Johntá Austin

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Johntá Austin
Birth name Johntá Maurice Austin
Born (1980-06-28) June 28, 1980 (age 33)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1995–present
Labels So So Def Recordings
Island Urban Music
Def Jam Recordings

Johntá Austin (born June 28, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, who is signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings. He is commonly known for collaborating with producers Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri & The Production Team StarGate. Austin was awarded two Grammy Awards for his work on the songs "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige.

Early life and career[edit]

Austin grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989, at the age of eight, Austin hosted the daily television show, Kid's Beat on CNN. Covering current events, sports and the entertainment world, Austin went on to become the Atlanta Bureau Chief for the CNN weekly news program, Real News for Kids and the reporter for the TBS half hour weekly, Feed Your Mind. Austin grew up singing in church choirs and wanted to become an actor, and he interviewed such celebrities as Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan, among others, and in 1993, made his television debut on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he admitted he loved singing and was offered to sing with Arsenio Hall's band.[1]


Austin's first professional credit as a songwriter was the single "Can't Be Wasting My Time" for singer Mona Lisa.

He was signed in the mid-late 1990s to RCA Records before being dropped in favor of R&B singer Tyrese Gibson. However, he ended up writing a few songs for him (including the hit "Sweet Lady") as well as writing for other artists.

Austin co-wrote Mariah Carey's hit 2005 singles, "We Belong Together", "Don't Forget About Us", "It's Like That", and "Shake It Off" from her album The Emancipation of Mimi. Austin also co-wrote Mary J. Blige's single "Be Without You" from her #1 selling CD The Breakthrough and Monica's single "Everytime Tha Beat Drop" from her album The Makings of Me. He is also featured as a guest artist on Jermaine Dupri's 2005 song, "Gotta Getcha" and has co-written a few songs on Chris Brown's self-titled debut album in 2005, and "Can I Call You" from Marques Houston's debut album MH in 2003.

Austin produced and was featured on the songs "Shortie Like Mine" and "Outta My System," both singles by rapper Bow Wow off his album The Price of Fame. Both of the songs were successful, "Shortie Like Mine" reaching #9, and "Outta My System" reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Austin has confirmed on his Twitter that he is working on Love, Sex & Religion again.

Austin also recently worked on albums by Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, and Whitney Houston.[2]

He co-wrote "Still" by Tamia, found on her 2004 release, More. He also co-wrote "My Heart" on Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album Jennifer Hudson (2008).

In 2012, Austin announced the upcoming release of the "Love" EP, part 1 of a three-part release with the subsequent "Sex" and "Religion" EPs to follow.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 2008: Ocean Drive {unreleased}[citation needed]
  • TBA: Love, Sex, & Religion


Year Single Peak charts Album
2006 "Turn It Up" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) 48 Ocean Drive
2007 "Video" (featuring DJ Unk)
2008 "The One That Got Away" 94
2011 "Close Your Eyes" TBA TBA Love, Sex, & Religion
2011 "The Angel Is Mine Till I'm Gone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) TBA TBA

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart positions Album
2005 "Gotta Getcha" Jermaine Dupri 60 31 15 72 Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1
2006 "Shortie Like Mine" Bow Wow (also feat. Chris Brown) 8 2 1 12 The Price of Fame
"Outta My System" Bow Wow (also feat. T-Pain) 14 12 2 32
2009 "You Can Get It All" Bow Wow 55 30 9 New Jack City II
2010 "Shawty Wus Up" Dondria (also feat. Diamond) 66 Dondria vs. Phatfffat
2010 Can't Take Her Man Trey Songz Johnta


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