Mary J. Blige Announces Joint Fall Tour With Tamar Braxton
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is hitting the road and taking Tamar Braxton with her as part of her newly-announced U.S. tour. Beginning on Oct. 30 in Augusta, Ga., the 12-date "MJB LIVE!" event, will make its way across the country via stops in Jacksonville, Fla., Durham, NC, Florence, SC and Atlantic City, NJ.
The Real co-host and current Dancing with the Stars contestant Tamar Braxton will also accompany Blige on select dates in Columbus, Ohio, Orlando, Fla. Tampa, Fla. and Augusta. The national trek will come just four weeks after the expected Oct. 2 release of Braxton's long-awaited third album Calling All Lovers.
The "If I Don't Have You" singer recently apologized to fans on social media for not updating them on the album's status after another delay. In a lengthy Instagram post, Braxton said that she "lost hope in something that is so personal, so real, so needed to say, [and] so needed to hear" which caused her to "shut down."
I struggled with this post for about a week and finally I have the strength, the will & the WANT to say ANYTHING about #callingalllovers since I found out about it being pushed back 👀around the same time you all did...all things happen for a reason,some we are still searching to find. Some unexplained. Some we know crystal clear. But the bottom line is I went against EVERYTHING I preached and believed "never let a person stop you".. Never give up and that I did.😢 I lost hope in something that is SO personal, SO real, So needed to say, SO needed to hear. Without thinking about MY purpose,which I know, but getting in my OWN way because of FEAR, Anger,& lost hope. But here I AM because of a simple Choice: change your mind and your heart! This album is a blessing I thought I would NEVER have. Love and War wasn't "supposed" to happen. I was written off & forgotten about. But for some reason God saw fit. And so I HAVE to look at THIS album as an extension to his blessings. WHAT?? You gave me ANOTHER CHANCE?? It's so not about who buys it. Who likes it. But the purpose. And God I'm sorry. I realize that u didn't have to give me ANOTHER chance to sing,to tour, to do what I love. I was mad and caught up in me that I never announced my tour with Mjb👀 *who does that*🙋🏽 but that was just me being my OWN enemy which I didn't need to add MySELF to the list😂 I'm sorry to my amazing #tamartianfriends for shutting down & not keeping u posted. I don't think I've ever worked so hard on something. I feel like it's my BEST work yet. In my opinion it's BETTER than L&W!! So OFFICIALLY I am proud to say that you can pre-order my NEW AMAZING Album #CallingAllLovers on iTunes. And my new song #catfish. Please don't be like me and stand in front of yourself!! Don't miss your blessing because of YOU. Forgive then PUSH into your destiny?? #callingalllovers10/2
The "MJB LIVE!" concert will follow Blige's "London Sessions Tour" which kicked off in the U.K. in June. The international journey saw Blige in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands in support of her album of the same name.