Mary J. Blige is a pop culture legend. She is a four-time Oscar nominee and has reigned for over 20 years in the acting categories of Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Blige is a talented actress whose career has spanned four decades. Blige is one of the few female actors to have won four Academy Awards. Her numerous accolades include winning her second Academy Award for Baby Doo, as well as earning additional acting awards for her roles in Empire of the Sun, Gidget and Rain Main.
Mary J. Blige was born in segregated Mississippi in 1958, where her mother, Ida Mae Blige, struggled to raise herself and her three children on a single income. When Mary was young, her family was torn apart by the events of the civil rights movement, which included the death of a white woman at the hands of a white mob. Following her mother’s untimely death, Mary followed in her footsteps and became active in the civil rights movement. Eventually, Blige was inspired to found her very successful acting career by reading Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
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During this time, Mary J. Blige’s acting career also began to prosper when she received a Grammophone Golden Globe nomination for her song “ighters” (also written by The King of Rock and Roll), which was nominated in both the music and movie categories. Following her first recording, Mary J. Blige released several chart-topping hits that incorporated the blues, jazz and rhythm and blues. Some of these included “Blue, Yellow and Grey (Rumble)”, “Give Me The Reason” and “Hound Dog”. At the time, Blige was also enjoying a breakout year in movies, having been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in the biopic All About Mary J. Blige. She also appeared in the films Soul Surfer and Dolphin Tale, which helped to solidify her place as a popular Hollywood actress.
Mary J. Blige finally returned to the limelight in the late sixties, when she began to work with the band The Temptations, which was headed by pop star, Rod Stewart. Her versatile voice easily fit into the rhythm and blues genre of music, which are commonly centered around the British music band The Beatles. While many assumed that Mary J. Blige would sign to the ever popular British rock band, The Beatles, Blige instead decided to focus her musical talents on creating an album of her own. The resulting album was Mary J. Blige’s second album, which was entitled Simply You. Mary J. Blige made quite a name for herself again, touring with the Beatles in later years. Mary J. Blige even went so far as to collaborate with John Lennon and Yusef Islam on their song, Remember Me.
Mary J. Blige’s third album, Soul Surfer, was released in 1970. Although this album did not reach the success of her previous two records, it did become one of her most well-loved hits. One of the biggest differences between Mary J. Blige’s soul music and the rhythm and blues of The Beatles, is the use of female vocals. The use of male vocals was common among other artists before Mary J. Blige, who was a vocalist first. Her vocal abilities helped to create some of the songs on this album such as “Take It Easy” and “Your Gold Teeth.”
With this impressive career, Mary J. Blige certainly has the credentials to prove that she has indeed made a name for herself as one of the more notable hip-hop soul singers of all time. Her impressive catalog of songs has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Other artists such as Kanye West, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, and numerous others have also produced and sang songs that were recorded by Mary J. Blige. Some of her songs were recorded by artists such as Smokey Robinson, James Morrison, and Aretha Franklin.