People.com Celebrity Ciara, Concerts & Demi Lovato's Dog: Andra Day's 'Essence' Festival Photo Diary The singing star met lots of celebrities – and even more fans – during her weekend in New Orleans By People Staff Published on July 5, 2016 10:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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! 02 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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. 03 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day It's showtime! Day and her backup singers hit the Essence main stage. 04 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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. 05 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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. 06 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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. 07 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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. 08 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day Color us jealous: Day nabs a picture with Tyrese Gibson, who also performed at the fest. 09 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day 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." 10 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day "I absolutely love dogs and Demi's dog Batman was super cute!" 11 of 11 Courtesy Andra Day She never stops! Day chats up a reporter following her performances, which included a Thursday night set at Apple Music's kick-off bash.