One of the biggest names ever to come out of Detroit, none other than the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, will once again be performing in front of President Barack Obama on Tuesday evening. We say once again performing for the President because the Motown legend has already performed at the 2013 inauguration of Obama for his second term. This time around, though, Franklin won't be alone.
“In Performance at the White House” is a series of performances that the presidential household hols every so often as a way to help the Commander-in-Chief relax ever once in a while. There have been 14 of these performances since Obama took office and for Tuesday night's program, the genre of music selected to be the evening's theme is one that is right up the Detroit diva's alley: gospel music.
The Gospel Tradition will feature a slew of amazing singers and musicians all looking to entertain the most powerful man in the world, while Aretha Franklin will act as the ringleader for the whole shindig. Some of the other major names that will perform include Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rodney Crowell, the Morgan State University Choir, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Darlene Love Tamela Mann, and Michelle Williams. The whole program will be brought to life by the iconic T. Bone Burnett, who will serve as executive music director.
For Detroiters and those around the rest of the country who might not have an all-access pass to the White House, the event will be streamed live across the internet via whitehouse.gov/live. The broadcast starts at 7 p.m. but will also be featured on television on a later datet at 9 p.m. on June 26 on PBS, as well as TV One.
Aretha Franklin has been enjoying a return to the spotlight with the success of her new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which features the hit version of her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." The song premiered at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which gave Franklin the honor of being the only woman in history to have 100 songs on that list.
The former Motown superstar was also recently featured on an episode of Fox's reality singing gameshow "American Idol," where she performed a rousing rendition of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." She also mentored the cast of the show during their Detroit-themed week on how the Motor City helped shape her as an artist and as an individual, too.
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