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Two-time Academy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett's work has profoundly touched serious music lovers all over the world. Garrett received a 2012 Academy Award nomination for Best Music/Original Song "Real in Rio" from the film "Rio" (2011), which she co-wrote along side Sérgio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown. Prior to that, Garrett received her first Academy Award nomination for co-writing "Love You, I Do", performed by Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of "Dreamgirls". Garrett is well-known for co-writing the internationally-recognized self-motivational anthem "Man in the Mirror", immortalized by Michael Jackson on his 1987 album, "Bad". On that same project, Garrett also sang the chart-topping first single, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", a duet with Jackson, later performed with "The King of Pop" on his Dangerous world tour.
Across her remarkable pop music career, Garrett has collaborated and worked with a long list of music giants, including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, and Sergio Mendes. She has written songs that have been performed and/or recorded by Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, The Korrs, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brand New Heavies, Amy Grant, Barry White, Paula Abdul, will.i.am, Jordan Sparks, Vanessa Williams, Richard Elliot, and The Freemasons, among others. Garrett has supplied background vocals for Madonna, Donna Summer, Wang Chung, The Commodores, Weather Report, Boz Scaggs, Santana, Johnny Mathis and Jessica Simpson, to name a few. Garrett's duet with ex-Temptations member, Dennis Edwards, "Don't Look Any Further", is considered a classic R&B smash.
In addition to penning two Academy Award nominated songs, Garrett's film and soundtrack credits are quite extensive, including her recording of the Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager composition "Ever Changing Times", from the film "Baby Boom", and co-writing four songs for the 2011 blockbuster Fox animated feature film "Rio". Garrett continues to work closely with mentor Quincy Jones and is incredibly proud to have teamed with Jones to co-write the song "I Know I Can", (the official theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics) and "Better City, Better Life" (the official theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai).
As an actress and entertainer, Garrett has appeared in numerous television and feature films, national jingles, and voice-overs.