Episode 079 – Bryan Loren Special

As regular listeners of The MJCast know, Jamon and Q are sensitive to the delicate nature of leaks. While often thrilling for fans, they can profoundly affect the trajectory of a song, an album, and a career. In the case of renowned record producer, singer-songwriter, and instrumentalist Bryan Loren, much of his work with Michael Jackson, to which he dedicated years of hard work, leaked out to the public. Because of these unfortunate events, as well as other factors, Loren never got credit or compensation for much of the material he created. Loren is now inviting Michael Jackson fans to consider respectfully offering him a token of thanks, a voluntary sum of money through his website, along with a note on how we’ve enjoyed his music over the years.

In this week’s exclusive interview, Jamon, who is hosting solo, welcomes Season 4’s first musical collaborator special guest, Bryan Loren. Loren has worked as a producer with a number of notable artists, including Whitney Houston, Barry White, Sly Stone, Sting, and, of course, Michael Jackson. A talented musician at a young age, Loren was a professional session artist by age 15 and had signed his first contract at only 17. He had two Billboard-charting R&B songs in 1984 as a solo artist, including ‘Lollipop Luv’ and ‘Do You Really Love Me’. Loren started working with Michael Jackson in the years leading up to the release of the Dangerous album in 1991. They collaborated on several songs together, including, to name just a few, ‘Work That Body’, ‘Serious Effect’, ‘She Got It’, ‘Man In Black’, ‘Superfly Sister’, ‘Mind Is The Magic’ and ‘Do the Bartman’. Their collaborative relationship and friendship would last for many years beyond those early sessions. Loren continues to make his own music as a solo artist, and plans to release his new album in the Summer of 2018.

This week’s episode is a a tough but important discussion about the deep and complex impact that leaks and other events have had on Loren’s life and career. Ultimately, The MJCast hopes that this interview will inspire listeners to think about the rights of artists, and about where lines must be drawn.

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  • Michael Jackson – Work That Body
  • Michael Jackson – Serious Effect
  • Do The Bartman
  • Michael Jackson – She Got It

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7 Replies to “Episode 079 – Bryan Loren Special”

  1. Des

    I just want to make a comment here when Mr Bryan said nobody could make Michael do something that he didn’t want to do. I agree , but that was before the trial. That trial destroyed him and he lost control of his life.We only have to listen to Karen Faye or read her comments,its very clear that they were controlling him.If Michael had any control he would have had his own video recording man on the this is it rehearsals .We all know the truth now.Thank you for all that you do.

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    1. Elise Capron Post author

      Thanks for listening and for your feedback, Des!
      We agree that Michael was in a very different place later in his life, most certainly. And while it’s nice to think about the era of his career when he did have control in his creative and personal life, it’s always good to keep the full picture in mind, as well.
      We appreciate your support and your engagement with the show.
      Stay BAD,
      E

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  2. SGGB

    Honestly? This episode was quite insightful, it really gives some insight about how MJ worked amd what went behind his work and the work of the people involved, but at the same time there’s a lot of stuff this guy’s saying that i just don’t buy. It contradicts a lot of stuff said by more than one person, and he’s claiming to be responsible for a lot of stuff that, if true, everyone around him would have to have been conciously “conspiring” againts him.

    I also didn’t like how egotistical and unhumble this guy came out as, constantly refering to himself in the third person and constantly boasting about how much he influenced Dangerous when most of his stuff was thrown in the trash.

    I can admit that the fact that his work was leaked is a pretty shitty experience, but i can’t feel bad for him about his work being “copyed” when all odds point that he’s lying.

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    1. Elise Capron Post author

      It’s absolutely a complex issue. It will always be impossible to interpret the exact situation, since we weren’t in the room, and can’t know what was going on in Michael’s head in terms of the decisions he made. That said, we strive to give everyone a voice, and, with that in mind, we wanted Bryan Loren to be able to tell his story in his own words, and appreciate that he did so. He was put in a situation that would frustrate any creative artist, and it’s clearly had major ripple effects in the rest of his life.
      Thanks for listening and for your thoughts. As always, we welcome all opinions, and appreciate yours!
      Stay BAD,
      E

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    1. Elise Capron Post author

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Jane! We are really glad that you enjoyed the episode.
      Stay BAD!
      -E

      Reply
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