The Kaje talks who, what, where, when and why to Ex Senators

The moment we heard Ex Senators riotous single “Start A Fight” and followed through to their colourful song clip, The Kaje knew we had found an act that were far more than simple chart fodder. While the Chicago troupe clearly know how to write a hook and are more than a little bit addictive, the group have more to say that simple ‘you look fly tonight’. While we may have to wait a fair few months before we get to hear an Ex Senators album, we are happy to make do with a quick chat to Dmac about the who, what, where and why of the Ex Senators…
Let’s get the formalities out of the way, please can you quickly introduce the Ex Senators…

Introducing The Ex Senators! All the way from Chicago in the United Corporations of America, we present to you a rock / funk / punk extravaganza of global proportions.

Comparisons to The Clash and Bruce Springsteen are being bounced around-how do you relate to these?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be related to Bruce or Mick Jones?   Seriously though, a few journalists have made those comparisons, Considering the way social and political observation in music and the arts have devolved we take it as a hell of a compliment.  But the only way I can relate to where that comes from is in the sense that we are collectively not afraid to speak our minds. Through different roads we all come from blue collar beginnings and have that DIY spirit that embodied that punk ethos of The Clash, The Banshees or The Damned (who are so often overlooked… love The Damned).

If you had to select your own comparisons-who would they be to? 

I’ll leave comparisons to the musicologists out there.  We are what we are.

Why? 

I don’t think we sound like anybody else.  You can hear the influences across the record.  But comparisons are just a way to put yourself into a box artistically.   Van and I said early on when we were writing songs for the album that there were no rules other than letting the songs take the direction that they wanted to take.

Who/what have been your biggest influences?  
When I was growing up my mom played lots of Elton John, Billy Joel and The Beatles, so I learned to play piano, while my Dad (a very Irish Chicago Cop)  was always playing stuff like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Clash and the Stones…. so I learned to play guitar.  There was always music around the house.  One of my first jobs in music,  I was working in a recording studio with bands like Ministry, and R&B artists like R.Kelly.  (Crazy combinations of experience).     For the whole band the influences are varied from The Police, Joy Division, George Clinton & Parliament, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay Z, Guns N Roses (original lineup),  Miles Davis, The Jam and The Beastie Boys.   We have to take into account the people we’ve worked with through our careers (Bowie, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Sting, Ministry)  as those are very strong influences as well.  It’s hilarious and fun playing in this band because there is a constant musical conversation going on.

Can you tell us a little about your current single ‘Start A Fight’? 

The song came about as a way to say “piss off” to all the politicians, commentators and blowhards on TV and radio and blogs constantly ranting but really saying nothing.  People like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin were jump off points, but both sides of the aisle are in the sights.  Its just that the hard right nutters have a lot more sound bytes while the left are windbags and don’t fit in a three minute song.   These people serve up their hyperbole as fact,  then reporters report on what was said as fact and all of a sudden what was a completely insane thing to assert has somehow become a  “factoid” because its in the news.   That is insanity and its one of the biggest reasons people like Rupert Murdoch have grown an empire on quasi newstainment.  People love a good show, and a bunch of people arguing makes great TV.   So why have any substance there right?

How did you choose it as the introductory single from your upcoming album?    

We had considered leading off with a single that was less political because the album is not all one note.  There are 3 or 4 tracks that definitely hit some of these political themes and the rest of the songs are more personal tracks.  But the timing was right to kick the door open and just say Wake Up.

The video is very colourful-what were the thoughts behind it?

The song started as a reaction to absurdity and we decided it would be fun to take that a step further with the animations and blowing up the characters as much as they do themselves.  MTV censors asked us about the pin on Michelle Bachmann’s outfit that says “Slavery is a sound financial policy”  but insane as that sounds, she actually said that and tried to backpedal the next day.  She also said she wanted everyone in Minnesota Armed and Dangerous. (but that’s not inflammatory rhetoric right?).    So we gave MTV all this information about it and they let it pass.  Which was in itself hilarious that they were reading every button and sign in the video. ( They go by kind of fast).

Is ‘Start A Fight’ an insight to the upcoming album? 

