Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, & Fantasia to Play ESSENCE Festival

Mary J. Blige

Some of music’s biggest voices are headed to New Orleans. Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, and Fantasia have been announced as performers for this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival.

Celebrating “The Power of Our Voice,” the 18th annual event will be held at the Louisiana Superdome during the weekend of July 6-8. This year’s lineup boasts veterans and newcomers including Aretha Franklin, Charlie Wilson, SWV, Dru Hill, Ledisi, Stephanie Mills, Raheem DeVaughn, Estelle, Goapele, Vivian Green, Kindred the Family Soul, Luke James, Eric Roberson, The Stylistics, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bridget Kelly, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, The Stooges Brass Band, and Khris Royal & Dark Matter.

The legendary Aretha Franklin, who performed at the Festival in 1995 and 2005, will also be honored with “The Power Award.”

“The theme of this year’s Essence Music Festival celebrates our most powerful voices. Whether it’s Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul commanding respect or Rep. Maxine Waters demanding better conditions for our community, these powerful voices resonate with our audience like no other,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc. “As we all face a new reality in these critical times, we want to inspire our Festival-goers to leave this year’s Festival even more resilient and motivated so that they can be empowered to create change in their own communities.”

Weekend ticket packages are available now.

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  2. jojo

    keri hilson look a like


    Diego Reply:

    @jojo, No Keri Hilson jacked Mary get it right


    Da Fox'z Don Reply:

    @jojo, how did mary jack mary when mary came out first! get it right STUPID HOE!! LOL


  3. nicegirl

    Great lineup. Excited to see all three of them, as well as Luke James!!


  4. Team Sugar&Spice

    Love Mary! I need Keyshia and Fantasia to come back with some solid albums too cuz they’re both talented.


  5. Rand0528

    Nice line-up (Favorite is Fantasia). Cant wait to see them all, so excited.


  6. Jazzy

    yesss….keyshia cole!! cant wait to see my girl..perform: love, heaven sent, i remember, all her hits!!


  7. V Festival Tickets

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  8. Jsellz

    Super Excited about this. All of these women are powerful however I love and am rooting for Fantasia! This girl is mad talented and truly under-rated..YES, I can give 2 fucs what anyone has to say but she is the most talented of her generation…Mary, I love love love you woman! And Keyshia, you coo! Can’t wait to see it all together


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