We caught up with ‘Pass The Mic’ host DJ Cassidy, who spoke to Hollywood Speaks about his two performances for President Joe Biden’s inauguration and why his series resonates with his fans.
Seven things you should know:
- DJ Cassidy’s inaugural first episode of “Pass The Mic” at Wednesday’s afternoon celebration of “Parade Across America”, featured Earth, Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers (Chic) and Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge ). The producers of the event asked him to make a second for the special Tom Hanks night.
- This isn’t Cassidy’s first DJ gig at the White House. In 2008, while playing a fundraising event for Senator Barack Obama, he developed a long-standing relationship that continued throughout Obama’s two terms as President.
- The first time Cassidy performed in the White House was at an intimate 50th anniversary party, alongside Stevie Wonder. On January 20, 2013, the newly elected two-term president invited Cassidy to return to the White House for an exclusive inaugural celebration. Cassidy returned to the White House on several occasions during President Obama’s tenure, including the 50th birthday of First Lady Michelle Obama, where he shared a scene with Beyoncé, as well as an impromptu party that also included a performance of Prince.
- After the Obamas left the White House, Cassidy’s political journey continued. After traveling the country campaigning for Senator Kamala Harris, Cassidy teamed up with future President Biden in August 2019 to produce and co-host a three-hour live virtual event that raised over a million dollars for the Biden campaign.
- DJ Cassidy, is also a record producer and MC. With her signature boaters, cricket sweaters, bow ties, contrasting color tuxedos and 24k gold microphone, Cassidy became known for her work at celebrations and Beyoncé’s wedding in 2008.
- According to Forbes, Cassidy played 200 concerts a year, sometimes earning $ 100,000 a night. Cassidy has worked at parties hosted by Oprah Winfrey, as well as several MTV and Grammy parties.
- Cassidy appreciates what her series and her musical choices have given her millions of fans, especially in these trying times, saying, “It’s the music that makes people forget their differences and it’s the music that makes people unite, so 2020 has been this year of unprecedented isolation. “