There aren’t enough adjectives or adverbs to begin to describe the late, great Michael Jackson. From the dawn of his career with his elder siblings to his final curtain call, Michael has amazed and astounded audiences from all points across the globe. His relentless work ethic and showmanship has influenced artists of all genres of music and has shaped the character of millions of aspiring entertainers. His philanthropic spirit has given hope to the hopeless and his humanitarian efforts have saved lives all around the world. Michael Jackson is a class act, and the epitome of excellence. Please join us as we remember the man, the music and the legend.
Michael’s rise to fame came at an early age. He and his four brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon formed the Jackson Five and took the country by storm. They dazzled fans with their trendsetting outfits, their crisp, precise dance moves and their soulful voices. In 1969, the Jackson Five garnered their first Billboard Hot 100 number one single “I Want You Back (Motown)” which laid the foundation for the quintet’s superstar status. Their next three singles “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There” also claimed the number one spot, making the Jackson Five a household name.
Michael Jackson continued to record albums with his brothers however; in 1979 Michael released his first full-length feature “Off the Wall”. Jackson collaborated with noteworthy artists Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder to create this classic gem. The album’s lead single “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” reached the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart, earning Jackson yet another number one spot.
And then, it happened. In 1982, MJ dropped “Thriller”, an album that shattered records set by recording artists before him and giving those who came after him a goal to achieve. The success of this album caused MTV to change its programming from a predominately Caucasian playlist to a more ethnically diverse rotation which includes music from various genres.
Not only was Michael Jackson the world’s best entertainer, he was also a great humanitarian. He spearheaded the USA for African campaign which sparked what may be the best musical collaboration of all time, “We Are the World”. Michael along with 44 other great artists (Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Harry Belafonte are a few) raised millions of dollars to fight disease and famine for the disenfranchised citizens of the world’s richest continent. In addition to USA for Africa, Michael’s philanthropic ways has placed him in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most charities supported by a Pop Star. The Sickle Cell Research Foundation, United Negro College Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Camp Ronald McDonald are amongst the many agencies that Jackson has provided time, energy and monetary donations to. His will to help those who are less fortunate has broadened the horizons for youth worldwide.
Amped Sounds pays tribute to The King of Pop, his legacy and the music that inspired us all. Thank you for breaking records and setting goals for new artist to obtain. Thank you for destroying the barriers that held musicians back, for your actions have allowed for us to experience diversity with music videos. Thank you for being the scarecrow in “The Wiz”, which has assisted musicians in their transition from musician to actor. Thank you for your spirit of giving, so that those who are in need may prosper. Our hats are off to you Michael. We love you MJ, and you will truly be missed!