who is singing at the inauguration
The biggest — and only so far — solo singer booked to perform at Trump’s inauguration is former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho.
Rebecca Ferguson, a former runner up on the UK’s “X-Factor” show, said she was offered an invitation to perform, but she said she would only do so if she could sing “Strange Fruit,” a song she said “speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States.” Trump transition team has yet to publicly comment on whether Ferguson would perform.
Toby Keith – A country singer best-known for ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’. Speaking about his booking at the event, Keith said: “I don’t apologise for performing for our country or military.”
Jon Voight – The acclaimed Midnight Cowboy actor and father of Angelina Jolie. He will likely be speaking, rather than singing, at the event.
The Frontmen of Country – An all-star country group featuring Tim Rushlow, the former lead singer of the band Little Texas, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart and Richie McDonald of Lonestar.
Lee Greenwood – Another country singer best known for the song ‘God Bless the USA’.
Other singers who have turned down the opportunity to perform include Charlotte Church and The X Factor UK contestant Rebecca Ferguson, who wrote an open letter stating she’d only attend should she be able to perform the historically important song ‘Strange Fruit’.