Five-time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners Blind Boys of Alabama are the heart and soul of their home state’s rich musical history. Since the original members first sang together over 70 years ago, their stirringly soulful sound has been celebrated by critics, musicians, and fans alike for its sincere, down-to-earth depiction of traditional American gospel music. And for having persevered through monumentally transformative national events like the American Civil Rights Movement, the Blind Boys of Alabama are irreplaceable storytellers.

President Barack Obama isn’t the first American president to honor the Blind Boys of Alabama as national treasures. President Clinton and both past Presidents Bush hosted the Blind Boys as guests of the White House in recognition of their accomplishments to the arts. The Blind Boys of Alabama have shared the stage with a diverse lineup of American music legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Smokey Robinson and past JusticeAid featured artist Trombone Shorty at historic venues, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Read about the Blind Boys’ 2015 JusticeAid event benefitting the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Innocence Project New Orleans.