If you’re asking does the whole album sound like “Start A Fight’,  then no.  It’s definitely a taste of one facet of the band which shows very strongly in about a third of the album.   We chose the flow of the songs and the material carefully so as not to be a one note yawn fest.   Even if you’re rocking out at warp speed, at some point that gets boring to a listener and we really wanted to make an “album” in the sense of it being a body of work, so there’s a little ska influence and some funkiness thrown in for good measure.

Tell us a little more about the record and the thoughts behind it…  

There is a theme running through the record. Questions about authority, about life,  and not always finding answers.  The songs tie together for me because it was my own experience as a songwriter coming through.   I’ve always believed that the best songs are the ones that felt honest and a little like the writer put some blood into the tape.  There is a bit of social and political observation or commentary and there are songs that are much more intimate.  The last track was written in a hotel room,  the day after my best friend had died.  The track is “Disappear” and was the toughest thing I’ve ever worked on in music.  It was hard to finish but I’m glad we did it.

What are your hopes and intentions for the record?   

The Ex Senators intend to make a lot of noise,  and our hopes are that people will join us for the ride.

What is the overriding ambition of the Ex Senators?
Global Domination.  Or at least a few square blocks of beach-side property to start.
And the one goal you’d like to achieve by the end of 2012?   
I’ve always wanted to learn to juggle.   Seriously our one goal is to engage people in a conversation that is meaningful and musical and since we’re already doing that I’d say 2012 is off to a roaring start.
Interview by Jeremy Williams
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FEATURE: Wynter Gordon “My mum named me after Diana Ross and I was just like ‘I don’t want to be another Diana.'”

Having made a sensational appearance on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ the night before we meet, it is little surprise that dance pop sensation Wynter Gordon is a little bit tired. Having flown across from Sydney to Melbourne after her performance, Gordon has already been flown into a flurry of fifteen minute meets with a parade of journalists. With our meeting taking place after her breakfast break, Gordon slumps down on the sofa clasping a mug of tea. She is understandably tired, but in high spirits. Her bubbly personality shining through the exhaustion and her star quality immediately apparent. Gordon is one of those people who can casually capture your attention and hold it effortlessly. Apologising for her constant sips of tea, she explains, “It is slippery elm tea, for the throat. I’ve been having troubles, I have been taking pills. It’s not fun. I am not actually really worn out, I am not really tired. I am just normal tired. I am in the thick of it all, so this is good for me. I will try to hang on as long as I can.”

“I am so glad it took this long for me to come out as I have built up a confidence in myself now.”

Having first come to global attention as the singer who teased with “Dirty Talk”, it might be a surprise to those who know little about her to hear that she has, in fact, been an established songwriter for just over half a decade. While she may only be 23 years of age, she has written hit singles for everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Mary J. Blige. You may also have noted her high profile collaborations with some of music’s biggest names – notably Flo Rida, Freemasons and David Guetta. So, which came first? Was she always a singer trying to get her lucky break by allowing others sing her songs? Or did she realise when hearing her songs on the radio that she could just as easily be doing it herself? The question is one that many avoid, seeing the answer as inconsequential, in effect a pointless conundrum of the chicken and egg ilk. Not Gordon, she smiles and admits, “I wanted to e an entertainer my entire life, since I was like 4 years old, but I didn’t have the confidence yet. I knew that was what I wanted to do, but getting up in front of people is really hard. So, I was like, well you know what, I am still going to try and do it. But this all happened by default. I got into writing first, because just by chance I got a song onto Mary J. Blige’s album. So, the label signed me after that as they heard about this girl who writes. They all brought me up to their labels and that is how it happened. I am so glad it took this long for me to come out as I have built up a confidence in myself now. I grew up doing music but I am just happy it took a long time.”

With the credits in her to die for debut album “With The Music I Die” listing her as Diana “Wynter” Gordon, is she making a conscious effort to seperate the shy girl sat next to me from her feisty, fearless onstage persona? While the explanation would make sense, heck, even Disney picked up on a similar trail when they created the monster that is Hannah Montana, Gordon’s reasons were far more personal. “My mum named me after Diana Ross and I was just like ‘I don’t want to be another Diana.’ I thought I was going to be pretty big back then, I would say to Mum, ‘I am going to be as big as Diana!’ So I was like, I don’t want to have the same name as someone else who is so iconic. There was also Princess Diana so I thought that name has been run to the ground. I chose something else.”

“No one has a name that start with a W that are really popular. This is like Wy, all the letters that no one uses.”

