Even though Mary J. Blige was raised in Yonkers, you can call the singer a Londoner these days.
The soulful star spent much of her summer in the English capital, eating fish and chips, soaking up the local music scene and recording tracks for her new album “Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions.”
Expected in November, the collection will feature some of England’s prominent musicians, including Sam Smith, Disclosure and Rudimental.
“The sound in London at the moment is house music. That is what the majority of people are producing their songs like,” she said in a new interview with the Guardian. “But the ones that get truly successful are the ones using proper songwriting. Rudimental for example – they write proper songs and then produce them like dance music. And that is exactly what we’re trying to do, along with a few other people.”
The city is inspiring Blige’s 12th studio album in more ways than one.
“Our idea was to become part of London, to really embrace the culture – to really live in it,” she said. “Not that I haven’t been here before, but I’ve never had the chance to really soak in it the way I have this time. To make records from the London-scene perspective…The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love.”
Fans might get a glimpse of the Blige’s creative process with a new documentary. A film crew has reportedly been recording the singer’s musical journey across the pond.
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