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Michael’s Influence on Gospel
By Olusheyi Banjo
Published July 2, 2009


Michael’s Influence On Gospel by Olusheyi Banjo

On June 25 the world lost a true talent named Michael Joseph Jackson. Jackson not only influenced pop music and r&b music, but he also influenced gospel music with such songs as the gospel infused “Man In The Mirror” from his “Bad” album, “Keep The Faith” and “Will You Be There” from his “Dangerous” album and more. Jackson also had an influence on gospel musicians and other industry insiders as well.

Gospel singer J MOSS told “In my interpretation, a legend creates a path for others to walk and that legacy continues as others trot it. An icon is someone that comes along and changes the game. Michael Jackson in his journey was able to accomplish both. From the percussive breathy undertones in vocal tracks to the thunderous above and beyond presentations pushing the envelope, Michael Jackson has influenced me in many facets of my profession. May we all continue his legacy and keep his family lifted in comforting prayer.”

Dewanye Woods stated “I am deeply moved by Michael Jackson’s passing. This nation, this world has lost a musical foundation that all of our careers as artists have been affected by in some way, shape or form. His artistry transcends racial, political, and social barriers and has given hope to so many. He was a legend before his time who will live on in the music that he created and in the hearts of his fans.”

Daryl D. Lassier, a renounced gospel publicist said “I saw Michael the first time as the World did as a six-year old with “The Ed Sullivan Show”. It changed my world as I along with most black boys of my youth tried to sing, dance, dress and act like MJ.I last saw him live at the 1993 American Music Awards. Still my favorite show of all-time was his “Bad” tour of 1988 at Atlanta’s Omni. Yes I have all the albums, 8-tracks, cassettes, 45s, CDs, music videos and more from the Jackson 5.As a kid, we used to sharpen our pencils on Fridays in middle school so we could go to the grocery store on Saturdays and use the pencils as knifes to cut out the 45 which was the back of the Sugar Smacks Cereal boxes…if you are too young to know what a 45 is – research it. In my junior year of High School, “Off The Wall” was a big hit and I would wear the white shirt, black bow tie and black pants rolled up with the shiny socks to band practice. And in college, “Thriller” was released and we all went crazy. I remember how many people bought their first VCRs because they wanted to see the 60-minute Thriller long form video. I got to play his songs in the marching band and then later on the radio when I was an announcer/program director. Later, I began producing music videos and I always wanted to do a video like one he did. Many people today are still doing the Thriller dance at weddings and commercials, but I was in the marching band in college as that song was a top-10 song and we did the dance on the field when it was a hot song…it was incredible…Yes I stood in lines at midnight in 1991 for “Dangerous”, in 1995 for “HIStory” and again in 2001 for “Invincible.” But my uncle Jerry bought me the “ABC” album in 1970 and I bought all since. My brother can tell you that I would ask for a Jackson 5 record as my Christmas gifts. He was my boy and I will never forget this day.

D.A. Johnson of Malaco Music Group stated “The question for years to come will be, “Where were you when you heard the news that Michael Jackson passed?” For me and my family were in a hotel room in NYC just getting back from attending our daughter’s High School graduation; our son was on face book when he read the news Michael Jackson had experienced cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. We quickly turned on the television to CNN and within moments they announce that the LA Times had declared he had passed. My wife began to cry because she was a devout Michael Jackson fan since childhood. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m just at a lost for words.”

Gospel group 21:03 says, “Michael Jackson will always be remembered as musical royalty. He has influenced us and impacted our musical approach tremendously. His legacy will live on through the careers of the artists he touched. Our prayers are with his family.”

Singer Brian Courtney Wilson says, “My condolences go out to the family and friends of Michael Jackson. I pray that Michael rests in peace. He gave us everything he had to give.”

Mary Mary facebook page
says “Last night (June 25) we received some good news from Terri McFaddin-Solomon who is good friends with Sandra Crouch. Three weeks ago Sandra and Andre’ spent some time with their close friend, Michael Jackson. Michael asked Andre` to play, “It Won’t Be Long And We’ll Be Leaving Here.” Michael then prayed with Sandra and Andre and accepted Christ into his heart. Now he’s singing in the heavenly choir! Our hearts rejoice!”

One of Michael’s closest friends Rev. Al Sharpton
states “A friend of Michael’s for the last 35 years, I call on people around the world to pray for him and his family in the hour. I have known Michael since we were both teens, worked with him, marched for him, hosted him at our House of Justice headquarters in New York, and we joined together to eulogize our mutual idol, James Brown. I have known him at his high moments and his low moments and I know he would want us to pray for his family.”

 MC Hammer sums up everyone feelings via his Twitter page “I will be mourning my friend, brother, mentor and inspiration…He gave me and my family hope. I would never have been me without him.”  

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