Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige performing at the Neighborhood Ball in Washington, D.C.; 2009
Background information
Birth name Mary Jane Blige
Born January 11, 1971 (1971-01-11) (age 44)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Origin Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, hip hop soul, neo soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter, model, record producer, actress
Years active 1989–present
Labels Matriarch/Capitol (current)
Verve Records (former)
Associated acts Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Method Man, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, R. Kelly, Monica, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston*, Celine Dion, 2face Idibia
Website Official website

Mary Jane Blige (or simply Mary J Blige, born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, rap and pop singer. She released 11 studio albums, 82 singles, and 8 other albums. Blige is a Democrat.[1]

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In 1988, just for fun, Blige recorded an cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" at a recording booth in a local mall. Her mother's boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records. Redd then sent it to the president and CEO of the label, Andre Harrell. Harrell met with Blige and, in 1989, she joined the label, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist.

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Production for Blige's debut album began in 1991, with Sean "Puffy" Combs (at the time a beginning A&R executive at Uptown) largely overseeing the project. Also enlisted were some of the top R&B and hip hop producers of the time, among them Tony Dofat, Mark Morales and Cory Rooney, Dave "Jam" Hall, and DeVante Swing.

In 2014 Blige will tour with R. Kelly called "The King and Queen Tour".[2]

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