Michael Jackson collaborator, Siedah Garrett, has announced she is battling Multiple Sclerosis. Garrett is best known for her contributions to Jackson’s 1987 Bad collection — duetting on the album’s lead single and first chart-topper, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and co-writing the album’s fourth of seven Number One’s — “Man In The Mirror.” Vintage Vinyl News reported that although Garrett had been diagnosed back in 2012, she had kept it private until Friday night (May 5th) when she performed at L.A.’s Beverly Hilton Hotel at the Race To Erase MS Gala, and “went on to perform ‘Man In The Mirror’ and her new single ‘Carry On’ which she sang with David Foster, Shawn Hook, Olivia Keegan, David Osmond, and Trevis Brendmoe.”
In the years since her heyday with Jackson, Garrett continued to work with Quincy Jones, as well as recording and performing with Madonna.
Siedah Garrett told us it doesn’t bother her that she remains best known for “Man In The Mirror ” because the song kicked her career into high gear: “It got me to Michael Jackson. He heard that demo, and he was like: ‘Who’s that girl?’ And Quincy said, ‘Oh, that’s Siedah.’ And then he found out I wrote it. And he was like: ‘I want to meet her,’ y’know? Growing up a small black child in Southern California, I lived for the Jackson 5, I lived for Michael Jackson, it’s like meeting the princess or meeting the king. . . pardon the pun. Umm, sorry! (laughs) That was really unintentional (laughs).”
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