Siedah Garrett (guest vocalist Denise Pearson)
@ PizzaExpress Live
22 September 2019
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Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a desert island?
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Quincy Jones – Back On The Block
Siedah Garrett is a singer/songwriter whose work has touched music
lovers all over the world. Grammy-winning and twice Oscar nominated
she is currently a nominee for the 2012 Oscars for Best Music/Original
Song “Real in Rio.” Her past Oscar nomination was for
co-writing “Love You, I Do” - sung by Jennifer Hudson
in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls - Garrett’s is an artistry
chiselled in all-around excellence. Garrett is the co-writer of
the internationally recognised self-motivational anthem “Man
in the Mirror,” immortalised by Michael Jackson on his 1987
album, “Bad.” On that same project, Garrett also sang
the chart-topping first single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving
You,” a duet with Jackson, then performed with “The
King of Pop” on his Dangerous world tour.
Across her pop music career, Garrett has collaborated and worked
with music giants such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna,
Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, and Sergio
Mendes. She has written songs that have been performed and/or recorded
by Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti
Austin, Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack,
Dionne Warwick, The Korrs, The Brand New Heavies, Amy Grant, Barry
White, Paula Abdul, will.i.am, Jordan Sparks, Vanessa Williams,
Richard Elliot, and The Freemasons, among others. She has supplied
background vocals for Madonna, Donna Summer, Wang Chung, The Commodores,
Weather Report, Boz Scaggs, Santana, Johnny Mathis and Jessica Simpson
to name a few. Garrett’s duet with ex-Temptations member,
Dennis Edwards, “Don’t Look Any Further” is a
classic R&B song.
In addition to penning the Oscar-nominated, “Love You, I
Do,” from Dreamgirls, Garrett’s film and soundtrack
credits are extensive. They include her recording of the Burt Bacharach
and Carole Bayer Sager composition “Everchanging Times,”
from the film Baby Boom, and her co-writing four songs in the 2011
blockbuster Fox animated feature film, Rio. Garrett continues to
work closely with Quincy Jones on even grander visions such as co-writing
“I Know I Can,” the official theme song for the opening
ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics, as well as “Better
City, Better Life,” the official theme song for the opening
ceremony of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
In 2012, Siedah Garrett launched a project on the fan-funded label
ArtistShare where the fans can witness the creative process. Fans
have the opportunity to submit original artwork for the CD cover,
view music charts, lyric sheets, exclusive studio footage, and so
much more. Among the new songs she will be writing and recording
a tribute to Michael Jackson, “Keep On Lovin' You” and
is inviting 10 lucky fans to participate on this special bonus track.
Siedah Garrett also has had numerous television and feature film
appearances, national jingles and voice-overs, and still performs
globally for television audiences in the millions.
Edited by Robin Francis