Ferreira added that she felt a "connection" with the late singer
Ferreira is finally expected to release her long-awaited second album ‘Masochism’ in 2019, which will be the follow-up to her 2013 debut ‘Night Time, My Time’.
Speaking in a rare interview with Pitchfork ahead of the release of that new body of work, Ferreira reflected on her background in music and recounted her first meeting with Jackson, who recommended that she join a gospel choir at the age of seven.
As the feature explains, Jackson was a regular client of Ferreira’s grandmother, who worked as a hairdresser. Introduced through her, Ferreira revealed that the late singer later gave her important career advice at the age of nine. “He was like, ‘Don’t focus on things that are just around you – you need to look back to the history of music.’ And that’s what I did.”
Pressed further on the dynamics of her relationship with Jackson when she was a child, Ferreira disclosed that she visited Jackson’s houses, including his Neverland Ranch, “a lot” – but she didn’t witness any of the alleged abuse which was recently detailed in the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland (which, as Pitchfork notes, aired in the US a few days after their interview with Ferreira).
“It wasn’t just because I was a girl,” she said. “I was around a lot of kids.”
Reflecting on how she felt about Jackson’s early advice and encouragement, Ferreira said: “I was really quiet, but when someone sees something in you… I had a connection to him, but I’m not, like, his family.”
New music from Ferreira, meanwhile, is expected to drop tomorrow (March 27).