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Mary J. Blige

Mostly Credited As: Mary J. Blige
Sometimes Credited As: The Queen of Hip Hop & Soul
MJB

Birth Name: Mary Jane Blige
Date Of Birth: January 11, 1971 (Age 43)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Yonkers, New York
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mary J. Blige


Mary Jane Blige - referred to as Mary J. Blige - was born on January 11, 1971 in Bronx, New York. Mary's parents' names are Thomas and Cora. Mary has an older sister, LaTonya Blige DaCosta, who is also a singer and was her former manager before 2003. Mary also has a half brother from her mom's second marriage. Thomas, who is Mary's dad, left the family when she was only at the young age of 4 which left the rest of the family in hard times. By the time Mary was 7, the family had to move from the Bronx to Yonkers living in one of the most dangerous projects of the city where crime, violence and drugs were a way of life. Music has always been an outlook to Mary; Mary won a talent show at the age of 7 singing Aretha Franklin's "Respect". But by age 17, things for Mary wasn't looking so great. She was more interested in partying and was now a drug user; Later on, Mary dropped out of high school. Mary still had the spirit for singing.

Mary's life changed when she sung at a recording booth in a Yonkers mall to Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture". When she sent the tape home and played it for her stepfather, he decided to send it to a friend he knew in the music industry. Things were looking good for Mary. A recording artist and A&R scout for Uptown Records heard the tape and sent it to the president of "Uptown Records", Andre Harrell. Andre then went down to the projects where Mary lived. There, Blige reluctantly and shyly signed a recording contract with Uptown under a rough piece of paper. In 1989, 18 year old MJB was the youngest artist and first female artist for Uptown.

Mary's years in Uptown were dormant; she had no motivation, and they regaled her to background singing status. Finally, around that same time, a young dancer and new Uptown CEO named Sean Combs(P Diddy) offered to help with putting Mary on the national spotlight, enlisting some top R&B and hip-hop producers. Sean and Mary released 'What's the 411?', on July 18, 1992. The release of the single, "Real Love", helped to make Blige a rising star on the R&B scene. Mary released a few more albums, and also getting the nickname "Queen of HipHip Soul".

In 2000, she started dating record industry executive Martin Kendu Isaacs. Isaacs and Blige married on December 7, 2003. As a result, Blige is now the stepmother of Kendu's three young children from a previous marriage. Blige has also talked about having children of her own one day. Mary is an inspiration to a lot of people; not only girls, but boys, too.


Quotes By Mary

"As far as men go, they never gave me a chance to be me; they were always scared that somebody was going to take me."

"Don't give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don't stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don't ever say it'll never happen or it'll never happen."

"I don't want no drama in my life, even though we have a little bit, but no more letting people control you. That's drama, because then you become something that you're not."

"I mean, I know my heart is not clean, and your heart is not clean, and none of our urban hearts are clean. But you can be washed again."



Movie Credits Include

Prison Song (2001) - Mrs. Butler

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Opening Act (2012)As: Herself (Artist Development Team)
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001)As: Herself (Singer 2001)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  Mary J. Blige 06x57: (Dec/02/2014) As Herself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Martin Short, Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige 01x173: (Dec/01/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Tavis Smiley (2004) 
  Mary J. Blige 11x217: (Nov/26/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The American Music Awards (1974) 
  The 42nd Annual American Music Awards 42x01: (Nov/23/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  November 19, 2014 01x148: (Nov/19/2014) As Herself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Ellen Pompeo, Norman Reedus, Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 12x195: (Oct/02/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Nate Berkus, Mary J. Blige, Missy Higgins 06x34: (Feb/26/2008) As Herself 
  Post-Oscar special with Jon Stewart, Ben Affleck, Mary J. Blige 06x32: (Feb/24/2008) As Herself 
  Ted Danson, Mary J. Blige 04x180: (Dec/08/2006) As Herself 

Later... with Jools Holland (1992) 
  Mary J Blige, Marianne Faithfull, Band of Skulls, Hozier, First Aid Kit, Idris Elba 45x02: (Sep/26/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Later Live - With Jools Holland (2008) 
  Mary J Blige, Marianne Faithfull, Band of Skulls, Hozier, First Aid Kit, Idris Elba 14x02: (Sep/23/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The View (1997) 
  Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Jerry Ferrara, Mary. J Blige, guest co-hosts Will Cain & Candace Cameron Bure 17x182: (Jun/18/2014) As Herself 
  Season 16, Episode 92 16x92: (Jan/28/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Mary J. Blige; Perez Hilton 11x76: (Dec/20/2007) As Herself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 4, Show 84 04x84: (Dec/31/2013) As Herself 
  Series 4, Show 65 04x65: (Nov/29/2013) As Herself 

