ABC/Craig SjodinAfter finalizing her bitter divorce from husband Kendu Isaacs in June, Mary J. Blige released her first new music since last year, “Only Love,” on Friday.
The song samples the 1977 First Choice disco classic “Doctor Love,” and adds new lyrics.
Blige sings, “It’s crazy the way you’ve got the beat of my heart racing/Only love/It will build you up/Bring you down/Only love.”
The 47-year-old singer wrote on Instagram: “I’ve been in the studio working on new music and was excited to share a little bit with you all. I had a year of so many ups and downs and have come out the other side with a renewed spirit and a fresh perspective. I’m entering my next chapter with an open mind and heart. ONLY LOVE is where I am right now and I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!!!”
“Only Love” is the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’s first new music since she released “Mighty River,” from the Mudbound soundtrack, in November of 2017. The track received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, and Blige was also nominated Best Supporting Actress for her role of Florence Jackson in the movie.
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