First lady Michelle Obama today hailed blues music as “deeply American” and “deeply human” at a workshop for several dozen middle and high school students in the State Dining Room – an event held as part of the ongoing White House music series and in recognition of African-American history month, ABC OTUS News reports.
“This music wraps all of our emotions – whether it’s love and loss, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and celebration – it wraps it all into an art form that stirs our souls and it helps us rise above all our struggles,” Obama said.
She was joined on stage by singer-songwriter guitarist Keb Mo; vocal artist Shemekia Copeland; and trombonist Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews. Mo has won three Grammys, while Copeland and Andrews have both been nominated. The first lady told the young audience that the career paths of the artists and her husband, President Obama, illustrate what can be achieved through hard work…

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