07/09/2014 09:58 am ET

Patti Austin's 5 Tips For Aspiring Singers


With 60 years of show-biz experience, jazz and R&B superstar Patti Austin has gained a lot of hard-earned wisdom about singing professionally.

Austin — whose godparents are Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington — began her career in 1954, when she performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater as a 4-year-old. In addition to her string of hits (including "Do You Love Me" and "Baby, Come to Me"), Austin has sung with Michael Jackson, George Benson and Billy Joel, among others. Is it any wonder AARP chose her to judge its Boomer Superstar Contest?

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