Austin Willacy is a veteran member of The House Jacks with whom he has produced 10 full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. For the past 21 years, Austin has directed ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group that empowers youth to find their voices in many ways. Inspired by his youth work, the Apple Store in San Francisco brought him in to do an Apple Music Lab on Finding Your Creative Voice and Songwriting Basics on the iPad.
Austin is also an award-winning singer/songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. Austin’s music has been featured on “The Sing Off”, “Road Rules”, an Australian ad campaign and three feature film soundtracks. He won a 2018 Positive Music Award for co-writing the eponymous theme song to “Thrive”, a documentary with over 90 million views, worldwide. He’s appeared in Rolling Stone and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and coming artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee.
Austin is an organizer and facilitator for YES! and a former board member for Rainforest Action Network and the Freight & Salvage. He is one of the co-founders of the Black Diaspora Jam, and the Arts for Social Change Jams in the US, Turkey, and India.
Austin even has a side career in soundalike singing voiceovers for games including Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution, he’s a renaissance man. But, who cares about all that? Because what really matters is what Bonnie Raitt told him. “You can really F*ckin’ sing!”
“Beautiful, positive music!” – Amos Lee
“Soulful.” – Gavin Degraw
“Beautiful music!” – Rachael Yamagata
“You ROCK!” – Jem
“You can really F*CKIN’ SING!” – Bonnie Raitt