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All-star Gospel tribute to Yolanda Adams set for 2014 Essence Festival

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There will be an all-star gospel tribute to Yolanda Adams during the 2014 Essence Festival. The event will be hosted by Donnie McClurkin.

Yolanda Adams is a Grammy, Stellar and Dove-award winning Gospel artist. She also hosts the syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show. According to SoundScan, Adams has sold more than 4.5 million albums in the U.S. and nearly 8 million albums worldwide.

Essence Festival organizers announced that programming for the leading cultural gathering of its kind will expand to 20 stages of entertainment and empowerment in celebration of the event's 20th anniversary, July 3-6, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.

The daytime Essence Empowerment Experience stage will feature influential leaders and personalities including Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey, and Iyanla Vanzant, who is offering a group transformation to lucky winners of a contest launched in the January 2014 issue of Essence magazine.

This year's 4-day celebration will feature world-renowned and up-and-coming performing acts, as well as the country's top speakers, authors, leaders, innovators and celebrities – who will come together to entertain, excite, engage, inform and inspire the Festival community of more than 543,000.

The Superdome Mainstage performers will include Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson. Nephew Tommy will host the mainstage each night.

The intimate Superlounge stages will feature eclectic crowd-pleasers such as: 112, Amel Larrieux, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Doug E Fresh, Elle Varner, Eve, King, Kourtney Heart, Leela James, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Naughty by Nature, PJ Morton, Raheem Davaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael, Sevyn Streeter, Stephanie Mills and The Original Pinettes Brass Band.

More performing acts and speakers will be announced soon. To purchase Essence Festival tickets, visit www.essencefestival.com.

Last year, the ESSENCE Festival saw record-breaking numbers as fans spent the Fourth of July weekend enjoying the annual event's mix of exciting newcomers and cherished Festival favorites with an estimated 54,000 in attendance.

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