Mary J. Blige to Perform with the Liberation Tour June 6, 2013

With Special Guests Anthony Hamilton and Comedian Jay Lamont
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 AM

Richmond, VA—May 2, 2013 — Heritage Entertainment and Fresh Ideas present The Liberation Tour featuring the one and only R& B and Soul Diva, Mary J. Blige with Grammy Award® winning Anthony Hamilton and comedian Jay Lamont, Thursday, June 6, 2013 at The Richmond Coliseum at 8:00 PM.

Tickets range from $55 – $110 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale to the public Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 am and can be purchased at the Richmond Coliseum Box Office,, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. ADA seating tickets are available. Richmond Coliseum Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 am until 4 pm.

With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards® (plus a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Blige is only getting started. “I know who I am and what I can do. With each album, it’s just me continuing to grow,” claims Mary J. Blige in a pure, unadulterated and empowering voice. That has been Mary J. Blige’s calling card ever since her 1992 multi-platinum debut album, What’s the 411? And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter’s musical strong suit has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.

Blige’s 10th and most recent studio album, “My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1)” was released in November 2011 and is the sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic My Life. “The original My Life started a movement,” reflects Blige. “And every album since then, from Share My World and No More Drama to The Breakthrough and Stronger With Each Tear, has marked a point of growth and evolution for me and my fans.”

Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist. Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multiplatinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two No. R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.”

Music isn’t the only thing keeping Blige busy. She is the co-founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), whose mission is to empower women from all walks of life to reach their full individual potential. Flexing her talents as an entrepreneur, Blige launched her Melody line of sunglasses in 2009. In 2010, her “My Life” perfume became the first to sell more than 60,000 bottles in one day on the Home Shopping Network—with $1 from each purchase donated to FFAWN. A second perfume, “My Life Blossom,” was introduced in summer 2011.

As she continues her multi-faceted journey, from recording and touring to business and philanthropy, one constant remains for Blige: her fans. “Being connected with their lives is what keeps me going,” she says. “They’re the reason why I am where I am: confident in knowing who I am and what I can do.”

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