Mary J. Blige is an American singer popular as “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.” Besides, she is also a Songwriter, Rapper, Model, Record Producer, and an actress. Mary Jane Blige has influenced a generation of artists with hits like Real Love and Be without you.
Mary J. Blige, as Mary Jane Blige, was born on January 11, 1971, in New York City, U.S. Blige is the second of three children to Thomas Blige and his wife Cora Blige.
Her mother is a nurse and father, a jazz musician. She has two siblings named LaTonya Blige-DaCosta (sister) and Bruce Miller Cora Blige (brother).
By the mid-1970s, Blige’s family subsisted on her mother’s earnings as a nurse after her father left the family. Her father was an alcoholic and a Vietnam War veteran suffered from the post-traumatic disorder.
Blige spent her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Later, she moved to Schlobohm Houses in Yonkers, New York and started living with her mother and old sister.
Blige spent the short duration of her life in a Yonkers band pursuing a musical career. In 1985, Mary recorded Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” and released the song in 1986.
Blige, partnering with Uptown Records and MCA Records, began working as an executive producer and started producing a majority of the album. In 1992, she first released the album titled what’s the 411?
The name of the album was derived from Blige’s past occupation as a 4-1-1 operator. It was also an indication by Blige of being the “real deal.”What’s the 411? released on July 28, 1992, topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Successively, the album listed at number six on the Billboard 200. Besides, the album also peaked at number 53 on the UK Albums Chart and certified Platinum by the RIAA for three times.
Likewise, the next year what’s the 411? earned two Soul Train Music Awards under the category Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album, Female.
An annual poll of American critics nationwide also voted the year’s 30th best album in the Pazz and Jop, published by the Village Voice. The album sold 3,318,000 copies in August 2010 in the US.
Subsequently, Mary released 13 studio albums in 1992, eight of which certified multi-platinum. Blige won 9 Grammy awards among the selected 31 nominations.
In 2006 Blige received a Legends Awards at the World Music Awards and Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP in 2007. In 2013, Mary sold 75 million records worldwide.
Thus, Blige ranked as the most famous and successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist for the last 25 years on the Billboard list.
Billboard magazine also listed “Be Without You 2006” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time in 2007. Similarly, Blige ranked the 80th greatest artist in 2011 of all time according to Vh1 and 9th in The 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012.
Moreover, Mary’s list of discography includes albums titled My Life (1994), Share My World (1997), Mary (1999). In 2000, she released albums like No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger with Each Tear (2009).
Similarly, her latest albums are My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I) (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), and Strength of a Women (2017).
Mary starred in the period-drama film Mudbound (2017) directed by Dee Rees. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film “The Help”.
Blige made her acting debut on 1995 in a television sitcom New York Undercover (1995) and film Prison Song (2001). Successively, Blige made a numerous appearance in the film and televisions.
Some of the remarkable Mary’s movies are Black Nativity (2013), Mudbound (2017), and so on. A film titled Sherlock Gnomes is Mary Jane Blige’s post-production.
Mary has equal contributions in the television shows as well. Some of them are The Jamie Foxs Show (1998), American Idol (Guest Judge, 2010 & 2012), The Wiz Live! (2013), and so on.
Mary J. Blige made her 10 million dollar fortune with My Life and No More Drama, Love & Life. Multi-platinum selling, nine-time Grammy award-winning artist, and actress, Mary J. Blige’s net worth is $10 million with $1 million salary.
As per her real estate, Blige houses located in Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey, and the United States consist of all $12.5 million. Blige founded Matriarch Records, a record label in 2004.
Blige launched her first perfume My Life exclusively in July 2010 on HSN. The fragrance’s success broke sales record in hours and Blige won two prestigious FIFI Awards.
An incremental appearance led Mary J. Blige’s net worth to increase rapidly, as a result, she owned an expensive house in different places.
In October 2010, Blige released Melodies by MJB, a line of sunglasses. Initially, the collection featured four styles with a total of 20 color options.
On September 30 Blige opened her Apple Music Show “The 411.” Thus, Blige’s involvement in multiple sectors helped her to earn a reasonable sum of money along with her name and fame.
Mary has several appearances in the commercials highlighting renowned brands like Coca-Cola (2004), Propel Fitness Water (2007), MAC Cosmetics (2000), and many more.
On December 7, 2003, Blige married her manager Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Prior to their marriage, Martin already had three children named Nas Isaacs, Jordan Isaacs, and Brianna Isaacs.
After certain of togetherness, Blige filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” in July 2006 according to People. Mary accused him of spending $420,000 on the unnamed girl and stated it was a business expense while filling divorce form.
Similarly, she also cited his affair with Starshell LaNeah Menzies behind the reason of their separation. Blige signed Menzies to her own Matriarch Entertainment record label. She also allowed her to co-write a couple of her tracks.
Mary looks attractive with her height 5 Feet 4 Inch (1.63m) and body weight 145 lbs. Her body measurement is 36-32-38. She is a native of America and possesses black ethnicity. She has dark brown eyes and dyed blonde hair color.
Mary is active on the social pages like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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