Honey The Family Dog Sings To MJ!

Honey the family pet loves long car rides with her owner, especially when Michael Jackson’s hit song “Will You Be There” (from the movie Free Willy) comes on the radio. From the first piano notes, Honey is beside herself with emotion and starts belting out along with the King of Pop!

Just like Jackson’s lyrics, “Hold me like the River Jordan, and I will then say to thee, ‘you are my friend,’” couldn’t be more appropriate as dogs love to be held and are also man’s best friend.

The adorable video was posted by I Love My Dog, a Facebook group made up of dog lovers who share precious, uplifting, and funny moments with their pets. Honey, a beautiful black-and-white mix, lifts her head up to the ceiling, howling and praising the music legend. She hits some high notes in the intro of the song as if she’s singing along with Jackson’s church choir.

Some dogs love MJ and others love the news… “My dog sings to the nightly news with Lester Holt song! Every night. We all join him!” added Facebook user Lori John Edwards, who liked the video of Honey singing in the car.

Jackson was a pop culture icon and phenomenon whose music continues to influence and inspire canines and humans alike, such as the little boy whose mommy catches him dancing to “Thriller,” and the female a cappella group from South Korea whose version of “Beat It” went viral.

Please SHARE this adorable story with dog lovers, die-hard fans of The King of Pop, and fans of the 1993 hit movie Free Willy! (You know you’re out there!)

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Soul Sounds Female Choir Celebrates Nature With Michael Jackson Hits And More To Aid Animal Charity

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On March 17 when the Soul Sounds, Sri Lanka’s much celebrated highly awarded premier female choir put on a riveting performance they called ‘Born Free,’ a concert in aid of the Animal Protection Trust. The featured a repertoire of songs for all music and animal lovers.

Yes, the Soul Sounds were clearly different, dazzling, their faces exotically painted. The harmony, the tonality seemed to take on a different timbre. Tossed aside was their characteristic swing and sway movement. Instead they lunged, prowled, made looping movements with their bodies. They threw themselves into a new idiom, and wove into vibrant new group postures, while they sang….

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The stage was appropriately forest-like and mystical. And when the lights dimmed and the musicians gathered and the first chords were played and a huge lion paw filled the backdrop screen…the singers burst in through the entrance doors of the auditorium, making a dramatic entrance protesting vibrantly in song…’they don’t really care about us!’

It was from the Michael Jackson medley: the ‘Earth Song’. It was appropriately earthy and hugely energetic. And then the singers gathered into position on stage and suddenly quieted to pause for Shehara Liyanage’s silvery voice as it lifted in solo and she began the Earth Song in earnest which beautifully lit up by the whole choir.

Dinushka Jayawickreme’s solo of Michael Jackson’s ‘Will you be There’ with the choir was haunting. It was more than a song…more than lyrics…more than movements…climaxing with Lilanka Boteju rendering the perfect piece of poetry to bring a lump in the throat to many a listener….

 

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Andrae Crouch Dies At 72

Sources: Entertainmentwise – Adam Miller | All Things Michael

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Andrae Crouch, arguably the most influential gospel star of a generation, has died, aged 72. The Songwriter, singer and choir director, who worked on some of the most iconic work for the likes of Michael JacksonMadonna and The Lion King, passed away at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center yesterday afternoon, January 8, after being admitted on Saturday following a heart attack, his publicist Brain Mayer confirmed.

After writing his first gospel song at just 14, Andrae went on to have one of the, if not the most astonishing careers in gospel history. During his career which spanned for over 50 years, he wrote some of gospel’s greatest modern classics, including My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon – the latter sung at the public memorial to Michael Jackson.

In his 55 years since debuting with his group, the Church of God in Christ Singers with the hit The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Andrae went on to win seven Grammy awards and is credited with pushing the Jesus Music movement in the late 1960s and 70’s which later spawned contemporary Christian music.

