Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe to Perform at Women of Soul Concert

Janelle Monáe, Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe to Perform at Women of Soul Concert

First lady Michelle Obama announces a special show paying tribute to the genre of music.

Published March 5, 2014

For the latest installment of In Performance at the White House, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have invited some of soul music's greatest living vocalists for what's being billed as the "Women of Soul" concert.

The show, live streaming Thursday (March 6) on the White House website, will feature Aretha FranklinPatti LaBelle and Grammy/Oscar-winning rock singer Melissa Etheridge, as well as The Voice winner Tessane Chin, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott. The president will make his remarks beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Earlier in the day, as has been her tradition, Mrs. Obama will host a workshop for students from around the nation, reports The Office of the First Lady. The music lesson for this session is called "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul" and Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, will lecture about the origins of soul music — the social climate in the U.S. in the 50s and 60s and the specific elements of music that helped to shape the genre — as well as recognize some of the genre's most noteworthy artists.

"Women of Soul" is the twelfth concert in the In Performance at the White House series. The Obamas have previously honored Stevie Wonder, spotlighted Broadway and American musicals and celebrated the roots of country music, for example.

The show will also broadcast on PBS April 7, and at a later date via the American Forces Network, a special channel for the U.S. Department of Defense. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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