My Life (Mary J. Blige song)
|Single by Mary J. Blige|
|from the album My Life|
|Genre||Hip hop soul|
|Writer(s)||Roy Ayers, Mary J. Blige, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson, Arlene DelValle, Rashad Smith|
|Producer(s)||Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson|
|Mary J. Blige singles chronology|
"My Life" is a song co-written and performed by American R&B artist Mary J. Blige and the title track off her critically acclaimed second studio album of the same name. It samples heavily from the song "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" by Roy Ayers. "My Life" became a signature song for Blige, achieving great success at Urban radio, despite the fact that it was never officially released outside of the United Kingdom, and had no accompanying music video.
Thematically, the song explores the protagonist's attempts to both strive for better in life while also remaining true to emotional feelings ("when you're feeling down, you should never fake it"). At its climax, Blige asserts that "things will turn out fine" through faith and spirituality. It was composed by Blige, as was the rest of the album, at a dark time in her personal life when she battled drug and alcohol addiction and was engaged in a tumultuous relationship with K-Ci Hailey.
Faith Evans and Blige's older sister, LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, provided backing vocals on the song.
Blige recorded "My Life '06" for her compilation album Reflections (A Retrospective). The new version of the song features live instruments, a more mature and jazz-inflected vocal arrangement, and new closing ad-libs that shed a positive light on the song's previously melancholy and somber mode.
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