Few artists can boast the collaborations that Siedah Garett does. Just the mention of her name reminds us of Michael Jackson for whom she did not just perform backing vocals on his Bad songs or sang duets with him (I just can’t stop loving you), she co-wrote songs, in particular the acclaimed number 1 Man in the mirror and Keep the faith. It is no surprise then when names followed including Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Madonna. Her backing vocalist CV is impressive and sometimes overshadow her songwriting work but the latter remains undeniable with its contribution to global hits and just for the sheer achievement of getting Quincy Jones’ approval before reaching Michael Jackson and getting the nod there too. She follows this with songs for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Paula Abdul. A lead vocalist, a backing singer and a songwriter, she’s a name well recognised but not quite fully appreciated.
1. Man in the mirror Siedah collaborates with Glen Ballard to pin this number one hit for Michael Jackson in which she also provides the backing vocals 2. Love You I Do – Siedah’s songwriting is recognised with this 2008 Grammy Award winner for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media from motion picture Dreamgirls performed by Jennifer hudon, also nominated for Best Original Song both for the Academy Award in 2007 and the Satellite Awards in 2006. 3. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You This Billboard number 1 song was written and performed by Michael Jackson for his 1987 album Bad and features a duet with Siedah Garrett co-produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. The song was also recorded by the two in French and Spanish. 4. Don’t Look Any Further” Siedah’s first hit was with this 1984 single performed by former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, featuring Siedah Garrett and written by Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert and Duane Hitchings with programming is by Paul Jackson, Jr. 5. Sometimes Siedah Garrett joined the acid jazz UK band Brand New Heavies for their album Shelter in 1997 as the lead vocalist and songwriter. Sometimes was a minor hit. 6. Everchanging Times – Siedah was chosen to perform this 1987 hit Adult Contemporary ballad from the soundtrack of the movie Baby Boom, written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Bill Conti. The song will be later reprised by Aretha Franklin featuring Michael McDonald 7. Innocent Side Garrett released her first album, “Kiss Of Life in 1988 on Quincy Jones’ Qwest label, with two reasonably well-received singles including Innocent Side. 8. I’m Yours A wonderful ballad produced by Quincy Jones and featuring the enchanting voices of El DeBarge and Siedah Garret and released in 1989. Siedah featured a few more works by Quincy Jones including the more upbeat I don’t go for that, Jook Joint, Listen Up and The Places You Find Love. 9. Rain Down Love Freemasons feature Siedah Garrett’s vocals in this 2007 in this upbeat dance song. This is one of a set of upbeat songs that feature Siedah Garett during that time including i want your soul armand van helden’s I want your soul and Funky Bahia with Sérgio Mendes featuring will.i.am & Siedah Garrett in 2008. 10. Keep on Lovin’ You Siedah writes and performs some amazing vocals her catchy MJ tribute song produced by Bruce Swedien for In The Mirror Music in 2012.