Source: YouTube – By cmiruna
I Need You
Stuck On You
Eugen Blaj Talks About Kenya
Source: YouTube – By cmiruna
I Need You
Stuck On You
Eugen Blaj Talks About Kenya
Source: Daily Mail – Jason Chester
It was a proud day for the Jackson clan, but while father Michael wasn’t present to witness youngest son Blanket on his big day, grandmother Katherine more than made up the numbers.
The Jackson matriarch watched the 11-year-old make the transition from blue to violet belt at his local karate school, and promptly rewarded him for his efforts with ice cream at a local restaurant.
Blanket – real name Prince Michael Jackson II – was joined by a group of close friends and family members, amongst them older brother Prince Michael, 16 and cousins.
Blanket was in high spirits as he hung out with his older brother at the Woodland Hills ice-cream parlour.
Prince, who practices Ju-Jitsu, is known to attend the renowned Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills – where there are only five belts to be earned in their colour hierarchy, and there’s no fast-tracking to move up ranks.
So far he’s done extremely well, having gained a blue belt after learning another 34 different manoeuvres, each with approximately four alternative techniques.
In terms of self defence jiu jitsu and karate are not so different, as they both derive from the same eastern country, are empty handed and focus on technique and power with similar moves.
Contratulations Blanket! We are very, very proud of you and love you so much! ♥ Cutie Pie ♥
Source: ET Online
La Toya Jackson is setting the record straight after weekend media reports that she had married her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips.
“The rumors that La Toya Jackson married her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips are completely false,” a rep for Jackson told ET exclusively on Monday. “The reporting outlet should be embarrassed for their mistake and at least make an effort to find facts to back up their story before reporting.”
Media outlets reported that a wedding was held Friday in Los Angeles and that the singer’s mother Katherine and nephew Prince Michael had attended the ceremony.
Source: You Tube – By Own
Source: Radar Online
LaToya Jackson is getting married right now, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
The 57-year-old sister of the late Michael Jackson married longtime friend and business partner, Jeffre Phillips, on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles.
Phillips popped the question on her reality TV show, Life with LaToya.
Sources tell Radar her mother, Katherine Jackson, and nephew Prince are in attendance.
Stay with RadarOnline.com for more details…
Administrator’s Note: If it is true, I wish them both the best! CP ♥
Source: Jackson Source / Taryll Mania/ 3T Facebook
Taj, Taryll and TJ are currently in the UK and Taryll Mania reports that, according to 3T’s management, the brothers are preparing to hit the stage and perform at a charity event “Convidere L’Amore” (Sharing Love) with the following dates and cities:
Dec 5th – Rome, Auditorium Del Seraphicum
Dec 6th – Milan, Auditorium Pime Di Via Mose
Dec 7th – Torino, CCollegio San Giuseppe
Dec 8th – Verona, Teatro Don Calabria
“3 T” is organizing a charity tour through Italy, in collaboration with the Romanian association “SHARING LOVE”, for the poor children living in the Chalbi Desert, Maikona, Kenya.
At the event there will be performances by Taryll, TJ, and Taj Jackson (3T), the sons of Tito Jackson, who along with uncles Marlon, Jackie, Jermaine, and Michael made up the Jackson 5/the Jackson’s. Rounding out the families of entertainers are aunties Janet, Rebbie & Latoya. Blessed with this exceptional DNA and talent of their own, 3T is back to carry on the legacy.
It has been said : “Multiply and replenish the earth.” Little did Joseph and Katherine Jackson know when they started their family that they would give birth to the world’s most esteemed dynasty, producing descendants so synonymous with pop primacy that the names of Michael, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy and Janet are unmistakable as icons individually as well as part of the hallowed Jackson musical heritage.
3T are part of that celebrated family tree. As nephews of King of Pop Michael Jackson, arguably the world’s greatest entertainer, and sons of Tito, the second oldest Jackson brother, and the late Delores Jackson, they have inherited the ultimate pop music pedigree. What’s more, the trio – Tariano (Taj), Taryll, and Tito Joe (TJ), have managed to deliver on their innate musical promise, with their debut effort, “Brotherhood” having sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Released in October 1995, the album with contributions from Corey Rooney and Mark Morales (Producers of Mary J.Blige), Gardner Coole (Madonna), Denniz Pop (Ace of Base), Babyface (Whitney Houston) and Michael Jackson, has garnered the group a huge fan base, particularly in Europe. Significantly for non-native, 3T have graced over 100 magazine covers and draw smitten mobs to meet them at venues and airports, surpassing even Boyz II Men and Babyface in overseas record sales.
3T’s first single, “Anything” which was composed, performed, and produced by 3T, has gone gold in the U.S., Denmark, Belgium, Norway and the U.K., selling over two million copies worldwide. “Anything” combined with the singles “Why”, “I Need You”, “24/7″ and “Gotta Be You” gives 3T an impressive five Top Ten hits in the U.K. alone.
The album went gold in the U.K., Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Thailand and the Philippines, exceeding gold to achieve platinum in France. With more than ten worldwide tours under their belts, 3T are now back to do a new arena tour in the U.K. and Europe.
Living up to their musical legacy, is second nature to “The Three T’s” as their mother Dee Dee affectionately referred to her sons. The brothers witnessed first-hand the frenzy of the elder Jacksons’ success, and the mega success of Michael and Janet. Yet they kept their show business aspirations to themselves during their formative years, absorbing a myriad of musical influences including the Jacksons, The Beatles, and Bread, focusing on sharpening their skills on piano, guitar, drums, bass and later computer equipment.
