Across the transom last week comes news from the Presidential Inaugural Committee that one of Fort Worth's musical daughters will be a part of the 57th presidential inauguration on Monday. Kelly Clarkson will perform America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) on the west front of the U.S. Capitol during the inaugural ceremonies. She'll be joined by another Texan, Beyonce (who is performing the national anthem), as well as singer-songwriter James Taylor.
"Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony," said President Obama in a statement. "Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country."
In a tweet announcing the news, Clarkson, who performed for Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, described herself as "excited and honored." It's a great start to the year for the newly engaged Clarkson, who released her first greatest hits album at the end of 2012 and is also up for four Grammys next month.
SXSW '13: More locals confirmed to play showcases
The 2013 edition of South by Southwest is drawing ever closer, and last week, the fest unveiled its latest round of confirmations for music showcases, which feature several acts from North Texas. Among the confirmed are: Dorrough, Jessie Frye, the Longshots, Madras, the Orbans, the Quaker City Night Hawks, Skeleton Coast, Connor Youngblood and Yung Nation. SXSW kicks off its five-day music festival and conference March 12.