1) He was runner-up on the 1st season of ABC’s show “Rising Star”
Austin French made his musical debut to the world on ABC’s singing competition “Rising Star.” His performances on the show not only impressed the guest judges, Kesha, Brad Paisley, & Ludacris, but also the world! Austin ended the season as runner-up and his success on the show launched him into his career as a CCM artist.
2) He has an adopted son who inspired the song “Wide Open”
The process of adoption can be full of roadblocks and heartbreak. The idea of opening yourself up to whatever God has planned for your life is evident in Austin’s song, “Wide Open.” Hear Austin’s testimony of how God worked on his and his wife’s heart through the process of adopting their son, Coleman, here:
3) He met his wife, Joscelyn, when he was just 18 years old.
Austin became the full-time worship pastor at the Journey Church in Tifton, Georgia at 18 years old. He met his wife, Joscelyn French, at the church. He worked at the church leading the congregation in worship for 3 years.
4) He enjoys doing magic tricks
One of Austin’s secret talents is that he loves practicing magic. Whether it’s card tricks or sleight of hand, his skills will impress you!
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5) He wrote a book
“This is the story of a boy who lived in fear—in his own household. He knew poverty so stark that sometimes the next meal was only a wish. He knew humiliation so deep that he didn’t feel comfortable in his own hometown. He knew doubt that laughed at hope.
He knew what it was like to want to run as far away from God as his cynicism would take him.
Yet Austin French emerged from a tumultuous childhood to appear in nationally televised signing competitions, help lead a growing ministry, and become a fixture on Christian radio.
That scared little boy became a man humble enough to say he cannot offer security, peace, and hope. But he also grew bold enough to tell the world he knows the only one who can.”
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