Beyonce' Knowles, Michael Jackson

*Beyonce was among the Michael Jackson fans who took a moment Wednesday (June 25) to reflect on the fifth anniversary of his death.

In a post on her website, Bey reminisced on how Jackson’s performance style inspired her at an early age. Bey recalled how her producer encouraged her to watch an old Jackson 5 live video of “Who’s Loving You” to get a feel for his incredible sense of soul. She notes that even though a young MJ wasn’t yet experienced in true love, he could evoke inspiring emotion nonetheless.

Read the complete open letter below:

When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of “Who’s Loving You.” He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.

What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.

Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.

Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael.

Love always,
B

Below, the performance of “Who’s Loving You” Beyoncé refers to below: