December 29, 1970
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Pop, R&B, hip hop, new jack swing, pop rock, electropop, dance-pop
Songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and keyboardist
Guitar, keyboards, drums, harmonica
Monica, TLC, Sugababes, McFly
Dallas L. Austin (born December 29, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His clients include Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, TLC, Boyz II Men, Pink, Monica, Gwen Stefani, Deion Sanders, Stacie Orrico, Another Bad Creation, Fishbone, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Anastacia, Namie Amuro, Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, McFly, and Lady Gaga.
Biography [ edit ]
In 2012, Austin's Rowdy Electronics teamed up with Beat Kangz Electronics (BKE) of
Nashville to make the Beat Thang, a mobile music-making machine sold in Best Buy stores. Rowdy Electronics also teamed with Boomphones and planned to have headphones available in stores in 2012. He co-wrote and co-produced the will.i.am single, " T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)".
United Arab Emirates incident [ edit ]
In July 2006, Austin was arrested and held in a
United Arab Emirates prison on drug charges. After U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch interceded on Austin's behalf, the UAE consulate in Washington, D.C. placed calls to Lionel Richie for a character reference. [1 ] [2 ]
Richie recounts for the New York Times:
It was, 'Tell me what kind of guy is Dallas Austin.' I said, 'Listen, this is a great guy. He's done a great job for the community. A gangster, a hoodlum, a thug, he's not.' [1 ] [2 ]
Austin pleaded guilty in court, apologized for his actions, and was subsequently granted a royal
pardon by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. [1 ] [2 ]
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