Mary J. Blige to Release "The London Sessions" on December 2
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:40:38
No more drama for Mary J. Blige, who is having a sonic love affair with London.
Mary J. Blige has once again confounded expectations and ventured into new musical territory by crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with some of this decade's most celebrated U.K. musical talent – including Disclosure, Eg White, Emeli Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans and Sam Smith – and recorded a new studio album, The London Sessions. This extraordinary new collection will be released December 2 on Capitol Records. [iTunes link]
"It's all about the London music scene and I'm so excited to have been part of it, to record my album," said Blige. "The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I'm proud of what we have done here."
We can't wait to have a listen, Mary J.
According to Capitol Music Group Chairman Steve Barnett, "Mary J. Blige created a one-of-a-kind blend of hip-hop and soul that has excited fans for more than 20 years, making her one of the most successful and acclaimed artists in any genre of music. The London Sessions is a fantastic album; another step forward for this great and enduring artist, and I am thrilled that she is now an important member of our Capitol Records family."
"The London Sessions is, number one, the bravest thing, and number two, just so honest," said Smith, who co-wrote lead single, "Therapy," with Blige and Eg White (Adele, Florence + the Machine, James Blunt).
Disclosure added "It's the reason that people like Mary are so successful – they're just not afraid to change what they do completely."
This fearlessness propelled Blige to London's thriving musical community, which embraced her fully and helped her create an album that displays the true evolution of an artist. Each of the collaborators worked with Blige to create a new body of work driven by her one-of-a-kind voice. The results are altogether thrilling.
The album's debut track, "Therapy," borrows from Doo-wop with its simple beat, minimal instrumentation and backing harmonies, as it glides along Blige's signature soulful voice.
Are you going to enter "Therapy" with MJB?