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Raleigh family remembers when they performed for King of Pop

Posted June 26, 2009

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— A Raleigh family remembered Friday the day that they performed for the King of Pop.

The Cade family was traveling in New York City in 2001 when they realized that Michael Jackson was rehearsing nearby. Gregory Cade appealed to Jackson’s management for a chance to have his singing sons and daughters meet Jackson.

They sang a Jackson 5 hit, “I Want You Back,” and moved the star to tears, Cade recalled.

The Cade family sang for Michael Jackson in 2001. These singers made Michael Jackson cry

“He just pretty much cried. It was just real touching to him,” he said.

“It was just like wow, oh my gosh! I couldn't believe that I was there,” LaTodd Cade said. He was 10 at the time.

The Cades believe their song reminded Jackson of his days singing with his brothers.

The encounter inspired the Cades in their musical career. “My whole mindset changed. Like, I got to be a singer,” LaTodd said.

The Cades have performed gospel songs in churches across North Carolina and at the Apollo Theater in New York.

When LaTodd heard the news his idol had died, he didn't take it well.

“Grandma was the first person to call and I said, ‘Grandma, don't tell me that. Don't tell me that. It's not true,’” he said.

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  • JOBA RULES Jun 26, 2009

    I happen to think you are all jealous you don't have a cool story like this. I also think some of you are bitter people and need to get a life.

  • Baba Booey Jun 26, 2009

    Great human interest story. I read it, and I am sure that many others did as well.

    I am not a Michael Jackson fan, but understand that stories like this one don't get heard too often.

  • davido Jun 26, 2009

    Why mention it? Because it's a cool story, that's why. Here was an icon who was isolated in his Neverland, and a personal story of how a local(ish) singing family not only met, but gave Michael a real gift. Thanks.

  • tarheelskier Jun 26, 2009

    I would not have let my children anywhere near a guy that thinks he is Peter Pan.

  • wordwitch Jun 26, 2009

    In the news business this is called local human interest.

  • noreplytome2 Jun 26, 2009

    Streeeeeeeeeeeeeetching for a story, eh?

  • Professor Jun 26, 2009

    Why even mention it? It did not make them famous in any way.