Siedah Garrett is a GRAMMY-winning and twice Oscar nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled. A native of Los Angeles, Garrett began her career as a background vocalist when she was just 15 years old. Her experience in the music business has been varied, to say the least. She’s done it all – from being a singer in a variety of local bands in her early days, to catapulting to the status of one of the most sought after songwriters in the world. A collaborator and band member of Michael Jackson’s, Siedah is most famous for co-writing The King of Pop’s megahit “Man in the Mirror” from his GRAMMY Award-winning, chart-topping 1987 album, “Bad”, and as his duet partner on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, that album’s first single. She also toured with Jackson as featured vocalist on his Dangerous World Tour.
In addition to Jackson, Siedah’s songs have been recorded by musical icons including mentor Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, will.i.am and many others. Her first big hit was the now classic duet with ex-Temptation Dennis Edwards, “Don’t Look Any Further”. She has also toured internationally with Madonna, Sergio Mendes, and The Brand New Heavies, and recently performed alongside pop sensation Aloe Blacc. Film and television productions to use Siedah’s music include Lego Batman, Rio, Rio 2, Dreamgirls, The Voice, and Netflix’ Fuller House, and the hugely successful Playstation video game Nioh.
Outside of her work as a singer and songwriter, Garrett is also an active philanthropist – using her time, talents and creativity to make a positive difference in her community and throughout the world. Siedah is a frequent guest speaker at colleges, universities and industry conferences, offering her advice and sharing her experiences. She has become the go-to lyricist for special events and social causes, such as co-writing two theme songs for the Special Olympics World Games, the musical theme for the World Expo in Shanghai, the American Idol Gives Back campaign, Fergie’s “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge)” song to encourage voter participation, her Autism Awareness theme song “It’s Time to Listen,” and her new benefit single, “Carry On”, for the Race to Erase MS charity. Siedah also has taken a particular interest in causes related to HIV/AIDS, earning her the Good Samaritan Award from the Minority AIDS Foundation. An avid knitter, Siedah is currently working on an initiative – Beanies for Babies – personally knitting 100 caps for children living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.
August 24th, 2017 | Season 2 | 33 mins 4 secs
Siedah Garrett joins Arthur to talk about her new music, record label A&R’s (then and now), and whose idea it was to try and pair Prince and Michael for a duet.