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Michael Jackson Talks About The Godliness of His Voice And His Need for Perfection - 1980 Interview

Michael Jackson Talks About The Godliness of His Voice And His Need for Perfection – 1980 Interview

Sources: Laughing Squid | All Things Michael

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In the second season premiere of the PBS animated series Blank on Blank, the late Michael Jackson talks about the godliness of his voice and his need for perfection in a 1980 interview conducted by music journalist John Pidgeon and seemingly “translated” to Mr. Jackson through his then 13-year old sister,Janet.

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Desi Masti Dance School To Close, Final Show Will Be A Michael Jackson Tribute

Desi Masti Dance School To Close, Final Show Will Be A Michael Jackson Tribute

Sources: Leicestermercury.co.uk – By Yasmin Duffin| All Things Michael

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After nearly a dozen years a dance academy in Leicester will be giving their last performance.

Students from Desi Masti, a Bollywood Dance school, in Belgrave, will be closing its doors after 11-and-a-half years.

As their final show, the group will be performing a Michael Jackson tribute piece called Michael Jackson – The…

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Sources: NWI.com – By Vanessa Renderman| All Things Michael

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Impersonating one of the most famous entertainers of all time is more than wearing a lookalike signature sequined glove and pairing white socks with black pants and shoes.

It’s no surprise that a city so tied to The Jackson 5 would churn out people who want to imitate the family’s brightest star, Michael Jackson.

For fellow Gary native CJ Williams, being a Michael Jackson tribute artist is not about mimicking the spins and splits. It’s about paying homage to the King of Pop.

“I don’t copy Michael 100 percent,” Williams said. “It’s me, changing. A metamorphosis. When people get on stage, they want to play Michael. That makes me mad. You’re imitating an icon.”

Williams, who took third place at a recent talent contest in Gary coinciding with the anniversary of Jackson’s birthday, has spent 12 years as an impersonator.

He has performed in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Ohio and has plans to take his show farther.

“I’m serious about what I do,” he said. “My outfits are authentic. I have light-up costumes. When I come out there, I come out there ready to perform. There’s no games about that.”

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Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and is an executive chef by trade, but his full-time dedication is to his Jackson impersonation and to his growing entertainment company, which includes a team of dancers, singers and security.

Michael Jackson tribute artist CJ Williams, third from left, along with security team member Donald Gerlad, far left, promoter Merrill Kikkert, second from left, and security team member Carl Brandon hang out at Williams' home. Williams spends most of his time with members of his security team and his promoter. He considers them family.

Michael Jackson tribute artist CJ Williams, third from left, along with security team member Donald Gerlad, far left, promoter Merrill Kikkert, second from left, and security team member Carl Brandon hang out at Williams’ home. Williams spends most of his time with members of his security team and his promoter. He considers them family.

Although he now lives mostly in the Crown Point area, the 32-year-old grew up on the east side of Gary, the youngest of eight children.

“It was a pretty simple life,” he said.

Raised a Jackson fan, Williams remembers dancing to the famous family’s music when he was 5.

“I told my mom, ‘I want to be just like Michael Jackson,’” he said.

Years later, his cousin was impersonating Jackson, which piqued Williams’ interest.

“He said, ‘You’re about his height, weight. And you look like 1985 Michael,’” Williams recalled.

Williams studied Jackson’s moves and vocals for five years and started impersonating.

“I sing,” he said. “I’ve done a track where everyone thinks it’s Michael Jackson, but it’s really me. Everything came natural to me.”

If his empire grows into a money maker, Williams wants to build a homeless shelter and give back to his church. He already has influenced the life of Merrill Kikkert.

Kikkert is Williams’ publicist. They met at a flea market in Gary.

“At first, I thought he was a Jehovah’s Witness,” Kikkert said. “Turns out, he was a Michael Jackson impersonator.”

He told Williams about his life and his struggles.

“He pretty much took me in as a big brother and a dad,” Kikkert said. “We just became very close.”

Raised primarily in Hobart, Kikkert manages the day-to-day schedule and the bills.

“I do a lot of the wardrobe organizing,” Kikkert said.

Williams’ wardrobe sets him apart from other Jackson impersonators.

“I don’t think any other Michael Jackson impersonator out there can touch his wardrobe,” Kikkert said. “He brings his own style. He puts his little touch to it. CJ is one of a kind. A lot of his outfits, his aunt makes him, and he puts his sparkling touch to it.”

The attire is extensive, from the costumes to the wigs and gloves.

“We don’t even have enough room for his wardrobe,” Kikkert said.

Williams’ favorite song to perform and favorite costume are for his rendition of, “Man in the Mirror,” a song about helping others and making a difference in the world.

