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. It premiers Monday, April 7 at 8:00 PM.
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 will host 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. (Program subject to change.) 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 that the ‘In Performance at the White House series concert will consist solely of female vocalists,” said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “The stories and music of women artists are an important part of our cultural history, and one we are proud to highlight as part of In Performance at the White House.”
“We are pleased to support In Performance at the White House and the cultural influence female singers have as storytellers of the American experience,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Through public media that informs, educates, inspires and entertains, we are delighted to bring this shared part of our nation’s heritage to the local communities we serve.”