Austin Brown: Nephew of Michael Jackson, Future Star

by at . Comments

Austin Brown, a nephew of Michael Jackson and son of MJ's sister Rebbie Jackson, is looking to carry on the family legacy with his debut album 85. The California native plays guitar, keyboards, bass and drums, all at the age of 24.

Here's a little background on the King of Pop's nephew, via People ...

Wanting to improve his life performances, Brown started taking gymnastics. "I told [producer] Rodney [Jerkins], 'I'm going to flip.' He was like, 'You're out of your mind.' So I started taking footage of it and I was like, 'Look I can do a back flip.' "

Aunt Janet Jackson "is the person that I talk to the most in my family," he says. "She knows everything about me. If I couldn't tell my mom, I would tell her. She would take drives with me and talk to me like I was a normal person."

"When you're a kid it's cool to talk to a relative who doesn't look at you like a kid. She took the time to spend with me and be a support system. I would call her about problems at school and she would give me sound advice. She's a great listener."

Raiding the CDs of older sisters Stacy and Yashi, "I would listen to their music like Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Billy Idol and Tears for Fears, who I loved."

He'd love for Rihanna to remake "Centipede," a hit for his mom Rebbie, written by Michael. [MJ] told me it was one of his favorite songs that he ever worked on," Brown reflects. "I wish somebody would redo it, like Rihanna."

He's working with acclaimed producer Rodney Jerkins (who has worked with Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and others) on his new material.

Click here to listen to "Target Practice."

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

The-moonwalk

Michael Jackson Death Anniversary: Five Years Later ...

June 25 is the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. The King of Pop died in 2009 at the age of 50.
17-weirdest-celebrity-couples_macaulay-culkin-and-mila-kunis

17 Weirdest Celebrity Couples of All Time

Hollywood hookups can get totally bizarre. Here are 17 weird celebrity couples we never saw coming.
Jermaine-jackson-michael-jackson-and-justin-bieber-wouldve-been

Michael Jackson Would Set Justin Bieber Straight, Says Brother Jermaine

Jermaine Jackson talked with TMZ about Justin Bieber recently. Jermaine believes Michael Jackson would have been a positivie influence on the troubled pop star.
Brett-nichols-dances-to-smooth-criminal

Brett Nichols, AMAZING Michael Jackson Impersonator, Dances to Smooth Criminal

Brett Nichols makes like Michael Jackson in this incredible video. Watch him go!

Avatar

I think he is great and could with his own style fill the gap left for those who miss michael. I mean we will always miss michael, but what can I say will be looking forward to his nephews music and he certainly knows how to dance :) xx UK

Avatar

you have no shoes to fill but your own....Lot of ignorant people on here.... The world has already heard MJ but is waiting for Austin Brown...And I can't wait.

Avatar

well, I don't have objection to anyone (better from MJ's family though) to be like Michael as I miss him and his voice so much! Unfortunately, I don't feel anything close to MJ from listening 'Target Practice'. Not a bad song, but nothing close to MJ's. so just be what you are and keep trying to be better, but no need to push yourself to be like Michael. After all, no one can be like Michael (with lots of hope though when first checked out this news, thinking you know, the genetic may play a role or somthing). Anyway...

Avatar

HE HAS SOME REALLY BIG SHOES TO FILL FOR MICHAEL WAS THE VERY BEST THATS WHY HE WAS AN ICON!!! LOVE YOU MICHAEL GOOD LUCK AUSTIN..

Avatar

This is awesome, my entire family love the Jackson family. Good Luck I know you will be great.

Avatar

I wish Austin the best.. He has got the looks I hope he does
well but big shoes to fill. Austin just be yourself dont be like your uncle Jeramine trying to step in MJ's shoes and its not working...

Avatar

janet is not washed up, she still can sing..and she has alot of fans out there!!!

Avatar

I love the Jackson Family.. Go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Avatar

Go Austin! MJ would be proud of you! We love you all, Jacksons family, be strong, be successfull as you were/are! The world is so lucky to have Jacksons family esp Michael Jackson. And a new Jackson gereration now is continueing a great job from their parents. WE LOVE YOU ALL!

Avatar

@susie where is your album? I'd like to check out your vocals. They must be perfect if you can talk so much shit about someone who can obviously sing.