Mary J. Blige Similar Artists

Faith Evans - 100% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 June 1973, Lakeland, Florida, USA. Most famous for having been married to hardcore rapper the Notorious B.I.G. , R&B singer Faith Evans originally rose to prominence by singing background vocals and co-writing songs for Mary J. Blige, Color Me Badd and Tony Thompson. She broke through as a solo artist in the mid-90s with the release of her winning debut single, ‘ Read more

Monica - 98% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Monica Denise Arnold, 24 October 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Alongside Brandy, Monica was the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid-to late 90s. Monica Arnold grew up in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, and was immersed in gospel music from an early age. Her mother was a church singer, and by the age of 10 Monica was the Read more

Keyshia Cole - 93% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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15 October 1981, Oakland, California, USA. R&B vocalist Cole made a favourable impression with her 2005 debut The Way It Is, a rich reward after the singer had spent several years working behind the scenes as a session vocalist. Cole grew up in inner city Oakland and showed an interest in music from an early age. By the age of 12 she had already appeared on recordings wi Read more

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Brandy - 82% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brandy Norwood, 11 February 1979, McComb, Mississippi, USA. Among the best of the crop of female urban singers to emerge in the mid-90s, Brandy soon established herself as a multi-media star. Her career in entertainment began early - at the age of 15 she was nominated for a Youth In Film Award for her portrayal of schoolgirl Denesha in the ABC television situation comedy The Read more

SWV - 82% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Acronym for Sisters With Voices, these ‘ghetto sisters’ from Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York, comprised the talents of Coko (Cheryl Gamble), Taj (b. Tamara Johnson) and Lelee (b. Leanne Lyons). Shaped by swingbeat producer Teddy Riley to reflect streetwise dress and attitude, the trio’s sound was somewhat harder than that which might be expected of ‘new Read more

Fantasia - 72% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Fantasia Monique Barrino, 30 June 1984, High Point, North Carolina, USA. Vocalist Fantasia owes her moment in the spotlight to her triumph in the third season of the highly rated Fox TV show American Idol. A real rags-to-riches story, Barrino auditioned for the show while she was unemployed and living with her 12-month-old daughter in a one-bedroom apartment in High Point, N Read more

Toni Braxton - 71% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Dance Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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7 October 1968, Severn, Maryland, USA. Braxton, with her four sisters, was signed to Arista Records in 1990 as the Braxtons. It was their ‘The Good Life’ single that brought them to the attention of producers L.A. And Babyface, who provided her with solo successes such as ‘Another Sad Love Song’ and ‘You Mean The World To Me’. Though she was wid Read more

Jazmine Sullivan - 63% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Janet Jackson - 59% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Janet Damita Jo Jackson, 16 May 1966, Gary, Indiana, USA. Jackson was the youngest of the nine children in the family that produced the Jackson Five (including Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and LaToya Jackson). When she was four years old, the family moved to the Los Angeles area; three years later she made her performing debut in Las Vegas with her brothers. At the age Read more

Ashanti - 58% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, 13 October 1980, Glen Cove, New York, USA. For urban R&B singer Ashanti it has been a case of third time lucky. Her honey-toned voice and striking looks landed her a recording contract with Jive Records at the age of 14, then again with Epic Records at 17, but neither of those deals came to fruition. It was when she was noticed by Murder Inc. m Read more

Chrisette Michele - 56% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Chrisette Michele Payne, 22 December 1982, Long Island, New York, USA. R&B singer Michele was brought up in a strict Christian family; her father was a deacon, and she sang with gospel choirs in her teens. She made her mark on the US music scene as a session vocalist, and in 2006 appeared on major releases by Jay-Z (‘Lost One’) and Nas (‘Can’t Forget Read more

Jennifer Hudson - 55% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Kelly Price - 55% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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4 April 1973, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Price, like many of the legendary soul singers to whom she is often compared, developed her musical talents in the local church, where she was nicknamed ‘Little Mahalia’. Her powerful contralto was employed on a more secular plane during the 90s, either writing, singing background vocals or providing vocal arrange Read more

Tamia - 54% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Amerie - 53% match to Mary J. Blige

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Amerie Marie Rogers, 12 January 1980, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA. Some influential music critics heralded this urban R&B singer as the new Mary J. Blige when she broke into the US pop charts in 2002. Amerie was raised in a military family, moving around the world as a youngster before finally settling in Washington, DC. She studied English and Fine Arts at Georgetown Read more


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