by Rachad Davis
April 6, 2017
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOiMiD3gcVI
Reception in Expo Hall in the Acoustic Lounge sponsored by AHIP SmartBrief Newsletters
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
June 8, 2017
Tje Austin is an ambitious Austin-based R&B singer-songwriter. Tje’s personal brand of soul derives from various influences that include John Legend and Lenny Kravitz. Introspective and passionate, Tje uses life experiences to explore the sensitivities and nuances of loss and broken relationships. He strives to create and perform the quintessential emotive experience, with touches of optimism and authenticity.
Originally, from Hawaii, Austin was adopted at four days old, by a loving Mormon family with military ties. He was raised in a multicultural family, which includes five brothers and three sisters – with six kids being adopted from other families. The accidental vocalist eventually made his way to the University of Texas at Austin. Initially there to complete a political science degree, Tje flipped a hobby into a full-fledged career, with some encouragement from some friends.
Tje was a contestant during the first run of the North American adaptation of The Voice. He’s co-written songs with three-time Grammy award winner Taj Jackson (for his Xperience album.) Amongst his received honors, Austin was a Semi Finalist in 2015 International Songwriting Competition – R&B Category and was featured at the 2014 ASCAP Expo for Pop Songwriting.
Tje Austin recently released his EP “I Belong to You” on January 20, 2016, peaking at #25 on the iTunes R&B charts. Hailed as a “a rich and varied release” with a ” brassy blast of classic soul” by the Austin American Statesman, the album is a celebration and open love letter to life and the little things that get twisted in the mix.