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Michael Jackson figured out a way to transcend singing and combine it with an unbelievable rhythmic style. Listening to his vocals without the added instrumentation gave me chills. I had to figure out a way to match his intensity and still maintain the integrity of the music and yet make it totally different. In order to do that, I remembered my initial arranging style when I attended Oakwood College and arranged for my choir, the Aeolians. Under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mallory, the Aeolians literally could sing anything. This allowed me to really experiment when I arranged and push vocal boundaries. One of the arrangements I did for them was entitled "Can't Stop Singin'." It was a remix of Moses Hogan's remix of the negro spiritual, "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til The Sprit Moves in My Heart." I wanted to revert back to that style of arranging and borrow some of the concepts I used in "Can't Stop Singin'" for this one.

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from What Could've Been: The Acapella Mixtape, released May 30, 2016
“They Don’t Really Care” is a cover of “They Don’t Really Care About Us” from the Album HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I.
Written by: Michael Jackson

Contains a portion of “Me Against the World” from the album Me Against the World.
Written By: Tupac Shakur, Minnie Ripperton, Richard Rudolph, Leon Ware, Burt Bacharach, Hal David.

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Armand Hutton Nashville, Tennessee

Grammy-nominated arranger and self-proclaimed Smoothie King.

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