15th Annual Essence Music Festival

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En Vogue

En Vogue

The 15th Annual Essence Musical Festival will take place July 3 – 5 in New Orleans. In addition to current favorites like Ne-Yo, Maze, John Legend and Beyonce, the festival will be featuring three very welcome comebacks: Anita Baker, En Vogue and Maxwell.

I’m tempted to hop on a plane to the Big Easy to see these talented singers. I’ve missed them.

I still get chills when I hear Anita Baker croon “Sweet Love” or “You Bring Me Joy.” Her deep, soulful voice takes me back to the days of her Rapture CD; it’s been over twenty years since that record sold 8 million copies and earned Baker two Grammy Awards. I need a fix of Anita, stat!

What would the ’90s have sounded like if it weren’t for the sexy quartet En Vogue? Would others have filled the void of harmonic R&B [“My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It”)] and rocking feminist anthems (“Free Your Mind”)? Perhaps. But any other divas wouldn’t have been as funky.

Eight year’s have passed since Maxwell’s last cd release, Now, but his new disc will drop on July 7th. BLACKsummers’night will be the first of a trilogy of albums; I can’t wait to hear his latest output. Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite was one of the sexiest records I’ve ever heard; here’s hoping that Maxwell brings sexy back.

Which of these comebacks are you most exctied to hear? Voice your choice in today’s featured poll. Free your mind and the rest will follow.