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Mary J. Blige Performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

September 7, 2012 by  

Mary J. Blige Performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort
Grammy award-winning songstress Mary J. Blige performed at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on September 7, 2012 (Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net). 

With worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums and a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige is only getting started. The singer released her 10th studio album in 2001, My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1). Released via Blige’s Geffen/Interscope-distributed Matriarch label, the project doubles as the sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic My Life.

Mary J. Blige performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

Mary J. Blige performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

Blige once again fashions a moving testimony about love, devotion and inner strength. Providing the album’s cornerstone is the track “Living Proof.” Also the closing song for the hit movie “The Help,” the spare yet powerful song speaks volumes about life’s hard-won rewards. She goes toe to toe with Drake on the uptempo chart-climber “Mr. Wrong,” then displays equal doses of fervor and naked honesty, respectively, on “25/8” (sampling the late Heavy D gem “Now That We Found Love”) and “No Condition.” She taps her rap alter ego Brook Lynn for the romance-sparked “Midnight Drive.” Rounding out Blige’s life sequel are guest turns from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross and a first-time pairing with Beyoncé on “Love a Woman.”

Mary J. Blige performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

Mary J. Blige performs at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

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 multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.”

Earning the nickname the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. Co-writing a major portion of the album this time around, Blige reaped such hits and signature songs as “Be Happy” and a cover of Rose Royce’s 1976 hit “I’m Goin’ Down.”

Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007) and Stronger with Each Tear (2009). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including “Not Gon’ Cry,” “Love Is All We Need,” Seven Days,” “All That I Can Say,” “Family Affair” and “Just Fine.”

Blige, who co-penned “I Can See in Color” for 2009’s “Precious” soundtrack, is also ramping up her career in film and television. She currently appears in the Adam Shankman-directed “Rock of Ages” and it was recently announced that Blige will appear as a mentor to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine during the fall season of The “Voice.”

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