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Being the only woman not a family member to ever record a duet with Michael Jackson (Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin all turned down such opportunity) may be the most notable distinction of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett.

She did so with her 1987 #1 Billboard hit "I Just Can’t Stop Loving You," but it certainly is not the only one. Since being discovered by the legendary producer/band leader Quincy Jones in 1983, Garrett has also managed to become the only Black female in Academy Award history to be nominated twice for Original Song written for a Motion Picture for "Real In Rio" - 2011 film "Rio" and "Love You, I Do," from the 2006 film "Dreamgirls." (For the latter Garrett won a Grammy Award.)

She is also the only female to write a #1 song recorded by Michael Jackson with "Man In The Mirror." Many have felt that Siedah’s successful association with the King of Pop on two single hits on MJ’s record-breaking "Bad" album in 1985 may have been too much for any artist to come out of Jackson’s shadow and launch a solo career. Too much expectation may have been there for Garrett to transition into stardom, even on her own highly rated merits.


  • Anonymous, 2012-08-22 10:21:43

    Hi BeBe, Michael Jackson recorded a duet with jazz artist Patti Austin on the Off the Wall album (It’s the Falling in Love track) and on the Dangerous album (In the Closet - Princess Stephanie of Monaco).

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