Austin Brown’s “Highway To The Sky”: Idolator Premiere

Carl Williott | December 21, 2012 6:16 am

Austin Brown may be a new name to you, but chances are you’re more familiar with him than you realize. The R&B singer had a hand in JoJo‘s excellent Agápē mixtape and he’s the son of Rebbie Jackson, so yes, that means he’s the nephew of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. But we can promise you, this post has nothing to do with nepotism; dude’s music speaks for itself.

Ahead of the release of Brown’s Highway 85 mixtape (available for free at his website on December 24), we’re happy to premiere standout track “Highway To The Sky,” which finds Austin putting that incredible musical bloodline to good use. Vocally, you can hear hints of his legendary relatives, mixed in with the swagger of Justin Timberlake and the crate-digging sensibilities of Bruno Mars. The classic sounds here have a modern vitality, and it all comes together as a breezy blast of neo-soul. Check it out below and grab a free download.

Austin Brown — “Highway To The Sky”