Patti Austin In-depth Biography
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. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide