We caught up with gospel great and Essence Festival vet Kim Burrell about one of her favorite fest moment. Spoiler: It involves Beyonce.
"My greatest Essence Festival moment, so far, has been one that I think went viral. It was so unrehearsed and so not planned.
"I was ministering on stage to honor Mary Mary. I started giving a testimony and encouragement to the women, and I referenced Beyoncé's song, "you must not know bout me", [laughter] "Irreplaceable?" And the people went nuts. I started [singing it] about sickness and disease. "You must not know about me, I'll be healed in a minute. Matter of fact, I'll be better than this in a minute.' You know, that kind of thing. And I remember looking over at the girls and they had to pack--my redhead--Tina--they had to pack her out. She just got so overwhelmed with joy. And that made me feel so, so good. They were both just standing there, and I felt like the mission was accomplished. As huge as Essence is, I wanted Essence to be happy. But I feel like Essence Fest is happy, and that's why they invited me, you know? So I was interested in making sure that Mary Mary smiled. And that meant the world to me."