More About Mary J. Blige

Mary Jane Blige (/blaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Blige has sold over 80 million records, has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its second original song “Mighty River” for Mudbound; she also received a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, becoming the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.

In 1992, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?. Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums. She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. As of 2018, Blige has sold 80 million records worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. ln 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music” list.

Following her concert date at the Essence Festival, on July 9, 2014, it was announced Blige would move to London to experiment with a new sound for her new album. Blige spent a month in London recording her album in RAK Studios with a host of young British acts, including Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith. Ten new songs, co-written and recorded by the singer, were released on November 24, 2014 on an album entitled The London Sessions. That same month, she announced that she left Geffen and Interscope and signed with Capitol Records.

In August 2016, Blige was recruited to perform the new theme song for the ABC Daytime talk show The View for its twentieth season titled “World’s Gone Crazy” written by Diane Warren. A music video was also shot for the new theme song with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Raven-Symoné, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Jedediah Bila. Blige also appeared on The View alongside Maxwell during its premiere week on September 9, 2016 to discuss their joint tour and theme song.

On September 30, 2016, Blige premiered a new show, The 411, on Apple Music. On its debut episode, she interviewed Hillary Clinton. A trailer was released online with Blige singing a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin” to a bewildered Clinton. The exchange received mixed and negative reaction on social media. Two weeks later, a studio version, this time featuring a verse from American rapper Kendrick Lamar was released online.

On April 16, 2019, Blige announced that she is co-headlining a North American summer tour with Nas titled The Royalty Tour. On May 8, 2019, Blige released the single “Thriving” featuring Nas. During an interview with Ebro Darden on Beats 1 for the premiere of “Thriving”, Blige announced that her next studio album will be released before July.

Mary J. Blige 2019 Tour Dates

7/11 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/13 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/14 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily’s Place
7/16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
7/20 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
7/21 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
7/24 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
7/25 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28 – Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/31 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/2 – Houston, Tx. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/3 – Austin, Tx. @ Austin360 Amphitheater
8/6 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Starlight Theatre
8/9 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/14 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/16 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint
8/17 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint
8/20 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/22 – Dallas, Tx. @Dos Equis Pavilion
8/25 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
8/31 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
9/1 – Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
9/10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage