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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer and actress who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide since her career began in 1992.

With her 1992 debut What's The 411?, Mary J. Blige went from promising newcomer to the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. Numerous sold out tours, critical acclaim, unerring fan support and a roomful of awards nine Grammys, six Soul Train Awards, five Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards among many others.

As she's done throughout her career Mary's musical palate reflects her lifelong affinity for old school soul and R&B and an unmistakable connection to hip hop. And with every album she has proven that hers is a voice of healing; a voice of reckoning. Her 8th album, Growing Pains (released 12/18/07 on Matriarch/Geffen), reached platinum in three weeks and is continuing to grab the hearts of the critics and fans alike.

Mary's latest charitable endeavor, the creation of The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN) is her most significant philanthropic undertaking to date. FFAWN's mission is to help women gain the confidence and skills necessary to reach their full individual potential

Not one to rest on her laurels or turn down new challenges, Mary found time in 2007 to explore her acting potential with roles on the hit CBS drama The Ghost Whisperer and HBO's comedy smash Entourage, where Mary stole the show from Ari Gold.

2008 brought forth a wealth of accolades for Mary. Not only did Growing Pains continue to top the charts, but at the 50th Anniversary Grammy celebration Mary won two out of her three award nominations.

Continuing her success, Mary began 2009 with a Grammy win for Growing Pains in the category Best Contemporary R&B Album. Mary is currently in the studio working on a new album.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Mary J. Blige Facts

Birth Name Mary Jane Blige
OccupationMusician
BirthdayJanuary 11, 1971 (46)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceBronx, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Sam Smith: Dreams Come True
Mary J Blige
Black Nativity Extended Musical Edition
Black Nativity Extended Preview
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Sista's Of R&b Hip Hop Soul: Keyshia Cole & Mary J Blige
Kidney Now!
An Intimate Evening with Mary J. Blige
Betty & Coretta
Champs
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