After stockpilling an impressive collection of material, their uncle Michael was thrilled to take them under his wing, allowing them access to his entertainment resources and signing 3T to his fledgling record label, MJJ Music. Michael not only gave his blessing but also the creative freedom his nephews needed which results in them writing more than a dozen songs of release. The best of these comprise the 12 tunes on “Brotherhood”.
Proud father Tito looks back fondly on the years his sons spent perfecting their craft before entering what can only be called the family business. He saw signs of their talents “even when they were toddlers”, he says. “They used to hold brooms and mops and imitate the Jackson brothers. Coming from an entertainment family, they know they can’t half step”. Still, Tito remains determinate to instil in his sons a sense of perspective. “We tell them : “You guys are great, but don’t get a big head. In the business, you’re only as good as your last gig”.
Besides their mastery of music, 3T have proven themselves superb athletes and exceptional scholars, with Taj and Taryll attending Loyola Marymount University and TJ having been accepted at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Taj, the eldest and perhaps the shyest of the group, fills the typical big brother role, keeping a protective eye on his siblings. Taryll, the middle one, is the glue that keeps everyone together. Even though he’s the youngest, TJ holds his own as well, keeping his older brothers on their toes and even teaching them a thing or two.
Two young talents from Iasi, Romania, are honored to join them in this mission, singers Maria Luisa Andrici and Francesca Giurgila. The girls are already well-known for their involvement in various humanitarian activities dedicated especially to the poor children in the Chalbi Desert, Maikona, Kenya. From their great desire to help others, a beautiful project was born in 2009, ‘Sharing Love’, for which the girls performed in various music events in support of these children. During the same year, they released the first music album called Sharing Love, which includes the song Un mondo migliore, especially dedicated to the children in the Chalbi Desert. In 2009 they also visited Kenya for the first time, living for a month among these children because they wanted to meet them personally, but more importantly to see for themselves how these children manage to live in such harsh conditions. This experience deeply motivated them to devote their musical talent to helping deprived children all over the world. Back home, they made a documentary which they named The Story of the Chocolate Children.
From 2009 up to the present, they released 3 music albums and performed in countless benefit concerts, among which those in the 2012 Italian tour, which took them to Rome, Torino, Cremona, Verona and Marostica.
This year they will be performing again in Italy, but this time they will accompany TORIANO (TAJ), TARYLL and TITO JOE (TJ). On the 5th of December they will be in Rome, in Milan on the 6th, in Turin on the 7th and they will finish this series of concerts on the 8th in Verona, the town where the two artists were born and spent the first years of their childhood.
‘When I first got to Maikona in 2009 I was so fascinated with those children’s joy that all my fears immediately faded. I was so scared of snakes and scorpions, of diseases, of the lack of water, but soon all these fears disappeared by magic. We made lots of friends; in fact all those children became our friends. They were waiting for us impatiently because they already knew we wanted to help them and that we had recorded some songs for them. They greeted us with their own songs and dances and we had a great party.
I want to tell you as well that in 2011 we spent a month in an orphanage in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Newborn babies are abandoned at the gates of that orphanage and then the nuns take care of them and try to find families to adopt them. I wish so much to go back there one day and I hope that day, whenever it may be, I am able to do more for them. However, besides the story of these wonderful moments, I also want to tell you about how poor those children are, so poor that they don’t even have water to drink. This impressed us utterly and that is why we want to do something for them so much. So we decided to sing for them because we wish them to be happy and never lack food and water anymore, nor clothes or anything is necessary to make their childhood happy. And I would also like them to have toys and school supplies and a real kindergarten. But we can ALL do something for them. Francesca and I like to sing, while other people can do different wonderful things. The important thing is not to forget they exist and to care about them, not just to pity them. They are truly waiting for a gesture of love and solidarity from us. Let us not be indifferent!’
‘We wanted so badly to reach these children and from the beginning of the project we knew we had to do it with all our hearts. This is why we called it “Sharing Love.”
We simply can’t remain insensitive to the cause of these children who are in desperate need of our help.
When we got there, it was all like in a dream. I could hardly believe I was there, in the Chalbi Desert of which I thought I knew so many things. But, to my big surprise, I discovered a whole new world, in which underprivileged children go to school in order to get a glass of water and a portion of corn porridge, where children live in huts instead of houses, study in a tin shack instead of a school, and use the shadow of a tree for a kindergarten. In that world, stones become toys for the smaller children and a counting tool for those big enough to go to school. Yet, in this world, children still know how to smile and sing and dance and hope.
We have so much to learn from them, especially to smile more and be grateful to God for giving us the chance to live in a wonderful world where we have water, food, plants, access to education and so many other things. We realized just how lucky we were only after going back home.’
Maikona is a small town in the Chalbi Desert, in the North of Kenya, in a very poor region as far as natural and human resources are concerned. Due to very high temperatures and to a continuous droughty season, life in the desert is extremely difficult and living conditions are reduced to survival levels. At the beginning of the 60’s, the first missionaries came to this underprivileged region and made up centers where help was given to the people there, who were entirely nomadic. Among these missions was the one in Maikona, which was at first established by Italian missionaries and is now managed by Romanian priests. Alongside their clerical activities, the missionaries considered of extreme significance their social mission among those people, since there were no public services before their arrival in the region.
