June 18, 2012

Turn Off: Hearing Her Own Songs Would Spoil the Mood for Patti Austin

Patti Austin




The idea of being romantic to her own music causes Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin to make faces –- and I don’t mean the kind of ‘Love Faces’ that Trey Songz warbles about.

The 60-year-old song stylist was recently in Minneapolis, Minn., to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club, and Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist C.J. asked Austin had she ever made love to her own songs.

“Oh, my, ooooh, that sounds horrible! That sounds like a horrible idea,” the singer replied.

With hits like ‘Baby Come to Me,’ ‘Say You Love Me’ and ‘The Heat of Heat,’Austindoes acknowledge that she knows others do have sex to her music.

“I know, and unfortunately, they all tell me about it, too,” she offered.

Austin, the goddaughter of music icon Quincy Jones and the late Dinah Washington, latest CD “Sound Advice” (Shanachie Entertainment) was released last year.

The disc is an inspirational compilation that features new songs written by Austin, in addition to her renditions of classic tunes like Michael Jackson’s ‘Give It Up,’ Bill Withers‘ ‘Lean on Me,’ Des’ree’s ‘You Gotta Be’ and Paul Anka’s ‘My Way.’


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