Aretha Franklin to play New Orleans' Essence Fest

Aretha Franklin sings at a her 69th birthday party, in New York, Friday, March 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

January 11, 2012 8:17:29 AM PST
Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills and Charlie Wilson are among entertainers set to perform at this summer's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.