Female soul singers to showcase at White House

President Obama will host some of soul music's biggest female names for an intimate performance at the White House on Thursday.

The president and first lady will be serenaded with performances by artists including Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.

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The first lady will also host a daytime workshop for 124 middle school, high school and college students on the history of women in soul music Thursday morning in the State Dining Room. The seminar will include a history of the origins of soul music by Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli, as well as remarks from some of the featured performers.

The event is the 12th White House concert during Obama's administration. Previous guest performers have included Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, and focused on themes including Motown, Hispanic musical heritage, the blues and Memphis soul. 

The concert will broadcast April 7 on PBS stations nationwide.

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