This artist has soul, power, and influence. Mary J. Blige continues to impress the world just as she’s done in 11 studio albums since her early '90s debut with “What’s the 411?” Since the beginning of her career, under Sean Combs’ wing, Mary seamlessly combined R&B and rap. Heavily influenced by her Yonkers, New York childhood, she began with a bad-girl image that worked, and has successfully reinvented herself again and again. Her first eight albums all reached platinum or multi-platinum status, others reached gold.
A year after her first holiday album, “A Mary Christmas,” she returned in December 2014 with “The London Sessions." She collaborated with new, young British artists like Disclosure, Sam Smith, and Emeli Sandé. Mary recently released singles from her latest album, including a collaboration with Kayne West titled “Love Yourself.” Her CD "Strength of a Woman” hits stores in April 2017.