On April 4, 2014, Austin Mahone publically announced details of his debut album, The Secret, as well as the particulars of his first headlining tour. April 4 was also Austin Mahone’s 18th birthday.
In January of 2011, Mahone began posting videos of himself singing on YouTube including one of him crooning Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe.” The cover would prove prophetic since the two are constantly being compared to one another. Furthermore, in 2014, the heartthrobs recorded a song together. Mahone’s music videos became so popular on YouTube that it earned him a recording contract.
Mahone released his first single “11:11” in February of 2012. He was 16 at the time. Mahone issued his second single, “Say Somethin’,” in early June. Neither charted on the Billboard 200, but “Say Somethin’” peaked at #34 on the Mainstream Top 40 which is strictly based on radio airplay.
Also in early June of 2013, Mahone released his first EP. The self-titled collection was only available in Japan where it peaked at number 23. Other early singles from Mahone’s career include “Say You’re Just a Friend” (featuring Flo Rida) and “Heart in My Hand.” The Secret was preceded by three singles: “What About Love,” “Banga! Banga!” and “Mmm Yeah” (featuring Pitbull).
Mahone launched his first headlining concert series, “MTV’s Artist to Watch Tour,” on July 25 in San Antonio (Mahone’s hometown). It ended Sept. 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. In total, Mahone played 25 shows in the U.S. and one in Canada. The year before, Mahone spent the summer and fall opening for Taylor Swift and Bridgit Mendler.
Mahone was born on April 4, 1996 in San Antonio, Texas. His father died when he was 18 months old forcing his mother, Michelle, to raise Austin on her own. In 2013, Mahone won the MTV Video Music Award for “Artist To Watch.” He’s also the “Teen Ambassador” for Trukfit, Lil Wayne’s fashion line, and a “Digital and Brand Strategist” for FlavorSplash. Mahone’s television resume includes appearances on The Millers, Big Time Rush, and Awesomeness TV.
Fans of Mahone refer to themselves as “Mahomies.”