Tony Succar Releases “Can’t Help It” On 8-Year Anniversary Of Michael Jackson’s Passing
Uniting the vocal powerhouse & grammy-winning Judith Hill & producer/composer Jean Rodriguez
Video For Single “Can’t Help It”
June 25th marks the 8-year anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson. Tony Succar, releases his new rendition of “Can’t Help It”, written by Stevie Wonder and recorded by Michael Jackson, as an homage to the legacy of Jackson. The new rendition was recorded by Succar for his long-established creation; UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, which started off as a salsa-infused, Kickstarter-funded album and then rocketed to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Tropical Albums chart. Succar’s version of “Can’t Help It” was recorded at the famous West Lake Studios in Los Angeles where Jackson himself recorded. The single is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. And you can view Tony’s inspiring “Can’t Help It” video rendition here.
“Can’t Help It” was first released on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album. Off the Wall was Jackson’s break away from the Jackson 5 days of his earlier career. It seems befitting that Tony Succar would choose this song to launch his own interpretation. The album did not ascend to the same heights of fame as many of his future albums did, but it certainly turned the page into the next chapter of his career. Succar explained why he chose “Can’t Help It” as opposed to a different Michael Jackson song:
“The depth of MJ’s music catalog is endless, and they are all amazing, including ‘Can’t Help It’. It’s one of my favorites and gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to both Jackson and Stevie Wonder. With unlimited choices including the iconic songs from the likes of Billie Jean and Thriller, it would be hard to choose a “wrong” to re-imagine. “Can’t Help It” was actually requested by some of my biggest fans. My fans are Michael Jackson fans, and at the end of the day, the question is always do we have enough of Michael’s essence and do we have enough of the Latin sound? It’s something I have to answer for every song for me to feel good about it”.
Judith Hill, who has sung with artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, combines her powerful vocals and soulful harmonies with Jean Rodriguez. Both Hill and Rodriguez performed on the UNITY project as a part the PBS special broadcast kick off to their Fall Arts Festival series. Rodriguez has been with the UNITY project since its inception. Judith Hill was also a member of Michael Jackson’s band in his movie, This Is It, and was featured on the soundtrack of the Grammy Award-winning film by Morgan Neville, 20 Feet From Stardom.
UNITY: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson continues to quench the insatiable thirst of Michael Jackson, and now Tony Succar, fans. Their global ambitions and musical impact, by all indications, shows no end in sight. As the passion project of Peruvian-born, Miami-raised producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger, Succar could not be more pleased. As both Founder and Producer of the project, featuring more than 100 musicians, with Latin superstars such as Tito Nieves, Jon Secada, Sheila. E and India, Succar continues to bring crowds to their feet while staying true to his mission. That mission being to honor the legacy of Michael Jackson, King of Pop, with the same exhilarating and energetic, artistic essence excellence that embodied all that Jackson represented.
The tour dates continue on Saturday, July 29 when the UNITY production will once again take the stage headlining the Tempo Latino Festival at Scène des Arènes – Vic-Fezensac, France. Then it’s off to Spain and every corner of the world to share the love and vision that Michael Jackson gave his fans, now infused with the high-energy Latin influence Succar continues to deliver consistently both on stage and in studio… Fans of both MJ and Unity have more than one thing in common, they are loving and loyal and yearn for our treasured King of Pop. Jackson’s passionate energy now lives uniquely through the sound of Tony Succar and Unity, because quite frankly, they “Can’t Help It”, even if they wanted to.