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Albert Redeaux, aka Madd Creole is an American hip-hop, R&B, neo-funk/soul music producer, singer, songwriter, video music producer and former owner/record label CEO of A-Town Variety Rec (ATV). Albert is a legendary Austin, Texas hip-hop pioneer who owned and operated Austin first black owned hip-hop and R&B recording studio that served the public. Albert has produced tracks that featured gold/platinum recording artist and Texas legends Big Moe, Big Poke, Lil Flip, Paul Wall, ESG, Dat Boy Grace, Straight Profit, DOPE E, Lil B aka Bobbie Tha Grinda, Dougie D, Sam Huston Boys, Big Chop, CinAmon, ICE and others. 
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Hello everyone! It's been over thirteen years since I've been active in music and entertainment. I wanted to take a moment to reconnect with all of you and share some exciting news. First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and love. It means the world to me and I am so grateful for all of you.

I've been working hard on some new projects and I can't wait to share them with you. It's been a journey of self-discovery and growth, and I can't wait for you to join me on this new chapter.

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Albert Redeaux is a hip-hop pioneer, music producer singer songwriter former record label CEO from Austin, Texas. Redeaux owned and operating the first black owned hip-hop recording studio in the city that served the public. Redeaux's studio, called "A-Town Variety Records Inc. or ATV" opened on October 8, 1992 and quickly became a hub for local hip-hop artists. ATV was not only a recording studio, but also a community space for hip-hop culture. Redeaux encouraged young artists to come to the studio to learn about the music and culture, and he mentored many up-and-coming producers, singer/songwriters, rappers’ engineers and DJs. The studio also served as a gathering place for the local hip-hop community, providing a space for artists to network and collaborate.

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Early Life

Albert Joseph Redeaux III was born at Brackenridge hospital in Austin, Texas on October 8, 1970. Albert’s parents were both professional blues musician/singers. Albert’s father Albert Joseph Redeaux Jr (Frer) was born in Lafayette Louisiana and moved to Houston Texas 5th ward when he was a child. Albert’s mother Ceola Marie Arnold (little Marie) was born in Taylor, Texas and grew up in Burnet, Texas before relocating to Austin, Texas. Albert’s father and Clarence Green formed the band blues for two and began touring with legends James Brown, B.B King, Jimmie Vaughn, Bobbie Bland, Clifton Chenier, little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner, Albert Collins, Lil Johnny Taylor, Ted Taylor as well as other. from that time. Albert’s mother and father began touring together but divorced when Albert was four months old. As a baby Albert grew up living on the eastside of Austin with his Aunt Zelma & Uncle Maurice Siedel. He would also spend a lot of time with his grandmother Artelia Arnold who lived in Burnet Texas while his mother would work as a nurse and attend college. Albert’s mother soon re-married to Finnis Eugene Carter Jr who was in the U.S Airforce and DJ on Bergstrom Air force base on the side.  Albert lived on base for several years until they moved to the rough northeast Austin neighborhood of Colony Park when he was about eight years old. Alberts mother stopped playing music and became a nurse and later would receive her master’s degree in psychology and retire as a therapist at Rosewood Zaragoza in east Austin. Albert would begin getting in trouble with law enforcement at an early age and would be arrested as a minor at age 12 for car thefts, breaking entering and variety of other charges.  At one point he would be sent to Travis County Juvenile detention and once released was placed on probation for 6 years.

