Mary J. Blige Is “Stronger Than Ever” on Elton John Penned Song


Mary J. Blige goes from paying tribute to Sir Elton John on “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word” to singing a song he wrote for her on “Stronger Than I Ever Was.” The uptown funky number is featured on the soundtrack EP to the animated film Sherlock Gnomes. In the sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, Blige lends her voice to the film for the character Irene Adler.

The upbeat swing song is a perfect fit for the impassioned Blige, who tears through the dynamic lyrics penned by Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin. “Do I look like I need you?” she sings. “I’m super-deluxe, new, improved / Better shape, better off / Stronger than I ever was.”

Previously speaking about the song with Yahoo!, Sir Elton John opened up about writing the song for Mary J. “It worked out incredibly, because I knew it was going to be Mary J, so I had that in mind when I wrote the melody,” John says.

When He and Mary entered the recording studio, it was clear that the tune was perfect for the R&B legend. “She said, ‘This is the easiest song for me to sing, because it just hits the nail on the head what I’m going through.’ It was very strange, that — she sang it in 10 minutes. I mean, she just gave it a roll, because she was going through that,” John marveled.

Take a listen below via Spotify.

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