Austin Carter Mahone (born April 4, 1996) is an American pop singer who became popular in 2011 due to viral videos of his performances. Mahone's debut single 11:11 was released on February 14, 2012. That same day he headlined his first proper concert at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois.
Mahone first starting posting videos on YouTube with his friend Alex Constancio in June 2010. Music videos followed by January 2011, and he quickly began to build an online following. The young male singer has even been called the "second coming of Justin Bieber". Mahone's video covering Bieber's Mistletoe, released in late October 2011, became so popular that it eclipsed the views of Bieber's original.
In September 2011, Mahone debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard Social 50 chart, the youngest artist to appear on the list. He rose to No. 28 on the list as of December 2.And as of January 2012, Mahone has over 430,000 Twitter followers and 350,000 YouTube subscribers. Like previous teen heartthrobs, Mahone's growing fan base is dominated by teenage females. His fans have been dubbed "Mahomies". He is inspired by Canadian Singer Justin Bieber.
Mahone's father died when he was 16 months old, and he grew up in Texas with his mom Michele, living in the towns of Seguin, San Antonio, and La Vernia. After his mother divorced her second husband, Mahone moved back to San Antonio and briefly attended Lady Bird Johnson High School, but soon had to drop out and be home-schooled due to his growing fame.