The Genius of Michael Jackson
Wednesday, March 16
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Let's talk about why we like Michael Jackson in the first place: his music. With testimony from the people who helped the King of Pop put together his songs, albums and shows, we’ll deconstruct the brilliance of "Billie Jean," "Don't Stop til You Get Enough," "Black or White" and the rest.
While Siedah Garrett is widely known for co-writing Michael Jackson‘s “Man in the Mirror”, this GRAMMY Award winning and two-time Oscar nominated singer/songwriter has created a body of work that s...Show the rest
While Siedah Garrett is widely known for co-writing Michael Jackson‘s “Man in the Mirror”, this GRAMMY Award winning and two-time Oscar nominated singer/songwriter has created a body of work that spans three decades, and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic names in entertainment. A Quincy Jones discovery, Siedah has written songs recorded by the likes of Jackson, Jones, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Earth Wind & Fire, Sergio Mendes, Toto, Sheena Easton, Natalie Cole, Barry White, Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx. As a featured vocalist, she has toured internationally with Jackson, Jones, Mendes, Madonna, Wang Chung, Brand New Heavies, and former Temptations member Dennis Edwards, whose duet with Garrett, “Don’t Look Any Further”, became a classic R&B hit single. Garrett also dueted with Michael Jackson on his #1 single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, toured with him on his Dangerous Worldwide Tour, and co-wrote with MJ on the song “Keep The Faith”.
Siedah Garrett has been very active writing music for film, television, and special events. This includes “Love You, I Do” by Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, for which she won a GRAMMY and scored her first Academy Award nomination, and “Real In Rio” from the animated film Rio, which garnered her second Oscar nomination. She also co-wrote and performed the official theme songs for the 2007 and 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and the 2010 World Expo.
Garrett makes regular guest speaker appearances at educational institutions, charities, and music industry conferences, to share her experience and advice. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences - Music Branch/Executive Committee, and is a rotating member of the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles Chapter.
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Red River Pictures
Steven B. Ray has enjoyed a vast career in the entertainment industry by thriving in a variety of roles and mediums. His experience began as a roadie working summer tours with George Rhodes, condu...Show the rest
Steven B. Ray has enjoyed a vast career in the entertainment industry by thriving in a variety of roles and mediums. His experience began as a roadie working summer tours with George Rhodes, conductor and arranger for entertainment legend, Sammy Davis, Jr. Following college, Steven began working for Quincy Jones as his production assistant and participated on the many illustrious projects that Mr. Jones produced, beginning with Michael Jackson’s legendary album “Thriller”, the USA for Africa benefit recording “We Are The World”, James Ingram’s platinum selling solo debut album, Frank Sinatra’s “LA Is My Lady” and the film, The Color Purple for which Steven was a consultant for all on-camera musical casting and performances. Steven went on to hold a senior executive A&R position at Capitol Records (domestic & international). Steven eventually accepted a position at Windswept Pacific Publishing where he had the unique job description of creative executive, staff writer & music supervisor. While at Windswept, he signed writer/producer, Manuel Seal (co-writer on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”, “We Belong Together” and Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna”), Quincy Jones, III (co-writer/producer for TuPac, Ice Cube) and the co-venture with LA Reid’s HitCo Music (TLC’s “Waterfalls”, Anita Baker’s “I Apologize”, Destiny’s Childs’ “Survivor” and numerous Beyonce Knowles solo hits resulting in over 150 million units sold). Steven developed and introduced to the television community the business model for VNU’s NextMedium – an online digital product placement application measuring the value of product placement in television. Steven’s current focus is film, television and theater production, launching Red River Pictures in 2012, securing financing for the 2013 Broadway musical production of “Ghost” and for Director Dan Algrant and Oscar nominated, Tony award winning Producer Fred Zollo’s forthcoming film “Little Rootie Tootie” starring Christopher Walken and Lenny Kravitz.Hide the rest
Anthony Marinelli has proven to be a sought after composer, performer, electronic musician and producer. He has composed music in over sixty motion pictures including Young Guns, Internal Affairs,...Show the rest
Anthony Marinelli has proven to be a sought after composer, performer, electronic musician and producer. He has composed music in over sixty motion pictures including Young Guns, Internal Affairs, The Man From Elysian Fields, 15 Minutes and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. His large scale orchestral work In the Family Way was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and premiered at the Hollywood Bowl.
He's written catchy music for hundreds of television commercials including Apple Computer campaigns, Microsoft, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Budweiser, Jaguar and Shell to name a few.
His television work includes Sliders, Angel Street, The Human Target and a daytime Emmy for Santa Barbara.
Anthony has played keyboards on Michael Jackson's mega-hit Thriller as well as on records for such renowned artists as James Brown, Lionel Richie, Van Halen, Herb Alpert, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Supertramp and Quincy Jones.
He attended the University of Southern California School of Music as a piano and composition major. His early years pioneering modular analog synthesizers positioned Anthony at the center of the ensuing music technology revolution.His extensive work as a young arranger, orchestrator and performer for Quincy Jones, Jack Nitzsche, Lamont Dozier, Arthur Rubenstein and Giorgio Moroder was vital in launching his own career.Hide the rest