Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B/soul/hip-hop soul singer, songwriter and producer who has sold almost 25 million albums worldwide.
Born in the Bronx, New York to a jazz musician father and a nurse mother, Mary 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 older sister 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 in one 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 talent contest singing Aretha Franklin's "Respect."
While continuing to remain true to her love of music, as Mary entered her teen years, she began experimenting with recreational drugs and eventually dropped out of high school.
In 1988, at age seventeen, Mary recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up In Th...
|Born||January 11, 1971|
|Origin||The Bronx, New York, United States|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, record producer|