Early Life and Educational Background
Austin Dale Porter was born on the 14th of August 1997, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, to Bill and Tina Porter. He is the middle child of his family, with an older brother named Mason Austin Porter is an American professional singer and dancer, best known for being a member of Simon Cowell’s pop boy band PRETTYMUCH, under the Syco Music Label.
Austin Dale Porter was born on the 14th of August, 1997, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA to Bill and Tina Porter. He is the middle child of his family, with an older brother named Mason and a younger brother named Ryan. Austin spent most of his childhood in the town of Mount Pleasant, and attended Mount Pleasant High School. He was a very active child, and engaged in various sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball.
From a very young age, he had a great interest in performing music and dance, and began playing the drums and dancing at the age of 10, as well as performing alongside his mother in the church choir. Initially, he was attracted to the genres of Rap and Hip Hop music, but as he grew older, Pop and R&B fascinated him more. He also learnt how to play the guitar and piano.
At the mere age of 14, he pursued songwriting, and even began recording his own songs while dancing in crews. Simultaneously, he posted covers of hit songs online, including by Ariana Grande, Owl City and Adele. Moreover, he collaborated with fellow artists such as Camryn Boci, Tyler and Ryan on his covers.
On the 7th of December 2013, Porter released his debut album entitled “One Love” under Hypnotic Melodies Entertainment Label, containing ten tracks including “Dreamers”, “Don’t Stop the Music”, “Turn it Up” and “Out by the Ocean”. In 2014, he performed on the Dream Big Tour as well as at the OMG Music Fest. That same year, he went on a world tour as Aaron Carter’s opening act, and then as a solo artist, continuing into the following year.
Eventually, in 2016 his talents were discovered by English businessman and record executive Simon Cowell, and he was given an opportunity to audition for a spot in Simon’s band. Austin was subsequently chosen alongside Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Edwin Honoret, and Zion Kuwonu, to form the American-Canadian pop boy band, PRETTYMUCH under Syco Music and Columbia Records.
It was decided that the band would be based in Los Angeles, California, and the band members would share a home and work on their music.
Soon after, they began attracting a lot of attention from fans on social media for their dance videos, including tributes to the likes of Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, and cover songs such as “Attention”. In July of 2017, they released their debut single entitled “Would You Mind”, performing it at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, MTV’s Total Request Live and at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. It was later released on video, directed by Emil Nava and influenced by boy band videos of the previous decades, and shows footage of the boys on a road trip, jumping over each other and dancing. In October they released their second single and its video entitled “Teacher”, described as being almost identical to “Where They @” by Dead Obies, and a few weeks later, “Open Arms”.
That same year, the band toured around the US on their PRETTYMUCH EVERYWHERE Tour. Further performances included the final of Series 14 of “The X Factor UK”, “Good Morning America”, and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. In April 2018 they released their first EP entitled “PrettyMuch an EP”, which included the singles “10,000 Hours”, “Solita” and “Summer on You”. After their Funktion Tour, a second EP entitled “Phases” was released, and consisted of six songs such as “One Shot” and “Temporary Heart”.
Their third, FOMO Tour saw Kenzie Ziegler as their opening act in Texas, followed by the release of their third EP entitled “INTL:EP” in November 2019; it included collaborations with artists such as CNCO, NCT Dream, Luísa Sonza and Iñigo Pascual. As of 2020, the band have released a total of 15 music videos, 18 singles and three EPs.
Ex-Girlfriend — Fiffany Luu
Austin began dating Asian-American actress and model Fiffany Luu in 2017. The pair dated until May, 2018 when it was revealed that the singer had been seeing other girls behind her back. In a story on her Instagram account, she reportedly wrote, ‘… stop tagging me in photos with my ex-. I don’t care to be associated with sociopaths and cheaters… And yes I’m talking about Austin Porter’. She further explained, ‘Yes, Austin was cheating on me with multiple girls at their little house parties’.
Current Girlfriend — Ansley Mitchell
A few months after his break-up with Fiffany, Porter began dating Ansley Mitchell, about whom not much is known except that she has a following on Instagram of 35,000 followers, and on other social media sites. The couple willingly keep their relationship public, often sharing their romantic outings, and professing their love for each other on social media.
As of 2020, the lovebirds are still going strong, and are the proud parents of two adorable dogs, one of them named Sushi. On a related note, it has been rumored that they live together, but those rumors are yet to be confirmed.
Awards and Achievements
- PRETTYMUCH’s single, “Would You Mind” made it onto the Top 100 on the UK Singles Chart, and the top on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 charts. Another single, “No More” featuring French Montana, ranked 77th on the same list.
- The band have been nominated for awards such as Best Boy Band, Choice Music Group and Push Artist of the Year, at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards and MTV Video Music Awards, respectively.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Porter revealed that his girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, and that he had already lost many to the disease. His love for painting led him to a fundraising idea that would no doubt help people in the community.
— Austin Porter (@TheAustinPorter) December 30, 2017
He said, ‘… I had like over 80 canvases at my house that were done. I was like ‘I don’t know where to hang these anymore.’ Then I [thought], maybe I should do an art gallery and do it for charity — that would be sick’. His bandmates agreed, and they held the charity function that included an auction night, art gallery and a showcase of their new EP. They effectively raised more than $5000 dollars at the fundraiser for City of Hope Cancer Treatment and Research Center in Southern California. The band plan to do the event again, and make it even better than the first time. On this official site, a collection of art hand-made by the band is up for auction, and all proceeds are to be donated to City of Hope.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- Austin is a fan of the Japanese and their culture, specifically anime, and his favorite anime is Sword Art Online (SAO).
- He has almost 500,000 followers on his Instagram account, and an equally large fan base on Twitter and Facebook.
- Fans of the band call themselves “BEANZ”.
- Dungeons and Dragons (DAD) is his favorite video game.
- Skateboarding is his favorite sport.
- The singer is also an animal lover, with a number of pet cats and dogs at his home.
- Due to the experience of being bullied during his childhood, he regularly volunteers for Project You Are Loved in an attempt to fight against bullying and spread kindness.
- Porter enjoys impressions and can even imitate Marge Simpson from the popular show, “The Simpsons”.
- According to his bandmates, he is usually in a good mood and always makes others happy.
- He is the oldest member of PRETTYMUCH followed by Nick Mara.
- He is a huge fan of Pokémon, his favorite being Charizard.
Appearance and Clothing Style
Austin is a male of American nationality and Caucasian ethnicity. The singer is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs about 140lbs (63kgs). He has a slim build with body measurements of 39-31-14. He is a dark-brown-eyed natural brunette, but frequently dyes his hair blonde and other colors. His distinctive features include shoulder-length hair and a defined jawline. There are a number of tattoos around Austin’s body, the most recent one being a tattoo of a teardrop. As of 2020, Austin is 23 years old – his star sign is Leo.
Net Worth and Salary
Porter’s primary source of income is his career as a singer and dancer. According to authoritative sources, his net worth is estimated at an impressive $2 million. There is no doubt that this figure will keep rising since his band is predicted to reach the success of Simon Cowell’s former international boy band One Direction. Another source of income is the band’s YouTube channel that is approximated to earn between up to $45,000 annually.