Mary J. Blige To Join Forces With Keyshia Cole For ‘Essence’

Published: Wednesday 11th Jan 2012 by David

R&B lovers get excited!

Yes, in what will be sure to have the respective fan bases of Mary. Blige and Keyshia Cole reaching for their debit cards, the pair are to join forces at the 18th annual Essence Festival, in New Orleans.

Full story  below…

Joined by headliner FantasiaAretha Franklin, Estelle, SWV, Dru Hill and Charlie Hilson, both Mary and Keyshia are set to perform at the event which celebrates ‘The Power Of Our Voice‘.

On the festival, President of Essence Communications Inc Michelle Ebanks explained:

The theme of this year’s Essence Music Festival celebrates our most powerful voices. Whether it’s Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul commanding respect or Rep. Maxine Waters demanding better conditions for our community, these powerful voices resonate with our audience like no other.


As we all face a new reality in these critical times, we want to inspire our Festival-goers to leave this year’s Festival even more resilient and motivated so that they can be empowered to create change in their own communities.

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  1. SLAYFANISTANN. January 11, 2012

    Keyshia should bring her reality show back to BET.I miss watching it.

  2. swagg January 11, 2012

    umm they both will just be there or both performing but they wont be performing together thats for sure i love them both but Mary has never liked Keyshia for some reason..i feel like mary is her biggest inspiration but if yall didnt know mary turned her down(or her management team turned her down as they word it) to honor her at a ceremony that Keyshia was supposed to do at first

  3. cw January 11, 2012

    As long as its not a duet, cause that would be catastrophic.

  4. tenne January 11, 2012

    the only female in this generation that comes close to mary j blige : keyshia cole ,jazmine sullivan, keri hilson ,and shareefa ,but shareefa needs to come back out ,her voice was riff just like mjb .

  5. Kingphoenix January 11, 2012


    My eardrums are quivering at the thought of it…

  6. Jessica January 11, 2012

    Good for them!!! I love both artists, if they have a track together they will kill it also. Mary and Keyshia, make a song, I will DJ that track hands down!! Real Artist right there!!!

  7. mila January 11, 2012

    I don’t think Keyshia Cole can really sing and she isn’t good at performing. Keyshia is a studio artist to me.

  8. Malibu Barbie : Operation Kill The Carbon Copy January 11, 2012

    awww !!! the legend teaming up with the clone.. how sweet !!

  9. KAT DELUNA FAN January 11, 2012

    amazing cant wait

  10. Wizard January 11, 2012

    O do not like crack jy blige she shades every1

  11. Dante stans for Fantasia January 11, 2012

    Sam u forgot the most Important headliner FANTASIA is going to be there as well twitter has been goin ham about Fantasia being there again this year

  12. rass January 11, 2012

    fantasia is gonna be off the chain

  13. dee January 11, 2012

    Charlie Hilson! LOL…. Did you mean Wilson?

  14. kntmusiclover January 11, 2012

    I have gone to the EMF twice and Mary J Blige was there .. I really would prefer another headlining act. EMF has some of the same people and its getting pretty tired… At least the super lounge has variety

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