RodeoHouston 2013 Concert: Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is the only musical artist in history with Grammy awards in R&B, Rap, Gospel and Pop, and has recorded several multi-platinum albums. Born in The Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., Blige began her career in music in 1992 with the release of her debut album, What's the 411?. Her gritty sound and raw lyrics were so different than other female powerhouses at that time and she eventually paved the way for artists such as TLC, Monica, Pink and Ashanti.
As her career continued, Blige matured into more of an expressive singer, but still kept her urban edge. She is known as the reigning "queen of hip-hop soul" and has been credited with changing the construction of R&B music, combining smooth sounds with a rap edge.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; performers usually take the stage between 9 and 9:30 p.m.