April next year will see a musical affair as global hip hop soul superstar Mary J. Blige visits the country for what will be two memorable shows. The iconic Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist will be performing in Sydney and Melbourne.
A defining voice of contemporary music, Mary J. Blige has impressive eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards, 32 Grammy nominations, a 2012 Golden Globe nomination and five American Music Awards under her name. She has sold over 50 million albums across the globe and is the voice behind 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’.
Although musically influenced by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige was able to bring 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 spawned hits such as ‘You Remind Me’ and ‘Real Love’ and went to number #1 on the Billboard R&B/ Hip Hop Album Chart.
She helped redefine the R&B genre as hit albums followed over the next two decades including her 2005 release, The Breakthrough, which peaked at number #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2014 her studio album The London Sessions dominated the iTunes R&B Chart, and was included in Billboard’s 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014. Blige just released ‘Thick of It’, the first single from her soon-to-be-released album Strength of a Woman, last October. ‘Thick of It’ raced to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B song charts.
Don't miss your chance to catch Hip Hop Soul royalty Mary J. Blige live this April!