Mary J Blige is a very versatile woman, whom many have only known as a singer, but also as an actress and model. As for the music that has brought her into the limelight, the woman is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. While holding the microphone is her main concern, she is also a songwriter and producer.
Mary J Blige, Age, Family, and Full Biography
It was on January 11, 1971, when the singer was born as Mary Jane Blige. That was in the Bronx, New York, but her family later moved to Savannah, Georgia, where she grew up with her three siblings. Mary J., as she is affectionately known, was practically raised by her mother after her father, who was an alcoholic, left the family. For this reason, Blige moved with her family from place to place.
Although she was able to begin her education, the queen of hip-hop soul, as she is regarded, decided to leave school in her junior high school. She simply decided to stay away from school and pursue other things, but her talent was still there. To complement things, she decided to do her friends’ hair at home.
Growing up, life was not the easiest for the singer, even when her mother was a nurse. Apart from her financial situation, she has also suffered a lot of child abuse since she was only five years old. This lasted until she became an adult. This did not leave her without depression and psychological problems that she had to cope with, and for this reason, she later got too much into alcohol. The things she suffered from also made her hate herself. What later gave her a way out and should continue to help her was her music.
Break Into Music
With overwhelming talent, Mary J. Blige made her breakthrough to fame in the early 1990s with her first album. Before that, however, she received a contract with Uptown Records after her stepfather passed on her karaoke recording to The Record. She played as a background singer for some time before she gained a foothold with the help of Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was a young producer at the time.
Her first solo album What’s the 411? became a hit almost immediately after its release. Not only that, it brought together different musical genres but also brought a lot of influence to soul music as it is today.
In 1994 she released her next album, My Life. Just like the first one, it was another big success and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. She was even bigger in 1997 with her next album Share My World. The following albums that she would release would only further cement her place as one of the immortals in the music world. Her next albums are Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger With Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), and Strength of a Woman (2017).
As an actress, Mary J. Blige has appeared in many films and television shows such as Prison Song (2001), I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009), Mudbound (2017), and Sherlock Gnomes (2018). She is also part of Empire (2015), How To Get Away With Murder (2016), and The Umbrella Academy (2018).
In her years as a singer, she has received many nominations and awards, including 9 Grammy Awards and World Music Awards. She has also won many nominations as an actress, including 3 nominations for the Golden Globe Award for her role in Mudbound (2017). She was the first woman ever to receive multiple nominations.
Mary J. Blige, who is approaching the age of 50, was divorced in 2017 from her husband, who has been married for 12 years. The singer and her former husband, who was also her manager, Kendu Isaacs, were married on December 7, 2003, after they met and started dating in 2000.
After living together for a long time, the singer filed for divorce against her husband in 2016, and in 2017 they were no longer together. According to the papers submitted, the divorce was sought because of irreconcilable differences. It was later reported that Kendu Isaac may have cheated on his wife.
Before she met her husband, the singer had a very interesting dating history. Other men she has dated include K-Ci Hailey, with whom she had a very long relationship, Anthony “Treach” Criss, Case Woodard, and NAS. Even more, after her marriage to Martin “Kendu” Isaacs ended, she was seen with actor Jason Mitchell. This has led many people to believe that the woman is with the much younger star of Straight Outta Compton. The fact that she went to her social media sites to share an image of the two has fueled speculation.
Mary J Blige Net worth
After spending nearly 30 years in the music industry and having a good time as an actress and model, Mary has worked in places that many others only see in their dreams and imaginations. Consequently, it is only normal and of course fair that one would expect very good fortune from her. Well, she did. Mary J. Blige has a net worth estimated at over $12 million.
Height and Body Stats
The age of J. Blige will be 47 years in 2018. Here you will find everything you need to know about the height and body measurements of the Queen of Hip-Hop-Soul:
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 145 lbs or 66 kg
Bra Size: 34C
Body Measurements: 36-32-38 in (91.5-81-96.5 cm)
Shoe Size: 8 (US) or 6 (UK) or 38.5 (EU)