Michael Jacksonâs BAD Album Re-Released On 25th Anniversary<br />

Siedah Garrett and Michael Jackson

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that. Evidently that was not meant for me. The Dangerous Tour was meant for me.

EBONY: What was his work ethic like on that tour?

SIEDAH GARRETT: Michael was a constant perfectionist. He loved watching other people do what they did best and then taking that and adding his own little twist to it. He loved to pull the best from the best and make it his own. He loved studying the greats. He felt that they could only add to what he did naturally. He was absolutely right. I mean, he studied James Brown for years when he was 10 years old, because the Jackson 5 would open for James. He studied him. He studied Fred Astaire. He loved to watch Fred’s movies. We were in the studio recording some work on “Man in the Mirror” or the duet. I can’t remember which it was. We did the duet in three languages: English, French and Spanish. So, I spent like a week with him in the studio doing the three songs in different languages. It was just an awesome experience recording with him.

EBONY: Michael enjoyed playing jokes. When it came to rehearsing for a tour, was he all fun and games at times?

SIEDAH GARRETT: No. It was no joke. When it came time to rehearse, there was no popcorn throwing at that moment. He was all business.

EBONY: Michael really loved to laugh. I understand he was quite a practical joker.

SIEDAH GARRETT: He was a joker to his core. He loved a good joke especially if it’s displayed on somebody else.

EBONY: Michael wrote “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” He wrote most of his own songs.

SIEDAH GARRETT: He is an underappreciated songwriter and an underappreciated singer. I think the world only gives him the most recognition for his dancing. He was an awesome singer and an amazing songwriter.

EBONY: Did he tell you how he came to write “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You?”

SIEDAH GARRETT: No. You know, I never asked. That’s a good question. I should have asked him that question. Now we’ll never know.

EBONY: Tell me about your new single?

SIEDAH GARRETT: It’s called “Keep On Loving You.” It is an answer to our duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” The new song tells the story of how we met and how I felt meeting him. He really turns my life and changed my creative process as well. It really honors him and honors my relationship with him so much so that the family, the estate and Sony Music gave me permission to use footage from our time on tour together in my new video. I am just so, so honored that they sought to do that because they didn’t have to do that at all. It’s a brilliant gesture because they realized how much he meant to me. When you hear the song and watch the video, you’ll get that too.

EBONY: Did you do this song shortly after he passed or was it something you did recently because of BAD’s 25th anniversary?

SIEDAH GARRETT: It took a minute. I think I wrote this song like late last year. I have to live with the idea that he is no more. He lives in my mind and in my heart in a spiritual sense. That takes a little bit of time to get your head around it. I have to really stress out my feelings about his being gone from my life from now on. I guess that took a minute.

EBONY: Where were you when you first heard that Michael passed away?

SIEDAH GARRETT: I was in my kitchen making lunch. I happened to be talking to Don Boyette, the bass player that I toured with on the BAD Tour. It was on the news that there was an ambulance that went to Michael’s house. Then his wife called and she sounded urgent. So he hung up with me and took the call from his wife. When I hung up the phone, I turned on the radio, turned on the TV and that’s when it all kind of hit me. By the time Don called me back, I was a pile of blob on the floor. I was just a mess heaving and crying my heart out. It was so unbelievable. So unbelievable. I was a wreck for a while. It was not good.

EBONY: Do you listen to the duet anymore? Some artists say, “Oh, I never listen to my music.” Do you listen to it?

SIEDAH GARRETT: I can’t help it. I can be driving down the street minding my own business and somebody will pull up next to me and Michael is on the radio. I could be shopping until my heart’s content, rolling through a boutique, and he’s on the speaker in the store. I can be going to an appointment