In Performance at The White House

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Women of Soul

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” is a celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture. Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monáe, Tessanne Chin, and Ariana Grande bring blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and Rock and Roll together at the White House.

AIRED: April 06, 2014 | 0:56:46
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Announcer: Tonight, from the historic East Room,

"Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House."

Corporate support for

"Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,"

is provided by Pepsi,

in recognition of Pepsi's Conversations Project,

a series of films about women thriving

in the face of adversity.

Additional funding provided by the

Anne Ray Charitable Trust.

By the Annenberg Foundation.

By Corey Brunish.

By the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and

by the generous contributions to this

PBS station from viewers like you,

thank you.

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States

and Mrs. Michelle Obama.

[audience applause].

President Obama: Hello everybody.

[audience applause].

Welcome to the White House for the latest in our series

celebrating the music that has shaped our American story.

And as someone who always shares this house with

brilliant, creative, talented, somewhat stubborn women.

[audience laughing].

I think Women's History Month

is the perfect time to honor a few more,

the Women of Soul.

[audience applause].

This is a really good lineup and I want to thank

our performers for this evening,

they are fantastic; we've got Tessanne Chin here.

[audience applause].

We've got Melissa Etheridge.

[audience applause].

We've got Aretha Franklin.

[audience applause].

We've got Ariana Grande.

[audience applause].

Ms. Patti LaBelle.

[audience applause].

Janelle Monáe.

[audience applause].

And Ms. Jill Scott.

[audience applause].

I can't wait!

[audience laughing].

Finally, I want to make a quick

public service announcement.

When Aretha Franklin first walked into Fame Studio

in 1967, most of the other musicians

had never heard her sing live before.

When they did one of them said,

"The floors rumbled and the walls shook.

My brain shook, it was magic."

So my advice to everyone tonight is simple:

hang on.

[audience laughing].

Because the Queen of Soul is in the building,

if she blows your mind it will be ok.

[laughing].

But that's what soul music does,

it makes us move and it makes us feel.

To quote Jill Scott, "Soul music is about reaching

and touching people on a human level."

For many of the performers here tonight,

it all began on Sunday morning.

Growing up in Detroit,

Aretha sang at her father's church and

recorded her first album at that church

when she was just 14 years old.

Patti LaBelle was painfully shy,

I cannot believe that but this is what I have been told.

[audience laughing].

Until she sang a solo in front of the congregation

and got a standing ovation.

That's when she realized she could do something special.

Aretha had already won 11 Grammys

by the time Janelle Monáe was born.

But as a teenager struggling to make it in New York,

Janelle worked as a maid, singing for the other women

as they cleaned houses together.

She says the experience inspired her to write music

for people like them,

"Because they need it the most."

And ultimately, that's what soul is all about,

telling some truth.

And tonight, we're in for a healthy dose of truth

from some of the finest voices there are.

So without further ado,

I'd like to introduce a true American treasure,

the one and only Miss Patti LaBelle.

[audience applause].

♫♫

Patti LaBelle: Mr. President and Mrs. Obama,

I would like to say thank you for the five years

that you've been in this wonderful house.

[audience cheering].

You have taken us places that no one has taken us in many,

many years somewhere "Over the Rainbow!"

Thank you.

[music playing "Over the Rainbow"].

♫Somewhere over the rainbow.♫

♫Bluebirds fly.♫

♫There's a land that I heard of♫

♫once in a lullaby.♫

♫Somewhere over the rainbow.♫

♫Woo.♫

♫Bluebirds fly.♫

♫If a teeny weeny bird can get up♫

♫and fly over the rainbow,♫

♫then why oh why can't I?♫

♫Someday I wish upon a star and wake up where♫

♫the clouds are far behind me.♫

♫Where troubles melts like lemon drops,♫

♫way above the chimney tops oh, that's where.♫

♫Background singers: That's where.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: That's where.♫

♫That's where you will find me.♫

♫Ooooooo, hey!♫

♫Somewhere over the rainbow.♫

♫Wooo-ha!♫

♫Bluebirds they fly.♫

♫Oh, if a teeny weeny bird can get up♫

♫and fly over, over the rain.♫

♫Over the rain, over the rain,♫

♫over the rainbow.♫

♫Then won't somebody please, please,♫

♫please tell me why,♫

♫tell me why can't.♫

♫Background Singers: I've got to get over the rainbow.♫

♫I've got to get over and oh, I've got to get.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: I've got to get, I've got to get,♫

♫I've got to get, I've got to get.♫

♫I've got to get over, over, whoa.♫

♫Somebody tell me why can't I.♫

[music playing] [audience applause].

