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T. Austin Reed

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Though T. Austin Reed’s roots stem from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the essence of her music often features diversities of a worldwide flavor. From Techno to Jazz to R&B and Rock, this artist refuses to limit her creative ability to the confines of any one particular genre. She’ll be quick to say, “I don’t live in a box. Neither does my music.”

With the exception of brief training in classical piano by Monette Sudler and the late John Gilmore (of Sun Ra and His Arkestra), T. Austin is a self-taught composer who loves to defy stereotypical images that have overshadowed females within the Music Industry.

“I used to watch guys come into studios and walk past me like I didn’t exist,” she’ll admit. “Some even thought I was just another studio whore. But after I’d get pointed out as being a producer, I could see their attitudes change…And so would mine. I’d start smiling and thinking to myself, ‘That’s right, bitch! Now sit down!’ I never enjoyed moments like those, but they happened all the time. Not anymore.”

T. Austin’s studio life began in 1996, when she was discovered by F.L.A. Records’ Holly Rob & Dr. Ray. After being signed as an artist and producer, she fell under the tutelage of Lead Engineer / Producer, Andre “Dre” Mott, who she credits as being “one of the best people that ever happened to me.” Months later, she went on to collaborate with other F.L.A. artists, such as Danga Zone and Squirrel, who landed on the “Booty Call” soundtrack with his single, “Lemme See You Squirrel.”

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