At present, the mission supports activities related to education, health, charity and human progress. The current difficulties the people in the Chalbi Desert are facing, such as the lack of water and food, of an educational, sanitary and communication system, of the infrastructure and means of transportation, make life there terribly difficult and maintain it at a cruel level of underdevelopment from all points of view. The missionaries are making a call for charity and worldwide sensibility to these underprivileged brothers. It’s up to each of us if we want to give these people a further chance while they are waiting for a ray of hope from us.
We are making a call, too, for you to support this cause and initiative, to give from the little we have to the children who are waiting for a gesture of love from us.
We look forward to having you at the concert:
ROME, on the 5th of December 2013, at the AUDITORIUM DEL SERAPHICUM, via del Serafico 1
MILANO, on the 6th of December, at the AUDITORIUM PIM, via Mose Bianchi 94
TORINO, on the 7th December , at the COLLEGGIO SAN GIUSEPPE, via San Francesco da Paola 23
VERONA, on the 8th of December, at the TEATRO DON CALABRIA, via San Zeno in Monte 23.
Starting with 8.00 pm.
The tickets are €20 each.
The funds that will be raised during the tour of 3T and the ‘Sharing Love’ Association will be used to build a kindergarten in the Chalbi Desert.
If you want to find out more about the concerts, you can contact us at:
+39 340 5326 159(Fr. Isidor Iacovici)
+39 329 5717 184( Dana Ciot- Torino)
+40 748 954 797(Sharing Love)
+25 472 7098 638( Fr Eugen Blaj-Kenya)
Source: Noisey Staff
Everyone has their own expectations to live up to, but it’s safe to say Austin Brown has a tougher act to follow: He’s part of the newest generation of the Jackson family, as his mother Rebbie was the eldest sister of Michael, Janet, Jermaine, and the whole crew. Not that he’s daunted by the prospect of striking out on his own. “My DNA is Jackson but my name is Austin Brown,” he says. “That is who I am and the music that I make is real and it’s from the heart, and we’re going to keep on getting better.”
Obviously, you’d expect that getting an education in the music industry from the King of Pop was anything to complain about. “My mom and Michael really taught me how to dance,” he says. “Going on the road with him, watching him, I would dance with him for hours and just kind of freestyle and pop and groove and hear a beat. I just want to go into it and not think about it. That’s it.” Moving forward, Brown reveals that his uncle continued to giving him advice as the years wore on. “Michael used to tell me this himself, that you’ve got to do something for yourself,” he says. “Make it your own. Make your own vibe. Make your own sound.”
After learning from his family to keep pushing as hard as possible, Brown’s taking inspiration from wherever he can as his career goes forth. He intends to make his newest album in New York, citing the range of diversity as a clear appeal. “I love the inspiration here, so what I plan on getting is growth in a city like this because you’re around so many people all bunched in together,” he says. “There’s so much influence, so much organic art that’s happening whether you’re a painter, a jazz musician. There’s art everywhere, and you can’t replace that. It’s beautiful.” Someone from such a family has good experience with recognizing that.
Source: CNN – iReport – ByMzMonaye
How long have you been singing and what made you carry on the legacy of the Jackson name, by performing?
Tanay stated that she had her first performance at school when she was the age of 4, where she had to recite a line but because her brother was picking with her before the show she got on stage and said nothing. But she always sung around the house, she had a piano, music was always her life, but it was not until her 4th grade teacher witnessed her gift and gave her the lead in a stage play that people started to realize that Tanay can sing. However, since she was not ready for the big stage, she turned away from the spotlight and took an interest in dance and designing. By the age of 12, Jackson began writing poetry and music for fun. This genius songwriter has already received writing royalties from JASCAR in Japan for one of her songs. Sony Urban noticed her excellent writing and tried to negotiate a publishing deal with the talented performer.
In junior high school, Tanay became a professional dancer, training 4-6 hours a day after school every day. She danced with Alvin Ailey Dance Company and many others in New York. By the time she got to high school, she landed a dancing role in her uncle’s video “Remember The Time” and Tanay knew at that point, it was time to get to work, but with a promise she made to her mom and dad, “not pursuing her a career until after she graduated from college” she focused on her education. Tanay Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management in 2006 and has now started her professional career as an entertainer and is now CEO and President of Roth Entertainment and Lunar Music.
Being the niece of the Legendary Michael Jackson, did you find your journey into this business easy or hard?
She stated, “It was hard. People would like to think, “oh because you’re a Jackson, your name will take you far”. If I were using the name to get myself further, I would have been popular a long time ago and not struggling now. I get no slack for being a Jackson. My last name only gets me more scrutiny and makes people expect a lot more from me. I’m doing this on my own with no help.
Now I heard your new single “Addicted ( Rollin Poppin ), I must say I love your style and your vibe… do you write your own lyrics?
Yes I have always wrote my own lyrics. A person like me has a lot to say. When I write a song, usually it’s based on my experience or the experience of others. I have all the creative control on writing and choosing my songs.
You are the CEO and President of Roth Entertainment & Lunar Music, how can artist become a part of it?
She states, “Currently Lunar music is not taking any talent right this moment but will be in the near future. Roth Entertainment is an entertainment company and talent booking agency of mine which is currently active. Roth Entertainments roster is full. When she is ready to look for new talent to book, it will be advertised on social media and other media outlets.”
How is your relationship with the Jackson Family?
It is not easy, but I am a strong woman, she says. “Tito Jackson is my dad and I am the sister to Toriano, Taryll, and Tito, Jr” . Out of her brothers she is the closest to “TJ” and she is currently managed by her cousin. When I asked her if this was disheartening, she stated, ‘It is not disheartening, because I know the truth, I know my purpose, and I know God has a better plan for me.” Also, she stated that she grew up in Maryland, but her dad always came to see her or checked on her.
