What can one truly say about an artist who could easily qualify as “The Artist of the Century”… Michael Jackson was truly a force of nature, groomed in the rich tradition of the stellar performers like Sammy and James who he inherited the baton from. The message was clear in his music and his movement: joy, love, peace, happiness, harmony. This month GFM spotlights the many achievements of the man who single handedly brought the music industry back from the brink in the early 1980’s. What better way to start it all off this month than with the video that Michael and MTV rode into the stratosphere with… “Billie Jean”

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.