winnin g Ms. Patti Austin! The voice of elegant perfection!!
info03690
what is a razzmatazz?
Patti has always been one of the cleanest singers in the business. Clean tone, perfect diction, and great interpretive skills. Listen to Say you love me, from her first album. Mighty fine. My favorite disc is The Real Me, check out her interpretati o n of Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most. Simply Divine. All of you have excellent taste in music! Congratulati o n s .
dwight.moore
Still sexy and fine and by the way a voice from heaven
One of my favorites of All Times(underr a t e d ) LOVED HER WORK WITH MICHEAL JACKSON!!!-B E T SHOULD HONOR HER--GREATNE S S ! ! !
Absolutely heavenly
I have loved Patti Austin's music from Day 1! I had the priviledge of seeing her perform in Washington, D.C. in the 90's - AWESOME!!!
Takes ya back...
Patti you are truly a gem! I can listen to the soulful sound of your voice all day, your style is simply timeless!
My girl along with Anita, Aretha, Chaka and Whitney
Patty you a one of the BEST!!!!!!Yo u have Been a favorite for a very LONG time........ . . . . Patie are you a coffee Drinker????I have something for you if you don't Mind........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
vmw1031
Patti's one of my all time favorites, she gets better with time. Love her jazz albums. But it's taken 4 months and still haven't got Sound Advice from Amazon!
rjmaguire82
I don't get it. I clicked on "play" and it doesn't play. How do I listen
then.??
I got to know Patti Austin from her vocals on Quincy Jones album "Sounds...An d Stuff Like That!!" release in 1978 and I still love that voice. I was at a concert featuring Patti and it was one of the best I have attended. If you ever have the opportunity to see this Lady in concert you will not be disappointed .
lynsmith2
I have been listening to Patty since I was in high school and one of the older musician classmates told me, "you sound like Patty Austin" I had never heard of her, so I went on a search and when I found her she was singing with the great "Q", I immediatly bought not only everything he had written at the time in 1973, but also followed every song she featured on, ever since, and have collected every album, cd, recording she has been on since, I love Patty's pure sound, she makes it sound so easy.
wow! what a voice!
frankay04
great voice. I really miss music like this its like when the 2000s came we stopped supporting good artists.
Tugs at my heartstrings each and every time I hear it!
70ssoulchild
Patti Austin could sing the phone book and I'd buy the CD! She got a gorgeous and powerful voice! Love her enunciation. Saw her in concert in 2005 and what a show! If you get the chance, run and go see her.
Patti - oh, Patti!- what a set of superb pipes. BF.
robin.lattin
we're in love-very nice indeed!!!
steve.picket t 3
The quintessenti a l voice of America's soundtrack for a generation. Ask Steely Dan, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, etc. Is there any other artist that has left their vocal stamp on such a variety of musical genre? Patti is the one... even when you don't know it.
The cut "Were in Love" is my theme song for my current love affair...Mmm m
This reminds me of a time when music had words I could understand.. . o o p s . . d a t i n g myself
earlwiggs10
THO'BACK FROM BACK IN THE DAY.....WOW I REMEMBER ALL HER SONGS FROM WAY BACK IN
1975........ . . . O O O P S ! ! ! SORRY BUT BEFORE SOME OF YALL WERE BORN....SORR Y ! ! !
slord33459
OMG, I forgot about the General Hospital Baby Come to Me sensation! I love Patti's voice, her "Smoke Get's In Your Eyes" is just lovely.
gonna see her next month... looking forward to it!
She alright.
chelleecepha s
Love Miss Patti! She gives a great concert too. If she is ever in your town RUN to go see her. You will not be disappointed ! ! ! !
I can't seem to find the Patti Austin album withe the rose on it. I'm loking for In & Out of Love.

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Ellen
angel3301
I have been a fan of Patti Austin forever and own every album she made. She is one of the most underrated vocalists out there and has a distinct and dynamic style that is timeless. She inspired my son and daughter many years ago to become the professional singers they are today. Keep the music playing, Patti.
Its good too see she is still making music...ROCK ON !!
Patti Austin'v voice is like milk chocolate, silk and velvet all rolled into one!!!!!!!!! !
dwight.moore
What a sexy singer and lady!
tarvismack
I love here voice, its so soothing, precise and clear. I love here soft vocals, so refreshing. She is such a beautiful singer.
brogondorry7
What a classy woman. I love the jazziness of her voice.
I luv Patti Austin. Hearing her sing reminds me of when I was little and my parents used to play her records....G o o d Times!

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