Musical Journey begins

Albert musical journey started early he was singing at age five and was playing instruments by ear by age eight. Alberts family moved to Loyola /Manor Road in Northeast Austin in 1983-1984 Albert began going to Pearce Jr high school where he would meet child hood friends musician, songwriter & producer CJ Roland and rapper Major William Henderson aka Maj-Dogg. The two began doing talent shows together combining Albert singing with Major rapping doing gigs at Liberty Lunch, school talent shows and house party’s as well as gigs in Austin famous 6th street. In 1985 Albert began attending Lyndon banes Johnson High school (LBJ) and formed a band /singing group that featured singers Doug Mathis, Tashia Thompson, John Robinson, Patrick Cook (DJ PAT LUV) on Drums and Erica Davis on Saxophone. The group was formed in choir class encourage and funded by Alberts musical mentor choir director Mr. Chuck Ament. The group performed in Malls, School district banquets, talent shows. Between 1984-1988 Albert would meet other legendary Austin music pioneers: Givens Director & singer songwriter Lloyd Ellison, Erica Sodie (Mz Dank) from Rap group Cooley Girls, Don Jennings, Plow Boys, DJ Casanova Fly, Project Crew, DJ Pat Luv, DJ Dinky D, Candace Fresh, KB & DJ Thriller, producer DJ Martin, DJ producer Wink D, and Videographer and Austin legend/pioneer Abe Cortez. While still in high school Albert also began touring the state of Texas playing keyboards and singing with his older cousin guitarists Carl Arnold who added Albert to his country/Tejano/ R&B/rock & blues band King Crab which toured the state of Texas opening gigs for Legendary blues pioneer Joe Valentine and his brothers as well as Tejano Legends Little Joe & Charro Negro.

 

 

Military 

At age 17 Albert dropped out of high school but was accepted into an alternative school for dropouts, the Zenith Program/Evening High school which was located at WR Robbins. Albert would receive his high school diploma and then join the United States Navy May 1st, 1989. Albert would attend boot camp company # 184 in San Diego California at the NTC/RTC. Albert was the left side rifle men in the Honor guard, they would perform ceremonies around the base as well as the company graduation ceremony. After boot camp Albert stayed in Sandiego to attend MS A school. While in A school Albert volunteered to go Submarines and then would be sent to Groton Connecticut to attend submarine training school. After graduating sub school Albert duty station was USS Scranton SSN 756 nuclear submarine located in Newport News Virginia. Albert also had the privilege to ride the USS Cincinnati, USS Norfolk, & the USS New Port News. Albert served during the Panama / Gulf War campaigns and was honorably discharged for medical reasons due to 3rd degree burns that left permeant nerve damage & scars to his arms and chest areas.

Return Home

In April 1991 Albert returned to Austin and began working for a local record shop called Sound Warehouse where Albert would learn the ends and outs of music distribution, sales and marketing. Albert Also began hanging with Austin Pioneers producers Wink D & DJ Casanova fly, who introduced Albert to sampling and how to use the SP 1200 and other gear.  Albert along with Major Henderson and new friends John $ Beal from Chicago and Demethia Mcvea created a new R&B/Hip-Hop group called Redeaux. Unfortunately, in April of 1992 Albert’s mother would pass away suddenly from brain aneurism. This would of course impact Albert for the rest of his life. In May of 1992 Alberts childhood friend & music producer Gary Bullard introduced him to his cousin who had recently moved from Austin to Hollywood Hills California. Gary’s cousin was producing music and living with grammy-nominated singer songwriter and producer Jay King from the group Club Nouveau. Albert & Major drove to California meeting with Gary’s cousin and staying with Albert’s Uncle Kerry & Cousin Stella who both had major connections in the entertainment business. Uncle Kerry set up meetings with major labels while Stella began booking Albert & Major gigs at the Iconic Birdland West night club located in downtown Long Beach California. Albert & Major would begin hanging out with up-and-coming comedians Ricky Harris & TP Hearn, the tonight show band & other BET /Def Comedy jam Comics. When Albert returned from California, he was inspired to build a professional recording studio in his new house.

