*Austin Brown was three-years-old when he first stepped on stage with mom Rebbie Jackson during her concert in Japan, but he took one look at the crowd and promptly ran backstage in fear.
Twenty-one years later, Brown has overcome his stage fright and released a new dance single “Target Practice,” from his debut album “85.” [Listen below.]
A natural musician who plays guitar, keyboards, bass and drums, Brown, 24, grew up in Agoura Hills, Ca. where Uncle Michael coached him on his harmonies and Auntie Janet took him on drives and peppered him with advice, reports People.com.
Here are five things to know about the King of Pop’s musical nephew.
1. He’s a Pro at Gymnastics
With the desire to take his stage show to the next level, Brown started taking gymnastics classes about a year ago. “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.’ ”
2. Alcohol Helps Him Hit the High Notes
His tune “All I Need” requires a heavy falsetto and to relax his pipes, Brown popped a bottle of wine. “I don’t drink at all, but I’m like, “Get me some wine” and I loosened up.”
3. Auntie Janet Is His Best Friend
“She 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 really 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.”
4. He Was a Bratty Little Brother
Big sisters Stacy and Yashi used to yell at him when he’d dig through their CD collection. “I would listen to their music like Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Billy Idol and Tears for Fears, who I loved.”
5. He Wants Rihanna to Remake His Mom’s Hit
“I absolutely love [that song],” he says of “Centipede”. “My uncle Michael wrote it and he and I talked about it years ago and he said it was one of his favorite songs that he ever worked on. I wish somebody would redo it, like Rihanna.”
Below, the Rodney Jerkins-produced single “Target Practice” from Austin Brown.