Obama showcases diversity in music at White House with R&B, soul and jazz performances

By , on October 27, 2015

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WASHINGTON—Whether belting out lyrics to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” or leading a mournful congregation through “Amazing Grace,” President Barack Obama has shown he’s a pretty soulful guy.

The president and his wife, Michelle, also have prominently showcased R&B and soul talent at events from state dinners to the annual Easter Egg Roll.

“Queen of hip-hop and soul” Mary J. Blige and jazz great Herbie Hancock have entertained for visiting dignitaries, while pop superstar Beyonce has performed at inauguration festivities.

The latest White House concert celebrated the history of American music with performers like Esperanza Spalding. The Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and bassist said the variety of musicians who have performed at the White House conveys a message of inclusion at the “People’s House.”