Quotes about Michael


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These are positive quotes from friends and celebrities who loves and/or admires Michael, all positive.

"In the studio, Michael was a hard worker, a really hard worker. He would stand there until he got it right. He likes to perform with the lights out and just a single light on the stand. And he likes to do some of his dances during songs. On "The Lady In My Life", I needed Michael to express an emotion that goes way, way back. I said ‘Smelly, I need you to beg on this. I want a serious beg on this one, which is convincing the lady that this is the way that she should go. Michael knew exactly what I was talking about. He got all embarrassed and started to blush. But he did it and then he ran out of there."
-Quincy Jones, legendary producer/composer

“I remember in school writing Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and asking them to come get me out of class. I would imagine them running down the hall and asking my teacher, "Ms. Daniels, can we get Missy out of class? We're here to see Missy." My imagination was always wild like that. So when I got a call from Janet, just to hear her say she loved my music, it was like a blessing. It was a dream come true to get a call from Mariah, to get a call from Whitney. Those are major people I've always dreamed of working with, and now I'm just waiting on Michael Jackson to call”.
-Missy Elliott, rapper/producer

"The people who don't want anything from him are children. Everyone else wants something. They want to flirt with glory... He's a tabloid victim."
-Phil Collins, pop singer

"He called us the Kings of Vocals. That was exciting. Mike is cool. He's different. He's been onstage since he was five. He never got to be a child himself. I know people say all kinds of things about his Ferris wheel and all that, but he's just trying to relive his childhood. Being around Mike shows you how much further you have to go."
-Nate Morris of Boyz II Men, r&b singer

"Growing up, Michael Jackson was my man. Because he gets up there and give it all. And musically, he challenges himself. I knew that when I got the chance to do this, I would try and do it like that."
-Ginuwine, r&b singer

"Michael Jackson sent me a note saying he loves my voice. I cherish that, but I don't believe it, you know what I mean? There will be a time, maybe 10 years from now, to sit down and reflect on those things. I can't do it now."
—Marc Anthony, Latin Singer

One of the turning points in my life was the first concert I attended. It was Michael Jackson. I was 7 years old. After seeing such a good show, I had an entirely different interest in the artist and in music."
-Monica, R&B singer

I met Michael when I was working at FAO Schwarz in New York City. I was 15 years old, and he came in the store. He was buying a bunch of toys. I was screaming, 'Michael!' I made him laugh.
-Shawn Wayans, actor and comedian

“Michael Jackson is the greatest artist of all. I never enjoyed working with anyone so much as I did with him."
-Wyclef Jean

"He was just as close to my family as he was to me, he loved my great grandmother, he used to love to sing the old spiritual songs with my great grandmother". “He will always be an icon."
-Emmanauel Lewis, child star actor and friend

"I mean, the songs on that album (Thriller) are just ridiculous. Every single song is amazing. It's my favorite album. My parents were really influential in who I was listening to when I was growing up, and that album was playing all the time."
-Aaliyah, the late R&B singer/actress ( quote from 1999)

"Let me tell you about 'Billie Jean': that was awesome. I actually used to wear a white shirt with a bow tie and my leather pants every day after school. When he took his hat off and slid across the floor in that pose... that's the pose right there."
-T-Boz of TLC, R&B Singer

"Michael Jackson's Thriller. You're able to relax to it, and it has kind of a smooth feel, but it's really energetic, and I like a lot of energy. I listen to it about once a day. It gets me pumped”.
-Kobe Bryant, basketball star

“The rumor is that some time during the tour Michael Jackson is going to come and see me. I have told everyone not to tell me when he is coming until the show is over. I'm scared to meet him. On the opening night of the tour, he sent me a huge gift basket with everything that you could possibly want in it. On top of it was a huge stuffed monkey and a card that said ‘Love, Michael Jackson’ on it. Who has a card that says ‘Love, Michael Jackson’ on it?!"
-Tatyana Ali, actress and singer

