MP3 Austin Young - My Kinda Country
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13 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Modern Country, EASY LISTENING: Love Songs
"In every experience there's a story, every story a song...make your life a melody"
- Austin Young
Growing up in a big city with even larger dreams, Austin Young knew early on with a deep love for music that sooner or later he would have to leave Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, though it would always be called home.
In kindergarten, Austin took the stage at his graduation and performed none other than the theme from legendary "Love Story", and by the time he was in his early teens was singing in local churches, winning contests, and making money by performing at weddings. It was in church that Austin developed his real love for music seeing how his voice and passion for the art had ministered to those listening.
As a teen, he was somewhat different than his friends who shared in his love for the 70s bands of Kiss, Journey, Kansas, and Bad Company to mention just a few. Austin when away from his peers would submerge himself heart and soul in the romantic, easy listening sounds of balladeers like Neil Diamond, Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, The Commodores, and his all time favorite to this day...Barry Manilow.
Austin wrote a lot of poetry and short stories in his spare time so it was no wonder he started liking Country music in his 20s, after serving in the "Elite" United States Marine Corps. He explains, "By the time I was in my early 20s, I was fairly well rounded from Christian and Easy Listening to Rock and Country where I stayed. I never forgot my roots and my love for God, but Country music seemed to offer me the best chance to use my storylines as far as writing and I bonded with it."
As monuments like Garth Brooks and Randy Travis changed the face of Country music in the early 90s, the Karaoke scene hit Pittsburgh and Austin was well on his way to becoming one of the cities most popular faces in the clubs. When asked about his ideas on Karaoke he said, "I'm thankful that there was an outlet for me like Karaoke since I wasn't much into sports or other hobbies. It gave me away to develop my stage presence and fine tune my vocal ability."
Through Military, Law Enforcement, and Corrections, Austin kept his "Poet's Heart" and in 2001 he made the move that many who knew him thought he wouldn't. He moved to Nashville without a job or even a place to live, and in September of that year his first self-written, self-produced recording hit the airwaves and made all who heard it proud to be American. That song, inspired by the tragedy of September 11th attack, was titled "These Colors Don't Run". Having received more airplay than he ever expected from stations across the U.S., Austin was asked to perform it live in an acoustic version at "The Stage" in Nashville. A visiting Netherlands news crew who filmed the performance aired it on stations back in Holland, marking the 1 year anniversary of the tragic attack that affected the entire free world. Needless to say, 2001 was a very big year for Austin Young.
In 2002 and 2003, Austin worked on his first full length CD just released this year in 2004 titled "My Kinda Country". Austin remarked on the first single off the album "Come Into My Love" by saying , "I'm proud to have this song released as it went out on a compilation CD to over 2300 radio stations worldwide with one of my favorite people in the #1 spot, Kenny Chesney. Hopefully, with him leading the way on that disc, I'll be listened to and get the break I've worked so hard for. If not this time, I'll keep plugging away until I do."
It seems Austin isn't far away as he plans his tour for 2004 which is to include an overseas trip performing for the men and women of our Armed Forces. In the meantime, you can hear him perform in various venues across the states, on many radio stations across the U.S., Canada, Netherlands and Australia, and you can hear clips of his music on his website at https://www.tradebit.com music on his website at https://www.tradebit.com
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