Michelle Obama will appear at South by Southwest this week, and it turns out she’ll be promoting some new music with her brand new band.
The First Lady will give a keynote address at the Austin music festival and conference today, joined by Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, and Sophia Bush. Beyoncé’s teen sister protégés Chloe and Halle Bailey will open the event with a performance.
Not to be outdone by her husband’s keynote from Friday (March 11), Michelle released a surprise single with some of her favorite artists last night (March 15). “This Is For My Girls” was written by Diane Warren and features both Missy Elliott and the Bailey sisters, as well as Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, Lea Michele, and Jadagrace.
All proceeds from the single will go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, which works to increase access to education for girls around the world. “This Is For My Girls” is available now on iTunes.
If you’re not in Austin today, Michelle Obama’s keynote will be streamed live via SXSW’s website.
The Obamas have made history in a lot of ways, but it’s still pretty cool to be alive to see Michelle release a single with Missy Elliott. We'll miss the coolest First Lady ever.