“Me and my management and my friends were just sat around tossing names, they we like ‘call yourself Supergirl’, but Wynter seemed like the best fit.” Having gone the distinct seasonally charged forename, Gordon was pleased that she would no longer just blend in to the background. Though the name Diana may have already had its many associations, in retrospect she may not have chosen something quite so inconspicuous. She laughs, “I am not so sure I would choose that today, I like Amanda, but it felt right. But no one has a name that start with a W that are really popular. This is like Wy, all the letters that no one uses.”

With her name settled upon, Gordon and her management realised that the next phase was to create an artist whose dynamic would stand out in equal measure to her name. While she notes that her debut single “Dirty Talk” may have got her on the musical map, she is equally aware that very few people would associate her with the song or even recognise her name let alone her face. Radio play may have been achieved with single number one, but there is a lot riding upon her album and current single “Buy My Love”. So, with so much to pressure to perform, how did she choose which songs would make it and which ones wouldn’t. The choice it seems, was out of her hands… “That doesn’t happen. You don’t get to choose with records go on your album, especially not a first time artist. It is more of a collaboration. You have a team and you all work together on the vision. Basically the vision comes from me, but we all have to agree on which songs come out.”

Words and Images: Jeremy Williams

Having made a sensational appearance on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ the night before we meet, it is little surprise that dance pop sensation Wynter Gordon is a little bit tired. Having flown across from Sydney to Melbourne after her performance, Gordon has already been flown into a flurry of fifteen minute meets with a parade of journalists. With our meeting taking place after her breakfast break, Gordon slumps down on the sofa clasping a mug of tea. She is understandably tired, but in high spirits. Her bubbly personality shining through the exhaustion and her star quality immediately apparent. Gordon is one of those people who can casually capture your attention and hold it effortlessly. Apologising for her constant sips of tea, she explains, “It is slippery elm tea, for the throat. I’ve been having troubles, I have been taking pills. It’s not fun. I am not actually really worn out, I am not really tired. I am just normal tired. I am in the thick of it all, so this is good for me. I will try to hang on as long as I can.”

Having first come to global attention as the singer who teased with “Dirty Talk”, it might be a surprise to those who know little about her to hear that she has in fact been an established songwriter for just over half a decade. While she may only be 23 years of age, she has written hit singles for everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Mary J. Blige. You may also have noted her high profile collaborations with some of music’s biggest names – notably Flo Rida, Freemasons and David Guetta. So, which came first? Was she always a singer trying to get her lucky break by allowing others sing her songs? Or did she realise when hearing her songs on the radio that she could just as easily be doing it herself? The question is one that many avoid, seeing the answer as inconsequential, in effect a pointless conundrum of the chicken and egg ilk. Not Gordon, she smiles and admits, “I wanted to e an entertainer my entire life, since I was like 4 years old, but I didn’t have the confidence yet. I knew that was what I wanted to do, but getting up in front of people is really hard. So, I was like, well you know what, I am still going to try and do it. But this all happened by default. I got into writing first, because just by chance I got a song onto Mary J. Blige’s album. So, the label signed me after that as they heard about this girl who writes. They all brought me up to their labels and that is how it happened. I am so glad it took this long for me to come out as I have built up a confidence in myself now. I grew up doing music but I just happy it took a long time.”

With the credits in her to die for debut album “With The Music I Die” listing her as Diana “Wynter” Gordon, is she making a conscious effort to seperate the shy girl sat next to me from her feisty, fearless onstage persona? While the explanation would make sense, heck, even Disney picked up on a similar trail when they created the monster that is Hannah Montana, Gordon’s reasons were far more personal. “My mum named me after Diana Ross and I was just like ‘I don’t want to be another Diana.’ I thought I was going to be pretty big back then, I would say to Mum, ‘I am going to be as big as Diana!’ So I was like, I don’t want to have the same name as someone else who is so iconic. There was also Princess Diana so I thought that name has been run to the ground. I chose something else.”

“Me and my management and my friends were just sat around tossing names, they we like ‘call yourself Supergirl’, but Wynter seemed like the best fit.” Having gone the distinct seasonally charged forename, Gordon was pleased that she would no longer just blend in to the background. Though the name Diana may have already had its many associations, in retrospect she may not have chosen something quite so inconspicuous. She laughs, “I am not so sure I would choose that today, I like Amanda, but it felt right. But no has names that start with a W that are really popular. This is like Wy, all the letters that no one uses.”