[music ends].

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome the Grammy nominated

Janelle Monáe.

Janelle Monáe: Wow, Mama Patti!

Phenomenal.

Um, I just want to say thank you so much

for having me here tonight.

Tonight I'm just privileged to share this

stage with two legends, Miss Aretha Franklin,

Miss Patti LaBelle.

Both of them have had a significant influence on all

of us here and for me, I'm just happy, honestly,

just to watch, to listen and to learn.

There's another artist who I also love like

Miss Franklin and Miss LaBelle,

she owns every song she sings.

Her name is Shirley Bassey

and you just might know this song.

[music playing "Goldfinger"].

♫Goldfinger.♫

♫He's the man, the man with the Midas touch.♫

♫A spider's touch.♫

♫Such a cold finger.♫

♫He'll beckon you to enter his web of sin.♫

♫But don't go in.♫

♫Golden words he will pour in your ears.♫

♫But his lies can't disguise what you fear.♫

♫For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her.♫

♫It's the kiss of death from Mister Goldfinger.♫

♫Pretty girl beware of his heart of gold.♫

♫This heart is cold.♫

♫He loves only gold.♫

♫Only gold.♫

♫He loves gold.♫

♫He loves only gold.♫

♫Only gold.♫

♫He loves gold.♫

Thank you.

[audience applause].

Announcer: Please welcome two-time Grammy Award winner,

Melissa Etheridge.

[audience applause].

Melissa Etheridge: Let me tell you,

you know when it comes to soul music and

rock and roll, ok?

From the same tree, absolutely.

Ever since Elvis Presley heard Little Richard

rock and roll was born out of that.

So I'm going to play you a little uh, rock and roll song.

One that I know.

And show you the roots of rock and roll,

rock and soul as I like to call it.

[music playing "I'm the Only One"].

♫Please baby can't you see♫

♫my mind's a burnin' hell.♫

♫I got razors a rippin' and tearin'♫

♫and strippin' my heart apart as well.♫

♫Tonight you told me,♫

♫that you ache for something new.♫

♫And some other woman is lookin' like something♫

♫that might be good for you.♫

♫Go on and hold her till the screaming is gone.♫

♫Go on believe her when she tells you nothing's wrong.♫

♫I'm the only one who'll walk across the fire for you.♫

♫I'm the only one who'll drown in my desire for you.♫

♫It's only fear that makes you run♫

♫the demons that you're hiding from.♫

♫When all your promises are gone,♫

♫I'm the only one.♫

♫♫

♫♫

♫♫

♫Go on and hold her till the screaming is gone.♫

♫Go on believe her when she tells you nothing's wrong.♫

♫I'm the only one who'll walk across the fire for you.♫

♫I'm the only one who'll drown, drown in my desire for you.♫

♫It's only fear that makes you run♫

♫the demons that you're hiding from.♫

♫When all your promises are gone,♫

♫I'm the ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo, only one.♫

♫Baby.♫

♫♫

♫Oh baby.♫

♫♫

♫I'm the only.♫

♫♫

♫I'm the only.♫

♫♫

♫Ah.♫

♫♫

♫I am, I am the only one.♫

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome the winner of season five of

"The Voice," Tessanne Chin.

[audience applause].

Tessanne Chin: Thank you very much,

good evening Mr. President, Mrs. Obama it's a tremendous

honor for me to be here tonight.

Growing up in a family of musicians in Jamaica there

was never a time that I wasn't exposed to music of all kinds,

including the great female artists of our time.

Though I never saw her in person,

the music of Miss Donna Summer was always

a part of my life and my parents made sure of that.

She was a remarkable singer with an amazing voice

and I'm thrilled to perform this in her

honor tonight at the White House.

[audience applause].

[music playing "Last Dance"].

