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Grammy nominee Andra Day – whose "I'll Rise Up" lyrics are on select Share a Coke Coca-Cola bottles – teams up with Apollo and Coca-Cola for a signing contest. A bonus for the contestants? An appearance by Day!
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Later, Day heads to a Coca-Cola luncheon, posing for pics with the Coke team and one of her idols, singer/songwriter/Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss.
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It's showtime! Day and her backup singers hit the Essence main stage.
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Following her performance, Day heads backstage to meet fans – but not before taking one pretty pic with Kelly Rowland and Ciara, who also performed that evening.
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Lucky lady: Day scores some time with Seattle Seahawks quarterback (and Ciara's fiancé) Russell Wilson, who posed for a picture with the singer after Facetiming with her dad – a huge Seahawks fan.
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Fans scored bags with Day's likeness and autograph. Seeing her face on thousands of totes – and watching people hold their bags up when she walked around the streets of New Orleans – was "super exciting," Day says.
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Day, a new face of Carol's Daughter beauty products, watches her video showcased at the brand's booth inside the convention center – yet "another surreal moment," she says.
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Color us jealous: Day nabs a picture with Tyrese Gibson, who also performed at the fest.
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Time for a detour! "Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas asked me to join them in Orlando to sing my song. I had met Nick last year during an event for [television producer] Ken Ehrlich. I took a quick nap on the jet because I had to go back to Essence that night to surprise the Apollo winners."
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"I absolutely love dogs and Demi's dog Batman was super cute!"
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She never stops! Day chats up a reporter following her performances, which included a Thursday night set at Apple Music's kick-off bash.
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