Mary J. Blige – American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor.
Mary Jane Blige was born on 11 January 1971 in New York. She has three siblings. Mary’s mother was a nurse. Her dad was a jazz musician, who left the family rather early. He suffered from a psychiatric condition because of serving in the military during the Vietnam War. When she was a child, Mary moved around a lot, mostly because her mom was looking for ways to support the family. Blige enjoyed singing since kindergarten. She performed in a gospel choir.
Mary’s childhood wasn’t a happy one. When she was 5, the girl was sexually harassed by a family friend. While in high school, Blige tried alcohol and drugs. She had many partners. The singer didn’t finish high school. She quit in her junior year.
Music attracted Mary more than school did. In 1998, she got a chance to record songs with the band Pride. Later, she created a cover version of Anita Baker’s song "Caught Up in the Rapture". Thanks to an impressive talent and a big wish to succeed, Mary was finally noticed by a label. In 1989, she signed a contract with Uptown Records to become a back vocalist for Father MC.