Austin Brown

give: end of the year free music goodies

You know what the best gifts are this season? The ones that come after the 25th! From a music lover’s point of view, it is always awesome to listen to a great mixtape. Most of the time, I almost think it’s unfair because the music is too good to be free but I won’t complain too much. ;) Three talented artists recently released their free mixtapes and I wanted to share with you the goodies I found from Austin Brown, JoJo and Luke James so I hope you guys listen and love!

Austin Brown – Highway 85


Backpack Kids own, Austin Brown released a nice Christmas present with his first official full length LP, Highway 85. This mixtape, which features production and songwriting from Austin and his BPK crew Tommy Parker, Kelly Parker, and Scott Bruzenak, is a tasty smorgasbord of various sounds ranging from 60s pop to 90s hip hop that come together so seamlessly that you dive right into the layers with no problems at all.


JoJo – Agápē


JoJo is not simply a singer but a sanger. She shows off her vocal chops perfectly in her mixtape, Agápē whether she is proclaiming her love for Andre 3000, talking about going to the canyon or remaking a Joni Mitchell classic. Interwoven with funny personal interludes, the mixtape details her struggles and triumphs in the music industry and beyond in an honest and refreshing way, starting with the raw track, Back2thebeginningagain.


Luke James – Whispers In The Dark
With a Mo Better Blues backdrop, Luke James creates a grown and sexy vibe with his new mixtape, Whispers In the Dark. Produced mainly by New Age Rock Stars’ Danja, the New Orleans singer and songwriter delivers incredibly on this LP which fuses soul, R&B and jazz into one delectable treat.



listen & love: we’re almost there

We’re Almost There
by Michael Jackson
Forever, Michael

Remixed by DJ Spinna

No matter how hard
The task may seem
Don’t give up our plans
Don’t give up our dreams

No broken bridges
Can turn us around
Cause what we’re searchin’ for
Will soon be found

Cause we’re almost there
Just one more step
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step
(Just one more step)
Don’t give up
‘Cause we’re almost all almost there
(‘Cause we’re almost there)

(Look at the lovers)
Look at the lonely lovers
That didn’t make it
Life’s long hard climb
(Life’s long hard climb)
They just couldn’t take it
(They just couldn’t take it)

Don’t let it happen to me and you
Hold on together, darlin’
We’ll make it through

Darlin’, keep on reachin’ out for me
Keep on reachin, do it for me
Do it for me, cause baby

(‘Cause we’re almost there)
(We’re almost there)
(‘Cause we’re almost there)

We’re so close
I can taste it
A life so sweet
Can’t afford to waste it
(Can’t afford to waste it)

Need to feel your hand
Slippin’ from mine?
Just hold on tighter now, darlin’
Keep on tryin’

Baby, do it for me, do it do it baby
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step
(We’re almost there)
Don’t give up
(Cause we’re almost there)
Just one more step

Baby baby, don’t give up
(‘Cause we’re almost there)
Keep on, keep on
(We’re almost there)
Just one more step
(‘Cause we’re almost there)
Cause we’re almost there


Juste one more step
Cause we’re almost there
We’ve come to far
To turn around


Keep on reachin’
For higher ground
We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs
Let nothin’ in the world darlin’
Turn us around

Cause we’re almost there
We’re almost there
We’re almost there

Everything we’re lookin’ for
We’re almost there
Keep on reachin’ out for me

Cause we’re almost there darlin’
We’re almost there
We’re almost there darlin’
We’re almost there
We’re almost there

Ah we’re almost there



be inspired: bpk {backpack kids} = self-love

(l-r) Tommy Parker, Austin Brown, Scott Bruzenak | Credit:

If you are on my twitter account (@thejolynproject), you may have seen the hashtag “BPK” used quite a bit lately. This hashtag stands for “Backpack Kids.” Now you may be wondering what exactly are Backpack Kids. Well let me break it down to you. The term “Backpack Kids” was coined by the musical trio, Austin Brown, Tommy Parker and Scott Bruzenak. The singers/songwriters/producers created this term originally for the three of them but has since expanded this phrase to explain a much greater group of individuals who express their true selves. On Austin Brown’s official website, the newcomer states:

Each of us is unique in this world with unique talents. We all have inner strengths that make us who we are. How many of you have been the last kid picked at recess for a game? What about feeling singled out because you were YOU and didn’t follow the crowd? We’ve all been there. Being a Backpack Kid means you’re YOU and that’s that.

This term goes way beyond their music and their personal artistic endeavors. This term goes way beyond the words themselves. This term signifies a much greater meaning that is universal and extremely essential and that is self-love. Once you are able to accept you for whom you are, then you are able to celebrate the distinctive characteristics that make up the fabulous being that you and only you are in this world. Everyone is capable of doing this and everyone has special qualities that only they can express in their own way to the world hence why Austin states that “We’re All Backpack Kids.

So now is the time to start truly thinking about us in a brand new way by taking special care of our heart, mind and soul, embracing our challenges and obstacles and accepting our true selves for who we really are without any cover-ups or falsehoods. Celebrate our wonderful quirkiness; celebrate the hardships that have made us stronger; celebrate the growth from the time we were born ‘til now; celebrate the foundation of us which is truly unconditional love. Let’s start expressing that foundation by giving and receiving love to ourselves and each other with no judgments. There is no greater time to love then now.

If you need some inspiration through your journey of self-love, then check out the original three Backpack Kids’ work. It may offer you a little push towards reaching your goals and aspirations and becoming the fullest expression of you that you can be in this moment and hereafter.

Update 12/24/12: Austin Brown just put out his awesome mixtape, Highway 85! Listen below and download @

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