Sammie Inks With Austin's Rowdy Records

R&B singer Sammie, who first burst on the scene in 2000 as a pre-teen, is all grown up.

R&B singer Sammie, who first burst on the scene in 2000 as a pre-teen, is all grown up. Now 17, he's set to resurface on producer Dallas Austin's Rowdy Records with his self-titled album, which is due in June.

Sammie released an album through Austin's Capitol-distributed Freeworld label in 2000, "From the Bottom to the Top," which has sold 744,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It spawned the top 10 Austin-produced R&B hit "I Like It."

Sammie last charted with the album cut "Hardball" featuring Lil' Bow Wow, Lil Wayne and Lil' Zane, which served as the title song on the So So Def soundtrack to the 2001 Keanu Reeves movie. Afterward, he took a hiatus to finish high school.

In addition to Austin, Sammie's new studio album features production collaborations with Bryan Michael Cox, Jazze Pha, 112's Daron Jones, Adonis Shopshire and Novel. Novel, whose Rawkus/MCA album was never released, is also now signed to Rowdy.

Sammie describes the new album as "soulful" and "passionate." When asked about going up against such new teen idols as Chris Brown, Sammie confidently asserts that he welcomes the "friendly competition. It's all good. No problem."