Mary J. Blige, 'A Mary Christmas': Fall Music Preview 2013

Mary J. Blige

Release Date: October
Label: Matriarch/Verve/Interscope

Blige spices up the holidays with her first Christmas album. Helping the Grammy winner wrap up soulful interpretations of holiday classics is legendary producer and Verve Music Group chairman David Foster. Blige takes on "This Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and highlight "When You Wish Upon a Star," a tree-topping duet with Barbra Streisand. Their pairing marks the first time Streisand has allowed a duet to be released first on the other artist's project. "A Mary Christmas" is Blige's 11th studio album since her landmark 1992 debut, "What's the 411?" "This record showcases how deep and wide her talent runs," Foster says.

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