President Obama sings at White House Ray Charles tribute event

President Obama has taken to the stage, leading a crowd in a sing-a-long at the end of a concert at the White House paying tribute to the late Ray Charles

At the beginning of the event, he assured the audience that he would not be singing, but the President of the United States just couldn’t help himself.


Paying tribute to the late Ray Charles, Obama led the crowd in a sing-a-long at the last installment of the “In Performance at the White House”.

On Wednesday, there were performances by Usher, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry, and many others.

epa05179422 US singers Anthony Hamilton (R) and Andra Day (L) perform 'Let the Good Times Roll' during the taping of 'In Performance at the White House' celebrating Ray Charles in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 24 February 2016. EPA/SHAWN THEW

President Obama opened up the evening, saying this year’s event was the last performance of his presidency.

The show included performances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher with Rickey Minor as executive music director.

The hour-long program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the 56th production in the series’ thirty-eight-year history.

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