Justin Timberlake Jokes About Stalking The Reverend Al Green
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It’s no secret that Justin Timberlake considers the Reverend Al Green as one of his main influences, but the “Suit & Tie” singer admits adopting some stalker-like traits when trying to track the whereabouts of his fellow Memphis-bred soul artist.
Timberlake opened up about his obsession with Green at the White House Tuesday during the workshop “Soulsville, USA: The History Of Memphis Soul” event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
While on a panel with other Memphis legends Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, Timberlake recalled learning that he lived near Green.
“When I was really young, about 10, I found out that there was a reverend that lived about – I drove it out – 7 to 8 minutes from my house. Some might call that stalking, I just call it driving by to see where he lived,” Timberlake said. “But I found out that the Reverend Al Green lived down the street from me.”
Timberlake, who grew up in Shelby Forest, Tennessee, said he would also lookout for Green at a local market. “There was a general store,” he said. “You used to go down the store just to see if the Reverend Al Green would drive by.”
Soulsville panelists: Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper. (Lawrence Jackson)
Just two-in-a half hours before show time, Timberlake asked Keith Urban and Boyz II Men to join him and they began rehearsing.