Mary J Blige Height, Weight, and Biography
Mary J Blige is an influential soul singer who has inspired millions over three decades in her career. Not only has she found great success as an artist but has also successfully ventured into acting roles that garner critical acclaim.
Cora Blige was a nurse, while Thomas Blige was an accomplished jazz musician. They raised daughter Mary J Blige.
Early Life and Education
Mary J Blige was born in The Bronx, New York City to Cora Blige – a nurse – and Thomas Blige – a jazz musician. As a child she moved with her family from Savannah, Georgia to Yonkers’ Schlobohm Houses for residency with both mother and sister.
At Roosevelt High School, she struggled with substance abuse and sexual harassment and ultimately dropped out during her junior year, but music helped her through difficult times and she began singing professionally in 1988.
In 1992, she released her debut album “What’s the 411?” that combined soul and hip-hop for immediate public appeal. Since then, she has gone on to earn nine Grammy Awards as well as several other accolades as well as star in several movies and TV shows.
Blige made her mark on music history with her 1992 debut album What’s the 411?, considered one of the most influential R&B albums ever.
She continued her career by releasing My Life in 1994 – an intimate record that allowed her to showcase her expressive art skills.
In 2014, she expanded her musical palette with the release of the soundtrack for Think Like a Man Too and followed it with The London Sessions record which captures her time spent there. Later that same year, Dee Rees directed period drama film Mudbound starring her.
Achievement and Honors
Blige has solidified herself as one of the most revered voices of our era with an impressive three Grammy awards, an Oscar and Tony awards under her belt. Her iconic voice serves as an outlet for honest storytelling that resonates with listeners on an intimate level.
She has released 13 studio albums since 1992 when her debut, What’s the 411? was released. Her ability to combine R&B, hip hop and gospel has left a profound imprint on contemporary music.
She has also expanded her sphere of influence into acting, earning critical acclaim for roles such as Prison Song and Mudbound. Most recently she voiced a character in Netflix’s Lost Ollie.
Mary J Blige is a gifted singer-songwriter-record producer-actress who has made her mark in the music industry. Also renowned as “The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, she is well known for her charitable endeavors which help uphold and inspire people all around the world.
Blige was raised in The Bronx, New York where she endured many difficulties as a child. While fighting an addiction to drugs and alcohol, music became her outlet and eventually provided solace.
Blige shot to stardom with her debut album What’s the 411 in 1992 and has gone on to release 13 studio albums – each contributing to her musical journey and shaping future artists. Additionally, Blige has dabbled in acting; making appearances on several TV series.
Mary J Blige is a multi-talented and accomplished singer-actress-philanthropist whose music explores themes of love, pain and resilience to connect deeply with listeners. Throughout her career she has earned many prestigious accolades such as nine Grammy Awards.
Mother of two and active philanthropy advocate, she has contributed her time and money to various community initiatives through the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now. Additionally, she has appeared in television and movie projects like Prison Song (2001) and Rock of Ages (2012) as well as her Oscar-nominated performance as Florence Jackson in 2017’s Mudbound.
She is estimated to have an estimated net worth of $20 Million and owns numerous homes throughout the U.S. She and Kendu Issacs were married for 12 years prior to separating in 2016. Now single again.