It seems that Donald Trump may be having a few problems finding celebrities to sing at his Presidential inauguration later this month.
Rocket Man singer Sir Elton John was quick to deny claims at the end of last year that he would be performing at the January 20 event.
Now UK singer Charlotte Church has taken to Twitter to reveal that she has been approached to sing for the new US President but has declined to do so.
@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye💩💩💩💩
— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) January 10, 2017
Church posted to @realDonaldTrump on the social media site: “Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.”
Now another British singer – Rebecca Ferguson – has said she was also asked to sing at the event but has also declined to do so.
Ferguson, 30, had chosen a particularly controversial song for the event and said she would attend on the condition that she would sing her song choice and no other.
She wanted to perform the classic Billie hit ‘Strange Fruit’ which was written in the 1930s in protest over racism and the lynching of black people.
The haunting song contains the lyrics: ‘Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.’
Speaking of her initial offer to attend she explained her musical choice saying: “I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing “strange fruit” a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial.
“A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington.”
However it appears that agreement over the choice of song could not be reached and Ferguson won’t appear.
Inauguration Ceremony update
— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) January 10, 2017
The singer said today: “Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week.
“I requested to sing “Strange Fruit” as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect.
“I’ve a lot of love for the United States. It’s a constant source of inspiration to myself, if not the whole world. I genuinely wish you all well and hope I will still get to sing “Strange Fruit” for you one day.”