Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was born in Gary, Indiana. Jackson began his career when he was seven years old as the lead singer of the Jackson 5.
During his career, Michael broke down racial barriers that denied black artists mainstream media exposure. His contributions to music, dance, videography, and fashion made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. He is considered of the most influential artists of all time.