Austin Harris Mahone is a 21 year old American singer and songwriter. He was born born April 4, 1996 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Michele Lee and Charles Edgar Mahone. His father died when he was a year and a half old and he was raised by his single mother. He attended Lady Bird Johnson High School in San Antonio but left after his freshman year to be home schooled by his grandmother. He is of English, French, German, and Slovak descent.
Mahone began his career by posting videos on YouTube in June 2010. More music videos followed, and by January 2011 he began to build an online following. On February 14, 2012, Mahone independently released his first single, “11:11”, to iTunes. On June 5, 2012, he released his second single worldwide, “Say Somethin”. On August 28, 2012, Mahone announced that he had been officially signed to Chase/Universal Republic Records. In November 2012, Mahone signed a deal to become the new “Teen Ambassador” for Lil Wayne’s Trukfit fashion clothing line.
On May 29, 2013, he released his debut EP, Extended Play, in Japan only. Mahone released a song called “What About Love”. The music video won MTV’s Artists to Watch at MTV Video Music Awards, and he was chosen as one of the opening acts of Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. On October 17, 2013, he kicked off his first ever headlining tour, MTV’s Artist to Watch Tour. On November 13, Mahone released a song “Banga Banga” as a promotional single. “Mmm Yeah” was released as the lead single from The Secret, his second EP, on January 27, 2014. The Secret was later released on May 27, 2014. On July 25, 2014, Mahone kicked off his second headlining tour, Austin Mahone: Live on Tour.
During 2015, he continued to independently release new music for his fans. Five new songs titled “Say My Name”, “Places”, “Waiting For This Love”, “Someone Like You” and “Torture” were released for free download through his official SoundCloud page. In August 2015, he was picked as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC’s Today show broadcast nationally in the United States where he performed live his single “Dirty Work”. In May 2016, Mahone became one of the faces of Macy’s American Icons campaign. He released two singles in August 2016: “Send It” featuring Rich Homie Quan and “Way Up”. On December 7, 2016, via Facebook Live, Mahone announced his second mixtape, titled ForMe+You, which was released on December 29, 2016. On New Year’s Eve, Mahone performed “Lady” on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution.
He has since then performed at two Dolce & Gabbana fashion shows in Italy with his new work. He performed two shows while on the Pitbull After Dark Cruise. At the end of March 2017 he performed at POPSPRING Japan with his Hot 100 song “Dirty Work” which peaked at #1. He has now begun a campaign working with Fossil. He is currently in the studio recording with plans to release his first full-length studio album. He has also filmed commercials for McDonald’s and Hot Nuts, a Mexican snack. In June 2013. He currently has 1.5 million followers on his Youtube channel.