♫Who-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Who-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Last dance.♫

♫Last chance for love.♫

♫Yes it's my last chance for romance tonight.♫

♫Oh-ho, I need you by me.♫

♫Beside me, to guide me.♫

♫To hold me and scold me.♫

♫'Cause when I'm bad,♫

♫I'm so, so bad.♫

♫So let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫Let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫Let's dance.♫

♫The last dance tonight, hey!♫

♫Last dance, is my last chance for love.♫

♫Yes it's my last chance for romance tonight.♫

♫Oh-ho, I need you.♫

♫By me.♫

♫Beside me.♫

♫To guide me.♫

♫To hold me.♫

♫To scold me.♫

♫'Cause when I'm bad,♫

♫I'm so, so bad.♫

♫So let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫Let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫Let's dance.♫

♫The last dance tonight, hey!♫

♫Come on everybody.♫

♫♫

♫Buh-buh-buh-buh-baby.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh, hey!♫

♫Oh-ho, I need you.♫

♫By me.♫

♫Beside me.♫

♫To guide me.♫

♫To hold me.♫

♫To scold me.♫

♫'Cause when I'm bad,♫

♫I'm so, so bad.♫

♫So let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫So let's dance.♫

♫The last dance.♫

♫Baby come on let's dance.♫

♫The last dance tonight.♫

Thank you very much.

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome three-time Grammy Award winner,

Jill Scott.

[audience applause].

Jill Scott: Ah, thank you so much!

What a warm, warm, I mean warm room this is.

[audience laughing].

Ladies and gentlemen Aretha Franklin.

[laughs].

Is the essence of freedom.

When I was a child and I heard that voice.

I'm washing dishes or vacuuming or

whatever it is that my mother made me do.

[audience laughing].

To hear that voice allowed me a certain level of freedom.

It's a soul glow.

So tonight, in honor of that and of that incredible woman

I'm going to be singing one of her songs.

[audience cheering].

You can sing-along if you want to.

[music playing "Rock Steady"].

Hey!

♫♫

♫Rock steady baby.♫

♫That's what I feel now.♫

♫Let's call this song exactly what it is.♫

♫Step n' move your hips with a feelin' from side to side.♫

♫Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride.♫

♫And while you're movin',♫

♫rock steady, rock steady baby.♫

♫Let's call this song exactly what it is.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is, what it is,♫

♫what it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: It's a funky and low down feelin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: In my hips from left to right.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scot: What it is, is I might be doin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: This funky dance all night.♫

♫Oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Put your hands up in the air.♫

♫Jill Scot: Oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Gotta feelin', ain't got a care.♫

♫Jill Scott: Oh.♫

♫Background Singers: What fun to take this ride.♫

♫Rock steady will only slide.♫

♫Jill Scott: Rock steady.♫

♫Rock steady baby.♫

♫Rock steady.♫

♫Rock steady, woo!♫

♫♫

♫Can you feel it, can you feel it inside child.♫

♫Hey!♫

♫Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride.♫

♫And while you're movin' rock steady.♫

♫Rock steady baby.♫

♫Let's call this song exactly what it is.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is, what it is,♫

♫what it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: It's a funky and low down feelin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: In my hips from left and right.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: What it is, is I might be doin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫This funky dance all night.♫

♫Oooooooooooooh.♫

♫Background Singers: Got a feelin', ain't got a care.♫

♫Jill Scott: Oooooooooooooh.♫

♫Background Singers: What fun to take this ride.♫

♫Rock steady will only slide.♫

♫Jill Scott: Rock steady.♫

♫Rock steady baby.♫

♫Rock steady, woo!♫

♫Rock steady.♫

Come on ya'll.

♫♫

[scatting]

♫Yeah!♫

Come on.

♫Rock.♫

♫Steady.♫

♫Rock.♫

♫Steady.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: It's a funky and low down feelin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: In my hips from left and right.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: What it is, is I might be doin'.♫

♫Background Singers: What it is.♫

♫Jill Scott: This funky dance all night.♫

♫Background Singers: Wave your hands up in the air.♫

♫Jill Scott: Oooooooooooooh.♫

♫Background Singers: Got a feelin', ain't got a care.♫

♫Jill Scott: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: 'Cause you want to take this ride.♫

Jill Scott: Come on ya'll.

♫Background Singers: Rock steady will only slide.♫

♫Jill Scott: Rock.♫

♫Steady.♫

♫Rock.♫

♫Steady.♫

[audience applause].

