Leona and Mary J Blige
A Mary Christmas - Mary J. Blige sings the Donny Hathaway classic “This Christmas” in a special live performance at the Wall Street Journal. The song is on her new album, A Mary Christmas.
They may have been raised on opposite sides of the planet – her in the disadvantaged projects of New York’s Yonkers, him in Dublin’s Finglas – but for Mary J Blige, Bono is her brother from another mother.
The queen of hip-hop soul collaborated with the U2 front man on a revisit of his Nineties hit One for her career-defining 2005 album, The Breakthrough, laying the foundations for what Blige tenderly describes as “one of her most important relationships”.“I got to know him when we sang together for the first time, and now I feel like he is one of the closest people in my life.“I actually consider Bono my brother – we’re that tight. I speak to him all the time, about everything, about any problems I’m having. He’s such a beautiful person and I love spending time with him and his family.”
10 years ago today, after a two-year engagement, Mary Jane Blige married her husband and now manager Martin Kendu Isaacs in her New Jersey home
You don’t need someone to complete you; you need someone who accepts you completely.- MJB