My Life (Mary J. Blige song)

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"My Life"
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album My Life
Released 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Hip hop soul
Length 4:18
Label MCA/Uptown Records
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
"I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By" (featuring Method Man)
(1995)
"My Life"
(1995)
"Everyday It Rains" (featuring Faith Evans)
(1995)

"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.

Blige's older sister, LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, provided additional 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.

The song was also heard in the series premiere of the BET television drama Being Mary Jane.