Essence Fest: The Tribute For Dottie Peoples Was A Good Time In The Lord

He’s an on time God, OH YES he is!

Sunday’s at the Essence Fest have always been more geared to the spiritual side of things, and tend to culminate in an all-star gospel tribute (which celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year) to a legend in the gospel music genre, and this year, Essence decided to bestow the honor to Ms. Dottie Peoples.

As a child, I remember growing up to the sounds of this soulful voice while riding in the car with my mother, so hearing many of her songs in tribute brought back so many memories

The producers of the festival played no games, when they had tapped some gospel legends of their own to perform in the tribute. Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, George Potts Young & the Church Friends Band, Lexi, Tyronne G. Foster and the Arc Singers and more took the stage at some point.

Johnny Gill was fired up in the Lord when he jumped off stage and into the crowd, and even made his way for a bit of a praise break with Dottie.

It was when her personal friend Regina Belle who gave a touching rendition of her 90’s hit “If I Could” that touched the packed out audience.

To close out the ceremony, the honoree made her way to the stage and took us to church with the one song that I believe we’re ALL familiar with, and holds a true sentiment in our conquest through life “He’s An On Time God“.

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