Siedah Garrett (Deborah Christine Garrett)

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Artist Birtday : 24/06/1958 (Age 58)
Born In : Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) : singer, songwriter, composer
Genres : R&B
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Siedah Garrett (born June 24, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter, who has written songs and performed backing vocals for many recording artists in the music industry, such as Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson among others. Garrett has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 50th Grammy Awards for co-writing “Love You I Do” (performed by Jennifer Hudson) for the 2006 musical film, Dreamgirls.
Affectionately dubbed “Sid” by Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett appeared as a contestant on Password Plus in 1980, and performed lead vocals for “One Man Woman” and “The Places You Find Love” in 1989 on Jones’ Grammy-Award-winning Back on the Block album. Later, she joined the soul / funk outfit Plush, their self-titled album was issued in 1982 on RCA Records. Her hits include “Don’t Look Any Further” with Dennis Edwards (#72 pop, #2 R&B in 1984); “Do You Want It Right Now?” in 1985 from the Fast Forward soundtrack (#3 Hot Dance Music/Club Play and #63 R&B), which was covered by Taylor Dayne in 1988 and later covered by Armand Van Helden in 2007 under the title “I Want Your Soul”; “Everchanging Times” from the movie Baby Boom (#30 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1987), and “K.I.S.S.I.N.G.” (#97 in 1988). The latter song went to #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In the mid 80’s she also toured and recorded with Sergio Mendes, appearing on three on his albums.

In 1987 Garrett was involved in Michael Jackson’s Bad album, singing a duet with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” in several different languages (among which were French and Spanish). She co-wrote the #1 single “Man in the Mirror”. In a 2013 interview with Luka Neskovic, Garrett said: “All I wanted to do was give Michael something he would want to say to the world, and I knew it couldn’t be another ‘Oh baby, I love you’ song. It had to be a little bit more than that. It needed to have some substance. He hadn’t recorded anything like this to that point. I was just taking the risk that he might not get it, you know. First of all, I need to send it through Quincy because if Quincy didn’t like it there is no way that Michael would’ve ever heard it. It was a huge privilege for me when Quincy decided that the song was good enough to play for Michael.”

Garrett and Jackson recorded a Spanish version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, titled “Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu” (loosely translated to “All My Love Is You”). Also now available is a French version titled “Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous” which was also recorded during the same recording sessions for the “Bad” album. A gifted musical sight reader with perfect vocal pitch (as most session vocalists are), the initial duet for “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” came as a total surprise to Garrett who simply answered the call expecting to only appear as a background vocalist. She initially felt intimidated with excitement when she entered the recording booth and noticed two music stands with sheet music that had lyric parts labeled “Michael” and “Siedah.”

Garrett’s association with Jackson enabled her to sing on several Quincy Jones albums of the 1980s and 1990s, co-writing his hit songs “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)”, “Back On The Block,” and “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” Garrett also toured with Michael Jackson from 1992 to 1993 on his Dangerous World Tour, singing backing vocals and duetting with him for “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”. In the Dangerous album, Garrett also wrote a song “Keep the Faith” with Michael Jackson and Glen Ballard, the co-songwriter of Man in the Mirror. She appears in the concert film “Michael Jackson Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour.”

Siedah Garrett (Deborah Christine Garrett)
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