Badu, LaBelle, Kelly Price, Solomon Burke On Essence Lineup

R&B stars join previously announced headliners Destiny's Child, Joe, Carl Thomas, Roots at July 5-7 New Orleans music festival.

Stars from two eras of R&B — relative newcomers Erykah Badu and Kelly Price, along with soul veterans Solomon Burke and Patti LaBelle — have joined the lineup of the 2001 Essence Music Festival.

Burke, whose songs include the classic "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," was inducted this month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The artists will join previously announced headliners Destiny's Child, Joe, Carl Thomas and the Roots at the festival, scheduled for July 5-7 in New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome.

The event, sponsored by Essence magazine, also will include performances by Jill Scott, Yolanda Adams, Angie Stone and Eric Benét, among others.

LaBelle, whose 40-year career spans her early-'60s group, Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, to When a Woman Loves, her solo disc of last year, and Badu, who released the critically acclaimed Mama's Gun in November, are veterans of several previous Essence Festivals.