Sam Moore Doesn't Mind Stepping In for Jennifer Holliday at Trump's Inaugural Concert (Q&A)

Sam Moore

"If you like it, you like it. If you don’t like it, then — so what? Deal with it," says the Grammy-winning artist.

When Jennifer Holliday canceled her appearance as a headliner at Donald Trump's high-profile inaugural concert, Sam Moore didn't hesitate to take the call to show up and sing a song.

But, he says, performing for the President-elect at his "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" isn't a statement for him.

"I don’t know the man, never met the man. Never even watched his show. Understand me? He’s got a big mouth, so do I," Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter by phone shortly after he was officially unveiled as part of the pre-inauguration concert, noting that he's given performances for those on both sides of the political aisle.

The Grammy-winning artist said that he was already en route to Washington, D.C., to perform for the veterans when he was told by his reps that Holliday had dropped out. "I said, 'OK, I’ll do it,'" recalls Moore.

The singer also elaborates on why he doesn't mind the spotlight:

What type of response have you gotten since you’ve been officially named a performer for the Lincoln Memorial concert?

Some good, some negative. But, you know what? Listen: What are you going to do to me? I’m 81. I’ll be 82 this year. I don’t have a job. I don’t want to work. And if I do work, I want a lot of money when I work. It ain’t about the money.

So, therefore, I’m here singing one song. If they take the time and listen to me, I’m not going to be up there that long. I’m just going to sing the song. It’s not going to hurt. It won’t hurt.

Listen to me: If you like it, you like it. If you don’t like it, then — so what? Deal with it. Come on, man. I do what I feel I want to do, and when I get finished, I’m going back home.

I’m not a Republican, and I’m not a Democrat. I’m an Independent. I don’t know the man. I haven’t walked his side, he’s not my buddy, he’s not my friend. The closest I’ve ever gotten to Trump is his hotel I stayed at one time when I was doing the Rainforest.

I’m almost 82 years old. What am I scared of? I ain’t working, and I don’t want to work.

What do you think about Jennifer Holliday canceling her appearance after criticism from her fans?

I'm so sorry that, listen — I don't know the young lady, I just know that I liked her talent. But, you know what, sometimes you get put in a fix because she has a hell of a following, from what I’ve been told.

And she was on Broadway, so somebody high up, she gave them the power, they got the power to go in [and say], “You won’t work on Broadway again.” So what? But, that’s that.