I love you guys.

Thank you!

[audience applause].

Announcer: Please welcome Ariana Grande.

[audience applause].

Ariana Grande: Oh my goodness.

Mr. President and Mrs. Obama, what's up,

how are you?

Good to see ya.

It's good, it's all good?

Alright good.

So.

[laughs].

So thank you for having me um,

I'm going to sing a song by a woman

who's inspired me endlessly since I was a little girl.

And I'm going to sing "I Have Nothing"

by Whitney Houston.

[music playing "I Have Nothing"].

♫Share my life take me for what I am.♫

♫'Cause I'll never change all my colors for you.♫

♫Take my love I'll never ask for too much.♫

♫Just all that you are and everything that you do.♫

♫I don't really need to look very much further.♫

♫I don't wanna have to go where you don't follow.♫

♫I won't hold it back again,♫

♫this passion inside.♫

♫I can't run from myself, there's nowhere to hide.♫

♫Well don't make me close one more door.♫

♫I don't wanna hurt anymore.♫

♫Stay in my arms if you dare.♫

♫Or must I imagine you there.♫

♫Don't walk away from me.♫

♫I have nothing, nothing, nothing.♫

♫Don't make me close one more door.♫

♫I don't wanna hurt anymore.♫

♫Stay in my arms if you dare.♫

♫Or must I imagine you there.♫

♫Don't walk away from me, no.♫

♫Don't walk away from me.♫

♫Don't you dare walk away from me.♫

♫I have nothing, nothing, nothing.♫

♫If I don't have you.♫

♫You-oh-oh.♫

♫If I don't have you, baby.♫

♫Oh, ooh, ooh.♫

Thank you.

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome the Queen of Soul,

the legendary Aretha Franklin.

["I've Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)"].

♫♫

Aretha Franklin: Alright, let's have a party.

♫You're a no good heart breaker.♫

♫You're a liar and you're a cheat.♫

♫And I don't know why I-I-I♫

♫let you do these things to me.♫

♫My friends keep telling me, they say,♫

♫"Reth, the man ain't no good."♫

♫But oh-oh they don't know oh-oh,♫

♫I'd leave you if I could, yeah, yeah.♫

♫I guess I'm just uptight.♫

♫And I'm stuck like glue.♫

♫'Cause I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I said I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I-I-I-I-I ain't never♫

♫loved a man the way that I loved you.♫

♫I loved you.♫

♫I-I-I-I.♫

♫Some time ago I thought, that he had run out of fools.♫

♫But I was so wrong, yes I was.♫

♫He had one fool he wasn't gonna lose.♫

♫The way he treated me it was a shame.♫

♫How could he do me so bad?♫

♫Now, now baby, you know♫

♫that I was the sweetest thing,♫

♫that you ever had.♫

♫You know what I'm saying.♫

♫Yeah kiss me once again.♫

♫Don'cha never, never say we're through.♫

♫'Cause I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never!♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Loved a man the way that♫

♫I, I love you.♫

♫I can't sleep at night.♫

♫Oh no.♫

♫I can't even fight.♫

♫You know.♫

♫I guess I'll never be free.♫

♫Since he got, he got his hooks in me.♫

♫Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Oh-oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I said I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I ain't never loved a man.♫

♫Oh no.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Ooo oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫I ain't never loved a man.♫

♫Hold him.♫

♫Background Singers: Hold him.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I've got to hold onto him.♫

♫There is my baby.♫

♫I-I-I-I-I.♫

♫Background Singers: Hold him.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Oh-ho.♫

♫Background Singers: Hold him.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: I'm going to.♫

♫Background Singers: Hold him.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Oh-ho-oh-oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Hold him.♫

♫Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never-never-never-never.♫

♫Oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah, I ain't never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Never.♫

♫Background Singers: Never.♫

[music stops suddenly]

[audience cheering].

♫Aretha Franklin: Loved a man,♫

♫the way that I-I-I-I.♫

♫Ah-ah-ah-ah.♫

♫Ah-ah-ah-ah.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫I ain't never loved a man the way that♫

♫I, I love you.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Yeah-ah-ah.♫

♫Yeah.♫

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome back Janelle Monáe.

