SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER MARY J. BLIGE RETURNS TO
ABC DAYTIME'S ONE LIFE TO LIVE
As 2008 kicks off with big returns on ABC Daytime, six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige returns to perform on “One Life to Live,” FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18. The multi-platinum singer/songwriter will perform two of her hits from her Grammy and NACCP Image Award-nominated album, “Growing Pains.” The return of Ms. Blige to “One Life to Live” marks success on the show's part in forging its unique path in ABC's daytime lineup as a music-focused show.
“Mary J. Blige is one of the most prominent and powerful voices in the music industry,” said executive producer Frank Valentini. “She is an inspiration in both her music and her life, and we are thrilled to welcome her back to ‘One Life to Live.'”
“It's absolutely amazing to be integrated into a soap opera I've watched since I was a little girl,” said Ms. Blige. “I performed on the show two years ago and had a ball, and I am beyond thrilled to be welcomed back again.”
“Mary J. Blige represents another of today's top recording artists who sees the power of ABC Daytime as a promotional platform to reach the highly engaged, passionate audience of women 18-49,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney ABC-Television Group. “Music is an important component to daytime storytelling -- it is relevant, contemporary and builds emotional intensity.”
Ms. Blige previously appeared on “One Life to Live” on July 28, 2006. The following week, her album Soundscan sales soared 40 percent. She will once again appear as herself, this time as a surprise guest at Starr Manning's (Kristen Alderson) Sweet Sixteen. Unlike her appearance in 2006, Ms. Blige will be accompanied by her band to perform her Grammy-nominated hit single “Just Fine,” as well as a second song from the CD, entitled “Hurt Again.” She tops an impressive list of recording artists to appear on “One Life to Live” that includes Timbaland with Keri Hilson and One Republic, Nelly Furtado, Jeannie Ortega, Lifehouse, Simply Red, Chris Botti and Erykah Badu.
Mary J's new single "Hurt Again"
from "Growing Pains"
Released on December 21, 2007, “Growing Pains” soared to the top of the Billboard chart, marking Ms. Blige's 8 th #1 CD on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and her 4 th #1 CD landing at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since her debut in 1992, she has been honored with six Grammy Awards and sold an impressive seven multi-platinum albums.
Emmy Award-winning “One Life to Live,” created by Agnes Nixon, was launched July 15, 1968. Frank Valentini executive-produces. The popular drama consistently ranks among the top five in the key demographic of Women 18-49. “One Life to Live” airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.