With her name settled upon, Gordon and her management realised that the next phase was to create an artist whose dynamic would stand out in equal measure to her name. While she notes that her debut single “Dirty Talk” may have got her on the musical map, she is equally aware that very few people would associate her with the song or even recognise her name let alone her face. Radio play may have been achieved with single number one, but there is a lot riding upon her album and current single “Til Death”. So, with so much to pressure to perform, how did she choose which songs would make it and which ones wouldn’t. The choice it seems, was out of her hands… “That doesn’t happen. You don’t get to choose with records go on your album, especially not a first time artist. It is more of a collaboration. You have a team and you all work together on the vision. Basically the vision comes from me, but we all have to agree on which songs come out.”

The Kaje talks performance to Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff is without any doubt a living legend. Having been at the forefront of the reggae movement, Cliff has tried his hand and succeeded at everything from acting to producing. His high-profile collaborations include everyone from Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and he shows no signs of slowing up. With the Ragamuffin Festival bringing him to Australia, The Kaje jumped at the chance for a fifteen minute meander down memory lane… 

Your career as spanned over fifty years, what keeps you going?

I think that everyone comes into this planet with a purpose, we really need to find out and realise what our purpose it. My purpose for being here is to do what I am doing. There is nothing else I enjoy doing, there is nothing else I would rather be doing. I just keep doing it.

I have never lost love for it, in fact I love it more. The thing is, we all have a purpose in life, we didn’t just come here aimlessly. We all have a purpose why we are here. Once one finds what ones purpose is, then one can really do what they are doing and do it with joy. My purpose for doing this area of the arts, acting, singing, writing, producing, all of that is really fulfilling my life’s purpose in this incarnation.

We heard your lucky break came after cheekily approaching a producer in a cafe…

That was after going to quite a lot of producers with whom I had no luck. This one I just thought, it was one of my down moments, I just thought I would grab at the last straw that I could see. That was it. His establishment was called ‘Beverley’s Records’ and I was working on an idea. I had an idea called Beverley. I had just finished the song called “Beverley’s”, and right away I did it in 15-20 minutes and I went and walked into the shop. I said I am a singer and I have this song. He said, whats it called. I said Beverley’s. So it made them listen.

As is to be expected with a long career in any industry, you have had some major highs and lows, how do you deal with the extremes?

I just kind of ride the waves, the ups and downs in life. I have learnt to do that. I have learnt to become a surfer. The up moments they feel great, and the down moment, well you know, I just pick up and start again.

Would you be able to pinpoint your career high?

There isn’t really one, there are quite a few. I would say the first time I got my first number one hit in Jamaica, that was really a very high moment for me. Then when I went to England, that was really high moment for me. Even though that was kind of mixed emotions, as I didn’t know what to expect when I was in England. When I went there and I saw how the country was, it put me off a little but then it actually turned out good that I made that trip, that move. When I made the movie “The Harder They Come”, it showed me as an actor to the world. Acting was really my first love. To be able to do that and be a success at it, it was another high moment in my life. So there have been quite a few high moments in my life.

This year you were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, how do you feel about the accolade?

I have to say that is another high moment. The music I play is born and bred in Jamaica, I helped to create that music and to be inducted in an American institution, that is to be celebrated as a non-American, it really was something. When I was making my acceptance speech I remember my Grandmother, who was always very positive that I would make it in life. She was always encouraging to me.

You are famous for your on stage charm, what do you think makes a good showman? 

A good showman, well I think it is charisma and a whole lot of practice. There is the love for being on stage, the love for communicating with the audience, the love to see the audience excited, all of these combinations makes one a good showman. If the audience is not excited, the challenge to get them excited and achieving that gives great satisfaction. It is just a combination of all those things.

Would you be able to pick out a good performer from the young upcoming crop of musical artists?

Every now and then I hear a good song, so I am more inspired now by good songwriters. Every now and then I hear a good song, I think R Kelly is one of the good songwriters that I appreciate now. Taylor Swift is a good  songwriter who I appreciate. They vary in different areas. I even like a lot of things that Jay-Z does. It varies in all different areas of the music, but the writers are who inspire me now. I don’t see a lot of people who are great showmen. If they are out there I haven’t seen them.

