ESSENCE Music Festival Adds Big Names to Line-Up: Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, New Edition, Plus More

Grammy award-winning megastar, Jennifer Hudson is slated to make her debut ESSENCE Music Festival appearance alongside R&B/Funk icon Chaka Khan with a special reunion performance from New Edition as well at this year’s festivities.

“The ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL is bringing together the world’s best entertainers representing all genres of R&B – from the inimitable Jennifer Hudson to the iconic Chaka Khan,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE Communications Inc.

The annual festival, which will take place in New Orleans on July 1, 2, and 3 has also added Kem, Miguel, Naughty By Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Marsha Ambrosius, Mavis Staples, Eric Benet, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Brian Courtney Wilson to their diverse list of performers.

“We are celebrating the Roots of R&B this Fourth of July weekend! From the powerhouse performances on the main stage to the more intimate jam sessions in the Superlounges, the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL offers blues, funk, classics and neo-soul that our audience craves to renew their spirit and connect to their joy,” Ebanks expressed.

Now in its 17th year, the premier destination for music lovers is anticipating one of their biggest festivals to date. With a previously announced line-up which includes Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, George Clinton, Macy Gray and the recently announced new additions, the landmark event has earned the title of the most-sought-after music festival of the R&B world.

ESSENCE assures that this Fourth of July weekend, there is no other place to be but in the Big Easy for the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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