Apr 12 2013 Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Soul, some of the hippest original music ever delivered to the world, is the most recent musical genre honored during “In Performance at the White House.” The Memphis Soul concert featuring Memphis wunderkind Justin Timberlake and soul man Sam Moore, premieres at 8 p.m. EDT April 16 on PBS stations nationwide.

“The Memphis Soul event highlighted one of the most important genres to come from our great state with its rich musical history,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “Music is an important export and attraction to Tennessee, and it is fitting to see Memphis Soul recognized for this series.”

In addition to performances by Justin Timberlake and Sam Moore, the soul-satisfying event was hosted by Queen Latifah. Booker T. Jones was the esteemed band leader who helped bring the Memphis Soul sound to the White House stage. Performances by Mavis Staples, Cyndi Lauper, Alabama Shakes, Ben Harper, William Bell and American Idol Season 11 finalist Joshua Ledet brought the musical electricity to the stunning Memphis Soul event. Original Stax Records house band guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper was featured.

Earlier in the day a special workshop was held for students from around the country. Highlighting Memphis as the birthplace of Elvis Presley's rock & roll and B.B. King's blues, Michelle Obama stressed the importance of the city's music.

Adrian Williams and Stephani Brownlee, two students from Memphis’ Soulsville Charter School participated in the event. Adrian Williams, also a student at the Stax Music Academy, performed the workshop’s closing number, “We Can’t End This Way” with Charlie Musselwhite accompanying him on harmonica. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Malco Theater in Memphis will host a screening of “Memphis Soul-In Performance at The White House” 6 p.m. April 16. There will be an invited guest list for a certain number of seats and general admission for all others. 

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