Mary J Blige Opens Up About Depression in New Documentary By Oscar-Winning Director Vanessa Roth
- Category: Interviews
- Created: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 20:40
- Published: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 21:34
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Oscar®-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth documents R&B singer Mary J. Blige's inspiration behind her most personal album, "My Life." MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE director Vanessa Roth (Impact with Gal Gadot) tells CineMovie the nine-time Grammy® award-winning R&B singer wanted to open up about her battles with abuse, depression, and addiction that inspired her first hit album.
Blige's team approached Roth about making the documentary to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her soul-searching hit album, "My Life." The tracks on that album are a collection of powerful confessionals about her drug abuse and depression. After her father died, and her mother moved the family to the NYC projects, she felt unsafe living in a dangerous neighborhood and unsure of her future. She channeled her pain into her lyrics for her breakthrough album, produced and mentored by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Combs appears in the Amazon documentary along with Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, and Tyler Perry.
MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE premieres on Amazon Prime Video on June 25.