Bluesfest Touring is delighted to announce that the Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige will be visiting Sydney and Melbourne in April. The iconic Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist is a defining voice of contemporary music.
Mary J. Blige has amassed an impressive eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, 32 Grammy nominations, a 2012 Golden Globe nomination and five American Music Awards. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is responsible for a plethora of hit singles including; ‘Be Without You’, ‘No More Drama’ ‘Not Gon’ Cry’, ‘Love Is All We Need’, ‘Seven Days’, ‘All That I Can Say’, ‘Family Affair’ and ‘Just Fine’.
Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411?. The successful debut featured hits such as ‘You Remind Me’ and ‘Real Love’ and went to number #1 on the Billboard R&B/ Hip Hop Album Chart.
Mary J. Blige helped redefine the R&B genre as hit albums followed over the next two decades including her 2005 release The Breakthrough which debuted at number #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2014 her studio album The London Sessions went to number #1 on the iTunes R&B Chart, and was included in Billboard’s 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014. In October of this year Blige released ‘Thick of It’, the first single from her highly anticipated new album Strength of a Woman which is due out soon. ‘Thick of It’ raced to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B song charts.
It is an absolute honour to welcome Hip Hop Soul royalty Mary J. Blige to Australia in 2017.
Mary J. Blige is proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring
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