Mary J. Blige is gearing up to release a collection of Christmas classics for the very first time ever, and on the eve of its October 15 release, ET sat down with Blige and legendary producer David Foster to talk all about the aptly titled album, A Mary Christmas.
Inspired by her "favorite holiday," Blige says she strived to create music reminiscent of what brought her family together during the holiday season.
"Ever since I was a kid, I just loved Christmas because it's just so much love and you just feel happy and everybody's giving and sharing," she explained. “It was just this feeling of warmth and love, and that's what I remember and that's what I put into this album, that feeling that I had when I was a child."
"I just love every single, every song on the album. I mean, it's on there so that means that I love everything that I did. I just put my heart and soul and I completely forgot about myself and I gave what the world needs at the time, which is a selfless gift, you know? That's it. I just put my heart and my soul in it and gave love, that's it."
A Mary Christmas, which also boasts the famous voices of Barbra Streisand , Chris Botti, The Clark Sisters, and Jessie J, drops tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15.