Has a performer ever truly blown you away?

I am inspired, I am really inspired. I have seen som.I saw the National Dance Troup in Jamaica one-time and I saw this woman dance and it was just “Wow!”. It made me want to go home and start practising myself as an artist, I had to really practice. She really blew me away with the way she came across.

Your songs have been covered by everyone from LaToya Jackson to Fiona Apple, do you have a favourite interpretation of one of your compositions?

Off the top of my head, I would have to say it is Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Trapped”. Why? Because he did it totally, completely different from the way I did it. If you hear his version and you hear my version, they sound really like two different songs. So he actually made that song his own, so that is what I appreciate about covering a song. That is what I do when I cover somebody else’s song.

Your two most famous cover versions are possibly “Wild World” an “I Can See Clearly Now”. How do you choose what songs to cover?

When I did the then Cat Stevens “Wild World”, I heard the song in the publishing office, we had the same publisher at the time, and I just heard the song and I liked it. They told me he was the writer and I called him up, on the phone we just set the key. He went in with a band and did the track. I went in and I put my voice on and I was there for the mixing. So I liked the song when I heard it just by guitar. But for “I Can See Clearly Now” was for the move “Cool Runnings”. They wanted me to do “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, but at that time I couldn’t do that song because it was under some kind of contract. So they said how about to doing this other song. I said yes great, because it was a song I played the bongos on when Johnny Nash was recording it and I was living in London.

Having been awarded everything from the Order of Merit through to a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is there anything left you’d like to get your hands on?

The Oscar! I want the Oscar! Yes! I want the Oscar! That is what I want.

Have you got any acting jobs in the pipeline?

There is a movie that will go into production next year. It is set in Jamaica and the character is a Jamaican character who wasn’t so positive, but he is a very strong character. I just thought if that strength could be turned into a positive, then it could do a lot for humanity. That is the move we are looking to put into production next year.

Which fulfils you more acting or singing?

I have always loved performing. The thing with performing on stage is it a little bit different from acting. When I am performing I am me, my spirit comes out. In acting, I become another person. This is the great fun of acting. I get the chance to become other people. It is a bit different.

You are heading over to Australia for the Ragamuffin Festival. What appealed to you about the festival?

I have been to Australia before and I really love performing in Australia. I just love the audiences. I have been there maybe about four years ago. So when I was asked to come and do this festival, it gives me a chance to come back to Australia. That is really why I am coming.

Everyone from Mary J. Blige to Sean Paul will be joining you on the bill. Who are you most excited to see?

I would like to see most of the acts that are on the line up. I want to see them all, I want to enjoy myself you know.

NEWS: Gyptian Announced As Support For Mary J. Blige

Jamaican reggae star Gyptian has now been added to the line up to support Mary J Blige’s forthcoming UK tour in November. The 2010 MOBO Award nominee, responsible for this year’s Carnival anthem ‘Hold You’, is fast becoming a global star, with his remix of the summer hit featuring hot new US act Nicki Minaj, making him a crossover success both in the UK and the US.  Gyptian will be appearing at the London and Birmingham shows.

Mary J. Blige returns to the UK for a series of concerts not to be missed, starting on 2nd November in London and stopping in Birmingham and Manchester. Mary J. Blige will be performing records from her huge repertoire of Hip-Hop Soul anthems that include the hits; You Remind Me, Real LoveI’m Going Down, Mary Jane (All Night Long), Not Gon’ Cry, As, Dance For Me, No More Drama, Just Fine and the most recent, Each Tear (feat Jay Sean).

Tickets are priced from £40.00 (excluding booking fee) and are available from www.aeglive.co.uk / 08444 775 775

 

02 NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA * with Gyptian
03 NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA * with Gyptian
05 NOVEMBER MANCHESTER MEN ARENA

Mary J Blige has always been at the top of the R&B world, making beautiful and moving music that touches people from all walks of life at any age. A huge part of Mary J. Blige’s unique talent comes from her unmistakeable gorgeous voice mixed with the talent to bring hard hitting lyrics to life, convey drama and speak for others. In concert Mary J. Blige is even more outstanding, captivating audiences and delivering sensational performances that owe her that deserved title – the Queen of R&B.

