Former Hinder frontman Austin John Winkler just announced the first wave of new tour dates for all of his fans who have been (im)patiently waiting on them! The dates include a month’s worth with Smile Empty Soul. The fans have really been missing this talented artist, so it’s such a treat to hear that he’s getting back out there on the road. Could this new activity mean that new music is also on the horizon? We can’t say for certain, but we are excited about the possibility!
Having sold millions of albums, with numerous hits under his belt, including Hinder’s breakthrough hit “Lips Of An Angel”, Winkler released his debut solo EP Love Sick Radio in April of 2016 with a sound that may have surprised a few people. The six-song EP featured guest appearances by Sophie Summers and country star Jessie James Decker.
“It’s a very exciting time for me”, says the Oklahoma City native. “It’s been a long time in the making and I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised at the musical direction I took when I stepped into the studio to make this record. It’s quite a bit different from Hinder or anything that I’ve ever done.”
After parting ways with Hinder in 2013, Winkler began to take a different approach to songwriting. Instead of trying to adapt what he thought his fans wanted to hear, Winkler decided to take some risks and embrace his creative freedom as a solo artist. Winkler started his solo project with a clean slate and one thing in mind, “To be as open and honest as I can be with nothing to lose!”
Winkler dove into this project wearing all of his musical influences on his sleeve and never looked back. He grew up listening to everything from The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Heart and Elton John to SUBLIME, Michael Jackson, Biggie Smalls and Eminem, just to name a few.
“I hope people love the new sound and songs I’ve written…but no matter what, I am proud of these songs and hope they in some way connect with my fans both old and new,” he says. “These songs really helped me get through some tough times and I hope they can also help anyone who can relate to these topics.”