When she stated in the business, she stated her dad did manage her, but they had to part ways because by him growing up in the business in the 60’s and 70’s; the image, music, and industry today is not too his liking. She is still dad’s little girl, so he wants her wrapped up, controlled, and with the image that Joe had for them, but Tanay is not having that. She says “my dad is very protective, and would control my every move if let him”, which makes me thinks of when Janet Jackson did the song, “Control,” taking that stand on independence and doing it her way. But this tenacious young woman says, Love you dad, but “I got this.”
What are your goals for 2014?
To be successful and allow what God has given to me to be well-received.
Are you in a relationship or enjoying Single life?
She was in a relationship with New York Jets player Bret Lockett, which she spoke highly of. She dated a Supermodel and also dated Rich Dollaz (yes ladies off of Love & Hip Hop), but now Tanay said she is focused on her business, her music, and traveling. She does date and go out but nothing serious.
What is one thing you want your fans to always remember about you?
I fought for my destiny.
(c) 2013 by Pen Legacy
*Adm. Note: This article was edited for posting purposes. CP ♥
Source: Billboard – By Alex Gale
Between Michael, Janet and the Jackson 5, pop music’s first family casts a long shadow. But that hasn’t stopped Austin Brown, son of eldest Jackson sister Rebbie Jackson, from shining. Since releasing his debut, “Highway 85,” via indie South 5 Records earlier this year, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter-producer has been drawing critical praise, crowds — and inevitable comparisons.
At a recent show at Webster Hall in New York, there were unmistakable traces of his uncle in Brown’s soaring falsetto, sharp dance steps and boyish good looks. But he didn’t mention his family name to the enthusiastic crowd, and much of his online press and promo doesn’t either. “It’s a blessing and a curse — I’m not trying to be anybody else,” Brown told Billboard afterward. “I can’t help the way I sound, I can’t help the way I look, I can’t help the way I dance. I just create naturally.”
Like the Jackson generation before him, some of Brown’s earliest memories are onstage. “I must’ve been about 3 years old — my mother was in Japan on an amphitheater/club run,” he recalls. “She brought me out the first night to dance with her, and I ran off crying. I freaked out. But after that I would do every single show with her and just dance for a few minutes and do my thing. That was when I first realized I liked the stage.”
Brown says his late, legendary uncle took notice of his moves as well. “He taught me different ways of dancing — that was one of my main memories I shared with him. He taught me different ways of dancing, how to dance on tempo, how to go off beat and then catch yourself. He taught me how to go off the top of my head — I don’t like to think when I’m performing.”
On “Highway 85’s” standouts, including “Menage Trois” and “Volcano,” there are disco-pop elements that recall Michael’s “Off the Wall” and doo-wop harmonies that hint at classic Jackson 5. But Brown, who co-writes and co-produces all his tracks, gracefully mixes in elements of EDM, rock, hip-hop and funk with a live band — at Webster Hall, he covered ’90s rapper Skeelo’s “I Wish” and Sly & the Family Stone’s “Stand!” (original Family Stone bassist Larry Graham is one of Brown’s mentors). He’s also worked with Rodney Jerkins, Q-Tip and Pharrell in the past.
Brown says he dropped his debut independently partly because of industry pressure to exploit his family connections more. “We wanted to release it with a major, but people wanted me be something I wasn’t,” he says. “Everyone I would collaborate with had this fantasy of working with Michael. But I’m not trying to be that. He’s the greatest to ever do what he did, and no one will ever touch that.”
He hopes to revisit working with a major for his follow-up, expected summer 2014, according to Christian Loor, his manager, who says they’ll be announcing some new partnerships soon. Austin’s about to start recording with his new band and co-writer/producer Tommy Parker in New York, where he moved earlier this year to focus on music and escape the media madness that often hounds his family. “L.A. is a place where stars go to be stars — they feed into their own hype,” he says. “I don’t want to have that life. I just want to make great music. I got to be mentored by one of the greatest musicians ever, but at the end of the day my music will speak volumes on its own.”
Source: OMG Insider/ MJ-Upbeat
“OMG! Insider” co-anchor Kevin Frazier was with the Jackson brothers before their performance at the Ebony Power 100 Gala Monday night and they opened up about the recent wrongful-death trial against AEG and what they have coming up next.
They said, “I think the organization that Michael worked for, and they all know who they are, they should be ashamed of themselves how they treated my brother, how they treated him in his last moments.”
Check out the vid to hear more of Kevin’s interview with the Jackson brothers and be sure to tune in to “omg! Insider” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.
Source: Brooklyn Paper – By Natalie Musumeci
Michael Jackson’s big bro is coming to Red Hook.
Jermaine Jackson, the late King of Pop’s older brother, will make an appearance at Fairway Market on Van Brunt street on Nov. 6, the gourmet grocery chain announced Wednesday.
The Jackson Five singer with standout vocal parts in “I’ll Be There” and “I Want You Back” is coming to the massive grocery outlet for a reason that is not at all germane to singing timeless pop hits, unless you count the fact that belting out tunes can make you parched. Jackson will talk to shoppers about Vita Water, a spring water company that claims to bring clean water to communities bearing the brunt of the global water crisis.
