The Jackson 5 are one of the most recognizable music groups of all time.
Even if you didn’t know who they were growing up, you probably hear their classic songs on the radio and in movies constantly. The group enjoyed such popularity and success, in fact, that many of the five went on to have solo careers, including, of course, the legendary Michael Jackson. At Baldwin Hills Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, a group of five 3rd through 5th graders decided to pay tribute to the music greats.
Not only do they have the moves, but the singing is also fantastic. What an epic performance!
Taking the stage in an elegant black dress, Carey began to sing alone. She was soon joined by frequent collaborator Trey Lorenz for the performance. While the duo sang, photos of the singer flashed on a huge screen above them.
Upon its release in 1970, “I’ll Be There” shot to the top of the Billboard chart. Co-written and co-produced by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the track was a departure from earlier, uptempo Jackson 5 hits like “ABC.” Michael shared the lead vocal with his brother Jermaine. The song became the group’s final #1 single, although Michael would go on to score many more during career as a solo artist.
Carey and Lorenz’s version at the Staples Center was a reprise of their 1992 “MTV Unplugged” cover of “I’ll Be There,” which also landed the top Billboard slot.
The song has also been covered by New Kids on the Block, Leona Lewis (on the British “X Factor” show) and on both “American Idol” and “Britain’s Got Talent.”