This will be the megastar Diva’s first UK tour in over two years and follows the critically acclaimed, Stronger With Each Tear which reached Top 5 on the UK R&B chart and No1 in the same US Chart. This latest album has as its central theme the idea that we know that if we want to achieve anything we have to accept that our work is never over, and by keeping going, all the trials, tribulations and tears only make us stronger.

The queen of Hip-Hip Soul will also be supported by the multi-platinum selling homegrown superstar Lemar. The BRIT and MOBO Award winner who has helped put soul back on the pop map, has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 10 singles including ‘If There’s Any Justice’, ‘ 50/50’ and ‘Time To Grow’.

After 15 years of success in the music industry, including nine Grammy albums, eight multi-platinum albums and over 40 million albums sales, Mary J. Blige is certainly one who practices what she preaches. Not content to rest on her laurels, she is still looking for new challenges. As well as being in charge of Matriarch Entertainment, her music, film and TV company, Mary co-executive produced the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film “Precious”, appeared alongside Elvis Costello on the season finale of “30 Rock”, as well as taking on an acting role in Tyler Perry’s comedy drama “I Can Do Bad By Myself” (where she played part of a ‘Greek chorus’ alongside Gladys Knight).

October Issue Out Now!!!

October Issue!!

Well as we close in on the autumn The Kaje is back for October with another edition packed. This month we have the sensational Imelda May on the cover. Read on to find out who you will find in our pages this month…

Read it here!

Email us at thekaje@thekaje.com to ensure you get updates on our future issues. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The October issue contains:

Features:-

Imelda May “I didn’t want to lose the charm it had last time through the need for flashy production.”
Sarah Blasko “It was time to be inspired and challenged by new things.”
Woman E “We like to put things together than don’t necessarily match.”
Ólöf Arnalds “My music is kind of the only output I could have.”
Alexis Houston “I just sing the way I sing.”
Chris Aliano “We were comfortable in each other’s company, so we said let’s just give this band a go.”
Delta Maid “It’s important to me to be original.”
Absynthe Minded “Our minds are always somewhere different to our bodies.”
Jon McGovern “There are so many landscape photos out there that look almost identical.”
Josh Ritter “You don’t need grace to push.”
Fyfe Dangerfield “It is all about sounds making you feel something.”
Sirens “I’d say we were living the dream now.”

Regulars:

WIN!!!! – Loren Scott CDs, Mary J. Blige Tickets, Signed Josh Ritter Albums, Absynthe Minded T-Shirts, Regiimental ft. Matt Henshaw CDs, Hauschka Tickets

Forgotten Gems:-

Album: Aaliyah “Aaliyah”
Book: John Lennon “In His Own Write”
Film: The Italian Job

Designer of the Month: Exquisite
A Word Of Advice

Reviews:-

Albums: Imelda May “Mayhem”, Ambeson “When Colours Flow”, Momo:tempo “Sweetseeker”, Cas Haley “Connection”, Louis Eliot & The Ember “Kitow’s Moor”

Singles of The Month: Sirens “Stilettos”, Eliza Doolittle “Rollerblades”

Live: Delta Maid, Fyfe Dangerfield, Gina Yashere

Theatre: Faust, My Romantic History

DVD: The Collector, Villa Amalia, Wild Target

Books: Zooborns!, Rosamund Lupton’s “Sister”

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WIN! Tickets To See Mary J. Blige!

The Grammy-award winning, platinum-selling, high priestess of R&B is back. Mary J. Blige returns to the UK for a series of concerts not to be missed. Starting on 2nd November in London and stopping in Birmingham and Manchester, she will be joined by the UK’s very own soul star Lemar as special guest support.

Mary J. Blige will be performing records from her huge repertoire of Hip-Hop Soul anthems that include the hits; You Remind Me, Real Love I’m Going Down, Mary Jane (All Night Long), Not Gon’ Cry, As, Dance For Me, No More Drama, Just Fine and the most recent, Each Tear (feat Jay Sean).

Tickets are priced from £40.00 (excluding booking fee) and are available from www.aeglive.co.uk / 08444 775 775

FULL TOUR DATES:

02 NOVEMBER  LONDON   THE O2 ARENA

03 NOVEMBER  BIRMINGHAM  LG ARENA

05 NOVEMBER  MANCHESTER  MEN ARENA

Mary J Blige has always been at the top of the R&B world, making beautiful and moving music that touches people from all walks of life at any age. A huge part of Mary J. Blige’s unique talent comes from her unmistakeable gorgeous voice mixed with the talent to bring hard hitting lyrics to life, convey drama and speak for others. In concert Mary J. Blige is even more outstanding, captivating audiences and delivering sensational performances that owe her that deserved title – the Queen of R&B.

