Mary J. Blige is an American singer-songwriter, record producer,
and occasional rapper and actress.
Called the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", Blige is credited with influencing the musical marriage of Hip-Hop and R&B.
She started her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989.
Mary Jane Blige
January 11, 1971 ( age
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Never graduated from high school
Older sister Latonya
Younger half brother named Bruce
Kendu Isaacs (m. 2003)
R&B, soul, gospel
Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress
"You Remind Me" (1992)
Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Nas, Monica, Lil' Kim
Got her start:
Singing lead in her church's choir, and at seven she won a talent contest singing Aretha Franklin's "Respect."
When she was 17, Mary recorded a cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" and her stepfather passed
it along to music executives.
I Can Do Bad All by Myself
Rock of Ages
Fade to Black
Life After Death: The Movie
Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me
All We Are Saying
Hip Hop: The Collection: The Classics
Kanye West: Unauthorized
Jools Holland: Later ... Hip Hop Soul
MTV 20: Jams
Sting: Inside the Songs of Sacred Love
Wyclef Jean's All-Star Jam at Carnegie Hall
Mary J. Blige: Live From Los Angeles
Best of the Source Awards: Vol. 2: Hip-Hop History
Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits
Shooter Series: Brett Ratner
The Making of What's Going On: An All-Star Tribute
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: The Crossroads Benefit
Mary J. Blige: Queen of Hip-Hop Soul: Unauthorized
MTV Unplugged: Soul of R&B
Mary J Blige Quotes
Working in the studio is a more personal experience whereas on stage in front of a billion people, it's more exciting performing live.
As far as men go, they never gave me a chance to be me; they were always scared that somebody was going to take me.
'Cause I'm no better than you, you, or you. And I can't get on no throne and preach, 'cause I'm not God.
Don't give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don't stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don't ever say it'll never happen or it'll never happen.
I decided to start my own label because so many people with talent come to me wanting to know how they can get in the music business.
I don't really like to say things unless I know they're true, and I know Puff is my partner in this music business.
I don't want no drama in my life, even though we have a little bit, but no more letting people control you. That's drama, because then you become something that you're not.
In the studio you can really concentrate on performing the song where as on stage you also have to worry about connecting with so many people, they're definitely different.
It was great to work with Jay Z again, he's never let me down and given me a whack tune and Eve she's great and I love 50 cent, he's such a genuine person, when I met him I looked in his eyes and I knew that he is a real person and I have a lot of love for him.
It's a great honor for people to look at you and want to be like you.
It's sad that a lot of identities are lost and a lot of careers are lost because there's sort of a clone thing going on.
That's the message I want to give to every up-and-coming artist: Do everything that is going to help you later. If you clone somebody else, that's all they're gonna keep wanting from you.
The only person that I'm really feeling - because she has an identity of her own, even though she has listened to Mary J. Blige - is Jill Scott.
The streets respect me because I kept it real with me. You gotta be real with yourself, and the streets recognize game.
Mary J Blige Awards
Soul Train Music Awards for Best New Artist and Best Single, Female ("Real Love").
Source Award for R&B Artist of the Year
Billboard Year-End Charts - Top R&B Album, Top R&B Album Artist, Top R&B Album Artist - Female, and Top Hot Dance Maxi-Single Sales ("I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need").
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need" with Method Man)
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Share My World)
Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for R&B Soul Album of the Year (solo).
Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female (Mary)
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Solo (Mary) and R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year ("All That I Can Say")
MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video and the video for "Family Affair"
American Music Award for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Female Artist.
Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("He Think I Don't Know").
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Whenever I Say Your Name" with Sting)
BET Awards for Best Female R&B Artist and Video of the Year ("Be Without You").
Grammy Award for Contemporary R&B Album: Growing Pains