2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Lineup

2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Lineup

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 10, 2012

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The newly engaged Queen of Soul returns to the ESSENCE Music Festival for what will surely be a memorable performance. This year’s festival dates are July 6 – 8. Get your tickets now!

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Always giving her all, Mary J. Blige returns to headline the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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The funnyman makes his ESSENCE Fest debut on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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D’Angelo will make his first U.S. appearance in 10 years at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival. He’ll be singing many of his hits including, “Brown Sugar” and “How Does It Feel.”

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It’s been a minute since we’ve seen our girl, Grammy-award winning emcee/actress Eve, so we’re excited to catch up with her performance at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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R&B singer Trey Songz will take the EMF main stage for the second time in two years. Ladies, get ready! He’ll bringing the heat with his sexy performance.

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New mom Fantasia had everyone stomping their feet at last year’s ESSENCE Music Festival. We’re certain she’ll do it again come Fourth of July weekend.

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ESSENCE Music Festival fan-favorite Charlie Wilson will be getting the party started yet again.

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The Grammy-nominated singer brings her soulful sounds down to New Orleans.

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Fiona returns to the ESSENCE Music Festival fresh off the success of her second album The MF Life.

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With a new album and reality show in the works, Keyshia Cole is ready for her return to the ESSENCE Music Festival this summer.

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DeVaughn will be bringing his soulful sounds down to the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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It’s good to see Stephanie Mills back on the scene. The R&B diva makes her return at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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The legendary gospel artist brings the message and some good music down to N’awlins.

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With a hot new album Pieces of Me climbing up the charts, Estelle is ready to rock the stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Seven-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin returns to the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Newcomer, and Jay-Z’s protegee, Bridget Kelly will be making her ESSENCE Music Festival debut.

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This soulful trio recently announced their reunion. We’re sure they’ll have everyone singing along to their classics.

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EMF favorite Steve Harvey returns to dole out relationship advice and keep the crowds entertained.

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A few hours spent listening to the soulful sounds of Eric Roberson? We’re not complaining.

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Expect Mary Mary to take us to church at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams will headline the EMF Empowerment Stage all-star tribute to Mary Mary and Fred Hammond this year on July 8th.

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Maurette Brown Clark will pay tribute to gospel mega-stars Mary Mary and Fred Hammond at the ESSENCE Music Fest in New Orleans.

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Gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins is set to hit the high notes in New Orleans.

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Byron Cage will list your spirits once again at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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We cannot wait to see the oh-so-talented Kim Burrell at this year’s ESSENCE Music Fest.

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Tyronne Foster and The Arc Singers will take the Empowerment Stage in an all-star tribute to Mary Mary and Fred Hammond.

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Pastor Marvin Winans will join a host of gospel heavy-hitters on the ESSENCE Empowerment Stage.

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Another newcomer on the scene, rising R&B star Luke James makes his way to the ESSENCE Music Festival. Ladies, beware, you haven’t heard singing like this in a long time.

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There’s a little something for everyone at EMF. Legendary R&B crooners The Stylistics will also take the stage.

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Kindred the Family Soul will be bringing their Philly soul down to the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Neo-soul singer Goapele makes her ESSENCE Music Festival debut come Fourth of July weekend.

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Jazz musician Robert Glasper joins ESSENCE Music Festival for the first time to perform music off his latest album, Black Radio.

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R&B singer, and New Orleans native, Teedra Moses returns to her stomping ground to perform at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Sammie “Big Sam” Williams and his band will be bringing that authentic Nawlins sound to the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Houghton will bring his praise down to New Orleans for the Gospel celebration on Sunday, July 8.

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Neo-soul singer Alex Boyd will make his debut appearance at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Vivian Green will be making her ESSENCE Music Festival debut.

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Up-and-coming blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. joins this year’s ESSENCE Festival.

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Hailed as the “new” Alicia Keys, newcomer Elle Varner will rock the ESSENCE Music Festival stage for the first time this year.