Mary J Blige Net Worth, The “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”
Mary J Blige, she is a prolific musician, singer-songwriter, model, and actress.
In 1989, Mary began her career as a backing singer. He worked for a label named “Uptown Records”.
She made her debut in the music industry by releasing an album titled “What’s the 411?” in 1992.
She had a glorious career as a singer and Blige has released a total of 13 studio albums.
8 of the albums were certified multi-platinum by RIAA because of the 80 million record sales worldwide.
In her music career, she has received a total of 9 Grammy Award, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and 4 American Music Awards.
She had a supporting role in the film “Mudbound” in 2017 in which she received Golden Globe Award nominations.
In 1992, her debut album was listed on the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stones magazine.
According to the media, Mary J Blige estimated net worth is $20 million this year.
Mary J Blige Biography, Early Years
Mary Jane Blige was born in New York City, in January 1971. She was raised in Savannah, Georgia.
With her family, she moved back to New York and lived in Yonkers, New York.
Her mother, Cora, was a nurse and her father, Thomas Blige, was a Jazz musician.
She is the second children of three. Her older sister is LaTonya Blige-DaCosta and her brother is Bruce Miller.
Mary spent her early years in Georgia and she sang in a Pentecostal church.
Because of her experiences of Sexual harassment, she shortly taught herself boxing to protect herself.
Later, she moved to Yonkers, New York and she dropped out of high school when she’s still in Junior high.
Mary Blige joined a local band named “Pride” for a short time.
In 1988, she recorded a cover of “Caught Up in the Rapture” by Anita Baker.
The president and CEO of “Uptown Records” noticed her talent and he wanted her to join the label as the backing singer.
She became the label’s first female and youngest artist.
Mary J Blige The Beginning of Success
In 1992, Mary J Blige released her debut album called “What’s the 411”.
It was surprisingly accepted by both the public and the critics.
The album was a unique blend of two different musical genres, hip-hop, and soul which is well-resonated with the listeners.
That album peaked at number 1 at the Billboard 200 Chart.
Two singles from the album “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”, became so popular.
Then in 1995, Mary J Blige released her second album “My Life”.
In the album, she expressed her personal life’s pains. That pains really connected with the listeners on an inner level.
The second album topped the charts and reached millions of records sales.
It emphasized her legacy in the music industry and proved that she was not a “one hit wonder”.
In 1996, the album became the Grammy Award nominee in the category of “Best R&B Album”.
However, she won the “Best Rap Performance” award from the Grammy.
The “My Life” album also marked ended her run with “Uptown Records”.
Then, Blige signed to a new label “MCA records” and released her third album “Share My World”.
She released another album titled “Mary”. The album indicated that Mary didn’t sound the same anymore.
This album had a mix of ghetto beats and soul music.
Her music was slowly turning into the soul which was a good sign for her.
Mary J Bilge released another album “No More Drama” which repeated the success of the previous album.
Mary J Blige Continued The Success
Blige had transcended her the hip-hop and soul music style of her in the released of her next two albums.
She evolved to become an artist. She continued to release her eighth album “Growing Pains” in 2008.
The album helped her to complete the hat-trick as it graced the “Billboard 200” chart.
In 2013, she released her first holiday-themed album called “Mary Christmas” which garnered an immense commercial and critical acclaim.
In 2014, Mary J Blige collaborated with several other musicians in OST of “Think Like a Man Too”.
However, it became one of the most underrated Mary’s performances to date.
Then she records her next album in London titled “The London Sessions”.
Two singles from the album topped the charts of Billboard.
Later, she collaborated with rapper Kanye West on the “Love Yourself” single.
Blige has also an acting career in films. She debuted in a film “Prison Song” in 2001.
Later, she appeared on the TV sitcom titled “The Jamie Foxx Show”.
Mary J Blige also appeared in a period drama “Mudbound” which led her to received wider critical appreciation, awards, and nominations.
Throughout her music career, Mary J Blige has headlined a total of 13 tours from 1997 to date.
The latest tour she had was in 2017 called “Strength of a Woman Tour.
Mary J Blige Personal Life
In 2003, Blige married Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, who was her manager.
From the previous relationships, Isaacs had three children.
In 2016, Mary J Blige filed for divorce. It was finalized on June 21, 2018.
Mary J Blige Business, Earnings, Wealth
In 2004, she launched her own record label “Matriarch Records” under Interscope label.
She also had a perfume brand which is sold exclusively to HSN. The perfume sales was a success.
Blige also released her own line of sunglasses called “Melodies by MJB”.
She owns a production company that worked along with William Morris Endeavor.
It worked on some film and TV projects too.
Mary J Blige has had endorsement deals with so many brands including Reebok, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, MAC Apple Inc., Chevrolet, and Burger King.
So, besides her works as a celebrity, Mary J Blige also has other ventures that support her net worth.
One time on her social media account, she posted her photo with her new luxury car worth $450,000.
She lives in a SaddleRiver mansion worth $13 million. In 2018, she put her New Jersey house on sale for $8 million.
As a successful artist, Mary J Blige deserved to be listed as one of the richest in the music industry.
As of this year, Mary J Blige net worth is approximately to be $20 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.