A 1969 single for United Artists titled "Family Tree" cracked the R&B Top 50.
in 1980. She sang lead vocals for Japanese koto player
's album in 1979.
on "Moody's Mood for Love" in 1980. She sang backgrounds for sessions by
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
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
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. After a decade on the jazz side of the fence, Austin
returned more to the pop side with 2011’s Sound Advice, produced by Greg Phillinganes.