By Naomi Logan Richard
Mary J. Blige will be at ACL-Live February 27 and tickets go on sale Friday! With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, the singer-songwriter has respectfully earned the nickname the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.”
WHAT: MARY J. BLIGE
WHERE: ACL LIVE at The Moody Theater
WHEN: FEBRUARY 27
ON SALE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th AT 10AM
TICKET INFO: www.acl-live.com, at the venue box office, in store at Waterloo Records, charge by phone at 877-4FLYTIX
Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist. Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411?
Billboard Magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, VH1 ranked her at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Woman in Music” and in addition, she is ranked on the list of “100 greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Apart from her worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums and 15 million singles, Blige is a successful entrepreneur and the co-founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), whose mission is to empower women from all walks of life to reach their full individual potential. She has starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages. Blige is a recipient of two Golden Globes Award nominations for her musical contributions to the films Bobby and The Help.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER
Winner of 2011 Pollstar Award: “Best New Major Concert Venue” Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue that hosts approximately 100 concerts a year. It serves as the new home for the taping of the acclaimed KLRU-TV produced PBS series, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history.