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Mary J. Blige = Woman Who Rocks!

Woman Rocking Out an Audience

“I don’t know. Only God knows where the story ends for me, but I know where the story begins. It’s up to us to choose whether we win or lose and I choose to win.”

—Mary J. Blige

Woman Who Rocks: Mary J. Blige

Occupation: Amazing singer, producer, songwriter, actress, and rapper

Nickname: The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

Why She Rocks (and Raps): This recipient of nine Grammy Awards is also a supporter of women, with her Blige’s Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN). FFAWN was started in 2008 with the goal of empowering women “to reach their individual potential” through scholarships and programs that focus on building self-esteem and career development.

Life Span: January 11, 1971 –

Major Accomplishments and Honors:

  • Mary has sold over 168 million records worldwide.
  • She is a recipient of the World Music Legends Award for her creativity in combining the hip-hop and soul musical genres.
  • Rolling Stone magazine named her one of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

Fun Facts: Led Zeppelin granted her the rights to record one of their biggest all-time hits, the cherished rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven,” and she does not disappoint with her version of it. Check out the video below of her performing “Stairway” on the Oprah show.

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Apparently, Mary knows a thing or two about fragrances. Her recent launch of Mary J. Blige’s My Life fragrance on Home Shopping Network (HSN) last week drove the sale of more than 60,000 units, shattering HSN fragrance records.

What You Need to Know: I saw Mary perform live at Lilith Fair this year, and she tore down the house. If you think the video above is good, the live performance of “Stairway to Heaven” was ten times more electric. You must see her live!

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The Mary J. Blige Experience:  One of the first records produced by a young man called Sean Combs, this was Mary’s debut and breakout album What’s the 411

If you can’t catch Mary live, here’s two great alternatives:

Mary J. Blige – Live in Los Angeles

An Intimate Evening with Mary J. Blige – Live from the House of Blues

Illustration: Gabriella Fabbri

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