Michael’s long time collaborator Glen Ballard who perhaps most famously co-wrote ‘Man in the Mirror’ has shared his studio memories of the King of Pop.
His first encounter with Michael was writing a song for the ‘Thriller’, that ultimately never made the final cut. However in 1987, with Siedah Garrett he wrote the number one mega hit ‘Man in the Mirror,’ which Michael released on his ‘Bad’ album and has gone on to be one of his most iconic songs.
On the recording of MITM, Ballard said;
“It’s one of the great weeks of my life to have Michael and the choir and we all felt something special was happening on that record…Michael was so generous with his time and with his patience…He was just a sweet presence always and always encouraging.”
Four years later he penned ‘Keep the Faith,’ also with Garrett for Michael’s 1991 ‘Dangerous’ album. On the writing process he said;
“We wrote a song called Keep The Faith and I sat at the piano and Siedah Garrett was there with me and Michael. We spent half the time laughing and having fun and just trying to find the easy end for the song. It was never like a gun to your head, it was just fun. That’s the Quincy Jones way. We’ve got to have fun while we’ll working.”