Michael Jackson & Akon – Hold My Hand on -107pfm.net
Written by 107PowerFM.Net on December 21, 2016
“Hold My Hand” is a duet performed by American recording artist Michael Jackson and Senegalese-American singer-songwriter Akon, from Jackson’s first posthumous album Michael. The song was originally recorded by Akon and Jackson in 2008. The song was an international top 20 hit in nations such as Germany, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Co-writer Claude Kelly told HitQuarters that “Hold My Hand” was originally written with Whitney Houston in mind. Akon and Kelly had been in the studio working on songs for Houston’s I Look to You album and while on his own Kelly completed the song from a track Akon had left. After hearing the song later, Akon said that he loved it and wanted to keep it for himself, so he wanted to record his own version of it. Shortly afterwards Akon went to Las Vegas to work on what would have been Michael Jackson’s next album. While there Jackson heard the song and loved it, and decided he wanted to contribute to it. When Kelly was asked what he thought it was about the song that struck a chord with both Akon and Jackson, he said that it was the song’s theme of friendship and togetherness.
“Hold My Hand” was recorded by Jackson and Akon in 2008. Akon finished the rest of his vocals for the song in 2010, a few days before the release. A handwritten note from Jackson belonging to his Estate indicated his desire that “Hold My Hand” be the first single on his next project. This would be the last new song leaked during Jackson’s lifetime. Due to the leak, the song was subsequently pulled from Akon’s track listing for his 2008 album, Freedom.
Akon commented, “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it. But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.
Hold My Hand (Michael Jackson and Akon song)