Full Name: Mary Jane Blige
Position: Mentor on Team Adam
Date of birth: January 11, 1974
Hometown: Yonkers, N.Y.
Husband: Record executive Martin Kendu Isaacs in Dec. 2003
Children: Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway born Dec. 2010
Bet you didn’t know… In a documentary by BET television, Mary J. Blige said that when she hears music, she sees colors, otherwise known as synesthesia.
Blige began her career in 1992, and hasn’t stopped since. With her tenth album, My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1), she has racked up 10 consecutive albums debuts in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, an incredible feat for any artist.
And it doesn’t stop there. This mezzo soprano has accumulated nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist who has Grammy Award wins in four different musical categories: Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B.
Blige’s biggest success came with the release of her 1997 album, Share My World, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned five hit singles: "Love Is All We Need" (featuring Nas), "I Can Love You" (featuring Lil' Kim), "Everything", "Missing You" (UK only) and "Seven Days" (featuring George Benson). The album became Blige's most commercially successful, selling three million copies in the U.S.
Her gritty, soul wrenching style was in complete contrast to her contemporaries, artists like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, but her music continued to top the charts, beginning with “You Remind Me” all the way to one of her biggest hits in 2006, “Be Without You,” which Billboard Magazine listed as as the top R&B song of the 2000s.
With that kind of resume, it’s no wonder that Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, wants her in his corner on this season of The Voice!