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Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett: Michael and Me

Seamus Evely  /  UPDATED Aug 19, 2022

“When somebody good, or something good comes around, the world doesn’t trust it, and they destroy what they don’t understand.”

Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett is one of the most important drumming figures in pop music. He has had an unbelievable career with even more unbelievable beginnings. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jonathan began playing drums as a child. He and his two older brothers all played in a band together for a few years until eventually Jonathan was fired because he couldn’t get into the nightclubs to perform. This disenchanted Jonathan a great deal but would prove that this was just the beginning of an incredible life of music.

His whole story is something divine or something we might read in a fairy tale. He was in association with Michael Jackson up until the time of Michael’s death in 2009. Jonathan was with Michael on the last night that he was alive on this earth. It was a thirty-year working relationship and brotherly friendship, and I am almost certain that we will never hear of something like that happening again.

Jonathan has also performed with Madonna, Sir Elton John, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and many others. His resume is something of epic proportions and he shares so much wisdom in this episode that helps us understand why that may have been.

In this episode:

You will hear about…

  • How Jonathan got his name “Sugarfoot”
  • How Jonathan got the Jackson gig
  • Jonathan’s beliefs on what is intended for us
  • The multiplicity effect drumming has on our brains
  • Michael Jackson’s compassion for all life
  • How Jonathan feels since Michael’s passing
  • Jonathan’s thoughts and feelings towards the allegations and controversy surrounding Michael Jackson

Why you should listen:

This episode contains things that are incredibly inspiring and also educational, which makes it a great episode. It also contains a lot of great stories from the legendary career that Jonathan has experienced so far. However, what Jonathan has to say regarding Michael’s passing and the allegations and controversy makes this episode important. I have read and heard numerous interviews with Jonathan and no one goes there with Jonathan. It is some incredibly strong subject matter and difficult to ask as a host. But we went there.

I must say though, given the amount of time Jonathan spent with Michael, he is a very credible person to speak about this stuff. He is both neutral and knowledgeable about what Michael was really like as a person. I believe that anyone who hears this episode will have a sense of confirmation that Michael was a better human being than most of us can fathom.

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