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Global superstar, Mary J. Blige is a nine-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist with eight multiplatinum records and over 40 million albums sold since her 1992 debut of the modern classic What’s the 411. She has helped to redefine R&B, and more importantly has been an artist that uses her gift of song to lift spirits and touch lives while bringing her heart, soul and truth to those who are willing to listen. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like Be Without You, No More Drama, and Family Affair all of which have made her a force in music.
A figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment, she is one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. Mary J. Blige was born in the Bronx but spent her early years in Savannah, GA, where she sang in church. Her family moved to suburban Yonkers, N.Y., where Blige continued to sing. Her first demo was a version of Anita Baker’s Caught Up in the Rapture, which eventually got her signed by Andre Harrell for Uptown Records. Blige has also done some acting and has found a passion in that too. She can be seen playing a nightclub manager and singer in Tyler Perry’s movie “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” which was released September 11, 2009 by Lionsgate. She also did an episode playing herself on the hit series Entourage. Additionally, Mary will launch her new fragrance My Life with Brooklyn based cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter in 2010.
Blige recently released her ninth studio album Stronger with Each Tear in December 2009. The album debuted on U.S. Billboard Chart at No. 2 and sold 332,000 copies in its first week and went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The One was released as the album’s first single, followed by I Am and Each Tear.
In addition to performing, Mary is very active in supporting women’s empowerment. The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN) was created in 2007 which is dedicated to helping women gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential.
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