By Amanda Wicks

The 23rd annual Essence Festival will return to New Orleans in the summer of 2017, and it sounds like it will be jam-packed with beautiful voices.

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The festival announced its 2017 line-up, which will feature headliners Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige, along with several other sultry singers like Solange, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, India.Arie and more.

Besides big female voices, Essence Festival’s line-up includes John Legend, Master P, Doug E Fresh, Jazmine Sullivan, June’s Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet and Yuna. More artists are expected to be announced as the festival draws closer.

The 2017 Essence Festival will take place June 30-July 2, 2017. Ticket packages go on sale December 16th at 10:00 a.m. CST. For more information, check out Essence Festival’s website.


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