Luke James on ESSENCE Fest & His Career

R&B singer Luke James, who's set to perform at the ESSENCE Festival on Sunday, July 7, speaks about his show and career accomplishments.

Monique Valeris Jun, 03, 2013

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"It’s a brilliant Festival that I grew up attending, and it's in my hometown, New Orleans. I miss the people and aura of the city. You can feel it. It’s different from anywhere else in the world."

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"I’m ecstatic about Maxwell performing and the other artists doing the Mainstage and Superlounges. It’s just awesome. It’s beautiful to get all of these artists under one ceiling. I love music."

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"People can look forward to a very emotional ride. It's a mixture of rock, funk, hip-hop, soul, R&B and gospel. It’s a beautiful piece of work."

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"You have to have faith that it will happen. Also, your network is your net worth. Get out there and meet people. Surround yourself with like-minded people—people who will lift you up."

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"I’ve always wanted to be the center of attraction, so it (acting) is not that difficult. It opened me up to a new world and amazing actors like Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett."