‘New’ Michael Jackson song gives freestyle singer career boost
Freestyle singer Safire, who rose to fame briefly in the early 90s, is enjoying a career resurgence thanks to Michael Jackson’s “new” single, “This Is It.”
The new track, which premiered Sunday on the late King Of Pop’s website, is actually a song called “I Never Heard” that Safire had recorded and released to much less fanfare in 1991. It was co-written by Jackson and Paul Anka.
Shortly after the song premiered, enterprising fans took to the Internet and quickly figured out the truth. Some fans believe the track is actually the demo that Jackson recorded for Safire back in 1991 that Sony Music Entertainment polished up and gilded with additional lush instrumentation and backing vocals by Jackson’s brothers, the Jacksons.
“You can clearly tell there is something amiss with his vocals on this one,” says Tracy Marjoram, a longtime Michael Jackson fan. “I mean, he still sounds great on it, it’s just not ‘single’ material.”
In a statement released to the press, Safire said she doesn’t mind that Jackson’s recording company is trying to pass off an old track of hers as something new.
“I’m just really grateful for the exposure,” said Safire. “I mean, up until today, no one gave a rat’s ass about me. Now people are downloading and listening to my songs. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
The freestyle singer said she is planning re-record “I Never Heard” and release it as part of a greatest hits compilation, tentatively titled “This Is Me.”
“I’m itching to go back out there again and prove to the world that I’m no flash in the pan,” said the 42-year-old singer. “Well, I’ll probably go and get my eyebrows waxed first, but watch out world, ‘coz the freestyle princess is back!”
Listen to Safire’s “I Never Heard” here: