Anthony Hamilton, Rocsi Diaz Join Essence Music Festival Line Up

Anthony Hamilton has joined the line up for this year’s anticipated Essence Music Festival.

Hamilton joins Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi and more.

Celebrating the 18th anniversary, the 2012 ESSENCE Musical Festival is presenting a newly expanded four day weekend celebrating the “Power of Our Voice” on July 5, 6, 7 and 8 with compelling programming featuring the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, artists, authors and educators.

BET 106 & Park co-host Rocsi Diaz will host the first New & Next concert featuring a roster of today’s hottest young artists, including the newly added Katlyn Nichol and Coco Jones, hip-hop royalty Diggy Simmons, R&B pop group The OMG Girlz and New Orleans’ marching band The Roots of Music.

The Essence Music Festival kicks off July 5 in New Orleans, LA.