Global superstar and undisputed Queen of contemporary soul music Mary J Blige has ventured to London to write and record what the Observer has described as “the most innovative album of her 22 year career”. “The London Sessions”, scheduled for release on November 24th in the UK and December 2nd in the US, features ground-breaking collaborations with the cream of the UK Music scene – Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans and Jimmy Napes. The result is an astonishing album which is entirely of the moment. Lead single, “Right Now”, was produced by Disclosure and impacts on October 27th (in the UK). Mary will also be debuting some of the songs from the new album when she performs at the iTunes festival at London’s Roundhouse on September 25th.
“It’s all about the London Music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” says Blige. “The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”
Capitol Music Group Chairman Steve Barnett adds, “Mary J. Blige created a one-of-a-kind blend of hip-hop and soul that has excited fans for more than 20 years, making her one of the most successful and acclaimed artists in any genre of music. “The London Sessions” is a fantastic album; another step forward for this great and enduring artist”.
This fearlessness propelled Blige to London’s thriving musical community, who embraced her fully and helped her create an album that displays the true evolution of an artist. Each of the collaborators worked with Blige to create a new body of work driven by her one-of-a-kind voice. The results are altogether thrilling.
“The London Sessions” will be available to pre-order on September 23.
With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 31 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and four American Music Awards, Blige is a global superstar. And in ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base – responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.