Pop icon, Janet Jackson chats to 11-year-old musician during sold-out concert in LA

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Pop icon, Janet Jackson on Saturday inserted some youthful spirit into her normally mature concert during a night tour stop in Los Angeles.

In a show filled with nostalgic hits, Jackson took a moment to perform her 1993 ballad Again alongside the LA Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (Yola) at the Hollywood Bowl.

Before the 16-member ensemble’s performance with the pop icon, the five-time Grammy winner had a brief conversation with an 11-year-old percussionist who has only been a part of the orchestra for a year.

‘Tonight is very special to me because we’re here to support LA Phil,’ said Jackson in front of a sold-out crowd, which collectively rose to its feet to applaud the singer.

She paid homage to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Yola programme, which serves around 1,700 young musicians across five sites with free instruments, intensive music instruction, academic support and leadership training.

Last year, Yola accompanied gospel duo Mary Mary to perform Lift Every Voice And Sing at the Super Bowl.

Jackson hugged the young percussionist before asking how she became aware of the scheme.

‘My mom probably found Yola on Instagram or social media and she asked me if I was interested in a music programme and I said “Sure, I’ll try it,’” the percussionist said.

After their chat in front of thousands of concertgoers, Jackson told her: ‘Let’s do something a little special.’

Many in the audience pulled out their phones as Jackson sang along as the orchestra – conducted by Thomas Wilkins – played the melody of Again from her fifth studio album Janet.

The ballad also earned an Oscar nomination through the 1993 film Poetic Justice.

After Jackson’s performance with Yola, the singer turned back to her more mature content with Any Time, Any Place before she segued into I Get Lonely.

During her hour-plus set, she put on a show performing a plethora of her other hits including That’s The Way Love Goes, Nasty, Control and Scream, a song she recorded with her late brother Michael Jackson.

Jackson had several notable names in attendance including Fast X stars Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster along with actors Larenz Tate and Lil Rel Howery.

Her tour kicked off in April and will finish in Seattle on June 21.

Jackson’s show opened the Hollywood Bowl’s summer concerts from June and September which will include performances by the Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, Maxwell and Quincy Jones’ 90th birthday tribute.

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