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|
January 11, 1971 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Yonkers, New York, U.S.|
|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, 2face Idibia, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Ludacris|
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.
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Production for Blige's first album, Whats the 411?, began in 1991. Sean "Puffy" Combs (at the time a beginning A&R executive at Uptown) organised 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.
Personal life[change | change source]
Blige is a Democrat.
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.