Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Live at The Red Door

Live cover performance by Shannon Hope of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ at Amsterdam Bar on 8 October 2010.

I am not a covers artist. I never have been. I guess I’m stubborn that way. It would certainly be easier to make headway if every audience knew every song I played, but that is not why I perform. I’m a songwriter. I am not a covers artist. But every once in a while, someone else’s song finds it’s way into my world.

A friend of mine was helping me out with some promotion on my November tour to Cape Town last year and thought it would be fun to play a different cover at every show. Considering my standpoint on covers, her suggestion didn’t exactly go down well at first, but at that stage I considered any angle to make my mark, so I accepted. The only condition to this challenge, was that she would pick the song. So, this is how Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean ended up in my live set. At first I thought she had lost her mind asking a pianist to cover Michael Jackson, but when her business partner recommended that I listen to Chris Cornell’s version for a different take, I was hooked, and the rest is history. (Thanks Brenda!)

This was caught on camera by NoEyeDeer, who have had their eyes and ears to the ground in Durban, and have been doing a damn fine job of capturing the goings on of the local music scene on film, brought to you purely for the love of music. The lads were at a recent show in Durban and caught me playing what is now one of my absolute favourite songs to perform. Check out the video, let me know what you think, and feel free to share it.

Filmed & Edited: Teight Productions • Photos: Geecee Photography • music.love

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