Time to drop the bomb.
As if there weren’t already a HUGE stack of evidence suggesting that the Cascio family are liars who hired an impersonator (likely Jason Malachi) to imitate Michael on the songs “Breaking News”, “Keep Your Head Up”, “Monster”, and other unreleased but leaked songs like “Stay”, this new piece of evidence should seal the deal.
Now. We’ve heard since the beginning that Prince Michael Jackson and Paris Jackson did not believe the songs were real. One main argument by the people who do believe they are real is that we didn’t hear this directly from them, and the information may have been filtered through another family member who could be seen to have motives to sabotage the projects in order to try and get control of the Estate. I didn’t buy any of this for a second, because frankly, the songs to me are OBVIOUSLY not Michael singing. Furthermore I’ve spend much of the past few months debunking every argument these “believers” have made, from the people with no studio experience who still tried to claim to the vocals don’t sound like Michael because they are “processed” or were recorded in a “budget studio”. As I have extensive experience in these areas as an artist myself, I was able to thoroughly debunk every excuse.
Yet, despite an ever growing list of people like 3T, Randy Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Cory Rooney, Rodney Jerkins and more saying the songs were not real, despite the lack of any evidence from the Cascios, and despite the fact that Jason Malachi (a known impersonator)’s tone, pronunciation and vibrato are identical to the person on the Cascio songs, frustratingly there are STILL people who believe it’s Michael.
Now, this must be considered. Prince Michael and Paris stated DIRECTLY, ON CAMERA during the taping of their appearance on Oprah, that the songs were NOT Michael. And they were THERE. Prince was nearly 11 years old when the stayed with the Cascio family. More than old enough to know what’s going on and be observant of every aspect of what his father was doing.
For some reason - theories suggest Harpo TV’s close association with Sony - this was EDITED OUT of the broadcast. But unfortunately for Oprah, the contents of the interview were given to the media and reported worldwide, prior to the airing of the edited broadcast.
Three to five of the 10-12 tracks on Michael, out December 14 on Sony, were allegedly recorded at the New Jersey home of producer Eddie Cascio in 2007, when Michael and his children stayed there for four months working on remixes for the 25th-anniversary reissue of Thriller. Michael’s son, Prince Michael, said this week that none of what he heard recorded then matches what he hears now on Michael, and that he believes the Cascio cuts were recorded posthumously by a Michael soundalike. Prince’s sister, Paris, corroborated these claims—as did Michael’s mother, Katherine, during an Oprah interview. Joe Jackson, Michael’s dad, also protested the songs via a statement by his attorney.
This is significant, not just because the children WERE THERE during the stay at the Cascios, but also because they have absolutely zero motive for lying. It can be said that other family members, do. Particularly folks like Joe and Randy who have been accused of exploiting Michael in the past. However, the children are the primary beneficiaries of the Estate regardless, and always will be.
People will make up their own minds regardless. But my position since the first second I heard the vocals on “Breaking News” on the online stream, as a fan for over 20 years, were that it wasn’t Michael. My position as someone who makes a living with his ears is that Jason Malachi’s voice is identical to the imposter on the Cascio songs. But at the end of the day, nobody knows Michael’s voice better than his children. Add that to their presence during the time that Michael stayed with the Cascio’s, and that means their opinion of the songs holds more weight than anyone.
Will the perpetrators ever admit to the forgery? Perhaps not. But as far as I’m concerned - it is not difficult to see what’s going on. Shame on the Cascio family for selling out their friend, shame on them AND Sony for trying to deceive the world.