Austin Brown, known affectionately as “Auggie” by his family and friends, is the youngest child of Rebbie Jackson and Nathaniel Brown. Austin has pretty much stayed out of the spotlight in his childhood. He did go on tour with his mother in the late 90’s and he traveled along with 3T in Europe in 1997 during the Brotherhood tour. Auggie played instruments during several showcases of Rebbie in The States in 1998, but other than that, he did not make many appearances in video clips or shows like many of his cousins did. So he has been working on his musical skills in silence and surprised everyone when he announced that he was working on an album in 2004.
For Austin, being of pop royalty is a responsibility, rather than a privilege; he has a lot to live up to – and knows it. Austin is expected to create a really off-the-wall style for his generation by taking the old school feel, updating it to today and reminding people that it’s OK to be musical, it’s OK to play instruments, it’s OK to love melodies, do harmonies and dance.
In the past, Austin was writing and producing some tracks with childhood friend Brandon Howard (son of R&B vocalist Micky Howard), who has worked with Missy Elliott and Ginuwine. In 2008 he hooked up with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins whom he met at Neverland at the age of 13, when Rodney was working with his uncle Michael on the Invincible album. Austin has been in the studio with Team Darkchild, including producers Tony Mardini and Tommy Parker and songwriter LaShawn Daniels. Austin also did a lot of songwriting with Walter Afanasieff. Elements that will give the debut album its gleam is Austin’s instrumentation – guitar, piano, drums, bass, and percussion, making him one very busy artist in the studio.
Rodney Jerkins announced via Twitter in 2010 that he and Austin were making an album sounding like an international classic titled '85. On his 24th birthday, November 22, Austin’s relaunched his MySpace with a fresh design and new pictures. He also joins Facebook and Twitter, making him a busy and active man in the fan community. The official website AustinBrown.com was launched in June of 2010. In September of the same year the first song was shared with the world, titled "Target Practice".
Austin makes his way into the spotlight, doing radio, tv and press interviews and making appearances at public events. In March 2011 Austin did a contest via his website to win a chat with him and he made phone calls to the winners that he picked. On May 14th, the '85 trailer, a mash up of several songs in a music video, premiered at Wango Tango event, a gift to his fans to enjoy and a wonderful introduction to the public. Next song Austin premiered was "All I Need" on KIIS FM in June 2011 which he also performed live on his TV performance debut on Lopez Tonight on July 26, 2011. On July 18th, 2011 Austin performed an acoustic version of 'Slow Down" live on Global Soul TV. On 12 November 2011, Austin's US fansite premiered the full track "Midnight Man" as a gift to the fans. From fall of 2011 Austin is doing live shows with the "backpackkids" and band.
Backpackkids are Austin and his best friends Tommy Parker and Scott Bruzenak who make and produce music together and are having a good time at it. The trio that is known as “Backpackkids” are talented LA born guys who share a passion for music and having fun.
On Valentine's day 2012, Austin releases his official second single and video "Menage a trois". The video was shot in Los Angeles in October of 2011. Austin continues to share music with his fans and the world on his website releasing one song per week on Music Mondays between February and April. Throughout Spring and Summer Austin and websites such as Vibe.com, Soultrain.com, Global14.com and ThisisRnB.com exclusively offer listenings to more songs. Austin and his band work on their stage crafts performing at many stages, including Good Morning New York, BET Music Matters and the SXSW festival.
Austin released volume one of his much anticipated debut mixtape Highway 85 on Christmas Eve, 2012. The EP was released to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon on June 29th,2013 with a bonus track "Feel It Again". Austin performed at Music Matters stage during the BET Experience on June 29th and performed one day later at the 2013 BET Awards. Austin will be playing a lot of showcases during the Summer in the United States.
By the end of 2013 Austin moved to New York where he went into his creative hole. In 2015, Austin continued sharing new music on Music Monday.
In July 2016, Austin played his first two European gigs on July 1st and 2nd in a jam packed Théâtre de la Contrescarpe in the artistic Quartier Latin Paris. Austin totally killed and rocked it on stage with just a mic and a guitar showcasing his talents, his amazing personality, his love for music and premiering and a lot of his new songs. In the very up close and personal shows, Austin brought love peace, harmony and unity to Paris.
In September 2016, West coast Austin teams up with legendary east coast DJ Tony Touch to form the new group CaliYork. They’ve just released their first collaborate single called “Show Up My Place” that is available on iTunes.
Austin is a gifted singer, performer and multi-instrumentalist and has been in the studio with many artists and producers and among them are Rodney Jerkins, Team Darkchild, Tony Mardini (producer), Tommy Parker (producer and friend), LaShawn Daniels (songwriter), Stanley Brown (some horns), Walter Afanasieff (multiple Grammy-award-winning record producer and songwriter), Q-Tip, Ryan Tedder, Pharrell Williams, Vidal & Dre, Emilio Estefan, Macy Gray and Raphael Saadiq.
“Smile” was released on June 1st, 2017 and marks the first release off Austin's forthcoming Acoustic Sessions EP, which is due out this Summer. Take a listen below, and pick it up on iTunes now.
Rolette Inc, 2017
South 5 Records / Rolette Inc, 2013
South 5 Records, 2012
Higway 85 is a collection of music presented with various tracklists over the course of a few years. Originally released on SoundCloud as the EP Highway Mixtape 85 on December 24th, 2012, the set of music was released on digital platforms with a bonus track ("Feel It Again") on June 29th, 2013, then withdrawn on all digital music stores and then re-released on digital platforms again on February 6th, 2017 with a couple of songs added and replaced. Many songs were also presented in Austin Brown 2012Music Mondays
Intro (2017 addition)
Highway to the Sky
Ménage a Trois
Volcano (2012 edition)
Midnight Man (2017 addition)
Where Were You
City of Angels
What Did I Lose to Love You
F'd With My Mind
All I Need Interlude (2017 addition)
Peace (2017 addition)
She (2017 addition)
To Love Her
We Could Be
All I Need
All I Need feat. David Banner (2012 edition)
Feel It Again (2013 edition)
Many songs created by Austin have not been released or made available yet. The tracks listed below are unreleased (as a studio version) but performed live on stage.
Austin shares new music on Music Monday through his Soundcloud:
In 2012, Austin started presenting Music Monday, sharing one song per week (between February 14 and April 16) on his website. Some of the tracks have later been released in the project Highway 85.
In the years before Music Monday and the project Highway 85, the following tunes were shared between 2004 and 2011:
Listen to Austin Brown music presented over the years that is not available on online music stores: