Justin Timberlake performed at the White House last night (April 9) as part of the accurately titled In Performance at the White House concert celebrating Memphis soul music. Timberlake gave a smooth, magnetic rendition of Otis Redding‘s classic “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” But don’t take our word for it: just watch President Obama and First Lady Michelle (and JT’s wife Jessica Biel) bobbing to the groove. Justin kicks the falsetto into high gear around the 2:40 mark and again at 3:30, and soon after the Obamas can be seen singing along. Do you think Jay-Z is jealous?
Watch it up top.
The White House concert also included performances from Alabama Shakes, Steve Cropper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet and Bell And Moore, and it will air April 16 on PBS.
Earlier Tuesday, Timberlake joined Mavis Staples, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite in the State Room for a discussion led by First Lady Michelle Obama to teach music students from across the country some of the history of Memphis soul. In order to show the students that it takes hard work in addition to talent to succeed in music, the First Lady shared an interesting anecdote about Timberlake, saying, “When Justin first started touring, he would immediately go to the bus to watch a tape of his performance, taking notes so that the next night he would be even better.”
[video via Pitchfork]