Dallas Austin

Dallas Austin
Born (1970-12-29) December 29, 1970
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, new jack swing, pop rock, electropop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, musician, film producer
Instruments Keyboards, drums, harmonica
Years active 1989–present
Labels Rowdy Records, Limp Records, Freeworld Entertainment
Associated acts Monica, TLC, Sugababes, McFly

Dallas L. Austin (born December 29, 1970) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, and film producer, born in Columbus, Georgia.[1] His clients include TLC , Madonna , Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Troop, Boyz II Men, Pink, Monica, Gwen Stefani, Deion Sanders, Stacie Orrico, Another Bad Creation, Fishbone, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Anastacia, Kelis, Namie Amuro, Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, McFly, and Lady Gaga.


Austin got his start in the industry by way of Klymaxx member Joyce Irby.[1] Under her guidance, he was enlisted as a producer for her company Diva One Productions.[1] Austin produced the lead single of Irby's debut for Motown Records as well as the songs "My Music" and "I Will Always Love You" for Troop's 1989 album Attitude.[2]

In 1990, Austin branched out on his own. His work on Motown led him to work on albums by other acts signed to the label - the first being the little known group Glasswurk.[1] Austin later helmed the bulk of the debut albums for the Motown signees Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men.[1][3]

Austin was later recruited by L.A. Reid and Babyface to work on a couple of projects for their record label, LaFace Records.[1] The duo recruited him to work on the debut album for TLC.[1] From there, he was granted a deal for his short-lived group Highland Place Mobsters, which was Austin joining the members Glasswurk who were formerly signed to Motown.[1]

After his success with other acts, Austin was recruited by After 7 to produce a few songs on their second album, Takin' My Time. Austin then worked with Madonna on her 1994 album Bedtime Stories. In the 2000s, Austin worked with pop acts and produced hit singles like TLC's "Unpretty", Pink's songs "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Just Like a Pill" and Gwen Stefani's 2004 single "Cool".

United Arab Emirates incident

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.[4][5]

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.'[4][5]

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.[4][5]

Personal life

Austin has 4 children in total from various partners, and has been romantically linked with model Jessica White in 2014.

Austin's oldest son Cypress Rankin-Austin was born in 1994 during his relationship with attorney Lee Hopson (née Rankin).[6][7]

On June 2, 1997, TLC singer Chilli gave birth to another son, Tron Austin.[7][8]

Record labels founded by Dallas Austin

Recording studio

Austin owned a personal recording studio named D.A.R.P. Studios, whose acronym meant Dallas Austin's Recording Projects.[11] It was later renamed to UAMG Studios, whose acronym meant Urban Angels Music Group.[12]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Make It Funky: The Rise & Fall of the Highland Place Mobsters". redbullmusicacademy.com. Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  2. "Producer Dallas Austin talks about Boyz II Men's debut album, 'Cooleyhighharmony'". Wax Poetics. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. Siegmund, Heidi. "The Young and the Rowdy : At 21, Dallas Austin is a hit R&B producer, an A&R scout, a hip-hop frontman and a record label owner. Now he wants to branch out". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  4. 1 2 3 Jeff Leeds and Sharon Waxman, with Hassan M. Fattah in Dubai (July 8, 2006). "That's What Friends in High Places Are For". New York Times. Archived from the original on November 15, 2013. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  5. 1 2 3 Gil Kaufman (July 10, 2006). "Dallas Austin Sprung From Dubai Jail With Help From Songwriting Senator, Lionel Richie". VH1 News. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
  6. S. Mitchell (June 25, 2008). "New To Town, Used To Trouble". The New Tri-State Defender. BEST Media Properties, Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2016. Cypress Rankin-Austin, 13, Lee’s son
  7. 1 2 I-Cheng Chan (July 1, 2006). "Just Who Is Dallas Austin?". gulfnews.com. Al Nisr Publishing LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2016. Austin is married and has four children including a son, Tron, born in 1997 during his relationship with TLC's Rozonda "Chili"[sic] Thomas..
  8. "Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas Biography". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. An Amazon.com company. Retrieved March 8, 2016. Her son, with Dallas Austin, is named Tron.
  9. "trademark: LIMP RECORDS". tmfile.com. TMFile. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  10. "LIMP RECORDS". trademarkia.com. LegalForce, Inc. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  11. Hogan, Ed. "Dallas Austin - Biography & History". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  12. "Urban Angels Studios (@UAMGatDARP) - Twitter".

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