Patti Labelle Story

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Patti Labelle Story

Welcome to the Funky Pearls Radio YouTube channel, the first disco funk and soul radio station, where today, we'll be exploring the life and career of the incredible Patti Austin. Born in Harlem, New York City, on August 10, 1950, Patti is an American R&B, pop, and jazz singer whose versatile talent has earned her a successful career in the music industry.


With her unique voice and amazing stage presence, she's captured the hearts of fans all around the world. Patti was born into a musical family, with her jazz singer mother, Edna Austin, and jazz trombonist father, Gordon Austin.

Surrounded by music from an early age, she had the iconic Quincy Jones and legendary Dinah Washington as her godparents.

Patti began singing at just four years old, making her stage debut at the Apollo Theater when she was only five. This early exposure to music helped shape her future career.

As a session vocalist, Patti worked with some of the industry's biggest names, including Harry Belafonte, Bette Midler, and Paul Simon. In 1969, she signed her first recording contract with United Artists Records, releasing her debut single, "Family Tree."

Throughout the '70s, she continued working as a session singer and released several singles. However, it was her collaboration with Quincy Jones on his album "The Dude" in 1981 that led to her breakthrough solo album, "Every Home Should Have One," featuring the hit duet with James Ingram, "Baby, Come to Me."

Throughout the '80s and '90s, Patti released chart-topping hits and albums that cemented her place in the music industry. Some of her notable releases include "Gettin' Away With Murder," "The Real Me," and "Love is Gonna Getcha."

In addition to her solo work, she contributed to soundtracks, commercials, and collaborated with other artists. Patti also ventured into acting, appearing in TV shows like "The Tom and Jerry Kids Show" and "The Parent 'Hood."

In the new millennium, Patti explored her jazz roots with critically acclaimed albums such as "For Ella," a tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, and "Avant Gershwin," which won her a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

She has also been involved in various philanthropic projects and used her music to promote social change. Patti Austin's five-decade-long career has left a significant impact on the music industry.

With her powerful voice, exceptional vocal range, and versatility, she has inspired many artists who have followed in her footsteps. Her contributions to R&B, pop, and jazz have made her an enduring figure in the world of music.

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