Martina Does Wonder As Pres. Watches From The Wings
February 25, 2009 at 10:20 AM (PT)
RCA NASHVILLE artist MARTINA McBRIDE will be among the celebrities in attendance tonight at the White House as President OBAMA presents STEVIE WONDER with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
MARTINA will perform the STEVIE WONDER classic “You and I” from "Talking Book." Others set to perform include TONY BENNETT, DIANA KRALL and Mr. WONDER himself.
The occasion is being taped for a one-hour PBS special, titled "STEVIE WONDER in Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize." The program is set to air tomorrow, FEBRUARY 26th, at 8p (ET). Check local listings.
RCA "On The Scene" Reporter and MARTINA McBRIDE Tour Manager MARK HIVELY gives us this from The East Room of The White House last night (02/24), while MARTINA was getting ready. As she was rehearsing her number, standing off in the wings just happened to be President OBAMA, getting ready for last night's speech to Congress. According to HIVELY, OBAMA stood about 10-15 feet from MARTINA and watched her entire performance- he also said that when he asked McBRIDE about it afterwards, she said that she never noticed, obviously because she was so focused on her performance.