“When I do, ‘Man in the Mirror,’ I have a mirrored jacket, hat and shoes,” he said.

The stage lights flip on and hit the head-to-toe mirrors for an intense effect.

Williams’ home is filled with hats, wigs, photos, album covers, memorabilia and costumes that catch the light with mirrors and sequin details.

Michael Jackson albums and photographs line a hallway in the home of tribute artist CJ Williams.

Michael Jackson albums and photographs line a hallway in the home of tribute artist CJ Williams.

The fans go nuts for it. They cry and ask for autographs, Williams said.

He thrives on the energy at showtime and of seeing the reaction from fans.

“I want people, when they leave my show, feeling love, feeling peace, no hatred in their heart,” he said. “This society is so judgmental.”

Williams will perform in Paris in six or seven months and possibly Japan and Asia. In five to 10 years, Kikkert expects to see Williams’ name in lights in Hollywood, he said.

“We are definitely not going to forget where we came from,” Kikkert said.

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Michael In The Mirror: Gary MJ Tribute Artist CJ Williams Dances, Sings And Gives Back Sources: NWI.com - By Vanessa Renderman| All Things Michael Impersonating one of the most famous entertainers of all time is more than wearing a lookalike signature sequined glove and pairing white socks with black pants and shoes.

Win A 2015 Michael Jackson Calendar

Win A 2015 Michael Jackson Calendar

Sources: MJWN | All Things Michael

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MJWN, in association with Danilo, is giving away three 2015 Michael Jackson calendars! The calendar celebrates the 20th anniversary of Michael’s #1 album ‘HIStory’ from 1995.

For your chance to win, just answer this simple question:

Which short film did Michael’s then wife ‘Lisa Marie Presley’ star in?

Click here to answer

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NME Photography Exhibit At Royal Hall Features Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse And More

NME Photography Exhibit At Royal Hall Features Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse And More

Sources: NME |Edited By – All Things Michael

The ‘Behind NME Lines’ exhibition will run from September 23 to October 23

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London’s Royal Albert Hall is to host an exhibition celebrating NME’s music photography.

Opening on September 23, the ‘Behind NME Lines’ exhibition is a retrospective of iconic covers from our 62-year history, featuring some of the industry’s most renowned photographers…

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Help Girls With Gifts Feed The Homeless By Supporting #Hashtag Lunchbag

Help Girls With Gifts Feed The Homeless By Supporting #Hashtag Lunchbag

Source: Poli Brucker – Michael’s Soldiers of Love | Genevieve Jackson | All Things Michael

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Genevieve Jackson, along with her best friend and partner Deja Riley, are are coordinating #HashtagLunchbag on behalf of #GirlsWithGifts Please come out to help feed about 1000 people experiencing homelessness for the Midnight Mission next weekend on Sunday, September 21, 2014.…

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Carnegie Science Center Announces New Line Up of Laser Shows

Carnegie Science Center Announces New Line Up of Laser Shows

Source: The Examiner – Mark Horning | All Things

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Programming includes ‘spooky shows’ just in time for Halloween

One of the highlights of a visit to the Carnegie Science Centeris a stop at the Buhl Planetarium for a spectacular sight and sound experience. The fan favorite “Beatles Anthology” will continue through Oct. 9, 2014 with old friends Prudence, Lucy and Sgt. Pepper all making an…

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Amy Winehouse’s Top Five Albums As A Child

Amy Winehouse’s Top Five Albums As A Child

Sources: Classical Album Sundays (Published 9/5/2014) | Edited By – All Things Michael

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 “I lost Amy twice: once to drugs and alcohol, and finally on Saturday, 23 July 2011, when her short life ended… I could see it happening. I could see her tiny body disintegrating and there was nothing I could do.”

Amy Winehouse was arguably one of the finest talents of her generation and after her tragic…

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Former Neverland Rides At Tulane County Fair

Former Neverland Rides At Tulane County Fair

Sources: Visalia Times Delta | All Things Michael

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It’s here, the 2014 Tulare County Fair!

Volunteers have been working countless hours in the past weeks readying the grounds and hauling in the food, games, rides, souvenirs, animals and so much more so that, once again, we can enjoy a memorable county fair.

Those number of volunteers this year spiked when the state funding…

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Visiting Munich: Michael’s Shrine And More

Visiting Munich: Michael’s Shrine And More

Sources: Mid-Day | All Things Michael

The past, the present and the modern co-exist in Munich as Kalpana Sunder comes across a makeshift shrine dedicated to Michael Jackson, visits Munich Conservatoire, which was once Hitler’s office, watches surfers ride the waves, and finds that the city’s transit system is a temple of art.

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Shrine of Michael Jackson outside Hotel Bayerisher Hof, where the King…

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