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5 Questions With ... Dallas Austin
GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer Dallas Austin was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Austin discussed winning a GRAMMY, working with artists such as Michael Jackson and Madonna, music education, and his biggest career moments, among other topics. Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"I see why people get up there and just blank out," said Austin on winning a GRAMMY. "It's really overwhelming because you're thinking so many things at one time like … 'Did I really just win this? Is this real? What do I say? Who do I thank? I hope I don't forget anybody.' It's something that stays with you … it's amazing."
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Born in Columbus, Ga., Austin has collaborated with artists including Boyz II Men, Brandy, DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince, Aretha Franklin, Indigo Girls, Michael Jackson, Monica, Madonna, and Gwen Stefani, among others. He co-produced Brandy's 1998 GRAMMY-nominated Best R&B Album Never Say Never; Monica's 1998 album The Boy Is Mine, which garnered a Record Of The Year nomination for the title track; Jackson's 1995 GRAMMY-nominated Album Of The Year History: Past, Present And Future Book I; TLC's debut album, 1992's Ooooooohh…On The TLC Tip, which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, and their 1999 release Fanmail, which earned Austin his first GRAMMY win for Best R&B Album, among others.
He's credited for co-producing film soundtracks such as Boomerang (1992), White Men Can't Jump (1992), Nutty Professor (1996), and Drumline (2002), among others. Austin operates his own recording studio, the Atlanta-based Dallas Austin Recording Projects. His most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 2005 for Album Of The Year for Stefani's Love.Angel.Music.Baby.