Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Company Tapped For Upcoming Essence Festival

The Essence Music Festival has been the mecca for music lovers since 1995. What started as a one-time celebratory event to honor the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine, has spawned into country’s most popular annual gathering of African American music, culture, and lifestyle. Last year alone, the event catered to over 400,000 attendees.

Throughout nearly two decades, the Essence Music Festival has featured iconic performers ranging from Al Green and The Isley Brothers to Prince and Destiny’s Child. This year will be no different as Essence announces their all-star roster, which includes Kanye West, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz as returning fan favorites.

“Our mission this year was to celebrate community through the prism of the art form that continues to tell our reader’s stories: R&B. From the Main Stage to the Super Lounge, we’ve assembled an unforgettable roster of talent who provide a snapshot of this music’s ability to connect with audiences unlike few genres. Stay tuned.” said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.

Ebanks goes on to say, “We have additional names to come. This is going to be an Essence Music Festival that attendees will talk about for a long time!” Essence is scheduled to have more than a dozen acts to appear during Fourth of July extravaganza like Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, and Kelly Price to name a few.

The three-day fest will also feature performances Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, and Boyz II Men. Others set to entertain festivalgoers include Macy Gray, Dwele, Tank, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Mint Condition, and more.

Last year saw performances from Janet Jackson, Blige, Estelle, and Alicia Keys.

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale now. For more information about the Essence Music Festival visit


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