Mary J. Blige

Singer-songwriter + Rapper + Record Producer + Actress

Mary J. Blige is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and occasional actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B. Blige is a mezzo-soprano. Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her debut album, What's the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. With her tenth album, My Life II...… Read More

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1971 Birth Blige was born on January 17, 1971, in the New York City borough The Bronx, She is the second of four children born to mother Cora, a nurse, and second to father Thomas Blige, a jazz musician, The family subsisted on her mother's earnings as a nurse after her father left the family in the mid-1970s, the former an alcoholic and the latter a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. … Read More


1988 17 Years Old Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a short period of time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D'Aprile. In early 1988, she recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains, New York. … Read More
1989 18 Years Old Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist. … Read More


1991 - 1996 8 More Events
1997 26 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 22, 1997, MCA Records (parent company to Uptown Records, which was in the process of being dismantled) released Blige's third album, Share My World. … Read More
1998 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1998, Blige won an American Music Award for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album". … Read More
1999 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 17, 1999, Blige's fourth album, titled Mary was released. … Read More


2001 - 2002 3 More Events
2003 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 26, 2003, Blige's sixth album Love & Life was released on Geffen Records (which had absorbed MCA Records.) Blige heavily collaborated with her one-time producer Sean Combs for this set. … Read More
2005 34 Years Old Geffen Records released Blige's seventh studio album, The Breakthrough on December 20, 2005. … Read More
…  Blige completed a season sweep of the "big three" major music awards, having won two American Music Awards in November 2006 and nine Billboard Music Awards in December 2006. … Read More
…  She received eight Grammy Award nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards, the most of any artist that year. "Be Without You" was nominated for both "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year".
2008 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2008, she toured with Jay-Z in the Heart of the City Tour. … Read More
Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012). … Read More
Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010.


In January 2011, Hot 97 premiered Blige's teaster track "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" featuring vocals by Lil Wayne.
The album itself debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 156,000 copies first week; it was eventually certified Gold in 2012 and has sold 763,000 in the US.
In early 2013, reports surfaced that Blige was recording a Christmas album.
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