She’s been busy writing, recording and making new connections on the other side of the Pond. Now, after travelling from New York to London and back again comes more travel in a media blitz of TV appearances on both casts as songstress Mary J. Blige gets down to work promoting her latest album, a collection called “The London Sessions.”
This latest offering may surprise some fans as the work represents a departure for the nine-time Grammy winner. Earlier in the year, Blige teamed with the house music duo Disclosure on a remix of “F for You” – which resulted in a dance hit in the UK. The collaboration was to have taken them to a longer EP, but somewhere in the process, the project took on another dimension, and happily so for Blige.
What resulted is an effort far more diverse than what was originally on the drawing board. The London Sessions have become a showcase, not only for Blige, but for a number of the UK’s UK’s hottest acts — among them Sam Smith, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy and Sam Romans.
As Blige set to work on this newly-revised and more ambitious collection, she found herself in the midst of a non-stop process beginning with ten days devoted to writing – in part, with Smith, who collaborated on four songs – then, recording for another ten days.
Following an appearance with Ellen DeGeneres, Blige begins one media stop after another including performing her new single, “Right Now” on the American Music Awards before heading to New York again with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” Then, it’s a CBS special called — what else — “A Very Grammy Christmas” on December 5th.
“The London Sessions” marks Blige’s 13th album. Look for it to drop December 2.