“The persona that is created of Michael Jackson is very different when you're in a room with him, when you're talking to him. He's very funny. He actually fights. I was surprised. He's like a blue belt in Tae Kwan Do or something. I'd just done 'Ali,' and I felt that Michael Jackson might be able to hurt me. That dude looks sharp. He's a fast mover. You see how somebody could dance and move that good and do those spins. That takes strength man."
-Will Smith, actor/rapper

“I think he is one of the finest people to hit this planet, and, in my estimation, he is the true King of Pop, Rock and Soul”.
-Elizabeth Taylor, legendary actress and one of Michael’s best friends

"Michael is a really nice guy. Michael is a sweetheart. Michael is caring and thoughtful and considerate and shy and a little nervous of people that want more than just an autograph and pictures...”
-John Wolfe, Michael’s Bodyguard

“Well, we had the pleasure of meeting Michael Jackson at a Christmas concert, and he came onstage for the finale. I was very nervous because he's the biggest male artist in history and you have to be careful not to do or say something stupid! I wish I could moonwalk!”
-Michelle Williams

“Michael Jackson! I met him once onstage, but I only got to hug him. He's my favorite singer.”
—Beyonce Knowles

“I wish I could dance like Michael Jackson!”
-Kelly Rowland
—Quotes from Destiny’s Child


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Well, for "You Are Not Alone," he reached out to me and asked me if I had anything laying around. I was amazed when Michael called me because, for years, I just didn't expect to go to that level, even though I was told that I would. But it was just an honor to work with him, and ever since then we've had a relationship. We spent ten days together working in the studio; we really got to know each other, and how each other works and respects the art. I had to argue with Michael on "You Are Not Alone," and almost make him sing it. He wanted the K-Ci & JoJo song; he wanted that one, but I just didn't feel that "Life" was a song for him. I told, "This song is you. Trust me, it's gonna be big –it's a big song." He settled down and got into it, and that's exactly what it was for him."
—R. Kelly R&B Singer/Producer/Songwriter

"Michael Jackson has endured more media hatred than anyone I've ever known and he's maintained his dignity. You have to be a special person to be Michael and no one can ever be like him!” We're friends. We laugh. We joke around. I remind Michael of where he comes from. He's from Gary, Ind. - it wasn't always Neverland." "I love Michael Jackson. I think he's a beautiful human being. The media has caused him to become very shy and very standoffish."
-Steve Harvey Actor/Comedian

"Well, you know, I like all of Michael Jackson's stuff, he's my man. I think that he's the greatest entertainer ever because he just brings so much energy to the screen. Creatively, he took it to a whole other level."
-Chris Tucker, Actor/Comedian

"Oh yeah! We talk - talk all of the time. It was his birthday recently and I couldn't be there, I was here doing something I think, and it's cool. I think he's the most famous person on the planet and someone's got to prod somewhere, someone's got to give you stick somewhere, and if you don't know him, you don't know him. I do! Thank god for that!"
-Marsha Ambrosius, singer and member the British R&B Group Floetry

“I believe he is one of the only true beings on the earth that are inspired by heavenly motivations". "Please let this beautiful man be himself and love him BECAUSE he is different. Praise him because he doesn't look like everyone else, and doesn't dress like everyone else and ACT like everyone else, nor does he dance or sing like anyone else. Everyone copies him. Honor his individuality, his strength to stand alone and go against flow. He does not drink, or have a Hummer, or have girls shake their butts and breasts before him and you. He goes to orphanages, not clubs, he hugs children, not "ho's". He reads great literature, not pornography. Please I beg you and the rest of the fans to honor this great man. This man is beyond what everyone "expects" him to be. He will never be, or look, or create ANYTHING like ANYONE else as long as he lives and we can thank GOD for letting us experience him in our lifetime. Go share that with the fans".
-Karen Faye, Michael’s Makeup Artist

