Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn Played Their First Public Concert As The Soundflowers: Recap

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Paris Jackson attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 19 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection at Los Angeles Equestrian Center on June 8, 2018 in Burbank, Calif.

The Jacksons have yet another member entering the family business.

On Saturday night (March 30), Michael Jackson’s second child Paris and her boyfriend, Gabriel Glenn, played their first public show as the Soundflowers at The Mint in Los Angeles -- and there was very little trace of her father’s penchant for funk, soul or R&B. 

Instead, the Soundflowers deal in delicate, earnest folk-rock that has more in common with “Scarborough Fair” than “Smooth Criminal.” They also dress the part, taking to the stage barefoot, wearing matching, round-lens tinted glasses and rocking neo-hippie chic. It might be the reason that Jackson used a scarf to cover the arm tattoo of her father’s eyes (lifted from his 1991 album, Dangerous) for the night. 

The intimate, mostly seated venue was packed with the duo’s friends and family. Jackson’s older brother Prince Michael, mother Debbie Rowe, cousin TJ Jackson and Godfather Macauley Culkin all turned out. Jackson’s friend Chris Brown also watched quietly from one booth.

Jackson and Glenn have been together since 2018, and much of the set felt like a window into the couple’s relationship. Sentimental opener “Glorious” was a song that Glenn wrote for Jackson as a Christmas present. During another tender moment, Glenn turned to face Jackson, delivering “Invincible” directly to her. She returned the PDA with a gentle kiss to the delight of the crowd.

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Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn perform as The Soundflowers at the Mint in Los Angeles on March 30, 2019.

They might also have a developing side-hustle as stand-up comics. Jackson and Glenn both banter with unabashed goofiness, and aren’t afraid to get puerile. “Someone’s been texting me like crazy,” said Glenn at one point, reaching for his phone. “So let me just send a quick dick pic.” “It’s your mom!” quipped Jackson, causing a ripple of mildly grossed-out laughter.

But the couple show the strains of their union, too. “Please, Please, Please” was apparently born when Glenn was in a huff, and Jackson tried to coax him out of it by writing a gentle, Belle & Sebastian-esque number. It worked, but Glenn admitted “he still sulked on the couch all night.”


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The show often had an improvised feel, with the pair frequently appearing to decide what to perform on the fly. Jackson in particular took timeouts to remember how to play certain songs. “I have a stoner memory,” she laughed. Even so, the 20-year-old remembered Jimmy Buffett’s 1977 classic “Margaritaville” well enough, encouraging the room to sing along (which they gleefully did). She also delivered a solo rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” which felt throwaway at first, but Glenn was happy to reveal its significance in their lives.

“That was the first song I heard her play on the guitar,” he explained. “I was at a party and she was in a room by herself, and I was thinking ‘Don’t do it, do go listen to that cute girl play guitar.’ But I sat down, heard her playing and it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. I was like, ‘Shit, this is what falling in love feels like, isn’t it?’ It was the best mistake of my life.”  

The show comes barely two weeks after Jackson allegedly tried to take her own life -- something which she vociferously denied, almost instantly. Indeed, during the Soundflowers debut show, she and Glenn appeared at ease, thrilled at the response they received for their music and happily explained they hope to begin recording their debut album, Daisy, in April.