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how and when did mary j blige get her career break?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Blige was born in Bronx, New York. Her mother's boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records.Redd sent it to the president and CEO of the label, Andre Harrell. Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist.

    After signing up to sing with H. Frison, Blige's early years there were dormant; the label continued to focus most of its attention on its more established acts. During this time, Blige occasionally did session work as a background singer for her label mates. In 1990, she was introduced as a background singer for Redd, during a performance at the Apollo Theatre. The same year she sang the hook on "I'll Do 4 U" by rapper and label mate Father MC, appearing in the concert-themed music video of the same name; In 1991, she was spotted on the syndicated TV show, Showtime at the Apollo, singing back up for Jeff Redd. In early fall of 1992, Blige guest spotted with Grand Puba with his single, Check It Out. Blige's first national debut appearance was in the summer of 1992 when she appeared on MTV

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Mary J Blige for me. Then Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, and Ashanti <-----although I don't really know why she is mentioned lol. Are we talking about years of experience or overall music? If so I listen to Alicia Keys the most out of all of the mentioned.

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