We’re used to hearing the sound of smooth jazz as we wait for our Starbucks coffee every morning. But how many times have you heard a Grammy-winning R&B artist perform live while you sip your favorite latte?
Signer-songwriter Mary J. Blige, 42, put on a special performance for a group of lucky listeners at Starbucks’ Seattle Community Store in the city’s Central District on Dec. 2. The coffee company sponsored the concert in celebration of the Seattle YWCA GirlsFirst program, which works to eliminate racism and empower women.
Blige performed along with Grammy-winning producer David Foster to help thank the women, neighborhood, customers, and Starbucks employees that helped the community store become a success over the past couple of months.
Community stores differ from regular stores in that they “offer a unique profit sharing model where a portion of each transaction is directed to local non-profit organizations that promote leadership, job and life-skills development.”
The Seattle YWCA is one of the organizations to participate in the profit sharing. Blige performed songs off of her new Christmas album, “A Mary Christmas,” and as evidenced by the photo above, brought some patrons to tears.
If you want a sneak peek of the album, go to your neighborhood Starbucks to get their “Pick of the Week” free download featuring Blige’s “Noche de Paz/Silent Night.”