Wednesday January 9, 2013

James Taylor will be among the performers at President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21.

Taylor, a Berkshire County town of Washington resident and Obama supporter, will perform "America the Beautiful" during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. He'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."

The Presidential Inaugural Committee today 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 accompanying the announcement. "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.

Other ceremonial participants include Myrlie Evers-Williams, who will give the invocation; Richard Blanco, who will serve as the inaugural poet; and the Rev. Louie Giglio, who will deliver the benediction.

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

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

In an October interview with The Eagle, Taylor said, "Kim and I love this president and feel it's really important that he continue for another four years with the vision he has for the country."