At BET’s “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” telethon on Friday (February 5), [artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] treated the crowd to not one but two songs. For the first track, “We Gonna Make It,” from her new Stronger With Each Tear LP, the singer was joined onstage by R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan. The two looked glamorous — Jazmine in a black dress, Mary in a decorated black leather jacket and blond coif — but the message was serious and hopeful.
“Put your hands in the air,” Mary told the crowd. “Tell Haiti they’re gonna make it tonight, because we are their bridge over troubled water.” Mary was referencing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which she performed during the Grammy Awards on Sunday with Andrea Bocelli; the cover has been released as an iTunes/Target.com download, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross for earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti.
Following up her duet at “SOS,” Mary performed the U2 track, “One,” which she originally recorded with the band’s Bono for her 2005 album The Breakthrough. The uplifting performance concluded with Blige thanking the audience.
All funds raised at “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” will be donated to several charities, including Project Media Share, Yele Haiti, C.A.R.E. and Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Water Program. To donate, go to SOSHelpForHaiti.org.