“We did a show in NYC for Z100, and it was us 98 Degrees and Beyonce, and they came back in the green room and said ‘rumor has it, Michael Jackson’s gonna be there, and they want you guys to sing a cover of Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,’” Jeff, 36, whose vocal group hit it big with hits including The Hardest Thing, Because Of You, I Do (Cherish You) and True To Your Heart, tells me.
“We all got up onstage and sang it, and then he came out and introduced himself to the crowd, and obviously the place erupted. The energy that came in with him when he stepped on the stage was unbelievable.”
What was Michael really like?
“He was a very nice guy, and polite,” Jeff says. “He was not a bit weird, like we had heard and seen him depicted as on television. He was just a nice guy. He was just really quiet.”
He also performed for Michael during VH1’s Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special, The Solo Years filmed at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on September 10, 2001 – the last time 98 Degrees performed together.
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“It was an honor,” Jeff says. “We met him briefly, and he thanked us for being part of the event. I was hoping for my next project, I’d have the opportunity to work with him, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.”
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Jeff’s solo album, Emotional High, will be released in October.