Mary J. Blige Reveals Why She Chose Chaka, Monica, Jazmine & More For Her ESSENCE Fest Ladies Night Show

Mary opens up about bringing Chaka Khan, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott and so many more talented ladies together at this year's ESSENCE Fest.

Rachaell Davis May, 24, 2017

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul herself stops by ESSENCE LIVE to tell us all about her highly-anticipated ladies night show going down at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival on July 2.

Check it out above and then go grab your tickets to see Mary J. Blige light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at what’s sure to be the most epic event of the summer!

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[BLANK_AUDIO] So you're producing Ladies Night at the Essence festival, which is sure to be epic. Can't wait for Monica, Jasmine [UNKNOWN] and everybody. But what can we expect? And what was the inspiration behind that night? Well, what we can expect is a night filled with women Down to Earth, you know beautiful people, women I can hang around. You know, and that's very rare when you find some women in the music business that you can sit and write a song, have a conversation with, become friends with, that's That's rare, so I pick women that I can really be comfortable around. Because that's very rare. You can't really be comfortable around a lot of women. And you also have the Queen, Chaka Khan. Well, she is the queen. I grew up listening to Chaka Khan. Her voice is what I wish I had. I wish I could sing like Chaka Khan. She's like an instrument, a horn section, a brass section. And she's just effortless with everything that comes out of her vocal cords. So, I mean, what treat. [BLANK_AUDIO]