Mary J. Blige
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|Mary J. Blige|
Mary J. Blige performing at the Neighborhood Ball in Washington, D.C.; 2009
|Birth name||Mary Jane Blige|
|Born||January 11, 1971
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|
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|
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Music Career[change | change source]
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.
Whats the 411?[change | change source]
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.
Filmography[change | change source]
- Prison Song (2000)
- Nina Simone (2009)
References[change | change source]
- Tran, Vivyan (September 7, 2012). "Celebrities spotted at the Democratic National Convention". Politico. http://www.politico.com/gallery/2012/09/celebrities-spotted-at-the-democratic-national-convention/000417-005459.html.