Janet Jackson and Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis
A match made in musical heaven is what we can call this pairing. When Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis came onboard to produce Janet’s 1986 album “Control,” one thing was clear— Ms. Jackson was grown and had found her sound. The hits these three created over more than 20 years are endless from “Pleasure Principle” to “Someone to Call My Lover.” For the most part, the three were the only producers and writers on most of her CD’s until 2004’s “Damita Jo” and 2006’s “20 Y.O.” albums, when Jam and Lewis begin sharing producer credits with Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and others. Both albums failed to crack the million selling mark. With the release of Janet’s last studio album “Discipline,” Jam and Lewis did not produce one song on the CD; instead she turned to then boyfriend and producer, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Jerkins. It has become one her least selling albums to date.