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First lady bringing soul singers to White House

First lady Michelle Obama listens as a 6th grade class talks about a class trip they took to China, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON: First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul.

The lineup for Thursday's concert includes Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge and Janelle Monae . Also performing will be Tessanne Chin, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.

The show will be streamed live Thursday night on the White House web site.

It is designed to celebrate what the White House describes as great "foremothers" of American music, with songs exploring the struggles and achievements of women.

In connection with the concert, the White House will hold a workshop for students to learn about the history of women in soul.

 

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