James Taylor: Playing For The President-Elect

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Hear The Concert

NPR will be the exclusive radio broadcaster of We Are One, the inaugural concert special held at the Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. James Taylor will perform with many other artists and actors. You can hear the concert streaming live at NPR Music:

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James Taylor plays a free concert in Raleigh, N.C. for Barack Obama's campaign in October 2008. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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The first official inaugural event in Washington, D.C. is truly massive — a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial packed with many of the biggest names in music. Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce; Stevie Wonder and Bono; Shakira and James Taylor. And many, many more.

NPR is broadcasting "We Are One" live through local stations and online at NPR Music. But before the concert, James Taylor stopped by NPR headquarters to speak with Weekend All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts.

"I'm not used to feeling in step with everybody," Taylor says. "But I feel as one with everybody in Washington today. It's just an amazing buzz, an amazing sense of excitement — and just of good will and good cheer."

Taylor says he will play "Shower The People," a hit of his from 1976.

This won't be the first time Taylor has sung for President-elect Obama — he played a series of free concerts in North Carolina for the Obama campaign. Taylor will also perform at the Eastern Inaugural Ball on Tuesday.

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