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Vanessa Williams Discusses the 2019 Edition of 'A Capitol Fourth'


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"A Capitol Fourth"--America's longest-running national T-V event on Independence Day--returns for its 39th-annual broadcast, on P-B-S--live from the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol-building.  Among those performing this year is Vanessa Williams--who shares how she feels about July 4th, and performing "America the Beautiful"...

(WILLIAMS):
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JULY 4TH HAS ALWAYS BEEN SPECIAL TO ME--BECAUSE OF THE CELEBRATION AND THE FIREWORKS THAT WE GET A CHANCE TO ENJOY.  I GREW UP WITH BOTH OF MY PARENTS AS MUSIC-TEACHERS.  SO, IT'S AN HONOR TO SING SUCH A TRADITIONAL, AMERICAN SONG, FOR 'A CAPITOL FOURTH'--FOR AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY.  I HOPE [THAT] THE AUDIENCE TAKES AWAY A SENSE OF PRIDE--AND BEING THANKFUL THAT THEY ARE AMERICANS, AND THAT WE'VE GOT SUCH AN AMAZING COUNTRY TO BE PROUD OF--AND ALSO ENJOY THE MUSIC AND THE FIREWORKS."

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The celebration will again be hosted by John Stamos, and features Carole King, with the Broadway-cast of "Beautiful", starring Vanessa Carlton--as well as a 50th-anniversary tribute to "Sesame Street".  The lineup also includes: "Gone West", featuring Colbie ["cole-bee"] Caillat ["cal-lay"]; Lindsey Stirling; Keala ["kay-ah-lah"] Settle; Lee Brice; Yolanda Adams; Laine Hardy; Angelica Hale; Laura Osnes ["auss-ness"]; "The O'Jays"; and Maelyn ["may-lynn"] Jarmon ["jar-mon"]--with the "National Symphony Orchestra".  "A Capitol Fourth" airs live, on P-B-S, Thursday, July 4th, at eight p-m, Eastern; check local listings, for the time in your area.  To learn more, visit "p-b-s"-dot-org-slash-"capitol-fourth".  "A Capitol Fourth" remains unaffiliated with any other events on July 4th.

Also available is audio from John Stamos and Lee Brice.



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