Heavy-duty topics, to be sure, but patient fans, puzzled shoppers, and water justice activists alike will be rewarded at the end of the lecture with an opportunity to get the John Hancock of a man who put an indelible signature on American popular music. Or at least one-fifth of one.
Jermaine Jackson at Fairway Market [480-500 Van Brunt St. near Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 254–0923, www.fairwaymarket.com]. Nov. 6, 3 pm–4 pm.
Source: Jackson Source / L’Uomo Vogue
L’Uomo Vogue, ottobre 2013 ( n. 444)
Fashion assistant Mitchel Brumsted and Johnnathan Peña
Hair Stylist Lacy Redway@Margaretmaldonado.com using L’Oreal Paris
Makeup artist Satsuki Soma using Kevyn Aucoin
Fashion editor M O S ES
Photo by Bjorn Iooss
Published: 10/10/2013 – 07:00
If you listen to Austin Brown one person will immediately come to mind - Michael Jackson. Their voices are similar, the phrasing and inflections almost identical. So, who is this guy?
Turns out he's MJ's nephew. No wonder! He's the son of eldest Jackson sibling Rebbie Brown (you know, the one that stays way out of the spotlight). He formally released his debut album Highway 85 this year and, while it's a little all over the place, it shows an artist with a lot of creativity and a knack for strong songwriting.
Source: Jackson Source/ Mix Cloud
The Dana Brenklin Radio Show welcomes guest, singer/songwriter Austin Brown to the show to talk about his music, family, women, mental illness and new upcoming album.
Click here to listen: http://www.mixcloud.com/thedanabrenklinradioshow/dana-brenklin-talks-to-austin-brown/
Source: YouTube – By EvenstarMJJ
I just can’t stop crying…..these poor babies have lost a lot.
Don’t believe everything you read. Despite recent reports that 16-year-old Prince Jackson is rebelling against his family, his aunt La Toya Jackson tells PEOPLE he’s doing great.
“He’s really great. He’s a good kid. He makes wonderful grades,” she said Tuesday night at her debut in the off-Broadway show NEWSical.
Jackson, 57, who has been a mentor to Prince since his father’s dearth in 2009, says the teen still wants to become a director.
“He knows that’s what he wants to do. He was doing it with his dad, and I’m so happy and proud for him – let them do what they want and choose to do,” she said.
La Toya, who is currently filming the second season of her OWN reality show Life with La Toya, says she’s better able to deal with reports about her family after Michael’s death.
“I don’t read the tabloids because to me negative things are bad. I stay away from it because they’ve always said so many things about my family,” she said.
Source: Entertainment,ie – By Karen Lawler
Austin Brown is a Los Angeles based singer, song-writer, musician and producer who has spent his life surrounded by music. The son of Nathaniel Brown and Rebbie Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson, Austin is part of one of music’s most enduring and significant musical dynasties- The Jacksons. However, Brown has already begun to cultivate his own musical success outside of his family by working with industry heavy hitters including Pharrell, Rodney Jerkins and Jermaine Dupri. In his first ever Irish interview, Austin speaks to entertainment.ie about finding his own musical voice, avoiding the media madness, his memories of “uncle Michael” and his plans for industry success on his own terms.
Your first release was ‘Highway 85′ in 2012. Can you describe your sound and what inspires it?
The sound of the album was inspired by everything I grew up listening to, real life stories of love and heartbreak- sonically we just kind of went there, we just tried to use natural, pure sounds as much as we could while creating something fresh and fun.
There is a follow up album in the works too, right?
I’m actually in the studio as we speak, literally. I’m making new music so there will be a follow up, yes.
Your sound has a more retro, authentic soul feel than the dance orientated R&B of the moment. Do you feel R&B has lost its focus on song-writing and musicianship?
Yeah, but we’re young so we didn’t want to categorise ourselves as being old heads but at the same time I try to pay homage to the greats that made me want to create music. With our sound hopefully it’s reflecting all those times, while at the same time It’s giving you a new opinion of it and a new twist. Sometimes I think with music nowadays whenever a sound becomes hot, people stop, drop and start chasing that sound and I didn’t want to become a victim of that. As important as it is to stay with the times you still have to be an individual and find your own identity through the
vibes that you’re creating.
You are also co-founder of your own label South Five Records. Did stories from your family make you cautious of major record labels, like Michael’s very public dispute with Sony?
I think a lot of it was that, mixed with really wanting to be free to experiment with the music that I really wanted to create and form my identity and personality musically outside of what everyone else may think, or of other people’s conclusions of how they think I am. That was more so the reason behind it. When you get to the level of Michael and what he was going through, he was dealing with issues far beyond what normal artists deal with, with their record company, him being such an icon and such a legend at what he did. More so it was the musical freedom but at the same time having something cohesive and fun to listen to. The internet too makes it possible to create something and put it out and get the opinion of the people. I can’t dispute any of that, the internet is really where’s it’s at in that sense, but the radio is also still the main factor in getting your music out there. I definitely feel it’s a hybrid. The internet helps you build your base.
It’s very true, it can help people discover your music.
How did you find out about us?
I saw your video for Ménage A Trois on You Tube and I also saw you on E News awhile back.
That’s so cool. I haven’t done any other Irish interviews. To tell you the truth, my favourite place I have ever been in the world is Ireland. I went with Michael when I was a kid, he was on the ‘History’tour. I went to the Irish dates.
I went to that gig, it was amazing.
I was there, it was awesome. I was at that show. I’ll never forget landing in Ireland and thinking it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen and I remember thinking one day I’d come back here touring myself, I’m still waiting for that day. I love Ireland, I love the pubs, I love the people, you guys are awesome.