The beginning of A-Town Varity Records Inc

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On October 8, 1992, A-Town Variety Records Inc. (ATV) was formed. The studio would be the first black owned and operated hip-hop and R&B recording studio that served the public in Austin. The studio was located at 1601 Wheels Lane in Austin, Texas in Northeast Austin. Albert was Owner/CEO and operated the studio/labels day to day operations and worked as the engineer, head music producer. Chicago native John $ Beal would share in the role as CEO and help albert build the infostructure of the company. Albert would start out producing his own music his first two albums Albert Redeaux and Love Jones. In the beginning artist would pay Albert to create musical arrangements from the beat to musical composition so they would have original music instead of recording over sampled material. By October 1992 the label signed its first three artist Albert Redeaux, Major Maj-Dogg Henderson & Mary Skitz Stephens. The 1st project recorded and released where Alberts debut two albums followed by Maj-Dogg single “game is on” and Skitz single “Do the Damn Thang”.  Albert also began to add positions to the business, hiring Bruce Hodges to head marketing and CL to head the A&R Division. The studio became extremely popular and was able to give the community the means to record their music and master it professionally at a cheaper cost. Before Albert built his studio most artists used studios that catered to country & rock music. Those type of studios did not have engineers that where familiar with hip-hop and R&B style of recordings. Albert studio/label was able to give birth cultivate and inspire a whole new generation of promoters, singer songwriters, musicians, artists, producer, sound engineers & DJ’s etc. Albert would also be the first to offer unpaid internships for school credit hours for students attending the University of Texas, Houston Tillson and ACC. He would also be the leading voice in getting local artists at that time to be able to get their albums placed in local record stores for consignment.

Touring

ATV artist immediately began touring the state and started creating a buzz. In 1994 Gavin Lance from the Austin American Statesman began covering the emerging hip-hop scene in Austin. Gavin wrote several articles and shot several TV interviews about Albert Redeaux and the success of the new underground label. Albert was honored to be nominated for the Austin Music Award for Best Soul/Hip-Hop artist which he lost to friend and Austin legend MC Overlord. In the early 90’s Albert began traveling to Houston, Texas to network. Albert was able to meet a lot of DJS, artist, labels attorneys as he made several appearances at the WADE hip-hop music conferences. At one of Alberts performances, he caught the eye of legendary Iconic hip-hop dancer, choreographer, producer and manager Carlena (Crazy-Cee) Gourdine CEO of Crazy Cee Productions based in Brooklyn N.Y. Cee Cee became Albert’s manager and he began touring opening shows for major artist Silkk, Ginuwine, 2 Live Crew and others. Just as the label began to grow gangs & the crack epidemic began to affect the culture of the music business. Tragedy struck the label when childhood friend and ATV artist Major (Maj- Dogg) Henderson passed away unexpectedly. Albert and his artist continued to tour and grow the label and enjoyed regional success with the help and support from local DJ Steve Savage ( KAZI FM program manager ) as well as DJ Jay Hunt & South Paw, DJ Red, DJ Teddy Bear, DJ White Brother, DJ Please, DJ Dinky D, James Grey, DJ Bone, DJ Pepper, DJ Toren Morrison, Andy Cyphers & Bone Beat 102.3 FM & Marion Nickerson (KAZI /ACTV) and the DJ Baby sitter 92.3 in Killeen.  

Late 90's

In the late 90’s Albert decided to stop touring as a solo artist to focus on producing albums & tracks for new ATV artists as well as outside entities. As the 90’s came to an end Co-CEO John $ Beal resigned and Albert began to re-brand, re-staff the label. Changes that included shorting the name to ATV and aggressively focusing on gathering new talent. In 2000 Albert signed Micheal “Blue” Smith, Dorean “Big Bad” Sheperd, Brain “Big Chop” Marshall, Cathraine “ICE” Brown, Kieth “Down Low” Davis & Crystal aka Cin A Mon. ATV began to release a flood of new underground projects: PMC 2000, Public Offenders "Day Of Truth "A-Town Variety family, ICE “Aftermath”, Cin A Mon “Topless”,, SBF Clique  "Key 2 Da City", Big Chop “It’s About Time” that featured H-Town legend “Paul Wall”.

Lance Armstrong 

In 2001 Albert was asked to use his studio to mix & master a portion of the show tape for the hip-hop portion for the lance Armstrong celebration. Albert and his artist Cin A Mon, PMC were also asked to join the mass celebrity choir in downtown Austin that featured a plethora of famous Texas artists and radio personalities. In 2002 Albert began seeing more success producing music tracks outside of ATV.  

