Johnta Austin on Collaborating With Mariah Carey


Mariah Daily Journal

Singer-songwriter Johnta Austin, who is currently signed to Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings, was recently interviewed at and he talked about working with Mariah and the song “Last Kiss.” See below:

YouKnowIGotSoul: In the mid 2000’s you had a lot of consecutive hits for Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Do you think that sort of success can be replicated or was it moreso the timing?

Johnta Austin: I think it’s yes to both. It was definitely a lot of timing and just a perfect storm especially to have artists who were already legends before they even met me. To collaborate with them and have it come out, I think it was a perfect storm. It can be duplicated again, but I had no idea that those two songs for Mariah and Mary were going to be as big as they were. I thought they were hits and I was confident they would do well, but I don’t think anyone can predict that kind of success as far as once you start getting the 14 weeks at number one, ASCAP Song of the Decade and Billboard Song of the Decade with Mariah. That’s not anything anyone was saying in the studio that night when we were listening back to the record. We just knew it was a good record. I think that’s the best way to approach it. History would be nice, but ultimately we just want to make a great product that we’re confident in and ultimately it’s the people who decide if it’ll go down in history.

Regarding “Last Kiss”:

Johnta Austin: Man, I wish that record would have been a single. I remember that process. The process with Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri is always fun because we’re in there just throwing out the craziest lines. There are things that you would never think goes on in a Mariah Carey session, but she’s super cool, laid back and fun to work with. We had the concept of the last kiss and after a few jokes and few glasses of Pinot Grigio. *Laughs* That’s where “Last Kiss” came from.

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