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Mary J. Blige Gets Vulnerable in Live ‘Therapy’ Performance

Watch the legendary soul singer lay it all on the line in this exclusive clip

In an effort to reclaim her own musical narrative last summer, Mary J. Blige jetted off to London to work with Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Jimmy Napes on a refreshing new album that she’s calling The London Sessions. The project kicks off with “Therapy,” which showcases a haunting gospel chorus behind the soul legend’s emotionally raw, totally stripped down vocals. It’s a bold, “lay it all on the line” type experiment for Blige, who has consistently demonstrated her ability to change with the times.

Earlier this fall, Blige visited the Capitol studios for a live one-take performance of “Therapy.” It’s easy to sense her pain when she slams down the lyrics, “Why would I spend the rest of my days unhappy? / Why would I spend the rest of my life alone?” Stream it above, and check out The London Sessions (now available for pre-order) on December 2.