Jennifer Holliday sang for the Reagans, the Bushes, the Clintons, and now she has agreed to sing for the Donald Trump at the inauguration on January 19.
In an interview with the New York Times, the singer said she will be “singing for the people.”
“I’m singing on the mall for the people,” she said. “I don’t have a dog in this fight — I’m just a singer, and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall.”
Jennifer noted she was not a Trump supporter and his administration is aware of that. “I voted for Mrs. Clinton, and they knew that.” But, she said, “if someone wants me to sing a national anthem or something, we think about America, and we go.”
She added, “I just thought of the history part of it, and about singing on the mall where Marian Anderson paved the way for me to sing as a black American.”
Others thought differently. The backlash was swift and harsh when the news of her performance broke. Jennifer says she is surprised by the venomous backlash she is receiving.
It brought a lot of threats from people already saying I’ll never work again. If that’s what America has come to, where we all hate and bully people, there’s no more freedom of speech.
I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now — we don’t even want to work together.
If it’s the end of everything for me, then it has to be the end of everything for me. I would hope that’s not how it ends up, but right now I would like to be a part of a welcoming part of America. If we’re only going to let Trump be the face of America, I say let’s not let him be the only face of America — someone else could stand and show a light of love or hope or forgiveness.
Like Steve Harvey, Jennifer Holliday said she’s following President Barack Obama‘s request to continue to move the country forward.
“They told us to move forward with hope — they didn’t tell us to stop participating.” She said,”I didn’t hear that in Obama’s speech.”