I hope this note finds you doing well! I’m writing to address a comment you tweeted yesterday during the Super Bowl regarding Michelle Williams. I was disappointed for many reasons. First of all, it surprised me that an artist would make such a remark in such poor taste when you are aware of the difficulties associated with performing, singing live, etc. That said, you haven’t been as fortunate enough to see big stages such as these in your career so I can understand the degree of ignorance.
I’m also led to believe that you are not aware of the stigma that hangs over your head. You should know very well what it is like to be ridiculed for lack of talent or due to one isolated performance. Remember when the world mocked you back in 2007 after you performed at the City of Refuge? I’ll remind you:
I played your rendition of this Christian classic for a friend and he brought up the point that you could have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of this performance and the size of the crowd, not to mention the Holy Spirit assumed to be flowing through the church. Then it occurred to me that you are often likened to Mary J. Blige, who is the greatest of them all when it comes to performing live with much emotion. She has enough class to respect other artist. If she is your idol, you should follow her lead and fight the urge to offend other working artists.
I could spend a lot of time criticizing you and sharing my feelings about your voice but I digress. When it is all said and done, I think you were trying to be entertaining and didn’t know how much your words would stir up negative energy. You should be more careful. Don’t use Twitter to down people. Use it to promote your own work!
In closing, I think Michelle Williams is one of the most amazing human beings! I love her work and enjoy following her in social media! I would like to marry her. Keyshia Cole will be invited to our wedding. She will sing her favorite rendition of “air.”
We all love music. We have affairs with the singers but hardly credit the song writers. If you felt the same about the song writer as you did about the song singer… there would be a bunch of awkward crushes. Anyways .. I LOVE Mary J. Blige and I was reading an article on BrandySource about writer, Elijah Black. He recapped an experience he had in the studio with Mary J. Blige:
On Bringing His A-Game When Working With “Big-Namers”
“Once, when I was working with Mary J. Blige, she kept singing the wrong lyrics and I was just looking around like, ‘Does anyone else hear that she sang this word twice?’ I hit the talk button, and I’m like, ‘Uh, Mary you know that one line, you’re singing it wrong.’ She’s like, ‘Which line is it again?’ I showed her and she’s like, ‘All I can really do is sing what’s on the paper! You did write the lyrics on the paper right? You did write this song right? I’m in in the booth, all I can do is sing what’s on the paper. So next time how about you write what you want me to sing?’ I wrote [the lyrics] wrong because I was typing. I was nervous because it’s Mary J. Blige! She sounded really good and she came out and it was all jokes. We had wine and it was fun. I’m like, ‘What the fuck? I’m over here drinking wine in the studio with Mary J. Blige.’ [Source]
First it was Mary J. Blige and now it is Zoe Saldana. This issue? Nobody was really feeling Zoe Saldana for this role. They said she was too light skin and too “pretty” to play Nina Simone. Well, now Zoe is dark…? Source
Mary J. Blige winked at Global 14 and they posted her new single ‘Everyday People.’ It could possibly be a track off of her upcoming album, My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 2) but I am hoping note. The song is produced by Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and B. Cox. Let me know what you think!
Keyshia Cole, who I normally refrain from posting about, but she is slightly throwing shade on the low. At one time, Keyshia claims that Mary J. Blige was her idol. many people made comparisons, that Mary J. Blige didn’t much appreciate, and rightfully do. Anywho, Ms. Cole is under the impression that because she admired Mary, Mary was required to mentor her. She recently interview with the SingersRoom.com and here is what she had to say:
I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman. The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand. I feel that even if it’s not me saying I’m gonna record with you, I’m gonna work with you or let’s go hang out or anything like that; we don’t have to be friends, but at the end of the day, being able to give advice or help somebody that is coming under you is an amazing gift to be able to have. I wish I would have had that from Mary, but I’m not Mary, I’m a different person and if K. Michelle ever call me or anybody for that matter, for advice, I would absolutely give it to them.