In celebration of Gary, Indiana's most famous native son – Michael Jackson – TIBC recording artists Jordan Sumner, Breana Taylor, Jessica Coker Mohr and The Hartfield Brothers – known as The Gratitude Project – participated in “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It,” four days of events from August 29 through September 1, 2012 that showcased Michael’s entertainment legacy and his birthplace of Gary, Indiana.

At the invitation of Mrs. Katherine Jackson and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, The Gratitude Project artists performed original songs from their new CD/DVD, Gratitude: Dedicated to Katherine Jackson, that was released on August 29 at the event. Performing with the recording artists was Carla Service and her Dance-A-Vision dancers, Najah and Noesha.

GOIN' BACK Ballpark August 2012“Michael Jackson has been an inspiration of mine since I began singing as a child,” recalls Jordan Sumner. “It is an honor for me to debut my song ‘Dear Michael’ for Mrs. Jackson at the Candlelight Tribute ceremony.” This was the first event held on August 29 at the Jackson family home.

“I feel that all of us have been positively influenced by Michael, from his exceptional talent and dedication to excellence to his humanitarian work,” Breana Taylor adds.

The Gratitude Project also performed on August 30 in US Steel Park at the opening of the Gary Southshore Railcats baseball game where La Toya Jackson and Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, tossed out the first pitch.

On August 31, The Gratitude Project performed at a reception and dinner honoring Mrs. Jackson at the Majestic Star Hotel, and on September 1 they entertained at the “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It” Tribute Concert at the Westside Theatre.