Even before his debut album was released, Johnta Austin had no shortage of success. Austin had a career in television in the 1990s and in the 2000s began writing hits for Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Chris Brown. OCEAN DRIVE, Austin's 2008 debut, bears all the hallmarks of the songwriter’s past work: elegant, catchy melodies; smooth grooves; and an emotive, confessional intimacy.
Austin’s true métier is quiet storm, and OCEAN DRIVE has no shortage of gems in that vein. Whether it's the sensual pulse of “Take It Back,” the tailor-made slow-dance jam “Mutual,” or the heartbreak story of “The One That Got Away,” Austin shows that he’s a young master of sensitive, silk-sheeted contemporary R&B.