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Austin Brown
Austin Brown Guitar.jpg
Austin Brown performing in Paris
Background information
Birth nameNathaniel Austin Brown
Born (1985-11-22) November 22, 1985 (age 33)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer
Years active2005–present
  • Interscope
  • South Five

Austin Brown[1] (born Nathaniel Austin Brown; November 22, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and producer.

Early life

Brown was born in Tarzana, California on November 22, 1985, to Nathaniel Brown and Rebbie Jackson. He is a member of the Jackson family and only son of singer Rebbie Jackson and her late husband Nathaniel Brown. He has two older sisters, Stacee and Yashi.


2005 – 2015

Austin Brown was signed to Interscope Records after a showcase for Jimmy Iovine and later signed with South Five Records. He started his career working as a Producer/Songwriter, collaborating with Tim & Bob, The Underdogs, Cory Rooney, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.

In 2011, Brown released his first single, "All I Need," on KIIS-FM and debuted his Highway 85 mixtape trailer at Wango Tango.

On February 14, 2012, Brown released the music video for "Menage A Trois" on Vevo, Music Choice, Centric, 106 & Park, and MTVU.[2] Outside of the U.S., "Menage A Trois" had plays in Italy, Japan, Netherlands, and UK Radio. In the UK, "Menage A Trois" reached Number 1 for 3 weeks on UK's Bang Radio 103.6 FM.[3]

In mid-2012 Brown started a residency at The Central performing with his band in LA, with additional shows in Las Vegas, Boston, and New York City. During this time Austin Brown performed at CSU East Bay's 'Springfest' with Miguel and Lupe Fiasco.[4][5][6] He also had televised appearances on FOX's "Good Day New York," CNN, and the Pandora stage at SXSW.[7] This is also when Brown joined the BET "Music Matters" program, performing on their stages in both Los Angeles and NYC.[8][9]

On December 21, 2012, Idolator premiered "Highway to the Sky."[10] Highway 85 was then picked up by Global 14, Idolator, Centric, Rap-Up, Singers Room, Ryan Seacrest's AXS Live, Huffington Post, and USA Today.[11][12][13] Soon after, "Menage A Trois," "City of Angels," and "Highway to the Sky" were added to the KCRW Los Angeles radio rotation. Brown later performed at KCRW's School Night Concert Series at Bardot in Hollywood and a Pop-Up Shop KIISS 102.7 event with his band, followed up by additional performances throughout the year.[14]

In 2013, Highway 85 was officially released through iTunes.[15][16][17] During this time Austin Brown was featured in Vogue Italia and Vman fashion magazines.[18][19][20] In June 2013, Brown continued performing live and in July he performed at the L.A. Live BET "Music Matters Experience" with Marsha Ambrosius, as well as live at the BET Awards 2013.[21] His Pepsi "Music Matters" commercial aired the same day.

In January 2014, Austin performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah for Hollywood TV.[22][23] Soon after, a demo-version of "Smile" was put into rotation on KCRW by DJ Chris Douridas.

In 2015, Austin Brown played with The Roots during their annual Grammy Jam.[24][25]

2016 – 2017

Austin Brown debuted his Guitar & Microphone series to sold out audiences in Paris, France at the Theatre de la Contrescarpe in the summer of 2016. While traveling in Boston, he gave seminars at Berklee College of Music and Boston Arts Academy on Songwriting.[26] During this time, Austin paired up with DJ Tony Touch to form CaliYork releasing "Show Up At My Place" in September 2016.[27] He continued his live performances through 2017 with residencies at The Sayers Club (with his band The Blvck Castles) and Hotel Café (Guitar & Microphone series).[28] He also performed at the "Live @ Sunset Marquis Concert Series" in Hollywood and acoustically at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.[29][30][31]

On June 2, 2017 "Smile" was officially released on iTunes through Ebro on Apple Music, Beats Radio 1.[32]

In August, Austin was featured on Revolt TV's Revolt Sessions performing an acoustic set [33] and then performed at the SELECT Pre-Emmy Party at the Peppermint Club in September.[34][35]

In October 2017 Austin released his acoustic "Canyon Sessions" EP, available on Spotify and iTunes.[36][37][38]


Austin is credited as a Writer and Producer on Ashlee + Evan, the debut EP from the married, musical duo Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross (aka Ashlee + Evan). He co-wrote and co-produced "I Do," "Paris," "Tonic," and "I Want You." Austin Brown makes cameos in E!'s reality television series, Ashlee + Evan, which documents the making of the EP.[39]

Writer, Producer, and Musician on Macy Gray's album Ruby. Austin Brown is credited as a Writer of "Witness," Drums and Guitar for "When it Ends," and Musician, Vocals (Background) on "Cold World." Other musical credits on Ruby include Composer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, and Xylophone.


In September 2017, Austin Brown performed "Smile," as well as Eric Clapton's "Change the World" alongside Evan Ross at the Operation Smile Gala.[40]

Other charitable causes Austin has worked with include Red Eye, A Place Called Home, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Friend Movement Campaign, and After-School All-Stars.[41][42][43][44][45][46]



Blonde Ambition (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  • "Let's Make Love," Writer/Producer


JoJo - Agápé (Mixtape)

  • "We Get By," Writer/Producer
  • "Take the Canyon," Writer/Producer
  • "Billions," Writer
  • "Thinking Out Loud," Writer


Austin Brown - Highway 85 (Mixtape)[47]


  • "Highway to the Sky"
  • "Menage A Trois"
  • "Volcano"
  • "Where Were You"
  • "What Did I Lose To Love You"
  • "City of Angels"
  • "F'd with my Mind" (Explicit)
  • "Stargazer"
  • "Groove 92"
  • "To Love Her"
  • "All I Need" (feat. David Banner)
  • "Feel It Again"

House of Lies - S2E10 "Exit Strategy" (Television Soundtrack)[48]

  • "Highway to the Sky," Writer/Producer


JoJo - LoveJo2

  • "Thinkin Out Loud," Writer/Producer


Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

  • "Leave Me Lonely," Musician


  • "Show Up At My Place," Writer/Producer

Yonas Michael

  • "Mr. Black President," Producer[49]


Austin Brown - Canyon Sessions EP


  • "For the Rest of My Life"
  • "Million Ways"
  • "Body"
  • "She's Not for You"
  • "Get Away"
  • "Slow Down"
  • "Smile"
  • "All over Mine"

Eden xo

  • "Finger," Writer/Producer[50]

Macy Gray feat. Nik West

  • "Stop, Drop, Roll," Producer/Musician

Amanda Tinkler

  • "Make You Wanna," Writer/Producer


Ashlee + Evan - Ashlee + Evan (EP)

  • "I Do," Writer/Producer
  • "Paris," Writer/Producer
  • "Tonic," Writer/Producer
  • "I Want You," Writer/Producer

Macy Gray - Ruby

  • "Witness," Writer
  • "When It Ends," Drums and Guitar
  • "Cold World," Vocals (Background), Musician

Yonas Michael - Love is Legal (EP)[51]

  • "Santa Barbara," Writer/Producer
  • "Blue California," Writer


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