Are ya'll ready to jam?

Are ya'll ready to have a good time?

Alright.

This song that I'm about to sing was on the

First Lady's "Let's Move" playlist

and it was inspired by the words of our President,

"You can't get too high,

you can't get to low."

This song is called "Tightrope," hit it band!

Man: 1, 2, 3, 4.

[music playing "Tightrope"].

Janelle Monáe: Come on.

Whoa!

♫Another day, I take your pain away.♫

♫Some people talk about ya.♫

♫Like they know all about ya.♫

♫When you get down they doubt ya.♫

♫And when you tip it on the scene.♫

♫Yeah they talkin' bout it.♫

♫'Cause they can't tip on the scene.♫

♫What you talk about it.♫

♫T-t-t-talk about it.♫

♫When you get elevated.♫

♫They love it or they hate it.♫

♫You dance up on them haters.♫

♫Keep getting funky on the scene.♫

♫While they jumpin' round ya.♫

♫They trying to take all of your dreams.♫

♫But you can't allow it.♫

♫'Cause baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫Baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫I gotta tip on the tightrope.♫

♫T-t-t-tip on the tightrope.♫

♫Baby, baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫Baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫I gotta tip on the tightrope.♫

♫Now let me see you do the tightrope.♫

♫I tip on alligators.♫

♫And little rattlesnakers.♫

♫But I'm another flavor.♫

♫Something like a terminator.♫

♫Ain't no equivocating.♫

♫I fight for what I believe.♫

♫Why you talkin' 'bout it.♫

♫J-j-just talkin' 'bout it.♫

♫Some callin' me a sinner.♫

♫Some callin' me a winner.♫

♫I'm callin' you the dinner.♫

♫And you know exactly what I mean.♫

♫Yeah I'm talkin bout you.♫

♫You can rock or you can leave.♫

♫'Cause baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫Whether I'm high or low.♫

♫I'm gonna tip on the tightrope.♫

♫Oooo-da-da-da-da, yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫'Cause baby whether I'm high or low.♫

♫Yeah whether I'm high or low.♫

♫I got to tip on the tightrope.♫

♫Now won't you tip on the tightrope.♫

♫I said you can't get too high.♫

♫Background Singers: We can't get too high.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: I said you can't get too low.♫

♫Background Singers: We can't get too low.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Because if you get too high now.♫

♫Background Singers: You can't get too high.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Oh, you'll surely be low.♫

♫Background Singers: No, you'll surely be low.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: 1, 2, 3, yeah!♫

♫♫

♫Yeah!♫

♫Oh, yeah.♫

♫Na-na-na-na-na, now shut up.♫

♫Yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫Now put some voodoo on it.♫

Ladies and gentlemen,

the funkiest horn section in the White House.

♫Yeah, yeah, yeah, oh.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Woo!♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Oh-oh-oh-oh.♫

♫Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫Gotta get on up.♫

♫You've got to find your balance.♫

♫You've got to stay on your feet.♫

♫Yep you know what I mean.♫

♫I said one more time for the tightrope.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫One more, one more, one more time.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫One more time.♫

♫Tightrope.♫

♫Oh, yeah, yeah.♫

Thank you!

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

performing the Grammy Hall of Fame recording,

"Lady Marmalade," Patti LaBelle.

[music playing "Lady Marmalade"].

♫Patti LaBelle: Yeah.♫

♫Woo!♫

♫Background Singers: Hey sister, go sister.♫

♫Soul sister, go sister.♫

♫Hey sister, go sister.♫

♫Soul sister, go sister.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: He met Marmalade♫

♫down in old New Orleans.♫

♫Struttin' her stuff on the street.♫

♫She said, "Hello, hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?"♫

♫Hey, hey, hey.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, da, da.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Oh, do it baby.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, here.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Oh, moccha chocolate.♫

♫Background Singers: Moccha chocolate ya, ya.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Creole Lady Marmalade.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi.♫

♫Background Singers: Ce soir?♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫He sat in her boudoir, while she freshened up.♫

♫That boy drank all the magnolia-wine.♫

♫On the black satin sheets where they started♫

♫to freak when she said yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, da, da.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Hey-da-da-da-da.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, here.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Moccha chocolata ya, ya.♫

♫Background Singers: Moccha chocolata ya, ya.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Whoa-ah!♫

♫Background Singers: Creole Lady Marmalade.♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫Well, well, well.♫

♫Alright ya'll.♫

The horns, the horns!

