Last night the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin closed out the Essence Music Festival to much fanfare. Prior to the queen taking the mainstage, Kirk Franklin, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton prepped the audience for her highness. When Ms. Franklin hit the stage, she certainly delivered a powerhouse performance.
The future of R&B; Estelle, Luke James, Alex Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eve, Melanie Fiona and others performed in the various superlounges.
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Luke James, Carl Thomas, Eva Marcelle, Bridget Kelly, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Alex Boyd and other stopped by the press room to talk about their Essence Music Festival experience, current and future projects, and more.
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