Singer Mary J Blige is one of the more consecutive singers out there. To be sure, she is a singer and songwriter that has earned the name the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul. Mary was born in the Bronx New York back in 1971 however she would spend most of her childhood in Savannah Georgia and Yonkers, NY. As most singer, Mary also got her singing start at the church and also from hearing her mother sing on her recordings. Mary’s big break came when she did a stellar performance of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” at a recording booth in a mall. Needless to say, Mary’s recording of the song was picked up by Uptown Records back in 1988 and the rest as they say was history. Mary eventually left high school to go out and sing backup vocals for several popular artists and she eventually got her first solo album.
Entitled “411?” the CD was produced by Sean Diddy Combs and it became a popular CD for Mary for the mere fact that the compilation was honest and true and spoke of Mary’s struggles coming up in life. The CD spawned many hits and Mary remained consistent with other compilations with singles like “Not Gon’ Cry” and “Be Without You.” Two of Mary’s albums sat at the top of the Billboard charts. They included “Share my World” and “Growing Pains.” “Growing Pains” earned her a Grammy Award for the best contemporary rhythm and blues album.