Five years ago, Michael Jackson passed away and left a void in pop culture. Beyoncé, who credits MJ as one of the biggest influences on her career, has written a heartfelt tribute via her website.
The singer reflects on MJ’s vocal ability, which she points out as having “soul.” She recalls being instructed by her first producer to pay attention to Michael’s live 1972 performance of “Who’s Loving You” with the Jackson 5. “He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back,” she adds.
“What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult,” Beyonce writes. “It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.
The singer acknowledged that the late King of Pop showed her that “sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go. “
“Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael,” she concludes.
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