Audius Mtawarira

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Audius Mtawarira, is a multi-ARIA Award winning Australian record producer, composer, artist and songwriter more commonly known as "Audius".

Early life[edit]

Audius Mtawarira was born in 1977 in Harare, Zimbabwe,[1] and now resides in Sydney, Australia. He attended Ruzawi primary school, a prestigious private Anglican boarding school where he was amongst the first Native African students to be enrolled. Audius then attended Peterhouse Boys' School, a senior private boarding school in Zimbabwe where he sang in the School Choir, played piano and drums. He also participated well in Cricket, Rugby and Athletics, representing his school and district in all. He completed his senior education at Gateway Senior school in Harare where he continued in the school choir and participated in most of the schools music programs. He also represented his school as captain in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. In 1996 Audius left Zimbabwe to further his studies at Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia. He later moved to Curtin University [1] for a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Graphic Design.

Career[edit]

Audius then turned his attention to writing and producing music. He started producing in 2002, producing the majority of Selwyn's album, Meant To Be which peaked at number nine on the ARIA Album charts[2] and was certified Gold.[3] In 2003 he collaborated with Delta Goodrem on Innocent Eyes co-writing[4][5] and producing the number one single[6] "Born to Try". The song debuted at number three before reaching number one on the Australian Singles chart, becoming Goodrem's first number one single. It spent three months in the top five and went on to sell over 210,000 copies, making it the third highest selling single of 2002. In the UK, it debuted and peaked the charts at number three, spending eleven weeks in the top forty and reached number one on the New Zealand singles charts. "Born to Try" won 'Single of the Year' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2003.[7]

In 2004, Audius produced Australian Idol contestant Paulini's debut album One Determined Heart which produced number a # 1 hit "Angel Eyes" and went certified Platinum.[8] In 2005 he co-wrote fellow-Idol Contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter's "Hell No!", which reached number five on the ARIA singles charts,[9] and produced majority of her album.

After having some great success, Audius turned his attention to building his own studios and record label. He is a part owner of The Sound Academy studios in Sydney as well as record label Blindfaith Entertainment. He worked to develop many unsigned artists through his academy sharing knowledge and kickstarting several youngsters who went on to achieve great success such as Iggy Azalea, Justice Crew, Anise K and more.

In 2008 Audius produced Jessica Mauboy's new album, Been Waiting, co-writing her single, "Running Back",[10] which peaked at number three on the Australian singles charts.[11] 2008 also saw Audius launch his own fashion label, Shona Clothing, which is heavily influenced by his Zimbabwean heritage. "Running Back" won 'Highest Selling Single' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.[12]

In 2013 Audius worked as a music producer on the movie musical 'Goddess', Goddess (2013 film) an Australian production featuring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating and directed by Mark Lamprel.

Solo career[edit]

Audius' solo recordings have garnered him popularity in his native Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has released 6 albums in Africa - 'Audius' (2002), 'Ever After' (2003), 'Music and Me' (2005) and 'Day Like This' (2008). His release 'Day Like This' was also released in Australia through Blindfaith/Inertia. In 2003, Audius won the Best Urban Grooves (Male) at the Zimbabwe Music Awards. In 2014 Audius won the "Best R&B Urban Album" award for his 2014 release "House of Stones' In October 2016 the album "PREDESTINATION" is released. www.audiusonline.com

Discography[edit]

Solo artist[edit]

  • Audius (2002)
  • Ever After (2003)
  • Music and Me (2005)
  • Day Like This - Blindfaith/Inertia (2008)
  • House of Stones - Blindfaith (2014)
  • PREDESTINATION - Blindfaith (2016)

Production discography[edit]

Songwriting discography[edit]

  • "Buggin' Me", "Way Loves Supposed To Be" & "Like This, Like That" (Selwyn)
  • "Born to Try" (Delta Goodrem)
  • "Til I Found You" (Casey Donovan)
  • "Goodbye" (Levi)
  • "We Can Try" (Paulini)
  • "Hell No!", "Something About You" & "Stay With Me" (Ricki-Lee Coulter)
  • "War" (Laurent Wolf)
  • "Too Late" & "Tyna Find the One" (Shakaya)
  • "Take Me to a Place" (Rikki Lee)
  • "Stop Breaking My Heart" (Rahsaan Patterson)
  • "Little Girl" & "Here We Go Again" (Sarah Reeves)
  • "Hey", "Just Another Day", "Ever Be The Same", "Frustrated" & "Country Girl" (Erica Baxter)
  • "I Believe" (Vincy)
  • "Go Crazy" (Liena)
  • "Should Have Loved You More" (Jade McCrae)
  • "Running Back", "Magical", "To The Floor" (Jessica Mauboy)
  • "There You Go Again", "Mr Officer", "Chasing Ghosts", "D.I.S." & "Mr Whatever" (Snob Scrilla)
  • "Hell No" & "Lets Pretend" (Shila)
  • "I'm Not A Puppet" (Debra)
  • "Inside Out (Stan Walker)
  • "With Me" (Stan Walker)
  • "Like This" (Jessica Mauboy)
  • "Catch Me" (Sha-Sha)
  • "The Other Side" (Anise K)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pindula http://www.pindula.co.zw/Audius_Mtawarira. Retrieved 22 July 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Selwyn - Meant to Be". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2002. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ ""Born to Try" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Delta's Single Out Monday" Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Deltagoodrem.com.au. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Delta Goodrem - Born to Try". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Delta Goodrem ARIA Award wins & nominations". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2002. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ricki-Lee - Hell No!". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  10. ^ ""Running Back" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jessica Mauboy ARIA Award wins & nominations". Retrieved 4 February 2010. [permanent dead link]