Last Modified: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 7:38 PM
Local singing sensation Joshua Ledet will perform at the White House Tuesday to help celebrate Memphis soul music, according to the White House Press Office.
“In Performance at the White House” will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 5:55 p.m. and will air on PBS at 7 p.m. April 16.
Ledet, a Westlake native, is slated to perform with Justin Timberlake, Cyndi Lauper, Al Green, Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Queen Latifah, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples.
Ledet finished third on last season’s “American Idol.” The soulful crooner wowed audiences with renditions of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
Tuesday’s program will also broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.
Some local residents expressed via Facebook their excitement about Ledet’s latest success.
“This will make his 21st birthday (April 9) pretty memorable. Of course, surely the best is yet to come,” said Keri Breaux Burleigh via Facebook.
“That is amazing! (I am) so proud of that guy,” said Lisa Landry.
Kerry A. Onxley, Ledet’s mentor and former teacher at Westlake High School, said he is “happy” and “proud.”
“Whoop whoop! I love me some Josh!” said Kay Broussard Sonnier.
In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama has invited 120 middle and high school students from all across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop event called “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul.” Featured performers, including Ledet, will share their experiences and answer students’ questions.
This workshop will also be streamed live.
Since February 2008, the Obamas have hosted nine other “In Performance at the White House” programs, which honored such legends as Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Posted By: kmouton On: 4/9/2013
Go Joshua Ledet you will rock that stage @ the Whitehouse!
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Title: In Memory of Herbert J. Thibodeaux
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Posted By: Stella On: 4/6/2013
Title: JOSHUA ALL DAY!!!!!!!!
HURRICANE JOSHUA LEDET is about to hit the White House :) -everything this boy touches will be blessed - He has such an awesome future ahead of him!!!! We havent seen ANYONE like him ever! :)
Posted By: Sherylita On: 4/6/2013
Title: West Coast Joshua Ledet Fan!
Congrats Joshua. West Coast Fan wishing you the best of luck and have a great time. Your Biggest Fan outside of West Lake!
Posted By: Ms. Lolita Artis On: 4/5/2013
Title: Louisiana's Finest Entrtainer Joshua Ledet To Grace The White House Stage
Brace yourselves ''D.C." because there is a storm coming by the name of J-O-S-H-U-A !! The Idol did us a favor when they released Josh because it only gave God the chance to open up big horizons and opportunities for Joshua to be able to live his dreams out on stage with his God given voice because trust you me because there couldn't be a bigger stage to see Joshua on than that of the White House with President Obama and the Lovely First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama ! Congrats to Joshua for being such a talent and still remaining a humble young man.
Posted By: Mrs Mary Batiste On: 4/4/2013
Title: Joshua Ledet to sing at White House
I am so proud of him. His voice deserves to be with the best Soul Singers. He will make Louisiana proud. Congratulations. Joshua.