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Austin Michael releases debut album.


Austin Michael, an 18-year-old country music singer who appeared on Season 17 American Idol, learned a lot from being on the show, working hard, and believing in himself. So as a songwriter, Austin, did just that.


He wrote songs that would later become tracks on his debut self-titled album, now available for pre-order. This 11 track debut, set to release October 9, is filled with a pure country sound, from production with plenty of steel guitar, to romantic lyrics, like "Feel It Too" and "Love Song" each are both creatively written with an obvious nod to love. "Still Ain't Over You" is as close to a country heartache as you can get, and Austin's vocals, along with classic steel, lend credence to a shattered heart.


The album isn't short on more uptempo numbers like "Things My Grandpa Said," an ode to his grandfather who had a lot of advice to give, with his sweet educational sayings offered to a young Austin. What made it sweet perfection was the added vocals of an older gentleman, we'll assume grandpa, singing the words of advice. Keeping up with the uptempo tracks is "Country Cred," an anthem-type tune touting everything that makes one country.


Austin Michael has well-written songs supported with great production.


Austin Michael is available now for pre-order. In addition, all pre-orders receive exclusive access to the highly popular TikTok single 'Merry Go Round."


Austin's debut album release party will be on Friday, 10/15, at Frisco Rail Yard in Frisco, TX. For information, click here.


For more information on Austin Michael, please visit:


Austin Michael Tracklist

  1. Feel It Too

  2. Still Ain't Over

  3. Merry Go Round

  4. Bleedin' Heart

  5. I Pray

  6. Hard To Say Goodbye

  7. Things My Grandpa Said

  8. Love Song

  9. She's My Texas

  10. Country Cred

  11. Honky Tonk Party

Austin Michael Robinson was a contestant in Season 17 of American Idol.

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  1. Audition

  2. Hollywood Round

  3. Performances in American Idol

  4. Trivia



Austin auditioned in Coeur d'Alene. He sang "Your Man" by Josh Turner. Although Katy voted "no", Lionel and Luke voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round
Austin was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week. Originally, for his final solo performance, he was going to sing "Speechless" by Dan + Shay, but minutes before he was going to go on stage, he changed the song to "Parachute" by Chris Stapleton. He was placed in the second deliberation along with Ruthie Craft, Gaba, Katie Belle, Juan Pablo and Jackson Gillies. It was revealed that everyone in the room was eliminated.

Performances in American Idol
Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "Your Man" Josh Turner None Safe
Hollywood Week N/A N/A Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week N/A N/A Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week "Parachute" Chris Stapleton Hollywood Round 3 Eliminated

Austin returned for the finale and sang "This Is How We Do It", alongside Montell Jordan, Margie Mays, and VoKillz.
Montell Jordan & Margie Mays Sings "This Is How We Do It" - American Idol 2019 Finale
Montell Jordan & Margie Mays Sings "This Is How We Do It" - American Idol 2019 Finale 

By Braylee McCoy
Published: Nov. 17, 2019 at 5:46 PM CST
A Texoma teen is making a name for himself in the country music industry.

Country singer and Van Alstyne native, Austin Michael, 16, says music has been part of his life since he was a little kid.

"Music is just, it's not really like a job for me, I don't see it as I'm going to get up this morning and work from eight to five you know, and just write songs," Michael said. "I can't do that it's my life, it's what I do all the time."

Michael said between working part-time at a pecan factory and taking online school classes, he's usually writing songs or in the studio.

"The one thing with music is you can't rush it, I never thought I was going to be able to write songs," Michael said.

But Michael's hard work is paying off.

He made it to the top 50 on season 17 of American Idol and hinted he will be a contestant next season on The Voice.

Michael also has an album coming with five to six original songs.


"I'm really excited to get my stuff out there because it's a good representation of who I am, like this is me, I just want to get that out," Michael said.

Michael said his new music is straight from the heart, and expects it to drop at the beginning of the new year.

"You have to live and experience things before you can write about them," Michael said.

Michael's fan base is growing, with over 20,000 followers on social media.


He said none of it would be possible without his family's support.

"My family is super supportive of me and I really appreciate that, it means the world to me that they're there for me all the time," Michael said.

For more on Michael's music, check out his

and Instagram. - news12

Austin Michael and lil nas X collaB in village studios.

Lil Nas X loves this Texas country cover of 'Panini'

Joey Guerra
Oct. 7, 2019
Texas country singer Austin Michael is friends with 'Old Town Road' rapper Lil Nas X.

Texas country singer Austin Michael is friends with 'Old Town Road' rapper Lil Nas X.Austin Michael
Texas country singer Austin Michael has put his own spin on "Panini." And Lil Nas X approves.

Michael infuses the current pop hit with a deep twang that belies his age. He's 16 and lives on his family's ranch in Anna (about four hours from Houston).

ONLY ON HOUSTONCHRONICLE.COM: Texas country singer Austin Michael on his friendship with Lil Nas X

The voice might be familiar. He made it to the Hollywood rounds on the recent season of "American Idol." His "Idol" dream was cut short, but Michael has earned the stamp of approval from Lil Nas X himself. The singer shared Michael's cover of "Panini" on Instagram with the caption "wow this is dope lol." In just a few days, it's earned more than 1 million views.

But it wasn't just random luck. Michael and Nas are friends and have previously collaborated.

The pair met when Michael returned to Los Angeles in May for the "Idol" finale. They happened to be staying at the same hotel and noticed each other because they were both wearing cowboy hats.

Read the full story on - Houston Chronicle