Entertainment

Mary J Blige 50th Birthday, Must Know these 8 Things

Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

Mary J Blige has had a remarkably enduring and successful and wonderful career, but it took some more time for her to get to this point. Here are eight things you may not know about the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul.

Mary dropped out of high school in her junior year. She was 16 years old.

  • 2nd out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J. Blige

Her first label was Uptown Records. And at the time she was signed (in 1989), she was the youngest and first female artist they ever had.

Must Read: J K Rowling returns human rights award amongst Criticism

  • 3rd out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J. Blige

Her album, What’s The 411, got the name from Mary’s past occupation. Before making it big, she was a 4-1-1- operator.

  • 4th out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J Blige

Mary J. Blige

So far in her career, Mary has released 13 studio albums. She’s also made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.

  • 5th out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

She wasn’t always the big dog. At the beginning of her career, Mary was a backup singer until her ‘Whats’ The 411′ album dropped.

  • 6th out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J Blige

Music runs in her family – Mary’s father was a Jazz musician. Her mother was a nurse.

  • 7th out of 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J. Blige

She had a perfume line. ‘My Life’ launched in 2010.

  • 8th and final 8 Things You May Not Know About Mary J Blige

She was discovered after covering an Anita Baker song – at 17, Mary covered “Caught Up In The Rapture,” and it got the attention of execs at Uptown Records.

About the author

Rock Johnson

Rock Johnson writes SEO articles for businesses that want to see their Google search rankings surge. He contributes articles about SEO techniques regularly to Site-Reference Awareearth.org. His articles focus on balancing informative with SEO needs–but never at the expense of providing an entertaining read.