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Patti Austin goes gospel with 'Grace of God'

Patti Austin has a full catalog of soulful music that uses her jazzy sound to express love, passion and other intimacies.

During the summer, she added another genre to her digest: gospel.

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She released "Grace of God" during the the AARP Songs of Soul and Inspiration event in Atlanta, which included gospel and mainstream artists such as Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah and others.

Austin is on tour and will be in the Baltimore area from March 12-15 for a tribute to the late jazz great Ella Fitzgerald with the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. She will also sing some of her own greatest hits, including "Baby, Come to Me,'' "The Dude,'' "How Do You Keep The Music Playing'' and others.

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Austin, who has been nominated for nine Grammys, took home the coveted award for her vocals on the CD "Avant Gershwin" this year.

"Patti and I first worked together in New York studios in the 1970s, and I've been an admirer and fan of hers ever since, " said Jon Faddis, who with The Chicago Jazz Ensemble will perform with Austin in Chicago on Nov. 14. "Her singing reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald in many ways; like Ella, Patti is very musical and possesses a beautiful and versatile instrument. She sings with impeccable taste, intonation and timing – she can really make a lyric come to life."

Go to her web site for more information on her schedule.

To read about Austin, go here.

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