♫Yeah!♫

♫Yeah, yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: More, more, more.♫

♫Touching her skin feelin' silky smooth.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Feelin' silky smooth.♫

♫Color cafe au lait.♫

♫Made the savage beast inside roar until it cried, he said.♫

♫Background Singers: "More, more, more."♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Now he's back home doing 9 to 5.♫

♫Living his grey flannel life.♫

♫But when he turns off the street,♫

♫oh the memories creep,♫

♫more, more.♫

♫Background Singers: More.♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi♫

♫ce soir?♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, da, da.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Da-da, come on.♫

♫Background Singers: Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, here.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Da-da-da, woo!♫

♫Background Singers: Moccha chocolata ya, ya.♫

♫Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, here.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Da-da-da-da.♫

♫Background Singers: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi♫

♫ce soir?♫

♫Patti LaBelle: I know, I know, I know.♫

♫Background Singers: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Oh.♫

♫Background Singers: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi♫

♫ce soir?♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

♫Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?♫

This song was done by Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx,

Patti LaBelle 40 years ago.

♫Hey!♫

♫Hey!♫

♫Yeah-eh, yeah-eh, yeah-eh, yeah-eh.♫

♫Yeah, oooh.♫

♫Yeah.♫

[audience applause].

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen,

would you please welcome back one of R&B's golden voices,

Jill Scott.

[music playing "Golden"].

Jill Scott: Hey.

Yeah, yeah.

Come on ladies and gentlemen, I'm back.

♫I'm taking my freedom.♫

♫Pulling it off the shelf.♫

♫Putting it on my chain.♫

♫Wear it around my neck.♫

♫I'm taking my freedom.♫

♫Putting it in my car.♫

♫Wherever I choose to go.♫

♫Yeah, it will take me far I'm.♫

♫Background Singers: Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Jill Scott: Livin' my life like.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Like it's important, like it matters,♫

♫like it's precious.♫

♫Yeah, yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Jill Scott: I'm holding my own freedom.♫

♫Can't take it from me.♫

♫I was born into it.♫

♫It comes naturally.♫

♫I'm strumming my own freedom.♫

♫Playing the God in me.♫

♫Representing his glory.♫

♫I know he knows oh, oh.♫

♫I know it.♫

♫So I might as well, just go ahead and show it.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's important,♫

♫like it matters.♫

♫Anybody know what I'm talking about in here?♫

♫Background Singers: Livin' my life.♫

♫Jill Scott: Livin' my life.♫

♫Livin' my life, livin' my life.♫

♫Yeah.♫

♫Oh.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden, golden.♫

♫Background Singers: Golden, golden, golden.♫

♫Jill Scott: Like it really matters.♫

♫Da-da-da-da-da-da.♫

♫Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da.♫

♫Yeah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫I'm livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Like it matters, like it's precious, special.♫

♫Oh.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Background Singers: Livin' my life like it's golden.♫

♫Jill Scott: Freedom, freedom!♫

[audience applause].

What a wonderful night!

Woo!

It is such an honor to be here in the White House

in the presence of so many incredible women,

honestly I'm telling you I have had to pinch

myself like five times already.

[laughing].

Just to make sure this is real, and it is.

Tonight we've heard from the Queen of Soul,

Miss Aretha Franklin,

and the Godmother of Soul,

from Philadelphia Miss Patti LaBelle.

[audience applause].

And I would like to suggest that we pay homage to the

Rock and Roll Queen, Miss Tina Turner.

[audience applause].

Is that alright?

[audience cheering].

So, with the help of our musical director

for this evening, Greg Philinganes.

[audience applause].

Let's go "Rollin on The River."

[music playing "Rollin' on The River"].

This'll make you change your walk.

♫♫

♫Left a good job in the city.♫

♫Workin' for the man every night and day.♫

♫And I never lost one minute of sleepin',♫

♫worryin' 'bout the way things might have been.♫

♫Tessanne Chin: You know big wheel keep on turnin'.♫

Jill Scott: Come on up here girl.

