Mary J. Blige jam at Essence Music Festival

July 6, 2011

After back-to-back stomach clutching renditions of "Not Gon’ Cry" and "I’m Going Down" at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans Sunday night, Mary J. Blige pulled off an Oprah-worthy seminar on affirmation with "Just Fine" to close out the three-day fest, which celebrates black music and African-American culture. The synth-heavy number pierced to the core of the capacity Louisiana Superdome crowd. As Blige danced around in a shimmering black mini-dress, the audience took over the number and launched into a sing-along that reached up to the fifth level of the arena.

Earlier, Blige told Rolling Stone, "I don’t think fans come here to hear you talk about your new album. They come to hold their stomachs when you sing that song that you love so much. That’s what [the festival] is about. To get that nostalgia. You gotta give the people what they want." She certainly obliged.

Blige’s set was packaged as faith and forgiveness



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