Up Close & Personal with Patti Austin

It’s one thing to be able to see one of your favorite artists perform live in concert… and it’s a totally different thing to be able to not only watch a performance, but to be in the same room with your favorite artist and to have the opportunity to spend time and talk to him/her.

Ms. Patti Austin, practicing her songs…

That’s exactly the kind of moment I had last night when my wife and I had the chance to watch Ms. Patti Austin practice her songs with the band for her concert later this evening at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was so surreal. I cannot even begin to describe how awesome it was. To be in a room with only a handful of people inside and to be right next to her while she happily goes through each musical number is just unbelievable.

The songs she ran through were the very songs I grew up listening to back in the ’80s… “All Behind Us Now”, “How Do You Keep The Music Playing”, “If I Believe”, “Say You Love Me”, and so much more.

Sharing stories with Patti

I also had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time talking to her about a lot of stuff including her fondness and admiration for Filipinos. What a wonderful and down to earth person Ms. Patti Austin is. She’s so fun to talk to! Simple and short questions are met with very long and enthusiastic answers filled with humor and wit – and that is saying a lot considering that she’s probably still very tired from her long flight and hasn’t fully recovered from jet lag just yet.

Below is a video of my pleasant and very entertaining chitchat with Patti interspersed with a few clips I took of her practicing some of her beloved (and very popular) songs. Enjoy!

Watch my video below…

As you can easily see from the video, Patti sincerely adores Filipinos and is pretty much around them on any given day.

I particularly love what she said about Filipinos working hard abroad…

“Filipinos are taking care of the world and the world doesn’t even realize it… but I do.” -Patti Austin

My wife took a photo of me in “paparazzi-mode”… LOL!

Thank you, Patti and your entire team, for requesting me to come over to your band practice session. The traffic and the heavy rain going to the rehearsal venue was all worth it!

Thank you also to an awesome friend, busy bee and blogger who made this happen for us – Aileen Siwa (Panalo ang “moment” mo after the practice… dami kong tawa! *inside joke lang natin yun*… *wink!*)

Patti and me!

Alrighty then! Gotta get ready… Heading to Patti Austin’s concert in a bit. I encourage you guys to watch the concert as well. The songs that will be performed are classics – the kind of music that has withstood the test of time.

See you there. Cheers!

Patti Austin will appear as a special guest in George Benson’s Inspiration Tour on tonight (September 5, 2013) at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Patti will also hold a more intimate event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom at the Ortigas Center on September 7, 2013 with singing sensation Joe Pizzulo of Sergio Mendes’ Band providing the opening act. The dinner show is for the benefit of Boystown, a charitable institution dedicated to caring for homeless children. After this, Ms. Austin and Mr. Pizzulo will fly south to Davao City on September 9 to perform at the SMX Convention Center.
Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets or online at http://www.ticketnet.com.ph. You may also call (02) 911-5555 to reserve tickets and get more information.

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