(The Root) – ”The fact that I can record My Life II after what we’ve been through with My Life I is a blessing!” said Mary J. Blige to adoring fans at the Essence Music Festival on Saturday, July 7.
The New York native, donning a gold sequinned jacket, signature black stretch pants and stiletto knee-high boots, closed the second night of the New Orleans event, after performances by Kevin Hart, Ledisi, Mary Mary and Tank.
Blige burst onto the Superdome stage around midnight, rocking energetic classics like “Family Affair” and “Enough Cryin’.” After a cover of the Gap Band’s “Outstanding,” she dug into her own vault with “Love Without a Limit” and her very first hit single, “Real Love.”
The RB icon became swept up in her own stirring performance of “No Drama,” nearly breaking into tears. As the audience clapped and cheered in support, she thanked them for their