But his influence knew no bounds. The superstar inspired some of the most important pop musicians of all time including Elvis Presley, who recorded his I’ve Got Confidence for his very own 1972 gospel album He Touched Me, and Paul Simon who covered Jesus Is The Answer. From Ringo Starr to Chaka Kahn, Andrae collaborated with musical gods from across the board, but will be known to the masses for arranging the Michael Jackson classic Man In The Mirror. His choir, The Disciples, also starred in Madonna’s Like A Prayer.

In 1986, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on the soundtrack for The Color Purple and also featured on The Lion King – one of the most recognised sound tracks of all time.

In 2004, he became one of the only gospel artists ever to have their immortalised with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and three years later was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

But despite his enormous success, unfounded in the world of gospel, Andrae’s story almost becomes even more extraordinary through his battle with dyslexia. Struggling to compose songs, he would draw pictures which would help him to grasp the concept of a piece. For instance, while working on Man In The Mirror, he famously drew a mirror reflecting an image.

In 2011, he told The Associated Press: “I memorised everything through sight, the shape of the word. Some things that I write, you’ll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car — like a Ford — or a flag. I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me. So when I finish a song, I thank God for bringing me through. You have to press on and know your calling. That’s what I’ve been doing for all my life. I just went forward.”

He later explained that without his dyslexia, he may not have gone on to have the phenomenal career in gospel that he did, adding: “If I was sharp in every area, I might be too big-headed or something.”

In his final years, Andrae suffered several knock backs from major health issues including fights with cancer and diabetes. In December 2014, he was forced to cancel a tour after being hospitalised for pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

Andrae lived with his sister Sandra Crouch in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles. Both were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church of Los Angeles, in suburb of San Fernando. She released yesterday, which read: “Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”

Our condolences go out to his family, friends and millions of fans across the world at this time.

 

 

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Gospel Artist / Singer/ Songwriter Andrae Couch To Honored With Nationwide Tour

Sources: Progess Index | Edited By – All Things Michael

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RICHMOND — Gospel music legend Andraé Crouch will be honored with the “Let the Church Say Amen” celebration tour in cities nationwide this holiday season. The tour stops in Richmond at the Altria Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. It will feature guest performances by some of Gospel’s top artists, including CeCe Winans, Marvin Winans, Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp, Rance Allen and jazz artist Gerald Albright.

Tickets range from $34 – $64 (plus applicable fees) at the Altria Theater Box Office located at 6 N. Laurel St., online at AltriaTheater.com, or by phone at 800-514-3849 (ETIX). ADA seating tickets are available. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The “Let the Church Say Amen” celebration tour will hit multiple cities, with stops in Charlotte, Birmingham, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Richmond, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland and more to be announced.

Produced by Riverphlo Entertainment (Mano Hanes), the “Let The Church Say Amen” celebration tour will pay homage to the living legend’s career spanning over five decades. With seven Grammy Awards, six GMA Dove Awards and an Academy Award nomination for The Color Purple, Andraé is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As it relates to the tour, Pastor Andraé Crouch says, “Luther “Mano” Hanes is a musical genius! I am so proud of him! He is a monster producer and a superb musician. I am blessed to call him my son and whole heartily endorse this exciting tour.”

“With a visionary like Mano at the helm nothing but pure amazement will follow! He walks in a psalmist anointing that can’t be denied. This is not just a concert this is an experience! You won’t leave the way you came.” – Pastor Sandra Crouch

Andraé’s songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others.

Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson’s hit singles “Man in the Mirror,” “Keep the Faith,” “Will You Be There” and “Earth Song.”

For more information, visit http://letthechurchsayamentour.com

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“Man in the Mirror” – Michael Jackson (Live)

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MJ’s Memorial – Andrae Crouch Singers – “Soon And Very Soon”

 

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Usher Continues Celebrating His Voice Win with a Big Pool Splash To “Will You Be There”

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Buoyed by his big win on The VoiceUsher is fully enjoying his summer, showing off his boyish side at the pool.

“Some people just don’t know how to act #Friday #DontYouHate #iWonTheVoice,” the buff R&B star captioned his latest Instagram video shared on Friday.

