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Grammy recipient Patti Austin crosses all musical genres. She has recorded 17 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the Grammys and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists over the world and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts.
Patti Austin’s keen interest in being a total entertainer likely started when she stepped onto the stage of the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of four at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. The daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin, Patti was a bonafide recording artist in her teens, achieving her first chart success in 1969 with “The Family Tree” (a Top 50 R&B single) after a string of 45s that would later become treasured collector’s items among Britain’s Northern soul community.
During the 70s Patti was the undisputed "Queen" of the New York session scene, her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross and on countless memorable commercial jingles. After a series of much-acclaimed albums for CTI Records, she signed with her godfather Quincy Jones’ Qwest label and began achieving mainstream success on an international level thanks to the GRAMMY®-nominated hit "Baby Come To Me," her now classic duet with James Ingram and the follow-up duet, the Oscar-nominated "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" as well as her appearance on albums with Jones on his best-selling Stuff Like That, his GRAMMY®--winning classic The Dude and later, his From Q With Love Vols. 1 & 2.
Patti’s appeal to R&B and dance music audiences was evidenced through the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced smash "The Heat of Heat" and tracks like “It’s Gonna Be Special” and “Rhythm Of The Street.” Her 1988 album The Real Me, one of the most popular items in her catalog,
The GRAMMY®-nominated For Ella album opened up new doors for Patti as a performer and her embrace by the jazz world was further cemented with her Grammy winning classic CD “Avant Gershwin: Her latest critically acclaimed Pop/ R&B release entitled “Sound Advice” will soon yield a sequel “Sound Advice 2” and will further demonstrate her amazing artistic versatility.
Patti continues to excite American concert audiences as well as her many international fans, with regular performances around the world. She has even recorded several songs in near perfect Mandarin to wow her Chinese fans.
In 2017, Patti teamed up for a live Australian concert tour with trumpet player and musical virtuoso, James Morrison.
Together, with the wonderfully talented Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under the supervision of Maestro Benjamin Northey, they performed sellout concerts, which also led to the 2018 release of the live concert album "Ella and Louie," for which they have received an Aria award nomination (Australia's Grammy) for best jazz album
Patti continues her philanthropic work with “The Over My Shoulder Foundation” and looking forward to 2019 she will keep up a constant touring schedule that will feature new music and keep her faithful fans wanting more from this eclectic and always exciting entertainer.