♫Tessanne Chin: Proud Mary keep on burnin'.♫

♫And we're rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Tessanne Chin: We're rollin' yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Tessanne Chin: We're rollin' on the river.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Well I cleaned a lot of plates♫

♫down in Memphis.♫

Jill Scott: Melissa Etheridge ya'll.

♫Melissa Etheridge: I pumped a lot of pane♫

♫down in New Orleans.♫

♫But I never saw the good side of a city now,♫

♫'til I hitched a ride on the Riverboat Queen.♫

♫You know big wheels keep on turnin'.♫

♫Proud Mary keep on burnin'.♫

♫And I'm rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫I said we're rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Melissa Etheridge: Whoa!♫

♫♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Ah, ah, yeah, yeah.♫

♫Left a good job in the city, woo.♫

♫Workin' for the man every night and day.♫

♫And I never lost a minute of sleepin',♫

♫worryin' 'bout the way things might have been.♫

♫Oh big wheels keep on turnin.♫

♫Background Singers: Turnin'.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Proud Mary keep on burnin'.♫

♫Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, woo.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Rollin' on the river.♫

♫All: Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Hey, come on!♫

♫Come on now!♫

♫Come on!♫

♫Do it babe, do it.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Well I cleaned a lot of plates♫

♫in Memphis, ya'll.♫

♫You know I pumped a lot of pane down in New Orleans.♫

♫But I never saw the good side of a city,♫

♫until I hitched a ride on the Riverboat Queen.♫

♫Big wheels keep on turnin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Turnin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Proud Mary keep on burnin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Burnin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: And we're rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫And we're rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫All: Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Hey, hey.♫

♫Oh yeah!♫

♫Ariana Grande: Said if you come down to the river,♫

♫bet you're gonna find some people who live.♫

♫You don't have to worry, if you don't have no money.♫

♫People on the river are happy to give.♫

♫Patti LaBelle: Oh, oh, oh.♫

♫Janelle Monáe: Big wheels keep on turnin'.♫

♫All: Proud Mary keep on burnin'.♫

Rollin'.

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫We're rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin'.♫

♫Background Singers: Rollin'.♫

♫All: Rollin' on the river.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Do-do-do-do.♫

♫Woo!♫

♫Yeah!♫

[audience applause].

President Obama: Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe,

Miss Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge,

Tessanne Chin, Miss Jill Scott.

[audience applause].

Thank you so much everybody, what an extraordinary evening.

I want to thank all of our artists,

our musical director,

the house band.

This is what soul is all about.

We've got one more treat for you tonight,

on an evening about the women of soul,

I think it's entirely appropriate to end with the

Queen of Soul, please welcome back to the stage

Miss Aretha Franklin.

[audience applause].

♫♫

[music playing "Amazing Grace"].

♫Ah-h-h-h.♫

♫Ah-h-h-h.♫

♫Ama-zing,♫

♫amazing grace.♫

♫How sweet the,♫

♫oh the sound.♫

♫That, Lord saved.♫

♫Ahh, saved,♫

♫saved a wretch like,♫

♫like me.♫

♫I, I once,♫

♫Lord I was lost.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

♫Oh, but now, right now, right now, right here,♫

♫right now I, I'm found.♫

♫Was, I was blind but,♫

♫but now,♫

♫now I, I see.♫

♫And He.♫

♫Oh, yeah.♫

♫Oh yes He is.♫

♫Don't you feel like running sometimes.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

Announcer: To watch this show online in its entirety,

plus web exclusive performances by

Melissa Etheridge, Ariana Grande and

an extended version of "Amazing Grace," go to

PBS.org/whitehouse.

♫♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Lord!♫

♫Ooooooooooh.♫

♫Oh yeah.♫

♫Oh, yeah.♫

♫Yeah.♫

♫Yeah.♫

♫Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah.♫

♫Background Singers: Yeah.♫

♫Aretha Franklin: Yeah, yeah.♫

♫Oooooooh.♫

Announcer: Corporate support for

"Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,"

is provided by Pepsi,

in recognition of Pepsi's Conversations Project,

a series of films about women thriving

in the face of adversity.

Additional funding provided by the

Anne Ray Charitable Trust.

By the Annenberg Foundation.

By Corey Brunish.

By the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

and by the generous contributions to this PBS

station from viewers like you,

thank you.

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