It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Michael Jackson’s death.
This year, there are many tributes celebrating the life and music of “The King of Pop”, and Jeffrey Paul Bobrick, my friend and fellow musician was invited back by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to once again share his song with MJ fans.
Jeffrey, a long-time Michael Jackson fan, performed his original song “Michael (The One and Only” at a Memorial Service at the Harlem State Office Building on Friday, June 25th, 2010. Check out the video below.
My cousin, the Miami poet MC Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns created a dance tribute last year after Michael Jackson died.
For the anniversary of MJ’s passing, Butterfly’s aiming to get 1000 YouTube views of the video. Her dance tribute, filled with classic MJ songs and dance moves, is basically a sincere love letter from a long-time fan. Check out the video and see for yourself.
Back in the day, Butterfly wore a silver glove all the time – for real!!!
Billboard Award winning singer/songwriter/pianist Jeffrey Paul Bobrick has composed a Michael Jackson tribute song, “Michael”, which was produced by Rick Warren. Jeffrey will perform it live on Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Radio Show on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The radio show can be heard in NYC on 1190 AM at 9-11am. Jeffrey is scheduled to perform at 9:30am. If you do not have access to this station, you should be able to listen live on the Internet through the National Action Network Live Stream.
A long-time fan of Michael Jackson, Jeffrey was compelled to honor his musical hero in song after the star’s sudden death on June 25th. “Michael was one of my greatest influences and inspirations,” he says, “I saw him perform live multiple times and even had the opportunity to meet him on two occasions. He was incredibly warm and generous during our meetings.” When Jeffrey learned that Reverend Al Sharpton’s radio show would be honoring Michael Jackson this weekend, Jeffrey immediately submitted his song’s lyrics to the show’s producers for consideration. Almost as quickly, Jeffrey was invited to perform on Sharpton’s National Action Network Radio Show.
Born and raised in New York City, Jeffrey started writing music at a young age and was performing frequently by the time he reached high school. He read Shakespeare at Oxford University, trained in theater at the British America Drama Academy in London and graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After studying as a classical singer and enjoying a successful career as an actor (Off-Broadway, national tours, indie films), Jeffrey released his demo EP “When You Are Free,” which won him songwriting honors from Billboard Magazine.
Every Saturday morning since its founding, the National Action Network holds its weekly live action rally and radio broadcast which has been critical to its development. National Action Network (NAN) is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation, with numerous local chapters around the country. NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes one standard of just and decency for all people regardless of race, social justice for communities, and the improvement of race relations.
A friend of the Jackson family, Rev. Al Sharpton recently traveled to LA to help with funeral arrangements. During his weekly rally at the National Action Network, Sharpton called for fans to celebrate the star’s life and music, and said that he knew Jackson was at peace: “When you get to heaven,” he said, looking skyward, “turn around and moonwalk through the gates.”
Billboard Award Winning singer/songwriter/pianist Jeffrey Paul Bobrick performs throughout the east coast and is creating a buzz with his “very clever, bright, intelligent songs” (Joey Reynolds, WOR radio). His demo EP, “When You Are Free,” is now available. Jeffrey is also in pre-production for a full length CD, slated for release in 2009.
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7/5/09: JUST ADDED – Here’s a video of Jeffrey singing his MJ Tribute song on the NAN show
Michael Jackson Tribute Live on Rev. Al Sharpton with Sharp Talk at National Action Network