From the sultry sound of Billie Holiday, or the beautiful blues of Sarah Vaughn, to the elegant, slick scats of Ella Fitzgerald, there is always a distinct trail from the innovators to those destine to innovate, those who, as others before them, are set to carve their names in time.
Mary J. Blidge is no exception!
Born in Bronx, NY, Mary is no stranger to high, soulful vocals and urban style and grace. She was heavily involved in her church choirs, singing every since she was a child but it was not until she worked with none other than history making producer, Shawn Puffy Combs, that she would truly make her mark; originally working as a back up singer for R-Kelly (If you go back to old You-Tube footage you might just see her in the background).
With her debuted album, “What’s the 411,” Mary exploded onto the music scene. Such hits as “Real Love,” “What’s the 411,” “You Remind Me” and “Sweet Thing,” to name a few, instantly became classic in the music world. In fact, the hip-hop album had such an impact on urban America that a new music genre was created. Mary J was now the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul!,” a smooth infusion of hip-hop and soul music.
Now, over twenty years later Mary’s greatness blossoms once again with her new album, “Stronger,” her radio wave hit song garnering the same name (The song is also part of the Lebron James Autobigophy film, “More Than A Game,” soundtrack).
Bottom line. Mary’s greatness is a mark in music history than isn’t going anywhere and we, here at MAS Exchange honored the legend, “The Queen of Hip_Hop/Soul” Ms. Mary J. Bilge!”