Highway 85 is a mixtape series and part one is released on December 24th, in 2012. The first part features 11 tracks, including the previously unrleased tracks "Highway to the sky", "Volcano" and "All I Need" feat. David Banner.
In the first half of 2012 Austin presented Music Monday sharing one song per week (between February 14 and April 16) on his website. Vibe.com, ThisisRnB.com also premiered his songs, giving fans a great taste of Austin and Backpackkids music!
Austin has been working on his music and style for some years. In the past Austin shared a few songs, which he finds not representative for his current sound.
- Come Back Home (2009, My Space and Soundcloud, 2011)
- 1st Sight (2008, My Space)
- Remember (2008, My Space)
- Montage with snippets of "Detox", Deja Vu" and "Hemisphere" (2005, official website)
- Untitled Intro (2004, official website)
The first song "Target Practice" premiered on AOL Music on September 27th, 2010.
On May 14th, 2011 at KIIS FM's Wango Tango event at Staples Center in Los Angeles the official 85 trailer premiered. The video is a mash-up of the songs "85", "Target Practice", "Dance Off" and "Midnight Man" and was shot on July 21st and July 22nd of 2010. The trailer is an amazing video for the fans to enjoy and wonderful introduction to the public.
The next song Austin premiered was "All I Need" on KIIS FM in June 2011 which was released as a single on iTunes and Amazon on July 26th, 2011.
On July 18th, 2011 Austin performed an acoustic version of "Slow Down" live on Global Soul TV.
On November 12, 2011 the US fansite premiered the full track of "Midnight Man" as a gift to the fans and was later added to AustinBrown.com.
On Valentine's day 2012, Austin released his official second single and video "Menage a trois".
From February 20th throughout April 16th, 2012 Austin releases one song per week on Music Mondays on his website and after that occasionaly a song is dropped on Monday throughout Spring and Summer. Websites such as Vibe.com, ThisisRnB.com, Global14.com and Soultrain.com also premiere song of Austin.
Austin has been in the studio working with:
- Team Darkchild (2010)
- 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 (June 2011, New York - American Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist and producer)
- Ryan Tedder (Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, frontmen pop-rock band One Republic)
- Pharrell Williams aka Skateboard P (June 2010, Miami - Rapper, singer, producer and composer)
- Vidal & Dre (July 2011, Philadelphia - Grammy Award Winning songwriting and production duo)
- Emilio Estefan (Latin Grammy Award Winning Prodcuer of the Year 2000)