By Kimberly Wilson
Marvin Gaye had hits. Not only did he help shape the Motown sound, he also inspired soul music for generations to come.
From “Sexual Healing” to “Pride and Joy” to “What’s Going On,” it’s no surprise that Mary J. Blige is helming a historic concert event in his honor — and she’s bringing a host of celebrity friends with her.
What’s Going On: Celebrating The Music & Message Of Marvin Gaye will see some of today’s biggest music stars unite at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA to honor the music and message of the legendary Marvin Gaye.
“I couldn’t be more excited to help bring to life the legendary Marvin Gaye’s music and mission, which is more timely than ever,” said Mary J. Blige. “It’s humbling how many amazing artists have signed on to bring this vision to life, and as a community, we thank the Gaye family for their support and input throughout this process. I cannot wait for everyone to experience what we have planned, and look forward to an evening that will truly be unforgettable.”
What’s Going On: Celebrating The Music & Message Of Marvin Gaye will feature performances by John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Common, Darius Rucker, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Pat Monahan (of Train), Pentatonix, Raphael Saadiq, Robert Randolph, Tori Kelly & many more.
And if you thought Mary J. Blige alone was a moment, Grammy® Award-winning musician Raphael Saadiq will also serve as the show’s Executive Music Producer.
The star-studded music event is set to tape on Sunday, September 29. A portion of the proceeds will go to Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
Original article was published here.