Image courtesy of Norman SeefA diverse group of artists from different music genres paid tribute to the late singer and musician Ray Charles Wednesday night at the White House.
Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House featured the likes of Usher, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Alabama Shakes‘ Brittany Howard, The Band Perry and Sam Moore performing classic tunes by Charles.
— Usher, “Georgia on My Mind”
— Demi Lovato, “You Don’t Know Me”
— Andra Day & Anthony Hamilton, “Let the Good Times Roll”
— Brittany Howard, “Unchain My Heart”
— The Band Perry, “Bye Bye Love”
— Sam Moore, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”
Before the performances, President Obama offered a few remarks. “From the tiny clubs in which he started out to the arenas he eventually filled, Ray was an electrifying performer. He couldn’t see us, but we couldn’t take our eyes off him,” the president said.
Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House will air this Friday on PBS at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
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