In a trailer for her new documentary, Mary J. Blige says that there was a point during the recording of her seminal 1994 album “My Life” when she was “depressed and didn’t want to live.”
The Amazon Prime movie, “Mary J. Blige: My Life” follows the R&B legend’s rise to fame and the making of that record.
She says in the clip, “‘My Life’ is probably my darkest album at one of the darkest times I’ve had.” She adds, “Most of the time I was just depressed and didn’t want to live. I had it all inside and I was able to sing it and write it, and I didn’t know that so many people felt the same way.”
She also says that music was a savior during her early life growing up in the Bronx.
“The only thing, I think, that kept us guided was the music. It just saved you. In the neighborhood we lived in, it’s like prison. There was a lot wrong, and it was a lot. I needed to get out. That’s why I had that pen.”