Janet Jackson says she didn’t have much “control” over her “embarrassing” musical debut.
The 55-year-old performer eventually took back the reins of his career, which has become a big part of his hard-hitting music career story. However, in an interview for the February cover of Allure, the “Rhythm Nation” singer said she had humble and “embarrassing” beginnings.
Jackson appears on the cover wearing a beige Rick Owens outfit consisting of a quilted coat, t-shirt, and dress; a headband designed by Archived Prototype and a Pebble London necklace. Her hair is styled into a high braided ponytail that covers the “U” of the fashion magazine’s title.
According to the singer, she aspires to become an entertainment lawyer, without wanting to enter the family music business. Jackson said his family home has a studio for his brothers’ group, The Jackson 5, to record ideas at any time. One day, while playing with a musical idea in mind, she recorded a song before school and forgot to delete the tape before someone else heard it.
“I left the tape on the machine and when I got home from school I was so embarrassed,” Jackson says. “They were listening to the song… my dad, some of my brothers.”
After hearing the creation, her father Joe Jackson, who has managed the family’s music career with an iron will, told Jackson that she should “be a performer.”
Jackson said she immediately dismissed her father’s suggestion: “I said, ‘No, no, no, no, no! You don’t understand. I want to go to school. I want to go to school. ‘college and study business law and support myself. by doing business.’ “
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“That’s how it all started,” Jackson said.
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The musician is preparing to gain more “control” over her narrative ahead of the release of Lifetime and A&E’s two-part documentary “Janet” in which she serves as an executive producer. The program will air on January 28, ahead of the 40th anniversary of his self-titled debut album.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Janet Jackson’s ‘Embarrassing’ Solo Studio Session Kicked Off Her Career