Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige Biography

Over the course of 15 years, with a voice that is rough and ready, sweet and pure, Mary J. Blige is capable of conveying heartache and happiness in a single musical phrase. A confessional singer, her emotional honesty reflects the great traditions of blues and soul with a ripped-from-the-pages-of-your-diary immediacy that has won her countless honors and a devoted, ever-growing audience around the world.

Nobody tells it like Mary. She delivers fan-pleasing, trademark, straight-up messages to players, cheaters and fools with serenity, conviction and compassion.

Mary J was kind enough to give some straight-up responses to her fans' questions in ARTISTdirect's "Ask the Artist" feature:

Wilson Louis from Miami, FL asked:
Compared to all your other albums, what's different about Breakthrough?

Mary J: "The Breakthrough is different because I am no longer going around the pain of self-healing and slowly healing. I'm quick to looking at what's wrong and i try to fix it."

Hope Woodson from New Haven, CT asked:
What was your inspiration for "Be Without You"? Are you going through what you are singing?

Mary J: "Yes, I always go through this because our personalities are different and sometimes will clash and misunderstand each other, which causes arguments, but I'd rather be with him as long as he respects me."

Felisa Wallace from Detroit, MI asked:
What is your favorite song from your new album?

Mary J: "I have 4: "Good Woman Down", "Enough Crying", "Take Me As I Am", and "Baggage".

Matthew Bavotto from St. Paul, MN asked:
Who is your favorite artist? Favorite album?

Mary J: "Don't have one. Have way too many to name."

Niema Darod from Northolt, England asked:
My mum loves you and wants to know how you keep so fit and young?!

Mary J: "Praying for the strength to have the willpower to train daily and diet. Resting and lots of water."

Levar Lewis from Virginia asked:
What is your diet like?

Mary J: "Not starving myself. Six small lite meals a day and they all include brown rice or wheat bread."

DeMetria Moaning from Boley, Oklahoma asked:
How do you keep it hot after so many years on the scene? How do you keep up the style evolution?

Mary J: "Be myself and nobody else. And wear what works for me and not for someone else."

Antonette from Los Angeles asked:
Who inspired you to start singing? How did you start your career and what advice do you have for an aspiring singer?

Mary J: "People in my neighborhood inspired me to sing. Believe in your ability no matter what, but be realistic with yourself and your ability."

Geneva from Bronx, N.Y. asked:
Some women, such as myself, listen to music when they have a bad day. What do you do to relax?

Mary J: "I lay down and pray and ask God for forgiveness if I've done anything to anyone, then I forgive everyone else for hurting me."

D. Rose from Dallas, TX asked:
Through all your struggles, what or who kept you motivated to face another day?

Mary J: "My fans and God!!"

Thabo from East London asked:
What motivates your to write and sing such beautiful deep soulful songs?

Mary J: "Life and trials."

Rasheeda from Bridgetown, Barbados asked:
Do you regret anything you've done in your career?

Mary J: "No, I've learned so much from all my mistakes. I just wish I had gotten my education."

Angel Mcclurken from Greensboro, NC asked:
What is the one thing that you think about everyday that keeps you going and gives you that extra push?

Mary J: "God loves me and sent his son to die for me so I have to live to please him because he saved me when everyone abandoned me."

Get Mary J's new album, Breakthrough, right now in the ARTISTdirect Store!

Mary J. Blige Bio from Discogs

American singer/songwriter, actress, and philanthropist.

Born: 11 January 1971 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.

Blige has recorded songs with and by Faith Evans, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Jay-Z, George Michael, Lauryn Hill, Sting, Babyface, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and many others.

In November 2010, Billboard Magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, she ranked number two (overall) ahead of Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston.

In the 1990s had a rocky relationship with K-Ci from Jodeci, in 2003 she married Martin Kendu Isaacs.

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