It will no doubt please his fans as he goes shirtless just a few days after posting footage of himself cooking Tuscan eggs in his skivvies.

With an inflatable shark tucked under one of his muscular arms, the “Good Kisser” singer, 35, who led Indianapolis soul man Josh Kaufman to a season 6 win, announces his playtime with some attitude. “Don’t you hate how randomly people become kids as soon as they see a pool?” he asks.

The fun-loving father of two then takes off, running from inside his house to his pool where he makes a goofy dive into the water, yelling “Cannonball!” as he gleefully crashes and splashes while Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There” plays.

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5 Ways My Life Has Changed Since the Death of Michael Jackson

Source: Yahoo Voices – By Ramona Taylor (Published November 18, 2010)

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On June 25, 2009, while I wondered whether I was going to have cake or pie for my birthday, I heard the news that Michael Jackson had died. After first disbelieving the news as another Internet prank, I came to the realization that the King of Pop was dead and that somehow my life was different.

1. Black and White (and everything in between)

While many may not recall Michael Jackson the cover of Teen Beat types magazines in the early 1970s, but I do. I recall the school yard debates, in my newly integrated elementary school, about who was cuter Donny Osmond or Michael Jackson. Of course then, the debate was only resolved on the color line.

However, the Michael Jackson of that time was a chocolate -skinned, afro-wearing crooner, who wore bell-bottom pants and wild polyester prints and I was only seven. As he grew and music evolved, so did the world around us all. Race became an issue to discuss and diversity a concept to embrace. As time moved on, we recognized that music was not limited by ethnicity, color or gender.

When Michael Jackson passed, white, black, Asian, Native American, Africans, Latinos and more mourned him. Men impersonated him and women would faint at the sight of him. School yards no longer forced to be segregated and multi-cultural friends are no longer taboo.

While placing this progress on Michael Jackson would be overreaching, his music seemed to want to unify the world. I guess that’s why people still sing “we are the world.”

2. Man In the Mirror

When you are young, you consider yourself impervious to harm and to disappointment. When you are older, you simply adjust your self perception and justify any shortcomings. Michael Jackson was only a few years older than me at the time of his death, but he clearly had not lost his agility or style. He was a consummate performer, who during rehearsals clearly was not overshadowed by the much younger dancers and musicians.

While the circumstances surrounding his death are still controversial, he maintained an appearance and attitude that proved that he was going to be young forever. Soon thereafter, I began reevaluating my health, eating habits and fitness. Now, I am committed to taking better care of myself and playing more attention to my appearance. My goal is to live and enjoy life and any grandchildren my own children will bless me with.

3. Had I Seen My Childhood

After making calls to a number of friends and family on the day Michael died, I recall listening to one of my favorite songs by him, “Have You Seen My Childhood.” While the words made me consider how unfortunate his life (at times) and death may be to millions, I also recalled how incredibly wonderful my childhood was.

While I may have gripped about being raised on a farm and not having what others may have considered luxuries, I do know that I was loved and provided for by two very remarkable parents. I remember being safe. No one locked their doors. No one was kidnapped or molested. We swam in creeks and ate wild fruit from the vines. We played outside until it was dark and we knew that regardless of how horrible you were, you could always come home.

4. Music and Me

When I was younger, there were the Jacksons, Parliament, and Earth Wind and Fire. As I aged there was Duran Duran, Donna Summer, Billy Joel and Barry Manilow. When Michael died, I realized that I had not really focused on music or the “hottest” new talent. My children listen to Lil Wayne, OutKast, Mariah Carey, and Linkin Park, but these names were not as familiar to me.

Once Michael died, I wondered who would or could come close to being his successor. I began to listen to more and more types of music and artists. I have learned to appreciate genuine musical talent more and realize that Michael as a singer was a rare talent.

5. Will You Be There

Sometimes, something affects you indirectly. When Michael Jackson died, I realized that with all the news coverage and tributes I would ultimately have to explain Michael’s death to my son, who is autistic and a die hard Michael Jackson fan. While explaining abstract concepts of life and morality can be weighted, its harder to explain these concepts when you know that your child may have a harder time understanding them.

