For 17 years, Janet Jackson has been spinning gangbuster hits with veteran
producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Their recent #1 smash with Jackson,
"All for You" (a revamp of the early '80s song "The Glow of Love" by Change),
won this year's Grammy for Best Dance Recording. For Jam the victory was
especially sweet, because it validated his belief in a song he's loved for
"When I deejayed, one of my favorite songs was 'The Glow of Love,' " he said
from the press room before the Grammy Awards telecast. "I always wanted to
redo that song, update it. And Janet was the perfect person to do it. It's
nice to take a song that was once a hit and bring it back 20 years later
and have it be a hit for a whole new generation."
Jam said he cherishes his relationship with Jackson because he and Lewis
have learned exactly how she operates and she knows precisely what she'll
get from them.
"There's a magic that happens when we work together," he said. "We can
always be honest with each other, and if a song isn't working we can just
say, 'It's not working. It's a terrible idea.' "
While Jackson is Jam and Lewis' current calling card, the duo have many
other production projects in the works. Over the next two months they will
work with TLC, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, "AIDA" star Heather
Headley, Deborah Cox, one-time New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight and a new
16-year-old pop hopeful named Nodesha whom Jam praised as the next
"That's just what we're doing in the next six to seven weeks. The rest of
the year we're gonna hit the golf course," joked Jam.
As thrilled as they are about the new young diva, whose LP is slated to drop June 25, they're especially
enthused about working on the next Houston record, her first in four years.
It will mark the first time the pair will work with the singer.
"Whitney's been living a very happy married life and raising her daughter
and is anxious to get back to music," Jam said. " And we're just as happy to
help her get back in."