ESSENCE Fest Artist Andra Day Dedicates Emotional 'Rise Up' Performance to Orlando Victims

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During a taping of Austin City Limits, the retro-soul chanteuse—who will perform at ESSENCE Festival, June 30-July 3 in New Orleans—lifts spirits with her inspirational anthem in the wake of the mass shooting tragedy.

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Music has been a healing force as the whole world has been devastated by the mass shooting in Orlando. And Andra Day has lent her voice in comfort to those suffering from the tragedy.

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The Grammy-nominated singer—who will take the stage at ESSENCE Festival, June 30-July 3 in New Orleans—dedicated her performance of “Rise Up” at a taping of the PBS show Austin City Limits to the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre and their families. It was a powerful moment that really drove home the inspirational message of the song during a dark time when everyone’s spirits were in dire need of uplifting.

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While Day’s full Austin City Limits episode won’t air until October, you can check out her performance of “Rise Up” below. Amidst all of the madness and sadness, it will provide some solace and hope for the future.

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