“September 7th and the 10th at Madison Square Garden, I'll be singing along with a bunch of other artists to pay tribute to his legacy, and I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan. I had his posters plastered all over my room when I was younger, so that's going to be an incredible honor damn near everybody's gonna be there because that's an event you cannot miss."
-Deborah Cox, R&B Singer, who performed at Michael’s 30th Anniversary Concert in September 2001

"Michael's a natural. He's a very hard worker and a super performer. But most of all, he's a real human being."
-Steve Wonder, legendary Motown Musician and close friend of Michael’s and the Jackson Family

"I think Michael Jackson is the greatest thing ever. He's been a role model of mine since I was very young. I think he's influenced a lot of artists' careers he's opened the door for so many people. He's introduced a new style of dancing. Everything about”
—Brandy, R&B Singer/Actress

“Michael's the most intense person I've worked with. For him, everything is about the music and how to make it better. He also makes work a lot of fun. He's a kid at heart-- his office is not like a normal office. He has all the kids' toys. A lot of times we'd are in session, in the middle of playing a video game, and he'd be, like "Well, we got to do this. But go ahead and finish your game, though--I don't want to mess your game up.” The thing about Michael is his talent. If you put Michael onstage without the explosions and the other dancers, he'll still command the stage. There's a song called "Childhood" on the new album (HIStory), and I think for the first time, Michael has put a lot of his feelings on record. That song, for right now, defines where he's at-- the way he feels about himself and the way people feel about him.”
-Jimmy Jam, Record Producer and Songwriter (he also worked for Michael’s sister Janet)

“I was in California the first time I heard Michael Jackson wanted to record with me. I was like, Nah, no way, he's too big, it can't be true. Then I got a call from Michael's people at my hotel telling me he was interested. But I still wasn't believing it-- I thought they were setting me up for a TV practical jokes show. So my partner and me go to the place, and while we were waiting we were talking and cursing up a storm-- I was thinking that if it were a blooper show, they wouldn't be able to use it. Then Michael called and said he was on his way. When he got there he was just like 'Hey, how ya doin?’ Michael is just as regular as everyone else is. We talked about all the normal stuff guys talk about. He's real smart. People forget that he's the most incredible entertainer we've seen in our lifetime. His name is Michael Jackson, not Super Michael Jackson. He makes mistakes just like all of us. My favorite Michael Jackson song is "Music and Me". It's an old one, about him and his music, his love for music, and the time they've had together. It's like a song that would be sung to a girl, but it's all about music.”
-Heavy D -- MC/label executive (rapped on Jam, 1991)

“Michael is very involved and on top of everything he puts his name on. He's shy and sweet, considering all he's accomplished, but he's a prankster. When I was doing the video (In the Closet), we had water pistol fights. He's a perfectionist.”
-Naomi Campbell, Supermodel and Actress

“What can one say about Michael Jackson? He is one of the world's most acclaimed entertainers, an innovative and exciting songwriter whose dancing seems to defy gravity and has been heralded by the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly."
- the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (quote made in the early 1980s)

“He's the greatest. Innovative. Black.”
-Teddy Riley, producer and member of the r&b group, BlackStreet

“He's a ****ing brilliant entertainer, a complete natural. He's the only guy I've ever met that's real--for that kind of music. I grew up listening to the Jackson 5. I used to love Dancing Machine. We've been friends for a while, so he just lets me do what I want to do. I get a basic framework, and I just make up my part and they edit it. I wonder sometimes what it's gonna sound like [Laughs] but every time, they do a great job. He's very shrewd. He's got a great, sarcastic sense of humor. People always ask me, "Is he weird?" Well, he's different. But I know what it's like to weird, growing up in the music business. I have to admit working with Michael Jackson is different than working with your basic, gritty rock 'n' roll band. One time when I went to play for Michael, he walked in with Brooke Shields, and there I am with a cigarette in one hand, a bottle of Jack Daniel's in the other, and my guitar hanging low around my neck. And he doesn't care. That's not they way he is, but I don't have to change for him. He accepts me for what I am.”
-Slash , Guns N' Roses guitarist (he played guitar on Michael’s Dangerous and HIStory Albums)

