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AUSTIN Brown
Nathaniel Austin Brown Profile

AUSTIN BROWN


Full name: Nathaniel Austin Brown
Artist name: Austin Brown
Date of birth: 22 November 1985
Parents: Rebbie Jackson and Nathaniel Brown
Siblings: Stacy and Yashi

Austin Brown is a Los Angeles native and a gifted singer, songwriter, entertainer, musician and producer.


During his childhood, Austin has pretty much stayed out of the spotlight in his childhood. 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. Austin was working on his musical skills in silence and surprised everyone when he announced that he was entering "the family business" 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 creates 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.


Austin 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, Raphael Saadiq, Brandon Howard (son of R&B vocalist Micky Howard), Tommy Parker and Scott Bruzenak ("backpackkids"). 


Austin Brown shared a lot of songs on Music Mondays. Some of those tracks were released and many other of those tracks presented did not end up on any official release (yet).


Over the past decade, Austin performed a series of scheduled and pop up intimate, acoustic Guitar and Microphone shows and live band performances in the United States, Dubai and Paris. 


Austin has been been releasing and producing music and performing under his own name, and as part of underground projects and formations such as Caliyork (with east coast DJ Tony Touch) and his band BLVK CVSTLE. Austin also started the Canyon Sessions movement, which is a place and regular event where singer/songwriters, musicians, poets, spoken word artists join together to share and appreciate each others art in an acoustic space.

Austin and his band and production team continue to stay creative and busy producing, making and performing music through a gumbo of genres.


In 2021, Austin released a long-desired project which is an instrumental jazz piano album titled Heart Over Mind


Austin is in the process of filming Frequency episodes for LA TV which features himself and creative artists and friends and performances and more.


In 2022, Austin Brown presented BLVK Carnival with a residency on seven Thursdays (October-November) at Madam Siam in Los Angeles. The event featured performances by Austin, his band BLVK CVSTLE, Evan Ross & friends and more surprise guests.


The Festival is Austin's next album, which is a celebration of life, of being proud, of being black, of being a student of the world. The Festival speaks about systematic programming, being open, being honest with what you want out of this journey being a positive person, being loving and being kind and being aware of the things things and influences that are trying to detour you from living your best person. The Festival is also about playing, expressing, coming together. Musically, The Festival has a lot of Caribbean influences, but also rock, soul and R&B influences. The Festival is a cumulation of who Austin is as an individual and as an artist. The album's release is expected for Winter 2022/2023.


In November 2022, Austin (and his producing partner Brian London, aka BLVK) received an official 'Best Progressive R&B Album' Grammy Nomination for producing "Red Balloon" by Tank and the Bangas. 


FREEQUENCY - Freedom of Expression Through Sound is a show hosted by Austin Brown that premiered on his birthday 22 November 2022 on LATV. Freequency brings together special friends and members of musical dynasties for exclusive live performances and insightful conversation. Freequency will give you an authentic look at the heart and soul that goes into each artistic endeavor crafted by a musician.


Stay tuned for more shows, collaborations and music as Austin continues to create various projects. 

MUSIC

Austin Brown 2021 instrumental album Heart over Mind

HEART OVER MIND

Aubri Music, 12 February 2021


Go
Inspired by Duke
Gut Was Right
Sad
Climax
Look Up
What's New
Choices

Austin Brown 2017 album Canyon Sessions

CANYON SESSIONS

Rolette, Inc., 27 October 2017


For The Rest of My Life
Million Ways
Body
She's Not For You
Get Away
Slow Down
Smile
All Over Mine

Austin Brown 2013 album Highway 85

HIGHWAY 85

Rolette, Inc., 29 June 2013


Intro (2017 release addition)
Highway to the Sky
Ménage a Trois
Volcano (2012 edition)
Midnight Man (2017 release addition)
Where Were You
City of Angels
What Did I Lose to Love You
F'd With My Mind
All I Need Interlude (2017 release addition)
Groove 92
Peace (2017 release addition)
She (2017 release addition)
Stargazer
To Love Her
We Could Be
All I Need
All I Need feat. David Banner (2012 release edition)
Feel It Again (2013 release edition)


Highway 85 is a collection of music presented with various tracklists in various releases. Originally released on SoundCloud on 24 December 2012 as the EP Highway Mixtape 85, the set of songs was released on streaming platforms with a bonus track ("Feel It Again") on 29 June 2013. The songs were then pulled from the digital music stores and re-released again on 6 February 2017 with a couple of songs added and replaced. 

SINGLES & CONTRIBUTIONS

CREDITS


Austin Brown’s production, writing, vocal and musicianship credits include:

  • RAVEN (EP 33000 and album Infrasounds)
  • Raven-Symoné ("Serah")
  • Yonas Michael ("Mr. Black President")
  • Macy Gray ( "Witness")
  • JoJo ("Wishlist" featuring PJ Morton, mixtape Agápē, album December Baby)
  • ASHLEE+EVAN ("I Do")
  • Rhye ("Helpless, "My Heart Bleeds")
  • Eden XO ("GoldFinger")
  • Amanda Tinkler ("Make You Wanna")

  • Ariana Grande ("Leave Me Lonely" featuring Macy Gray)


Many songs created by Austin have not been released or made available yet. The tracks listed below are unreleased as a studio version, however performed live by Austin on stage.

  • Fried Chicken
  • Rollercoaster (watch)
  • Lone Ranger (watch)
  • No Words (watch)
  • Destructive (watch)
  • Anthem of Love (watch, listen to BLVK CVSTLE version)
  • RAD (watch)
  • Change the World (watch, Eric Clapton cover)


Austin shared a lot of songs on Music Monday through various online platforms. 

  • New Blood (21 November 2016) listen
  • Flow (24 October 2016) listen
  • Imagine Me (4 May 2015) listen
  • Love Of The Green (16 March 2015) listen

MUSIC MONDAY


In 2012, Austin Brown presented Music Monday, sharing one song per week (between 14 February and 2 July). Some of these tracks*

ended up on the 2013 album release Highway 85.

  • Colorful Tambourines (2 July 2012) listen
  • What Did I Lose to Love You* (18 June 2012)
  • Bass 'n Drum (14 May 2012) listen
  • You fucked with my head* (April 25 2012) 
  • Groove 92* (16 April 2012)
  • Where Were You* (9 April 2012) 
  • We Could Be* (31 March 2012) 
  • To Love Her* (16 March 2012)
  • Time For Flight (19 March 2012) listen
  • Stargazer* (19 March 2012)
  • City of Angels* (2 March 2012)
  • Where You Are (5 March 2012) listen
  • Friend To Me (27 February 2012) listen
  • Write It On The Floor (BPK Remix) (20 February 2012) listen
  • Ménage à Trois* (14 February 2012)


In the years before Music Monday and the project Highway 85, the following tunes were shared between 2004 and 2011:

  • All I Need (2011) listen
  • Midnight Man* (2011)
  • 85 (2011) watch official music video trailer
  • Target Practice (2010) listen
  • Come Back Home (2009) listen
  • 1st Sight (2008) listen
  • Let's Make Love (featured in the movie Blonde Ambition, 2007) listen
  • Remember (2008) listen
  • Montage with snippets of "Detox", Deja Vu" and "Hemisphere" (2005) listen
  • Website Intro "My World" (snippet, 2004) listen
  • Untitled Instrumental Website Intro  (snippet, 2004) listen
Austin Brown Canyon 2020