Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” premiered Monday, April 7 2014

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Melissa Etheridge performs "Neither One of Us"

Melissa Etheridge performs "Neither One of Us"

Melissa Etheridge performs "Neither One of Us" by Gladys Knight on "Women of Soul"

Aretha Franklin Performs "Amazing Grace"

Aretha Franklin Performs "Amazing Grace"

Aretha Franklin performs "Amazing Grace" on "Women of Soul."

Ariana Grande Performs "Tattooed Heart"

Ariana Grande Performs "Tattooed Heart"

Ariana Grande performs "Tattooed Heart" on "Women of Soul."

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House, celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event on Thursday, March 6, 2014.  The all-star concert will include performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.

The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-second production in the series’ thirty-six years.  This will be the first time “In Performance at the White House” features an all-female line-up.  The sixty-minute television special is produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures and The GRAMMY Museum®.

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” will be a celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture, across Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll. The evening will pay homage to trailblazing female artists and their memorable songs.

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