Janet once said that she didn’t want her last name attached to her early music because she wanted to be judged on her own merit. Has not having the Jackson surname helped with becoming an artist in your own right?
We’ll I mean, people tend to find out. I will say it does give people a different way of listening, maybe they’re not so quick to judge. Plus Brown is my last name, Jackson is not my last name, it definitely helps in that sense. I can’t help the blood that runs through my veins so I’m not going to turn a blind eye to that either.
Do you feel pressure to carry on the Jackson legacy for the next generation?
To tell you the truth, I really don’t because that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m just here to be an artist and to make the best music I can possibly make. I’m not trying to be anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I do respect everything my family has done and I’m proud to be a part of it. I do take it seriously since they make quality music, that’s where I do take on that legacy, for myself, to make quality music. As far as trying to get the accolades or accomplishments and that’s why I’m doing it.. No, that’s not right because it wouldn’t be fair for me to put that pressure on myself. I can only be myself. Nor can people undo success at the level or of that magnitude. I can only be something else and I am something else for my generation. I’m having a good time making the best music I can possibly make.
It’s fair to say your mother Rebbie wasn’t keen on you performing as a child but you started your musical career at 18. What was that conversation like – explaining to her you were going to be a musician?
My mom is the type where if she knew I really wanted to do something I was going to do it regardless so after awhile she stopped fighting it. She was willing to let me go and do what I wanted to do because I was really passionate about it. My mom is a very loving, sweet person so she’s not going to hold me back in any way. She knew that this was what I love to do and what I wanted to be.
Given your family’s relationship with the media, where you nervous about being involved in the industry and the craziness that comes along with media intrusion?
I guess there might have been butterflies at first but with anything like that, you’ve just got go into it the best way possible and not really think about the drama. I just wanted to go into it to make best music I could possibly make, to the best of my capabilities and not think about what people may like or not like and to just be the best artist that I could be. I think with the media, it’s all how you deal with it and how you live your life. You can live your life more on a side where people are getting riled up and crazed like some celebrities do and creating that persona of a wild lifestyle, or you can be how John Lennon was in the end and just walk the streets of New York and make your music and live your life. There’s people I look up to like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi who make their music and are still able to live their lives. It’s all about how you go about it. At the end of the day, I write songs and play shows, I try to spread a message of love, peace and unity in my songs. I’m pretty much a low key dude.
You also ghostwrite and produce for other people. Who else have you worked with?
In the early days I worked with a couple of producers that I would ghostwrite with, where you just sign off your rights for being credited but you still get your money.
Are you allowed to say who you’ve ghostwritten for?
Technically I still not supposed to but soon I should be able to though (Laughs).
You’re producing for other people too, right?
I’ve produced for some local artists and I did stuff for Jojo’s last mixtape. I’m getting stuff together for a few artists right now like Leona Lewis. She is awesome and she’s a good person so I’m getting that whole side of things together on top of working on our stuff.
You are a vinyl collector, what’s your favourite record of all time?
Shoot.. of all time.. My favourite jazz album has to be ‘Kind Of Blue’ by Miles Davis. Anything Herbie Hancock, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I love The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, Jay Z’s ‘Blue Print 3′. It’s a great album with great production. I just love dynamic production.
Your track ‘Highway To The Sky’ is quite Beatles-esque. Would you agree?
Oh yeah! That’s what I tried to do with that. The Magical Mystery Tour, ‘I am The Walrus’, all those amazing songs (inspired it). That’s all live, we recorded that all live in the studio in Brooklyn.
Who would be your dream collaboration, dead or alive?
I would love J Dilla to produce an album, he passed away. He was the greatest. John Lennon, also Pharrell. I’ve already worked with him once and I’d love to work with him again. Q Tip too, I really look up to those guys and what it is that they do. I love Kanye West’s production and Timbaland’s production.
Have you any plans to work with Janet?
Right now I’m just doing my thing but who knows in the future I would love to.
What’s your favourite memory of Michael?
For me, he was by far the most fun person I’d ever been around in my life. I just miss the fun. Everyone has their own thing about him as an artist but I always go back to the person and he was such a fun person. When I was a kid, if I knew we’re going to see uncle Michael I would have butterflies in my stomach because I knew we were going to have the best time. He was the ultimate hang out person. The type that will talk about nothing till five in the morning but at the same time you’re getting tons and tons of lessons. I just miss the person, the human being.
You once said Michael’s passing changed your approach to creating music, how so?
Just not holding anything back, being very personal. Through your songs you can express anything. We don’t express our emotions every day in life because they’re personal, you don’t always say exactly how you feel about things but in song-writing you really can. The good thing is you can allow people to form their own opinions and conclusions and they can pull what they want from your art. That’s the best part about it.
What’s the best advice Michael ever gave you?
For me it was “stay true to you”. He was very persistent on me just being real, real in my sound and real to myself. Also to work hard at creating my own identity, the work ethic of doing that, of taking that and running with it. I really hold that personally. I’ve been very fortunate for getting advice from some amazing people that I really hold dear to me.
In June 2013 reports surfaced that Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris had been hospitalised following an apparent suicide attempt. Can I ask how Paris is doing?
She is doing well, I do know that. She’s doing really really good. To tell you the truth I never really answer questions on that type of stuff because she’s a minor and I just want to respect that. When she is 18 it’s a different story.
I’m really glad to hear she’s doing well. Have you plans to tour Europe or Ireland soon?
