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ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2007: Sunshine Anderson Still Shining, Expecting Marriage and Baby Carriage

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By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices

Sunshine AndersonFresh off the heels of touring with platinum-selling R&B crooners Brian McKnight, Joe, and 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard, hip-hop soul singer Sunshine Anderson was welcomed with open arms during her enthralling performance last night at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.

And the Charlotte native, who roared onto the R&B scene in 2001 with her hit single 'Heard it All Before,' welcomed the love back as she performed selections from her recent album 'Sunshine At Midnight' in the McDonald's Superlounge at the Louisiana Superdome.

To many a festivalgoers surprise, Anderson was carrying more than notes when she hit the stage -- she's preggers.

essence music festival 2007Backstage, the well-spoken southern girl, who used to work for the United States Pentagon, talked candidly about being a part of the 'Essence' fesitivites, her new music and her new family life.

She's expecting a girl in November, which she will name Alexia Sky.

Anderson revealed that she's planning to get married to Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Christopher Alexander Terry later this month, and talked about her trepidation of telling record label brass about her new condition.

"It just is what it is,you know I mean," she quipped. "I feel blessed, I'm not going to make any apologoies ... I am just on a high."

Check out the exclusive clips of Sunshine Anderson backstage at the 2007 Essence Music Festival below ...

--Check out our Essence Music Festival Gallery below...


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