Jackson Charity Recording Underway In L.A.
During the past two nights, recording has taken place at Los Angeles' Conway Studios for a Michael Jackson-penned single to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes, Billboard.com has learned. AlthougDuring the past two nights, recording has taken place at Los Angeles' Conway Studios for a Michael Jackson-penned single to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes, Billboard.com has learned. Although the song was originally titled "From the Bottom of My Heart," Jackson spokesperson Raymone Bain says the artist will unveil a new name for the track in the coming days.
Bain says that since early this month, Jackson "was in London tweaking the music as well as putting the finishing touches on it before sending it out to various artists" who he wanted to contribute. However, Jackson wound up rewriting the song, and as such, "he didn't need as many artists as he originally had planned for" when it came time to record.
Since a number of the acts were planning on being in Los Angeles this week for BET's 25th anniversary celebration, "he thought it was a good time to do the vocals," Bain says. Although she declined to name specific contributors, sources confirm Ciara, Snoop Dogg and Shirley Caesar have been on hand at Conway.
Jackson himself is not in Los Angeles and is understood to have participated in the sessions via satellite and phone.
"There are others who have to lay vocals well," Bain says. "[Jackson] plans on getting together with them for the chorus. We still have two to three more steps before the song will be ready for release."