We may never ever hear the music that Michael Jackson was working on at the time of his death.
We find from Jackson collaborators having spoken to Billboard executives that Jackson was working on two very different albums: one in his fame-making pop genre and also a more surprising foray into the instrumental classical vein.
Michael Jackson had worked with composer David Michael Frank back in 1989 on a TV special. About two months ago, he received a call from the star’s assistant about collaborating again.
Recalling being impressed with Jackson’s knowledge of classical music, Frank says: “He had two demos of two pieces he’d written, but they weren’t complete. For one of them, he had a whole section of it done in his head. He had not recorded it. He hummed it to me as I sat at the keyboard in his pool house and we figured out the chords.”
A few weeks ago, Jackson checked in with Frank on his recordings and went on to brainstorm about a possible jazz track. Unfortunately, the world may never hear this music ever.
“I guess this recording I made is the only copy that exists of this music,” muses Frank. “I hope one day his family will decide to record this music as a tribute and show the world the depth of his artistry.”