Obama celebrates gospel songs as ‘the songs of hope’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Williams, who sang with Beyonce in the group Destiny’s Child, says gospel music is her first love.

Williams, who took part in a gospel music workshop at the White House Tuesday, said “I don’t know how I got in a group and we sang ‘Bootylicious.'”

She remembers how uncomfortable she felt performing that song one night when her uncle, a church bishop, was in the audience.

But Williams said Destiny’s Child always included a gospel song in their concerts. She told students at the workshop, “When you have a platform and if you know God, I think you should share it no matter what.”

Singer Darlene Love, whose pop music career spans 50 years, said her father was a pastor whose congregants charged that she had switched to “the devil’s music.” But Love says she loves the old gospel hymns and is asked to sing whenever she visits her church.

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