Austin has consistently delivered class music since the popular
singer was just a kid. But she has grown from being a '50's child star
into a '90's multi-media female. Now she's taking charge and in control.
Not only is she singing, this woman is also out there designing clothes,
acting and producing.
Patti is deeply beloved as a singer of solid sterling
success. Her career's high notes include the evergreen duets with James
Ingram, such as their number one record. "Baby Come To Me,"
the big R&B hit, "The Heat of Heat" that she cut with Jam
and Lewis at the controls, and her two decades of collaboration with
Quincy Jones on works including "Juke Joint" and "The
Dude." These and other musical triumphs contribute to the massive
respect she enjoys both within the entertainment industry and among her
loyal global fan base which extends across Europe, America and the Far
East, where she's a major star.
It is a time of accomplishment for an artist whose
ability has kept her in the limelight since childhood. Coming from a
home filled with music (her father was a jazz trombonist), it seemed
like she was born jamming. Before she was ten years old, Patti was out
there performing with greats like Sammy Davis Jr., her godfather Quincy
Jones and her godmother Dinah Washington. As a teen she was already
appearing on shows and after graduation Patti began playing across the
country. She started right at the top with a tour with Harry Belafonte
when she was 17.
Patti Austin's instant success consolidated
into a varied career, including a legendary run as a session singer.
Again, Patti started at the top as she sang on sessions for James Brown himself on the classic cut "It's A Man's World."
Rapidly, Patti became the session queen, gracing artists like Cat
Stevens and Paul Simon with her rich, generous voice. The quality of
Patti's skills earned her an enviable reputation, and Harry Belafonte's
former musical director, Bill Eaton, helped re-launch her career as a
solo artist in 1976.
Since then her albums have included: "End of A
Rainbow," "Havana Candy," "Live at the Bottom
Line" (CTI), "Every
Home Should Have One," "Patti Austin," "Gettin'
Away With Murder," "The Real Me" (Qwest). Her performance
of "The Girl Who Used To Be Me," the title track of the hit
film "Shirley Valentine," won Patti nominations for a Golden
Globe, a Grammy and an Academy Award. She also appeared on "Love
Is Gonna Getcha," her debut album for GRP. On her subsequent
GRP release, "Carry On," Patti displayed her charisma with a
broad range of music to embrace her international family of fans, in
Popularity has kept Patti Austin constantly on
the road. She is a regular in Japan and the Philippines, where she
enjoys an enormous and passionate following of devotees.
But most of all, Miss Patti is enjoying this phase of
her career, in which she's being appreciated for exploring and
expressing the full scope of her personality. And we're enjoying it
right along with her.
Hit songs include --
- Baby, Come To Me
- Do You Love Me
- How Do You Keep The Music Playing
- Honey For The Bees
- Through The Test of Time
- The Heat of Heat
- It's Gonna Be Special
- Every Home Should Have One
- Body Language
- The Family Tree
- Shoot The Moon
- Givin' In To Love
- Love, I Never Had It So Good
- Say You Love Me
- Gettin' Away With Murder
- It's Gonna Be Special
- We're In Love
- In My Life
Patti Austin may be available for your next special event!
..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in New York
..in New York City
Aug 10, 1948
Based: ..in California