“Working with Michael is a different type of work. You're pressured time, but not by creativity or money. So you're left with mad freedom. You'd think he'd be very controlling, but if he likes you enough to work with you, he wants your expertise, not just another Michael Jackson record. Heal The World and Stranger in Moscow from History record are, like, the makeup of Michael. I think he's taken on the responsibility to make changes in the world. He's the only real superhero. Think about it.”
-Dallas Austin, Music Producer

"Michael Jackson is the premise of my whole thing. Artists are afraid to say who their influences are because they fear they'll be put in the shadow of that artist. Not me. When I get an idea from somebody, I straight say, ' I took it from them'." "Michael Jackson! I'd just love to work with Michael, period. So, Michael, if you're reading this, call me!"
-Sisqo, R&B Singer/Rapper and member of the r&b group, Dru Hill

“I never worked with Michael, but he and I had a really wonderful friendship when I was 12 and he was 17. He used to dance with me, we'd talk on the phone all the time, and he'd say how funny it was that I was 12 and I could drive and he was older and couldn't. Michael used to come to my house when I was living with my dad, and I remember him being so shy. Once he came into my bedroom, and he wouldn't even sit on my bed. But another time when he was over, he played the drums, my brother played guitar, and someone else played another instrument, and we had a jam session. I had the tape of it, but I lost it somewhere. When I was 12, he asked me to go to the premiere of The Wiz with him, and my agent at the time said it wasn't a good idea, maybe because they felt he wasn't big enough star yet. He never talked to me after that. I think he thought I just canceled, but it wasn't me at all. I was a child doing what I was told. I want you to print that, because I don't think he ever knew that. I lost touch with him because of it, so I don't really know him anymore. But I love him; he's one of the nicest, most innocent people I've ever met. I love She's out of My Life because I think it describes our friendship at the time.”
-Tatium O’ Neil, actress and former friend of Michael in 1978-79

Quotes from Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff -- producers (the Jacksons' Destiny, 1978)
Gamble: When we took Michael in the studio to overdub his voice, he had so many different ideas about songs, writing, and producing. I told him he could really record himself. He was very curious about a lot of things. He's a creative, spiritual, caring person. Nineteen eighty-one's Rock with You is the most what Michael's about. I really believe he and Quincy have magic together. Michael is a miracle.

Huff: When Michael and his brothers first came to Philadelphia, Gamble decided to walk them from the hotel to the studio. As they were walking, they were rushed by a group of girls. The brothers escaped by going into a movie theater. Once they made it to the studio, these girls camped outside--and this was for a six-month period. To see 100 girls laying outside a studio at 3 and 4 in the morning for Michael and his brothers were something else. My favorite Michael song? Nineteen eighty-seven's Show You the Way to Go.

"He's a milestone. A sign of distinction is the most important thing an entertainer, can obtain. It's a person that when he sings, the minute you hear his voice, you know it's him. Michael has that gift."
-Barry White, Late Legendary R&B Singer RIP Maestro

"Michael Jackson is the most complete entertainer I've ever met."
-Little Richard, Legendary rock and roll singer

“Look at his heart. Look at his music. Look at what he's done for people. Look at the influence. We've been influenced. And you have to say, he's a wonderful person."
-Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother and member of the Jackson 5

“I still get butterflies and goose bumps when I'm talking to the man and he's telling me I'm great at what I do. I'm a fan. Don't ever call me 'the king of pop', because that's him. I don't want that title.' 'The man is a genius and he's a humanitarian. Like, before there was Bono, there was Michael Jackson. Look at all he's done for children. Not just in America. Everywhere.”
-Usher, R&B Singer and Actor



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Originally posted by SpecialJanet25

He actually fights. I was surprised. He's like a blue belt in Tae Kwan Do
-Will Smith, actor/rapper

Did he mean that seriously or as in when Michael has a conversation he will say his oppinion sort of thing.