We are still in the studio at the moment but I’d love to.
Source: Radar Online
Michael Jackson‘s son, Prince, is behaving like royalty with his girlfriend, real life Kuwaiti princess, Remi Alfalah.
That’s according to Remi’s proud mom, Alana Alfalah, who has told all about their relationship in an exclusive Radar Online interview.
“We enjoy Prince. He’s exceptional.”
Prince and Remi have been dating for ten months and were recently seen smooching and having lunch together at Boa Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
Alana said she felt compelled to praise the young man after Jackson family sources complained of Prince being a renegade.
“If he wasn’t such a great kid, I’d continue to keep to myself and not say anything, but if you call being in the honor society, never breaking curfew and helping others a renegade, then that’s Prince,” Alfalah gushed.
“He comes over and he usually has a curfew and he reminds his grandmother sometimes what that curfew is and he always makes sure to leave well ahead of it,” she said.
Last week, some members of the family complained that Prince had been keeping late hours and ignored requests of his grandmother and guardian, Katherine.
They said he wants out of the Jackson family mansion in Calabasas and is even considering marrying his Princess.
But Alana insisted, “They are not at that stage yet. I will say this, even if they were to ever part ways, I’d still have a lot of love and respect for Prince.”
Alana is married to Kuwaiti royalty — but out of respect for her husband and the family’s religion, she declined to discuss him only to say, “My husband is very strict, so Prince must be special for his approval.”
The Al-Falah family is closely connected to Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of the famed Royal House of Al-Sabah, whose reported net worth is approaching $1 billion. The Al-Falahs travel often to Kuwait, Monaco, Dubai, Paris and various parts of Europe.
Still, Alana has remained low-key and encourages her four children about the importance of education. And she said Jackson matriarch Katherineis similar.
“She’s a lovely woman who really is on top of things,” Remi’s mom said.
Katherine and T.J. Jackson, who both serve as guardians to Prince and his two siblings, Paris and Blanket, have each visited the Alfalah family.
When Prince’s sister, Paris, 15, attempted suicide in June, it was Prince who shouldered the responsibility of making sure his little sister would be okay, Alana revealed.
“He has a lot of pressure with all that has gone on, but he handles everything well. He never speaks an ill word and he cares about everyone,” Alana said.
Remi’s mom said the kids met when her daughter first started attending the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.
“She was alone and the kids weren’t very nice. Prince just approached her and he started showing her around and they grew close.
“They are serious about their education, the both of them. Look, my husband is from Kuwait and I’m American, he’s very strict, so there is no way he’d allow Remi to see someone who wasn’t doing the right things in life. Prince doesn’t get into trouble, he doesn’t smoke, and he doesn’t drink. We wouldn’t allow Remi to be with just anyone,” Alana said.
Alana revealed, “Prince makes his own jewelry by hand, great pieces and he draws a lot, he’s into art. Both of them are also so worried about nature and animals and Prince is meticulous, always cleaning his car and making sure things are tidy.”
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Michael Jackson’s life began on August 29, 1958, as the seventh child in a family crowded into a tiny home in Gary, Indiana.
His mother remembers “a sweet little child” who showed unusual empathy for others and who was born to sing and dance.
Katherine Jackson, 83, shared intimate stories about her son’s early days when she testified earlier in the trial of her lawsuit against AEG Live, the concert promoter she accuses of liability in his death four years ago.
Her lawyers are asking a juror to award Jackson’s mother and three children at least $1.6 billion to replace the lost income they argue he would have earned touring the world if he had not died while preparing for his comeback concerts on June 25, 2009.
Jackson would have just completed a world tour of his “This Is It” shows and likely would have begun making movies with his children Prince, Paris and Blanket if he had lived to see this 55th birthday Thursday, according to testimony in the trial.
Michael Jackson’s humble start as the son of a steel mill worker in a large family is a remarkable contrast to the pop icon who spent lavishly, but also set world records for giving to charity.
Their first home had just two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a small utility room for the washing machine and freezer. Michael and his four older brothers slept in stacked bunk beds in one bedroom, the parents in the other, while the daughters slept in the living room, the Jackson matriarch testified in an earlier court session.
The mother made some of their clothes, watched newspapers ads for sales and visited the Salvation Army store for shoes. “We made it that way,” living pay day to pay day, she said.
When father Joe Jackson was laid off from his steel mill job he would go out of the city to farms to pick vegetables that his wife would can and store. “Every year we would buy a quarter of a cow or half of a cow and keep it in the freezer,” she said. “And that’s how we survived.”
Young Michael saved his “little pennies and nickels” to buy candy and cookies, but he wouldn’t eat it all, his mother said. “He liked to play ‘store man.’ He would take it and put it and set up a little store, and all the kids in the neighborhood would come and buy from him, and he felt like he was the store man.”
When older brother Marlon became ill, 3-year-old Michael held his hand and cried, she said.
Michael’s musical talents were obvious at a very early age. “He was born that way,” she said. “When all the kids were dancing around, he was in my arms, and he couldn’t be still. He was dancing, too, to the music. And when he started to walk, he would still dance.”
She’s told the story of Michael’s interaction to her “old, rickety washing machine, a Maytag.”
“It would make a rhythm noise, like ‘squeaky, squeaky, katum, katum,’ something like that, and he would be down there dancing, sucking his bottle to the squeaking of the washer,” she said. “And I knew he was going to be — he just loved music, and he loved to dance.”
The family’s old television set helped bring the brothers together as a singing group, she said.
