Artists put forward their best material when they are given the freedom to express themselves. However, regardless of how much talent they possess, they often rely on of co-writers and producers to help them discover their true potential, and sometimes they forge connections that are so strong that they become married in music.
This week’s Way Back Wednesday special will highlight some of the most prolific unions between artists and their creative teams. Fuelled by undeniable chemistry, they have crafted some of the most memorable music without ever sounding forced or uninspired.
Listen to music by some of artists married in music below:
Aaliyah, Missy Elliott & Timbaland – ‘One in a Million’
Alicia Keys & Krucial – ‘Karma’
Brandy & Darkchild – ‘What About Us?’
Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – ‘Together Again’
Madonna & William Orbit – ‘The Power of Goodbye’
Mariah Carey & Jermaine Dupri – ‘Always be My Baby’
Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones – ‘Rock with You’
Pink & Linda Perry – ‘Get this Party Started’
Toni Braxton & Babyface – ‘How Could An Angel Break My Heart’
When artists find their true musical partners, the resulting songs are instant classics. Yet, all connections don’t last forever. As we’ve seen with Madonna and William Orbit, the magic often wanes over time, even if performers take a break from their teams with the hopes of finding a new spark when they reunite.
Also, the creative energy between artists and their partners often diverge, thus leading to unions being torn apart. That is exactly what happened to Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff before she discovered Jermaine Dupri, and Brandy and Darkchild. Unlike the music they compose, their connections aren’t always built to last.
Which artists formed your favourite musical union ? Who is best of those listed above? Vote in our Way Back Wednesday poll and share your opinion below!