Mary J. Blige
Growing up in Yonkers, NY, Mary J. Blige didn’t think she had many options. She dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and said if she weren’t a platinum-selling artist, she’d be a hairdresser. Blige’s life changed when she recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up In The Rapture” and the cassette made its way into the hands of Uptown Records president Andre Harrell. But Blige has realized the importance of having an education and made a deal with her younger brother to get their GED together, which they did.