Throwback Thursday: The Gospel At ESSENCE Festival

We highlight some of our favorite gospel singers who have shared their gift of song during festival weekend.

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1 of 8 Johnny Nunez

2 of 8 Johnny Nunez

Smokie Norful meant every word when he sang his heartfelt testimony "I Need You Now" at ESSENCE Festival in 2009.

3 of 8 Gus Bennett

Marvin Sapp and Deitrick Haddon tore the house down and had everyone on their feet.

4 of 8 Gus Bennett

Moss was all about spiritual rebuilding when he hit the festival stage in 2009.

5 of 8 Scott Legato

The trio moved every being in the Ernest N Morial Convention Center.

6 of 8

Kirk Franklin, all smiles.

7 of 8 Andrew Goetz

Gospel greats came together to bless Essence Festival goers.

8 of 8 Scott Legato

Tribbett comes to entertain and praise with every inch of his body and never disappoints.