The 2013 Festival is excited to have Beyoncé return to the Superdome Main Stage. Check EssenceFestival.com daily for all the latest information on her Festival appearance.
The 2013 Festival is excited to have Maxwell return to the Main Stage. Stay tuned for more information on what's new and happening with this artist.
Before N-Sync, Back Street Boys and even New Kids On The Block – there was New Edition. For more than 25 years, “NE” has mesmerized audiences with their signature choreography, vocal harmonies and electrifying showmanship, cementing their place as one of the most successful touring groups.
Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson's talent is timeless. Just ask anyone who attended the 2012 EMF. He ruled the stage and he will be back again in 2013.
Four-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling R&B singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole pours her heart and soul into her fifth studio release Woman To Woman. Since her 2005 debut The Way It Is, Keyshia has demonstrated her growth vocally, mentally and spiritually.
St. Beauty is a duo made up of Alex Belle: lead vocals, and Isis Valentino: background vocals, guitar and bass player. Both originally from Atlanta, GA.
Singer/songwriter/pianist Avery*Sunshine has performed during the Democratic National Convention and 2009 inauguration festivities for President Obama, appeared on The Fighting Temptations soundtrack and served as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns play.
LL COOL J has been considered an innovator in the world of hip-hop since dropping his first album Radio in 1985. LL has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations.
RCA Records/Bystorm artist Mali Music emerged an underground fave for his arresting mash-up of contemporary, inspirational story-telling. He made mainstream waves in 2011.
According to the Village Voice: “armed with a powerfully compelling voice, Azucena just could be the most impressive of the current hip-hop/soul/R&B diva crop.” As one Chinese newspaper put it, “she has the power to penetrate blocks…and to touch people of many cultural backgrounds.”
The time is now for one of the industry’s best-kept secrets: PJ Morton. The Maroon 5 keyboardist/backing vocalist made his debut on May 14 with New Orleans, his first album for Young Money Entertainment/Republic Records.
Like Stevie Wonder and Prince before him, Roman GianArthur is a miracle in the making, a jaw-dropping singer, composer, arranger, producer, and performer—an innovative and inspiring 21st century redefinition of what it means to be an artist.
TGT may be the most lethal combination of R&B stardom yet. This supergroup was formed in 2007 and consists of three successful singers: Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank.
Trey Songz effortlessly creates music that blurs the line between R&B and hip hop.
Alice Smith is a passionate singer/songwriter/producer who has an unshakable sense of self and the attitude to match. Alice was raised between Washington, D.C., and Augusta, Georgia, on a steady diet of gospel, pop, soul and go-go.
Roc Nations' newest R&B sensation Bridget Kelly has exploded onto the music scene with her debut single "Special Delivery." The soulful song is rapidly becoming a fan favorite as it fearlessly delivers powerful vocals, honest and heartfelt lyrics.
Deep Cotton is an American funk duo based in Atlanta, whose members are Chuck Lightning and Nate "Rocket" Wonder.
Some of the greatest names in modern pop have sung her exciting compositions and taste success with them: Tinie Tempah ("Let Go"), Chipmunk ("Diamond Rings"), Wiley ("Never Be Your Woman") amongst many. She’s written for divas like Leona Lewis and Rihanna.
It has been an exciting year for hip-hop and spoken word artist F.Stokes, who released his EP Love, Always., which features the hit single “My Simple.” He has toured the United States and Europe.
A singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, Janelle Monáe’s innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically-acclaimed actress, are just a few titles held by Jill Scott.
Kourtney Heart is a 19-year-old R&B singer from New Orleans, LA. Her hit single "My Boy," featuring Soulja Boy and New Orleans legend Magnolia Shorty, led to her first major deal with Jive Records.
Leela James has thrilled audiences around the world with her high-energy performances, which deliver her personal take on classic soul music. She's been recognized for her extraordinary gifts as a vocalist, storyteller and keeper of the great soul tradition.
Grammy Award-nominated singer and New Orleans native Luke James embodies the organic soulfulness that has been lacking in contemporary music lately.
Mia Borders has captured both local and national audiences with her energetic blend of blues, soul, funk and contemporary songwriting. USA Today named the "young soul strutter" as one of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's hidden surprises.
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs is the epitome of extraordinary musical talent. Their latest album, 504-799-8147, showcases immense musical diversity, combining elements of hip-hop, rock, soul and pop. Twice they have toured Central Asia for the U.S.
Named the Goddess of African cool, Simphiwe Dana is one of the Continent’s most soulful exports. Her scintillating voice has familiar echoes of Amy Winehouse, Miriam Makeba and Billie Holiday.
