Dallas Austin (born December 29, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of his most notable clients include TLC, Boyz II Men, P!nk, Ciara, Monica, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Namie Amuro, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stacie Orrico, Another Bad Creation, Leona Lewis, Texas, Fishbone, Sugababes and Brand New Heavies.
Austin was a member of Highland Place Mobsters on the influential hip-hop label LaFace in the early 1990s before embarking on a career as a full time producer. Highland Place Mobsters contributed to the soundtracks for the movies White Men Can`t Jump and Boomerang.
As a producer and songwriter, Austin was first noticed and signed to Diva One Music by Joyce Irby (80`s all girl band Klymaxx) and has crafted hits for LaFace act TLC (with which he won two Grammies for co-producing CrazySexyCool and FanMail), including the hit singles "Ain`t 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What about Your Friends", "Creep", "Silly Ho" and "Unpretty." As a teenager, Irby took Austin to Sylvia Rhone, Motown head Jheryl Busby, LA Reid and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis asking them to give him a shot as a producer. Other credits of Austin`s include the number-two single "Hit `Em Up Style" recorded by Blu Cantrell, "Don`t Let Me Get Me" and "Just like a Pill" by P!nk, and the hit "Secret" by Madonna. In more recent times, Austin`s work has returned him to the charts, writing and producing the successful "Trick Me" for Kelis as well as "Left Outside Alone" and "Sick and Tired" for Anastacia.
Austin has tried his hand at remixing for other artists, most notably "They Don`t Care About Us" for Michael Jackson and "The Power of Good-Bye" for Madonna.
In addition to American artists, Austin has produced songs for international artists. In 1999 Austin and Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro began a professional relationship in which he produced many of her songs until 2003.
Austin is also known for socially conscious productions such as TLC`s "Unpretty" and "Damaged", and more recently "Ugly" for UK act Sugababes. For the Sugababes, Austin produced several other tracks on their number-one album Taller in More Ways, including the single "Push the Button", which spent three weeks at the top of the UK charts. He also produced the Girls Aloud` Comic Relief collaboration with Sugababes on "Walk This Way". He is also responsible for producing Gwen Stefani`s single "Cool" from her Love.Angel. Music.Baby. album.
In 1992, Austin formed Rowdy Records with fellow producer L.A. Reid, though Reid left the following year. Austin branched out into cinema as well, becoming the executive producer Drumline (2002) for 20th Century Fox. He also served as the film`s musical director. Austin is currently working with Warner Bros. studios on another music-driven film set in Atlanta.
Drumline Cast member Orlando Jones also chose Austin to be the music director, alongside DJ Rukus, for his short lived "The Orlando Jones Show", a live Talk Show that aired on F/X.
EMI biography of Dallas Austin.
On August 5, 2007, his unique 10,000-plus square-foot circular Georgia mansion appeared on an episode of MTV Cribs.
On Sunday, July 2nd 2006, Austin pleaded guilty to drug charges in Dubai, where Dubai Airport Authorities found slightly more than a gram of cocaine in his luggage, when he arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to attend Naomi Campbell`s three-day birthday party at the Burj Al Arab hotel.
However, in a surprise turn of events, a few hours after a Dubai court sentenced Austin to a four-year prison term, he received a royal pardon from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and was deported according to a U.A.E. based news paper Gulfnews.com, even though the United Arab Emirates has a very strict drug enforcement policy and drug traffickers get the death penalty.
Austin lives in a 10,000 square foot house in Atlanta, Georgia. He has 3 boys, Cypress (13), Julian (13) Dominik and Tron (11) with Rozond (Chilli) Thomas of [[TLC (band)|TLC. He`s currently dating Peruvian Australian actress Nathalie Kelley.