SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul and Kirk Franklin’s Praise Channels to Broadcast Live from 2019 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans Fourth of July Weekend

Broadcast followed by exclusive performances from Grammy-nominated artist Brian McKnight, Raheem DeVaughn and Avant

SiriusXM announced today that its Heart & Soul and Kirk Franklin’s Praise channels will broadcast live from the 2019 Essence Festival in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend on Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking celebration of global African American music and culture.

SiriusXM hosts Cayman Kelly, Michel Wright and Meta Washington will be live on the Ford Stage interviewing some of the biggest names in R&B, Gospel and urban lifestyle including Bobby Brown, H.E.R., Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Mary Mary, Sherri Shepherd and more.

Following the live broadcast at 6:00 pm ET, Heart & Soul will host “A Night in N’awlins” with exclusive performances featuring Grammy-nominated artist Brian McKnight, Raheem DeVaughn, and Avant from Tipitina’s in New Orleans.

SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to the weekend live broadcast on Heart & Soul, Channel 48 on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET and on Kirk Franklin’s Praise, Channel 64 on Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to to learn more.

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