James Taylor: Performing at president's second inauguration


He's been a longtime supporter, helped him win re-election and played for the crowds along the campaign trail. And now, James Taylor will be among the performers at President Barack Obama's second inauguration later this month.

Taylor, a Berkshire County town of Washington resident, will head to the District of Columbia to perform "America the Beautiful" during the Jan. 21 ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Taylor's not the only big name who will be performing: Beyoncé Knowles will sing the national anthem, and Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country Tis of Thee."

On Wednesday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the musical artists performing at the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

"Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the inaugural ceremony," Obama said in a statement. "Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country."

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Obama was involved selecting the ceremony's participants, including the musical performers.

Taylor and his wife, Kim, have been longtime Obama supporters.

The singer-songwriter campaigned for Obama and performed at various rallies and fundraisers during the re-election campaign.

-- The Berkshire Eagle


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