Hip-hop/soul diva Mary J. Blige will join an already star-studded lineup at a benefit for the Wyclef Jean Foundation on Friday in New York City.
Wyclef, Eric Clapton, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Charlotte Church and Steve Marley, son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, will also perform at the show, according to the event’s publicist. Wyclef says he hopes to raise $250,000 from the Carnegie Hall concert, all of which will go to his music education foundation.
Blige, whose last album was 1999’s Mary, said frequently in 2000 that she was working on a follow-up, tentatively titled Mary, Vol. 2. “911,” her duet with Wyclef from his The Ecleftic — 2 Sides II a Book, is #19 on Billboard’s hip-hop/R&B singles chart.
Wyclef says he’s penned a new song that he’ll perform with Clapton at the event, which will be a revue of musical styles from the 1930s until today. Also on the lineup are Clef’s Kids, a group of young musicians that Wyclef sponsors.