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|Birth name||Johntá Maurice Austin|
|Born||June 28, 1980|
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper|
|Labels||So So Def Recordings
Island Urban Music
Def Jam Recordings
Johntá Austin (born June 28, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and rapper, 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
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.
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.
After achieving success writing for other artists, he began work on his full-length debut album Ocean Drive on So So Def/Virgin Records. His first single "Lil' More Love" was released on June 7th, 2005. It was followed by the release of "Dope Fiend" on November 29th later that year. While the album's first two singles failed to achieve radio/chart success, the label released a third single "Turn It Up" on July 11th, 2006 along with a Jadakiss-added version in November.
A fourth single, "Video" featuring UGK was released a year later on July 31st, 2007. Following the departure of So So Def Recordings from Virgin Records for Island Def Jam in 2007, the album was pushed back from a February 6, 2007 release to a September 4th release. A final single, the ballad "The One That Got Away" was released in 2008, before the album was eventually shelved.
In 2010, he released a digital single "Close Your Eyes."
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. "Love" EP was released on December 12 preceded by the buzz single "What a Feeling" featuring Jermaine Dupri.
- 2008: Ocean Drive (Shelved)
- 2012: Love
|2005||"Lil' More Love"||—||—||Ocean Drive
|2006||"Turn It Up" (featuring Jermaine Dupri)||—||48|
|2007||"Video" (featuring DJ Unk)||—||—|
|2008||"The One That Got Away"||—||94|
|2011||"Close Your Eyes"||TBA||TBA||Love, Sex, & Religion|
|US||US R&B||US Rap||US Pop|
|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|
- Official Def Jam page
- Official website
- Facebook page
- MTV News: You Hear It First Feature - Johnta Austin
- Vibe: Love Interrupted (Article)