Michael Jackson’s classic album, Off the Wall, is being re-released in conjunction with a Spike Lee-directed documentary for Showtime, which will chronicle the impact of MJ’s 1979 album. The documentary titled, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall contains tons of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson.
The film focuses on Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording Off the Wall, which would become an enormous commercial success, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. Showtime recently released a clip from the film featuring footage of the Pop King during shows and commentary from Questlove, who jokes about misinterpreting certain lyrics as a child. Also, The Weeknd details the significance of the album to him.
“I always use Michael as, first and foremost, as a vocal inspiration and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing. I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall,” he states in reference to one song in particular, Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough.
Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall will premiere on February 5. View the teaser above.
- Words: Livelle Mobley