Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1991 when she signed to Uptown Records. Furthermore, she went on to release 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Blige has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its second original song “Mighty River” for Mudbound; she also received a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, becoming the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.
In 1992, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?. Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums. She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. ln 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music” list.
On “Great Soul Performances” later this evening, we’ll have a lot of fun with music from: Little Anthony & the Imperials, Booker T. & the MGs, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler with Brenda Lee Eager, the Swallows, Mary J. Blige, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the Emotions, Donny Hathaway, Varetta Dillard, the Velours, the winner of last night’s Tony Award as “Best Actress in a Musical” Bette Midler; with yours truly singing with her in my role as an “Honorary Harlette,” Tammi Terrell; live in concert in the “Upper Room” of the Roostertail in Detroit, and I’ve got much, much more. The fun starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. So I’ll be looking for you later at the home of the greatest hits of the 60s & 70s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Last week it was “Motown Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances.” This week for your Labor Day Weekend, it’ll be “Soul Remakes & Covers.” I’ve got a wonderful array of artists for your listening pleasure like: Ronnie Dyson, Chaka Khan, the 5 Du-Tones, Tavares, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, the Soul Sisters, Donald Banks, Mary J. Blige, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield and more. I think you’ll enjoy it.
The Commercial Collection
1. Disclosure Ft Mary J Blige – F for You
2. Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Royal T Remix)
3. Disclosure Feat Sasha Keable – Voices (Wookie Remix)
4. Sub Focus – Turn Back Time (eSQUIREs Bootleg Remix)
5. Dirty Freek Vs Inaya Day – You Keep Pushin’ On (MiTM’s Disco Pushin’
The House Session
6. Bingo Staar – Banjo Children (Lush and Simon Remix)
7. Kaa San – Give It Up (Original Mix) (Mjuzieekal Education)
8. Corona – Rhythm Of The Night (Blonde Version)
9. Brasstooth – Pleasure 2014 (Final Cutt Collective Remix)
10. James Arthur – Get Down (Mojam Remix)
The ‘Classic’ Big One
11. Royksopp – 49 Percent (Angello & Ingrosso Remix)
With Christmas coming up on Wednesday, this evening on “Great Soul Performances” it’s our annual “Christmas Show.” You’ll of course hear the Christmas standards and holiday songs from artists like: Kid Kyle, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, R. Kelly, Timothy Wilson, the Echelons, Bob Marley, Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Castor, the Velons, Kenny Vance & the Planotones, Adam Sandler, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Lymon & the Legendary Teenagers and a whole lot more.
The celebration begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT with the encore performances on Monday at 10PM and on Wednesday, Christmas Day at 12 Noon, both times are eastern time. So join me as we “Deck The Halls” and bring along some egg nog to drink this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com. Ho! Ho! Ho!