Mary J. Blige Opens Ups About Her Tragic Past In Documentary Trailer
Mary J. Blige is giving fans an inside look at her music career with the new documentary, “Mary J. Blige’s My Life” on Amazon Prime. The documentary comes as part of Amazon’s African American Music Appreciation Month and is set for release on June 25.
“Through all the highs and lows my one constant has been my fans, and I wanted to make this documentary for them,” the R&B singer told People about the film, which chronicles the artist’s “critically acclaimed” 1994 studio album “My Life.” “To give them more insight into who I was and who I am now, where I’ve come from and where I still want to go and break down an album that completely changed everything for me,” she added.
“My Life” was Blige’s second album and reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The album includes hit singles “Be Happy,” and “I’m Goin’ Down.” The new documentary will feature a live performance by Blige of the album more than two decades after its release. “Mary J. Blige’s My Life” is executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Quincy Jones, and reveals some tragic details behind the making of the iconic album. Read on for more.
Mary J. Blige's documentary chronicles one of her 'darkest times'
The trailer for Mary J. Blige’s documentary “Mary J. Blige’s My Life” dropped a few weeks ahead of its Amazon Prime release, and features the artist opening up about her past struggles with depression. The documentary is set to reveal “the demons and blessings that inspired the record and propelled her from the soul-crushing world of New York’s housing projects to international stardom,” according to its YouTube description. “‘My Life’ is the album that really bonded me with my fans who have since been along for what turned out to be a crazy ride,” the artist said to People. “Going back and reliving that time and that music felt like an out-of-body experience, but one I’m so humbled by.”
According to Biography, Blige experienced “a hellish childhood” in the Bronx. As the outlet wrote, “Her mother, Cora Blige, was a nurse and an alcoholic; her father, Thomas Blige, was a jazz musician [and] … veteran who suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.” “My mother went through awful abuse from my father,” Blige recalled, per the outlet.
In the trailer, Blige reveals her second album was “probably [her] darkest album at one of the darkest times.” “Most of the times I was just depressed and didn’t want to live,” she says in the trailer. “I had it all inside and I was able to sing it and write it. I didn’t know that so many people felt the same way.”
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