Chrisette Michele Pens Open Letter Following News of Inauguration Performance: "I Am Here, Representing You"

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Chrisette Michele

The R&B singer wrote on her blog that she's "willing to be a bridge" for the country.

Following reports of her performance at Donald Trump's inauguration, R&B singer Chrisette Michele has issued an open letter on her blog titled "We Can't Be Present If We're Silent," where she writes that she is "willing to be a bridge" for the country.

"My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us," she writes, adding, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters. I am here, representing you, because this is what matters."

An initial report from the New York Daily News said that the Grammy-winning singer agreed to sing for the president "so long as she could perform an R&B set." Her reps didn't immediately respond to Billboard's requests for comments.

Michele's show at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, was canceled "due to a scheduling conflict," according to the venue's announcement on Twitter.

Read Michele's full letter below.

"My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.

I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain.

This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us.

Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don't mind "These Stones", if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.

I am here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,".

I am here, representing you, because this is what matters."

- Chrisette Michele
#NoPoliticalGenius

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