As photographer Todd Gray prepares to for the release of his tabletop, “Before He Was King,” he remembers his time with Michael Jackson with exclusive photos. ESSENCE.com takes an intimate look at MJ before he became the King of Pop that we all know and love.
Michael relaxes outside of a limo while on tour.
Michael jokes around backstage.
MJ busts one of his famous stances as he moves the crowd.
MJ bedazzles and serenades the crowd.
Michael jackson is flanked by fans and loyalists after a performance.
MJ takes the lead as The Jackson back him up.
Michael does what he does best as he delivers a kinetic performance.