“Sometimes it would break down,” his mother said. And sometimes they would not have money to get it repaired. “And that’s when the children first started singing. We would sing together, sing old country songs, folk songs.”
Michael was five when he joined his brothers in talent contests at local high schools. “They had got so that they won all the contests — every time there was a contest,” she said.
When their group needed a name for an advertisement, their mother came up with “The Jackson Brothers 5.” But the woman who was writing the ad suggested she “cut that a little short and name it ‘The Jackson 5,’” she said. “And I thought it sounded better.”
Michael’s first solo performance was when he sang “Climb Every Mountain” in a kindergarten program when he was five, she said. “I was so nervous when he walked out on the stage, because he was always shy. He started singing the song, and he sang it with such clarity and didn’t miss — not flat or anything.”
His paternal grandfather, who was in the audience “cried like a baby, looked around, and I was crying, too,” she said. “He got a standing ovation for his performance and he wasn’t nervous. I was shocked. I think he must feel more at home on stage.”
Older brother Jermaine was the Jackson 5′s lead singer from the start, but their mother told her husband it should be Michael. “I told him Jermaine needed help, and I told him Michael could help him,” she said. “He didn’t believe me, so I forced him to listen. And that’s how Michael got the job.”
The boys rehearsed in their living room. “We would push all the furniture back on the walls, and they would dance and set up the drums and things and rehearse right there,” she said.
Instead of moving to a larger house as the family grew, they used any extra money to buy musical instruments. Katherine Jackson made their performance costumes.
Michael was nine when Motown signed the Jackson 5 to a recording contract and moved the boys to California, she said,
While much is made about Michael Jackson missing out on a normal childhood because of the constant touring and recording, his mother’s stories suggest he always found a way to have fun.
Jackson recorded the title song for the 1972 film “Ben” — a story about a young boy and his rat friend.”He liked that song because he liked rats,” his mother said. “I can remember a story that we went to Beverly Hills to have dinner and we were eating. Michael kept pulling his coat up and putting crumbs into his pocket. I said ‘What are you doing?’ and he held it up and he had a rat in his pocket. He was feeding it. I was really upset with him.”
Katherine Jackson was not in court Thursday to hear the day’s testimony because she was in Gary for her son’s birthday celebration.
Source: Daily Mail
Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine has said her granddaughter, Paris, is ‘doing much better’ after her suicide bid in June.
The 15-year-old schoolgirl was rushed to hospital from the family home in Los Angeles after cutting her wrists and swallowing a large number of over-the-counter painkillers and is now being treated in a secluded residential facility which specialises in helping troubled youngsters.
Speaking to Hello! Magazine Mrs Jackson said: ’She is in a good place, getting the help she needs.
She continued about her granddaughter: ‘She is doing much better.
‘The treatment is going good, really good. She’s my baby. It’s hard for me, really hard. All I wanted these kids to be is happy. The night Michael died Paris was crying and said ‘I want to go and see Daddy, I don’t want to be without him.’’
But she admits her style of parenting is different from his – and she has got rid of the masks the children famously used to wear.
She said: ‘They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them.
‘I had thought about it and I said ‘I am not going to raise them like that (wearing masks). But Michael had a good reason. He was trying to protect them.’
She said the children were ‘incredibly polite’ and that was down to the pop superstar.
She said: ‘He instilled good manners but it’s a different generation, of course, and I don’t understand the whole social media thing. They are always on their phones.’
Paris was rushed to hospital in June of his year.
At the time a lawyer for Katherine alluded to how Paris is still coming to terms with the loss of her father Michael Jackson, four years after his death.
‘Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are.’ Perry Sanders said in a statement to MailOnline.
‘It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention,’ Mr Sanders added
Read the full story in Hello! Magazine out now
With the on-going Michael Jackson trial once again gobbling up a large portion of the Los Angeles headlines, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan asked Genevieve Jackson – the daughter of Randy Jackson and cousin of Paris – to share her insight on the complicated life that comes with being a Jackson.
In early June, Paris was rushed to the hospital after cutting one of her wrists. Since her father’s death, Genevieve revealed that Paris has been struggling:
“It’s rough,” the 23-year-old said of her 15-year-old cousin. “But I think for all three of them, for the rest of my family and especially them three because that is – that was their world and that was their father and because, I know for me, when I was in high school, I had to get pulled out of school during the second trial because it was so painful for me and people would ask questions. So I can’t imagine what she went through in school and what the other kids are going through.”
Speaking publicly for the first time since her uncle’s death, Genevieve noted that even though Michael Jackson is gone, his children are using the lessons they learned during his life:
“He taught them to always listen and to watch everything that’s around them and to pay attention. You know, they are very, very smart children,” Jackson told the “Piers Morgan Live” host. “And to stay strong, to have rhino skin, that’s what he says.”
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Source: Huffington Post
Since childhood the Jackson family has consistently been in the public’s watchful eye due to their extraordinary talent and scandals. However despite all of the hoopla, one family member has a few choice words aimed towards the media.
Yesterday during an appearance on HuffPost Live, Jermaine Jackson — along with his brothers, Tito, Jackie, and Marlon — talked about how frustrating journalists can be at times.
“There are times when we feel like we just want to kick somebody’s a** for the stuff that they say, because that’s the human side,” the 58-year-old admitted. “But we have to continue to smile and do what we do. But yes, we feel like that sometimes too.”
He continued, “These journalists who be saying the wrong things. And they know they be saying the wrong things, but I guess they have to promote negativity.”