It was essentially 2014 when a young man – who looked, walked and talked like the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson – made headlines. A glance at his pictures and videos will convince you that he has something to do with MJ – even a doppelganger can’t imitate every gesture, every movement and every spoken word the way Howard does it.
While the rumours around his association with the Jackson family have been going around since his music debut in 2003, a recent video claims that the singer is coming to Pakistan. Shocked? Confused? Baffled? So are we.
The video features a montage of Howard’s interviews and performance footage and introduces him as the next Michael Jackson. It ends by stating the he will soon be in Pakistan. While only time will if he actually makes it to Pakistan, the singer’s history with Jackons and catalogue tells us that if it happens, it’ll be something big.
Who is B Howard?
B Howard or Brandon Howard is a singer, record producer and songwriter. The 37-year-old produced Ne-Yo’s album In My Own Words, which topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2006. Howard is also credited as a songwriter on Can’t Get Tired of Me from the album Face Off, a collaboration between Omarion and Bow Wow, which debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 in 2007.
In 2016, Howard’s single, Don’t Say You Love Me, hit number 11 on Billboard’s Top Dance charts. According to his website, the song Ke Nako, ft. Wyclef Jean, J Pre and Jazmine Sullivan was showcased in Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album.
His connection to MJ:
Several media reports suggest that singer Miki Howard had a fling with MJ and Howard is their son. There were also reports of Jackson’s chartbuster Billie Jean being about his apparent romance with Miki.
But both the Howards have categorically denied the rumours. In an exclusive interview in 2014, Miki commented, “I know he’s my son. And I know that I’ve been the ‘father’ for the last 30-odd years. OK? I know that I’ve been the one that’s supplied every emotional need, every financial need, every physical need.”
Howard apparently took a DNA test to prove that he is – after all – MJ lovechild. TMZ ran a report confirming the same and calling him the alleged son.
Howard, later retracted his statement and said, “Number one, I did not call TMZ or anything like that. Didn’t put out a story, nothing. Number two, I’ve never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson’s son. Number three, I’m definitely not suing the estate. I’ve been taken care of very well. Number four, it is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this.”
A couple of days after Howard went on record with his statements regarding his parentage, the famous singer, Akon talked about the same. “I’ve known B for such a long time, and there’s always been this thing about how similar his mannerisms are and how close he resembles Michael Jackson,” Akon told BET.com. “From the speaking to everything, there was always that question there.”
The Locked Up singer added that no matter what’s revealed, he thinks the press Howard’s been getting is good for his career. “We don’t have full proof of everything just yet, but as it opens up, depending on conversations with B Howard, we’ll determine [what he wants to reveal] at that moment,” noted Akon. “As for now, it works for him because it promotes him and then when the records come out, they’ll overshadow all the media attention with all the talent that he has.”
In a different interview when Larry King asked Akon if he knows that B Howard is coming out as MJ’s son, Akon replied, “I believe that.”
However, according to the Daily Mail, Augie Johnson, a singer who laid background vocals on MJ’s Off the Wall, claims that he is actually Howard’s father.
“I know Brandon’s my son — I was there in the delivery room, I have the pictures of him being born. I got the records, I got everything,” Johnson said. “Before me, Miki wasn’t with anyone else — she didn’t even know Michael at that time. But you know what — I love my son and he can do whatever he likes. I’m not tripping on this — I want Brandon to have a successful career.”
The speculations about Howard’s lineage don’t end here. Every now and then he is asked about his connection to MJ and politely responds by calling the Beat It singer his family. Let’s hope we get to see him come to Pakistan someday.