For my son, could understand the concept of death as it related to his family or pets; however, for the more celluloid figures in his life, death and dying have been almost impossible to explain to him. The reason for this difficulty rests in the availability of videos, movies and Youtube. When a relative dies, images are fixed in pictures, but when stars die, you can relive concerts, songs and performances through various media.

Since Michael’s death, our family now owns the Jackson 5 animated cartoon, the Jackson variety show DVDs, the California Raisins figure, the Wiz, Moonwalker DVD, This Is It Movie Posters, This Is It DVDS (2), and countless other television specials, songs and pictures of the later Michael Jackson. The collection will probably continue to grow as the world memorializes the man and exploits the fans that are like my son.

To my son, Michael Jackson cannot be dead and any mention of it must be a blatant lie. As such, Michael’s death has made me realize that if a person’s identity is simply an image on the scene or a voice on the radio, they are more illusions than reality. If they are their death’s are then more a fact than a manifestation. In a way, its more of a sad situation. As such, pressing the issue that Michael Jackson is gone is pointless in my home, because in my son’s reality, Michael cannot die.

While it’s been more than a year since the King of Pop died, his death continues and may continue to impact my life for years to come. While some of these changes were expected, the sense of self and impact on my children have been unexpected. I truly have appreciated the fact that Michael’s talent has been shared with the world and feel deep sadness for his children, who miss their father.

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Creative Expressions Performs Tribute To Michael Jackson

Source: Union Recorder – By Vaishali Patel

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MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA — Creative Expressions presented “Thriller”: A Tribute to Michael Jackson with the help of Georgia College music therapy students on Thursday night at the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts on the Georgia Military College campus.

“Thriller” is a musical concert featuring the best hits of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.

Performers with disabilities from the Life Enrichment Center teamed up to showcase some of the “King of Pop’s” top hits, including “Thriller,” “Will You Be There,” “Heal the World,” “You Are Not Alone,” “Beat It,” “ABC,” “Billie Jean” and “Man in the Mirror.”

The concert was hosted by Sarah Richardson and performers included Music in Motion, the Harmonettes Handbell & Vocal Choirs, the Shawn Greene Trio, the Davis 5, Good Vibrations and the Jungle Royales.

Creative Expressions is an initiative of The Life Enrichment Center, an organization focused on improving the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the past 13 years, the program has promoted creativity and self-expression through music therapy, performing and visual arts. The mission is to provide artists with disabilities the chance to dream, create and share their talents with their local community and beyond.

8539898For more information about Creative Expressions, the performers, or upcoming events, visit www.creativeexpressionsstudio.org.

 

 

‘Free Willy’ Star August Schellenberg Dies

Source: Contact Music

August Schellenberg as Randolph Johnson in 1993 film Free Willy Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2395816/Free-Willy-actor-August-Schellenberg-dies-aged-77-losing-battle-cancer.html#ixzz2cEpoiGYM Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

August Schellenberg as Randolph Johnson in 1993 film Free Willy

August Schellenberg, the actor best known for Free Willy, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

The Montreal-born actor was half Mohawk and half Swiss-German though mainly played Native American roles including Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick’s 2005 movie The New World, with Christian Bale and Colin Farrell.

Schellenberg’s manager Alan Mills said he died at his home in Dallas on Thursday (August 15, 2013). The actor’s family has not yet made arrangements for his funeral.

As well as his movie roles, the actor appeared in numerous television shows, most recently ‘SGU Stargate Universe’ in 2011, and was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy award in 2007 for his role in HBO TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

However, his most famous role will remain Free Willy, the 1993 family drama about a young boy who befriends a captive orca. Made for $20 million, the movie grossed over $150 million and spawned two sequels and a non-consecutive third film Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.

Michael Jackson sang and produced the movie’s theme song, Will You Be There, which won the MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Song in a Movie.’ It was included in the album All Time Greatest Movie Songs, released by Sony in 1999.

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