Siedah Performing at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Grammy Winning, Oscar Nominated Singer Songwriter Siedah Garrett Chosen To Write and Perform 2015 Special Olympics Theme Song, “REACH UP L.A.” at Opening Ceremony

Global Broadcast of Performance on ESPN Before 60K Fans From LA Coliseum 7/25/15

(Los Angeles 6/19/15) GRAMMY Award Winning, two-time Oscar Nominated Singer/Songwriter Siedah Garrett has been tapped to co-write and perform the theme song to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games entitled, “Reach Up L.A.” Garrett’s live performance of the song will be the capstone of the Opening Ceremony taking place before a globally televised audience from the historic Los Angeles Coliseum on July 25, 2015. Garrett previously co-wrote and performed the theme for the 2007 Special Olympic Games, and is best known for co-writing the Michael Jackson classic “Man In The Mirror” and dueting with Jackson on their #1 single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” “Reach Up L.A.” will be released via iTunes on this month.

“Writing and performing this epic theme song ‘Reach Up LA’ for my hometown Los Angeles is one of the highlights of my career” said Garrett. “I am humbled and grateful to play a small part in this year’s celebration of these incredible Special Olympics athletes.”

Nearly 7,000 athletes representing 170 countries will be welcomed at the Opening Ceremony, held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the Opening Ceremonies for both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games.  More than 60,000 fans including Royalty, Heads of State and Government, and other distinguished personalities will cheer on the athletes inside the Coliseum, while a global audience can watch coverage provided by ESPN, the official broadcast partner of the World Games. ESPN is distributing the Opening Ceremony around the world in multiple languages.

In addition to her work with Jackson, Garrett’s name as a singer, songwriter and performer is well known around the globe based on three decades of distinguished work.  Along with Quincy Jones, she co-wrote the theme song to the 2010 World Expo in China. In 2012, she was Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 2012 for “Real In Rio”, co-written with Sergio Mendes, from the film, Rio and in 2007 for “Love You I Do”, performed by Jennifer Hudson, from the film Dreamgirls. She has toured around the world as a featured vocalist with Jackson, Madonna and with Quincy Jones who discovered her and has become a life-long mentor.

About Siedah Garrett

GRAMMY Award winner and two-time Oscar nominated singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett has created a musical body of work that spans over three decades and includes collaborations with the most iconic names in entertainment. Discovered by Quincy Jones, Garrett co-wrote “Man In The Mirror” for Michael Jackson, and recorded as his duet partner on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”. She has toured internationally as featured vocalist with Jackson, Jones, and Madonna, and previously has co-written theme songs for the 2007 Special Olympics and the 2010 World Expo. Garrett has served as vocal producer on the series American Idol, where, along with Quincy Jones, she wrote “Time To Care” for the Idol Gives Back campaign in 2007, which raised $30 million for young people in the US and Africa.

In addition to contemporary artists Jamie Foxx, will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, Siedah’s music has been recorded by a host of legendary artists including Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, Toto, Sheena Easton, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, The Brand New Heavies, Pointer Sisters, Amy Grant, Barry White, Paula Abdul and Vanessa Williams. For more information visit: Siedah.com

Contact: Erik Nuri, erik.nuri@inthemirrormusic.com, 310-434-0120

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