The timeless songs and lyrics of R&B veteran Mary J. Blige are responsible for inspiring many of the industry’s top musicians today. As Mary looks to release yet another album, she reflects on how much harder it was this time around. Her next studio album ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues,’ is the product of a year’s worth of recording, erasing, perfecting and revamping. The diva told Angie Martinez of New York’s Hot 97 last week, “We’ve been recording for a year now and I did not want to stop until I nailed it and got what I feel people wanted to hear from Mary J. Blige.”
Her current single, “25/8” premiered last week and Mary relives with Angie how she was “moved” by the positive feedback she received from her fans and peers. “It really moved me because sometimes you just don’t know what people want anymore and you just do what it is from your heart that you do and be optimistic.” The doubt Mary experienced came from her expressing how she began to think she had lost touch with the music industry.
For a woman who has ushered in a movement of contemporary, soulful R&B, losing touch should never be an issue. She joyfully added, “Turns out, when you do what you do from your heart, people love you.”
‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ drops in November. What do you think of Mary’s new single? Has she lost touch or is she still the same old Mary?