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Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter Johntá Austin Steps In Front Of The Mic

Atlanta songwriter Johntá  Austin's debut solo album "Love, Sex and Religion" is out now.
Atlanta songwriter Johntá Austin's debut solo album "Love, Sex and Religion" is out now.
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Grammy award winning Atlanta songwriter Johntá Austin is known for many hit singles.

He has written: Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You,” and Aaliyah’s “Miss You,” among many others. Now, Austin is stepping in front of the mic with his debut solo album “Love, Sex and Religion.”

Lois Reitzes spoke with Austin earlier this week about how he feels to be switching roles in the music business.

“I’m excited to finally be out in front promoting and singing my own music after being behind-the-scenes for so long,” Austin said.

Austin is also a supervising music producer for Lee Daniel’s “Star” television series.

He said that creating music for television compared to the radio can be more difficult, due to the deadlines.

“Mr. Lee Daniels was very adamant about wanting great songs and not just having the songs be script-specific. We were allowed a lot of freedom, but the challenges are that it’s 18 episodes with three to five songs an episode. It’s just a quick turn around,” said Austin.

He also has a reoccurring role of Conny Reed in the show.