 

Sam Huston Boys 

Albert was honored to have produced the track “freestlyn” on the 2002 Sam Huston Boys album Stay Real. The track featured Dat Boy Grace aka Macc Grace and artist from straight profit. This album was one of the first hip -hop album collaborations between Austin & Houston producers and artist. This Iconic Texas Album also featured Sam Huston Boys (Ajax, Lil Buzzy, Lil Breazy), MC Fatel, Lil KeKe, Zero, Big Bokey, ESG, Tyte Eyes, Macc Grace, Mr 3.2. Al G, TJ Music, throwed Yung Players and Slim Thug. In the early 2000 Albert & Vanessa Silas (Millennium Youth Complex) partnered with Casey Monahan (Texas Music Office ) Andy Cyphers 102.3 The Beat FM & Steve Savage Program Director 88.7 FM KAZI to bring to Austin the 1st Urban Music Festival. The music conference was a great success bringing industry professional's and concerts to Austin inner city. In 2002 Lil Breazy of Sam Huston boys asked Albert to produce tracks on his next album titled “Checkmate”. By this time most of the Houston acts were blowing up so Albert was asked to produce nine tracks from the album: Holdin' Grain “ESG & Big Moe/ You Know How We Do It “Big Pokey” / Don't F**k Wit' Me “Lil Flip” / Time 2 Shine “Ms ICE”/ Just A Playa /Let Me Look At You / Get Krunk / As The World Turns & Made To Get Paid.

Securing Distribution 

After securing distribution with Southwest Wholesale out of Houston, Texas. Albert began adding to his productions by gathering great session singers to help him sing backgrounds on albums. The most notable singers were Keith “Down Low” Davis, Shaunda “Suga” Davis, Tina, Samantha Love, and Dallas, Texas songstress Adrienne. While Albert’s production was at full swing, he also had to stay on the road managing the tours for his artist who would tour the country with Lowrider and Heat Wave Car Show. Albert was honored for his hard work by the Latin community by accepting invitation to the Miami Florida Latin billboard awards in which ATV artist Cin A Mon performed. In 2004 Albert and Alexis “Big Swole” Camacho, became business partners by merging artist from his label to Albert’s ATV Records. Alexis would bring professional graphics design, music and Video production to the company. Albert and Alexis would also create the BB Nation Street team. The BB Nation would market and sell ATV products direct to the public all over the city. The street team also gave a new artist the chance to prove themselves by selling CD units to acquire a possible spot on one of the ATV famous Bleed Da Block (BDB) Mixtapes series. By the mid 2000 the label was in full swing and begin to drop projects left and right fueled by street sales. ATV released mixtapes BDB Vol 1-5 as well as Resurrection of Texas, Supply & Demand, SBF Clique Key 2 City & Public Offenders Day of Truth. The members of the BB Nation included Big Chop, Angel Pimptalk 101, EAT, Ehyl, Eunique, DJ Echo, SBF Clique (Bone Head, Crawdaddy Versey & Lil Burn) Red Bull, Hustle, OD The Dynasty promoter Lil Mike Cin-A-Mon Half Back, Cap, Lil Mama, Public Offenders Da President, Blue Jay, Maximillian Dollars and a host of artist to vast to name.

 

Retirement

In 2006 Albert sold his house witch also contained the recording studio, Austin had lost an asset to the community that had been available for almost 15 years. In 2008 Albert “Madd Creole” Redeaux and Alexis “Big Swole” Camacho was signed to production contracts with platinum production company Carnival Beats/Universal Music Group. After fulfilling their contractual obligations, they signed another production deal with Atlanta based Sammie Milhouse Shakehouse productions. in 2008 Albert re-connected with his former manager (Crazy Cee) to help him release his 3rd solo album title The Albert Redeaux Project. The album features the single Your Eyes featuring Albert's wife Mia Redeaux aka Mia Jaymes. In November 2010 Albert retired from the music business due to ongoing health condition. In 2012 Ms. Vanessa McQueen-Silas the general manager of the Millennium Youth Complex in Austin, Texas inducted Albert Redeaux into the Texas Music Museum for his contribution to hip-hop. In 2014 Albert and producer/business partner Big Swole were both honored by George Corbin with an Austin Hip-Hop Award.

Reemergence

In 2023 after thirteen years of retirement from the music business Albert Redeaux emerged with a new album titled 8ight. The album is a fusion of Neo-Funk, Jazz, soul and 80’s style of sound. Albert goals are to release new music and reconnect with fans as well as make new fans.      

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