Mary J Blige
Born in the Bronx, New York, New York to a jazz musician father and a school teacher mother, Mary J Blige was exposed to music from an early age. At the age of four, Mary's father, Thomas, left the family, leaving her mother Cora to raise Mary and her oldersister Latonya alone. (On February 1, 2006, Mary revealed on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she was sexually assaulted as a child by a family friend.) A couple years later, Mary's family relocated to Yonkers, where they resided none of the cities most dangerous housing projects. Music eventually became Mary's refuge, singing lead in her church's choir and at seven she won a talentcontest singing.
Aretha Franklin's "Respect". While continuing to remain true to her love of music, as Mary J Blige entered her teen years, she began experimenting with recreational drugs and eventually dropped out of high school.
In 1988, at age seventeen mary recorfef an imprompt u cover of anita baker's caught up. In the rapture at a recording booth in a local shopping mall. mary's mother's boyfriend at the time later played the casssette for music industry contact, jeff redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for up town records.Redd sent it o the pesident and CEO of the label, Andre Harell. At that time, the fledgling Uptown was home to a few noted and r&b acts of the dfays, including Heavy D & the Boyz and guy. herrell met with mary,and in 1989. She was signed to the label-becoming the company's youngest and first female artist.
After signing with Uptown, Mary J Bligey's early years at the company were dormant as the label continued to focus most of its attention on its more established acts. In no hurry to make an instant star out of Mary, her first assignment came in 1991 when she sang the hook on "I'll Do 4 U" by rapper and label mate Father MC. Mary also appeared in the concert-themed music video, in the less than dazzly rol.
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