Mary J Blige will be supported by the multi-platinum selling home-grown superstar Lemar. The BRIT and MOBO Award winner who has helped put soul back on the pop map, has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 10 singles including ‘If There’s Any Justice’, ‘ 50/50’ and ‘Time To Grow’.

This will be the megastar Diva’s first UK tour in over two years and follows the critically acclaimed, Stronger With Each Tear which reached Top 5 on the UK R&B chart and No1 in the same US Chart. This latest album has as its central theme the idea that we know that if we want to achieve anything we have to accept that our work is never over, and by keeping going, all the trials, tribulations and tears only make us stronger.

After 15 years of success in the music industry, including nine Grammy albums, eight multi-platinum albums and over 40 million albums sales, Mary J. Blige is certainly one who practices what she preaches. Not content to rest on her laurels, she is still looking for new challenges. As well as being in charge of Matriarch Entertainment, her music, film and TV company, Mary co-executive produced the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film “Precious”, appeared alongside Elvis Costello on the season finale of “30 Rock”, as well as taking on an acting role in Tyler Perry’s comedy drama “I Can Do Bad By Myself” (where she played part of a ‘Greek chorus’ alongside Gladys Knight).

The Kaje have been lucky enough to get their hands on not 1 but 2 pairs of tickets! We have 1 pair for Manchester and 1 pair for Birmingham. So if you would like to get your hands on them – just tell us who will be supporting MJB on tour… Answers to thekaje@thekaje.com

NEWS: Mary J. Blige Announces Three UK Shows

The Grammy-award winning, platinum-selling, high priestess of R&B is back. Mary J. Blige returns to the UK for a series of concerts not to be missed. Starting on 2nd November in London and stopping in Birmingham and Manchester, she will be joined by the UK’s very own soul star Lemar as special guest support.

Mary J. Blige will be performing records from her huge repertoire of Hip-Hop Soul anthems that include the hits; You Remind Me, Real Love, I’m Going Down, Mary Jane (All Night Long), Not Gon’ Cry, As, Dance For Me, No More Drama, Just Fine and the most recent, Each Tear (feat Jay Sean).

Tickets are priced from £40.00 (excluding booking fee) and are available from http://www.aeglive.co.uk / 08444 775 775

FULL TOUR DATES:
02 NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA
03 NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
05 NOVEMBER MANCHESTER MEN ARENA

Mary J Blige has always been at the top of the R&B world, making beautiful and moving music that touches people from all walks of life at any age. A huge part of Mary J. Blige’s unique talent comes from her unmistakeable gorgeous voice mixed with the talent to bring hard hitting lyrics to life, convey drama and speak for others. In concert Mary J. Blige is even more outstanding, captivating audiences and delivering sensational performances that owe her that deserved title – the Queen of R&B.

Mary J Blige will be supported by the multi-platinum selling home-grown superstar Lemar. The BRIT and MOBO Award winner who has helped put soul back on the pop map, has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 10 singles including ‘If There’s Any Justice’, ‘ 50/50’ and ‘Time To Grow’.

This will be the megastar Diva’s first UK tour in over two years and follows the critically acclaimed, Stronger With Each Tear which reached Top 5 on the UK R&B chart and No1 in the same US Chart. This latest album has as its central theme the idea that we know that if we want to achieve anything we have to accept that our work is never over, and by keeping going, all the trials, tribulations and tears only make us stronger.

After 15 years of success in the music industry, including nine Grammy albums, eight multi-platinum albums and over 40 million albums sales, Mary J. Blige is certainly one who practices what she preaches. Not content to rest on her laurels, she is still looking for new challenges. As well as being in charge of Matriarch Entertainment, her music, film and TV company, Mary co-executive produced the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film “Precious”, appeared alongside Elvis Costello on the season finale of “30 Rock”, as well as taking on an acting role in Tyler Perry’s comedy drama “I Can Do Bad By Myself” (where she played part of a ‘Greek chorus’ alongside Gladys Knight).

http://www.mjblige.com

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