Grammy winning artist Patti Austin crosses all musical genres as a performer, songwriter and vocalist. She is one of the most beloved artists in the world, and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts with 17 solo albums. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin with the WDR Big Band won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and her album For Ella in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald was Grammy nominated. Her newest project with the WDR Big Band pays homage to Duke Ellington.
In her early career, Austin’s voice backed artists including James Brown, Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross. In the 1980s, albums with Quincy Jones including The Dude, and From Q With Love Volumes 1 and 2 earned her a wider audience. Austin’s solo career was launched by the Grammy nominated duet with James Ingram “Baby Come To Me” and the Oscar-nominated “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Her jazz and pop standards album The Real Me remains a fan favorite. With GRP Records, Austin produced Carry On, Love is Gonna Getcha, That Secret Place, and Patti Austin Live, recorded at New York’s Bottom Line. Her album In and Out of Love stayed on the contemporary jazz charts nearly two years.
In addition to recordings and performances, Austin is raising awareness about domestic violence around the world through her personal crusade, “Blue Movement.” She wrote the inspirational anthem “By the Grace of God” and performs for fundraisers including the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).