Siedah Garrett Keeps On Loving Michael Jackson
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.
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.