Royal Variety Performance (1927) 
  Royal Variety Performance 2013 01x84: (Dec/09/2013) As Herself 

This Morning (1988) 
  December 2, 2013 26x66: (Dec/02/2013) As Herself 

The X Factor (2004) 
  Series 10 - Elimination - 7 (Result) 10x26: (Nov/24/2013) As Herself 
  Series 10 - Boot Camp 4 10x12: (Oct/06/2013) As Herself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Mary J. Blige, June Brown 18x55: (Nov/22/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The One Show (2006) 
  November 21, 2013 08x78: (Nov/21/2013) As Herself 

World Series (1947) 
  2013 World Series Game 1 66x01: (Oct/23/2013) As Herself (The Star-Spangled Banner), [Musical Guests]
  2009 World Series Game 6 62x06: (Nov/04/2009) As Herself (The Star-Spangled Banner), [Musical Guests]

The Voice (US) (2011) 
  The Battles Continue 03x14: (Oct/22/2012) As Herself 
  The Battles Continue 03x13: (Oct/16/2012) As Herself 
  The Battles Continue 03x12: (Oct/15/2012) As Herself 
  The Battles Premiere, Part 2 03x11: (Oct/09/2012) As Herself 

Watch and Listen (2012) 
  Watch - Episode 12 01x25: (Jun/17/2012) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Daybreak (2010) 
  June 12, 2012 02x196: (Jun/12/2012) As Herself 
  November 2, 2011 02x43: (Nov/02/2011) As Herself 

Dancing With the Stars (2005) 
  Season 14, Episode 17 14x17: (May/15/2012) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Season 13, Episode 6 13x06: (Oct/04/2011) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

American Idol (2002) 
  1 of 13 Voted Off 11x18: (Mar/08/2012) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  13 Finalists Compete 11x17: (Mar/07/2012) As Herself 
  Season 5 Finale 05x41: (May/24/2006) As Herself 

WWE Monday Night RAW (1993) 
  2011 Tribute to the Troops (Fayetteville, NC) (Dec/13/2011) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The X Factor (US) (2011) 
  LIVE Results Show #6 - 1 of 5 Voted Off 01x22: (Dec/08/2011) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Westlife, Dermot O'Leary, Mary J Blige, The Saturdays 07x02: (Nov/06/2011) As Herself 
  Lindsay Lohan, Frankie Boyle, Mary J. Blige 03x06: (Mar/11/2010) As Herself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  November 1, 2011 12x305: (Nov/01/2011) As Herself 

Justin Lee Collins: Good Times (2010) 
  Episode 9 01x09: (Jun/07/2010) As Herself 

GMTV (1993) 
  March 12, 2010 18x71: (Mar/12/2010) As Herself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Ben Kingsley, Mary J. Blige 17x97: (Feb/16/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Ellen Pompeo, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige 15x93: (Apr/04/2008) As Herself 
  Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol, Mary J. Blige 13x127: (Apr/14/2006) As Herself 
  Martin Mull, Alicia Witt, Mary J. Blige 04x134: (Apr/21/1997) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 52x01: (Jan/31/2010) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 49x01: (Feb/11/2007) As Herself (Performer) 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003) 
  Ward Family 07x11: (Dec/13/2009) As Herself 

One Life to Live (1968) 
  Ep. #10126 40x151: (Feb/18/2008) As Herself 
  Ep. #10125 40x150: (Feb/15/2008) As Herself 
  Ep. #9731 39x10: (Jul/28/2006) As Herself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Tyra Banks Show (2005) 
  Mary J. Blige and Diane Lane 03x85: (Jan/31/2008) As Herself 
  Mary J. Blige 01x68: (Dec/21/2005) As Herself 
  Tyra's Last Walk 01x51: (Nov/21/2005) As Herself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, Alan Carr, Mary J Blige 14x03: (Jan/25/2008) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Mary J. Blige, Anthony Gargiula 05x79: (Jan/10/2008) As Herself 
  Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Nelly Furtado 04x105: (Feb/12/2007) As Herself 
  Mel Gibson, Jo Frost, Mary J. Blige 04x70: (Dec/08/2006) As Herself 
  Mary J. Blige, Sherri Shepherd 03x94: (Jan/26/2006) As Herself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Pamela Anderson, Mary J. Blige 16x35: (Jan/08/2008) As Herself 
  Albert Brooks, Jenna Elfman, Mary J. Blige 14x78: (Jan/19/2006) As Herself 
  Arsenio Hall, Mary J. Blidge 10x104: (Nov/30/2001) As Herself 
  Freddie Prinze Jr., Mary J. Blige 10x48: (Aug/22/2001) As Herself 

