You've heard the songs. Now hear the stories.
Told by the collaborators and friends who were there, with Michael Jackson, creating the music he left behind.
These are the stories about the real Michael Jackson... The musical genius at work.
As told by the songwriters, producers, musicians, and engineers who worked intimately with him, Xscape Origins: The Songs and Stories Michael Jackson Left Behind takes you inside the recording studio, showcasing the creative process of the greatest artistic visionary the world has ever known. Damien Shields delivers a captivating fly-on-the-wall account of how these eight musical masterpieces—released posthumously on the Xscape album—originally came to fruition.
Discover how the King of Pop and his collaborators conceived and developed the original versions of "Love Never Felt So Good," "She Was Loving Me" (a.k.a. "Chicago"), "Loving You," "A Place With no Name," "Slave To The Rhythm," "Do You Know Where Your Children Are," "Blue Gangsta," and "Xscape" (a.k.a. "Escape").
Compiled from exclusive interviews with:
Michael Prince (Engineer, 1995-2009)
Matt Forger (Engineer, 1982-1997)
John Barnes (Composer, arranger, musician, 1983-2009)
Cory Rooney (Songwriter, producer, A&R, 1999-2001)
Fred Jerkins III (Songwrtier, producer, 1999-2001)
Brian Vibberts (Engineer, 1994-1999)
CJ deVillar (Engineer, musician, 1998-1999).
And exclusive first-hand insights from:
Rodney Jerkins (Producer, songwriter, 1999-2001)
Brad Buxer (Composer, arranger, musical director, 1989-2008)
Kathy Wakefield (Songwriter, 1973-1984)
Dr. Freeze (Songwriter, producer, 1998-2001).
Context Is Everything
There are some good things about the Xscape project but one of the things it lacked was context. For some reason the estate didn't think it necessary to highlight the history of the songs included. This book corrects that oversight. And what a history these songs have! Some being worked on on and off for 10 years. Culled from interviews with the people who actually worked with Michael Jackson recording, writing and arranging these songs we learn of the methods, hard work, talent and inventiveness it took to produce them. It's an invaluable resource that any MJ fan or fan of great music will enjoy and treasure. I just find it sad that we have to rely on fans to bring these stories out instead of the estate that is charged with preserving the legacy of this great artist and humanitarian.