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The Obamas ask Gloriana to White House

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – Gloriana was asked by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House on Thursday, Feb. 24 to be a part of the concert, "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House."

The concert, celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, will also include performances by Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx and John Legend. The concert will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on March 1 at 8 p.m. eastern and on the American Forces Network March 11 to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

"It's such an honor to be asked to be a part of this celebration of Motown, especially at the White House in front of The President and First Lady," said Tom Gossin. "I think this will go down as one of the coolest things we have done to date."

Since 2009, the Obamas have hosted musical tributes to Jazz, Country, Classical, Latin, Music of the Civil Rights Movement and Broadway genres. Many of these evening events featured daytime educational workshops designed to educate and inspire talented young people to use their gifts and develop a future for themselves in the arts community whether as a hobby or as a profession.

Gloriana is currently putting the finishing touches on their second studio album, set for release later this year. The first single, Wanna Take You Home, will be officially released to radio next month.


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