America's Next Top Model (2003) 
  The Girl Who Gets a Mango 09x06: (Oct/24/2007) As Herself 

Ghost Whisperer (2005) 
  Mean Ghost 02x15: (Feb/09/2007) As Jackie Boyd, [Special Guest Stars]

Today (US) (1952) 
  Mary J. Blige, Will Smith 56x75: (Dec/15/2006) As Herself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Ludacris 32x06: (Nov/18/2006) As Herself (Musical Guest), [Uncredited]
  Antonio Banderas/Mary J. Blige 31x15: (Apr/08/2006) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  John Goodman/Mary J. Blige 18x15: (Mar/13/1993) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Top Of The Pops (UK) (1964) 
  11th December 2005 42x50: (Dec/11/2005) As Herself 

106 & Park (2000) 
  P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige 04x39: (Sep/21/2004) As Herself 

Good Day Live (2001) 
  Mary J. Blige 01x118: (Feb/27/2002) As Herself 

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Mary J. Blige 05x05: (Nov/18/2001) As Herself 

Super Bowl (1967) 
  Super Bowl XXXV 35x01: (Jan/28/2001) As Herself (Halftime Show), [Musical Guests]

Moesha (1996) 
  Good Vibrations? 05x01: (Aug/23/1999) As Herself 

The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) 
  Papa Don't Preach 02x14: (Jan/18/1998) As Ola Mae 

All That (1994) 
  Mary J. Blige 04x06: (Dec/20/1997) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

New York Undercover (1994) 
  Tag, You're Dead 02x02: (Sep/07/1995) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Private Enemy No. 1 01x14: (Jan/05/1995) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

Soul Train (1971) 
  Mary J. Blige/ Lords of the Underground/ Ebony Vibe Everlasting (E.V.E) 24x14: (Jan/21/1995) As Herself 
  Al Jarreau/ Mary J. Blige/ Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth 22x02: (Oct/03/1992) As Herself 

MTV Unplugged (1989) 
  Uptown Unplugged 04x07: (May/31/1993) As Herself 

Out All Night (1992) 
  Smooth Operator 01x09: (Dec/03/1992) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

In Living Color (1990) 
  Men On Cooking 04x09: (Nov/22/1992) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
Featured Songs

The Wire Songs:
Hot Shots + "Sweet Thing" 
New York Undercover Songs:
Tag, You're Dead + (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 
Private Enemy No. 1 + I'm Goin' Down 
Moesha Songs:
Good Vibrations? + All That I Can Say 
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Songs:
Albert Brooks, Jenna Elfman, Mary J. Blige + Be Without You 
All That Songs:
Mary J. Blige + Everything 
The Sopranos Songs:
Johnny Cakes + Family Affair 
The American Music Awards Songs:
The 37th Annual American Music Awards + I Am 
Making the Band 3 Songs:
Don't Dance in the Back (1) + I'm Going Down (Instrumental) 
Grey's Anatomy Songs:
Don't Let's Start + Long Hard Look
+ Not Loving You 
Bend and Break + Therapy 
Daria Songs:
The Big House + Love Is All We Need 
Ghost Whisperer Songs:
Mean Ghost + Show Love
+ We Ride (I See the Future)
+ You Know (New Mix) 
Six Feet Under Songs:
Tears, Bones and Desire + Sweet Thing 
Brothers & Sisters Songs:
Run Baby Run + The One 
Verbotene Liebe Songs:
Episode #3090 + We Ride 
Episode #3022 + We Ride 
Episode #2989 + We Ride 
Super Bowl Songs:
Super Bowl XXXV  
Trivia

Her sister, LaTonya Blige DaCosta is also a singer and was her former manager before 2003.

Mary won Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group from her single "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need" w/ Method Man(1996)

Mary J. Blige Quotes

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