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Mary J. Blige

Born 11 January 1971.
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Mary J Blige chats with Clare Balding

Clare Balding talks to American singer-songwriter Mary J Blige.

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Biography

Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971), known professionally as Mary J. Blige, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.

A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, eight of Blige's albums have reached multi-platinum status in the United States. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe. For her part in combining hip-hop and soul in the early-1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from music publishing company ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that "[Blige's] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph." Blige made Time magazine's "Time 100" list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I)

    My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I) 2011

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    Blige’s most enjoyable, exciting and consistent album in years.
  2. Review of Stronger with Each Tear

    Stronger with Each Tear 2010

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Blige remains as relevant as any of her more recent contemporaries.
  3. Review of Growing Pains

    Growing Pains 2008

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    One thing's for sure, Mary's still keeping it real.
  4. Review of The Breakthrough

    The Breakthrough 2005

    Reviewed by Matilda Egere-Cooper
    ...begging for some of the finger-clicking attitude that we used to expect from the...
  5. Review of Love & Life

    Love & Life 2003

    Reviewed by Keysha Davis
    Back in a big way, back in a significant way this CD marks a decade since she caught...
  6. Review of No More Drama

    No More Drama 2001

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Well-made, extremely personal and exceptionally heartfelt.
  7. Review of Mary

    Mary 1999

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Mary J. Blige’s greatly accomplished fourth album.
  8. Review of What's The 411?

    What's The 411? 1996

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Remains one of Blige's finest albums.
  9. Review of My Life

    My Life 1994

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Still cutting-edge of sound, My Life is one of Blige’s most compelling records.
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