*Mary J. Blige has not only been confirmed to perform at the annual Essence Music Festival in July, but she has also signed on as the event’s official spokesperson, reports Billboard.

“We’re thrilled to have Mary J. Blige on board for this year’s Essence Music Festival,” Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc., said in a statement. “Her history with the Essence brand, both with the festival and the magazine, makes her a great spokesperson for this year’s festival and we’re looking forward to working with her over the next few months.”

Blige, an eight-time performer at the Essence Music Festival, will headline a lineup that includes other entertainers, artists, speakers, authors and community leaders to be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will take place during the weekend of July 2. Special weekend ticket packages and other information about the event can be found on essence.com.