According to the Associated Press, the elusive crooner is scheduled to hit the stage at the 2012 Essence Music Festival, where he will perform opening night.

The event will take place between July 6-8 in New Orleans, Louisiana and feature additional performances by Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Trey Songz and more.

Earlier this year, D’Angelo returned to the stage for the first time in 11 years with several performances overseas. He made his first appearance at Filadelfiakyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden where he performed a new single titled “Sugar Daddy.” A new album is expected in the near future.


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