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ESSENCE Festival Asks 'When Did You Fall in Love with R&B?

As we gear up for the ESSENCE Festival in new Orleans this July 4th weekend ESSENCE staffers celebrate the legacy of R&B. When did you fall in love with R&B?

What’s the No. 1 Festival for R&B? ESSENCE Festival for the win! Our takeover of the game continues with this year’s lineup, including such soul stars as headliners Mariah Carey and Maxwell plus Babyface, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Jeremih, Faith Evans, Tyrese, Andra Day, New Edition, Leon Bridges and many more.

As we set the stage for the 22nd annual extravaganza, taking place June 30-July 3 in New Orleans, we kick off our “No. 1 Festival for R&B” video series.

Each week leading up to the Festival we’ll be getting to the heart of why we all love R&B, with 2016 ESSENCE Fest artists celebrating the genre. They’ll be sharing their thoughts on the state of R&B, improvising one-of-a-kind duets and reflecting on how they fell in love with this music that feeds our soul.

Be sure to check back for these exclusive videos. You won’t want to miss a single beat!

Purchase your tickets for the 2016 ESSENCE Fest here and keep up on all the latest updates.