Over the course of six diverse yet highly distinctive albums, the charismatic Georgia-bred singer/songwriter/guitarist and three-time GRAMMY nominee Anthony David has charted an idiosyncratic path to create a deeply personal, effortlessly accessible body of contemporary R&B, like his latest,
Bed Stuy, Brooklyn gave birth to one of hip-hop's most lyrical, diverse, innovative, trendsetting MCs known by many attributes such as Dark Gable, Black Caesar and King Asiatic Nobody's Equal but, known to the world as Big Daddy Kane.
Philadelphia-born, soul singer, Bilal, is one of the most dynamic artists of our time. Bilal is an eclectic—drawing from gospel, jazz, soul, blues, and hip-hop. Bilal made his major label debut with 2001’s First Born Second.
Blackstreet is a multi-platinum GRAMMY Award-winning R&B group co-founded in 1991 by music producer icon Teddy Riley and Chauncey Black.
Time away from the spotlight can be a bad thing. But for Chrisette Michele, it was a necessary thing. On Chrisette’s new album Better, even when Chrisette is laying her heart out on a table, she sounds confident and composed.
Faith Evans is a multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-winning recording artist; New York Times best-selling author; television producer; and entrepreneur.
Jody Watley is a Grammy Award-winning pioneer in music, video, dance and style. An accomplished songwriter with 6 Top Ten Hot 100 Hits and 13 #1's in multiple genres, her hits include "Looking For a New Love", "Don't You Want Me" and the groundbreaking "Friends" featuring Eric B. and Rakim.
Grammy-nominated international recording artists Les Nubians have been performing world-wide for over 14 years and counting.
Talented singer-songwriter, incredible live performer, revered platinum-selling artist, Grammy®-nominated and after over a decade in the music game, Marsha Ambrosius is still here.
Mint Condition is an example of a self-contained, hit-making band in R&B and hip hop.
Rachelle Ferrell, a native Philadelphian, is a recent arrival on the contemporary jazz scene, but she has already made her mark as a crossover artist embracing all musical genres. A quadruple threat—violinist, pianist, vocalist and songwriter—Ferrell has worked with jazz’s greats, including Diz
Canadian born soul singer and six-time Grammy nominated artist, Tamia, possesses a hypnotic charm and a powerhouse voice. She has collaborated with many industry greats such as Quincy Jones, Babyface, Fabolous, Missy Elliott, Gladys Knight, & Eric Benet to name a few.
The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 26 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe.
After four years away from the music game, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and actress Brandy has come roaring back with the fearless and inspired Two Eleven—a thoroughly modern R&B album that Rolling Stone has called “Brandy at her most
The Brass-A-Holics Go-Go Brass Funk band has created the “Go-Go Brass Funk” genre with the goal of merging the unrivaled New Orleans brass sound with Washington, DC’s Go-Go groove and topping off their instrumental gumbo with a touch of keys and strings.
Carla B. Ferrell is the Syndicated Program Director and one of the co-hosts for The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Mrs. Ferrell began her career in radio at KMJQ in Houston. She’s worked at WGCI and WVAZ in Chicago and WQUE and WYLD-AM/FM in New Orleans.
Nationally recognized R&B artist Bryson Bernard, aka Cupid, began singing in the church choir at the age of 15. His breakthrough first single from that album, “Cupid Shuffle,” sparked a nationwide sensation!
The first human beatbox in the rap world, and still the best of all time, Doug E. Fresh amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics.
Gina is New Orleans’ best kept secret….not anymore. Gina’s musical career has an extensive list of accomplishments as a working artist and recording artist. She recorded her first CD while on tour in Bangkok in 2002 self-titled Gina.
ESSENCE R&B Star Search winner Greta Prince is relentlessly seeking to make her mark on the music industry. “R&B music is so real and covers a wide range of topics, from love and relationships, partying and enjoying life, work, to God.
DJ Mike Swift keeps the party rocking while flowing seamlessly through club bangers to womping dub-step explosions. A true open-format disc jockey, Swift leaves crowds in an inspired mess of sweat and revelation.
Singer-songwriter, actress, model, dancer, and DJ, Solange Knowles born and raised in Houston, Texas, has released two studio albums: Solo Star in 2003 and Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008, which peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans but only recently are receiving the accolades and well deserved recognition of their importance to the music scene of New Orleans.
“Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles' electric personality has been described as lighting in a bottle.
Tweet burst onto the music scene in 2002 with a boldness and sensuality that made the industry take notice. Her first single, “Oops (Oh My)” climbed to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop charts with her sultry lyrics and hypnotic voice.
Water Seed has taken the underground progressive jazz world by storm. Fusing their New Orleans jazz roots with funk, soul, rock, hip hop and electronica, Water Seed has built a reputation as a cutting edge group of song writers and producers.