Music » Livewire

Mary J. Blige

With LeToya and Jaheim. Saturday, July 29, at the Plain Dealer Pavilion.

by

comment
Mary J. Blige Don't assume that Mary J. Blige's happy marriage to record exec Kendu Isaacs has dulled the emotional edge that's made her the most compelling R&B singer of the past 15 years. Sure, she spends plenty of 2005's The Breakthrough singing about the sort of romantic satisfaction that the bulk of her earlier work insists is a chimera. But satisfied, the music is not: In "Be Without You," her best single since "Family Affair," she finds as much drama in her desire to preserve her domestic fulfillment as she used to in the fear that fulfillment might never arrive.

Opener LeToya Luckett was a first-generation member of Destiny's Child; her new self-titled debut is full of high-sass kiss-off jams, while Jaheim sings hard-edged R&B ballads.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.