Therapy (Mary J. Blige song)

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Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album The London Sessions
Released September 23, 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Length 3:26
Label Capitol
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Right Now"

"Right Now"
Music video
"Therapy" on YouTube

"Therapy" is a song by American singer Mary J. Blige. It was written by Blige along with British musician Sam Smith and producer Eg White for The London Sessions (2014). Production on the track was hemled by White, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Jimmy Napes. Released as the album's leading single following buzz track "Right Now", it has since peaked in the top thirty on the US Adult Contemporary chart.

Conception and release[edit]

"Therapy" was written by Blige and English musicians Sam Smith and Eg White.[1] The pair was among a host of young British acts commissioned to work with Blige in London following the success of her version of "F for You", a remake of English electronic music duo Disclosure's fourth single from their debut studio album, Settle (2013), and her duet version of Smith's "Stay with Me".[2] Initially composed for Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour (2014), "Therapy" was already reference-vocaled when the White and Smith played it for Blige.[3] Upon hearing it, Blige felt inspired: "It was like, 'OK. This is it. This is the first moment. This is the one that says I'm doing something different.'[3] Slight lyrical and tonal changes were made to make it fit for her.[3] On the process, Blige later elaborated: "At the end of the day, I pictured myself singing it. I went and sang the song. And it was perfect, 'cause I just felt like the message was universal. Because I think everybody needs a little bit. And it's not, you know, literally sitting in front of a doctor all the time. It could be whatever your therapy is. What works for you."[3]


Musically, "Therapy" is an uptempo pop song with strong influences from doo-wop and rhythm and blues.[4] Influences of gospel genres were also found in the song.[5] It consists of a spacious beat, handclaps, a Hammond organ and the multitracked humming of co-writer Sam Smith.[6] The instrumentation includes thumping drums, guitars, bass guitars, organs, and a piano.[1] Andy Kellman from Allmusic magazine felt the song was "seemingly inspired more by Anthony Hamilton's Southern gospel-soul",[7] while many other contemporary critics viewed the retro-soul sound of "Therapy" as a relative of and an answer to late English singer Amy Winehouse and her 2006 song "Rehab" on which she talked about her refusal to enter a rehabilitation clinic.[4][5]

Music video[edit]

Blige filmed the music video for "Therapy" with director Sarah McColgan in early-October. It remains unreleased yet.[8]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The London Sessions.[1]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 28

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[10] September 23, 2014 Digital download Capitol


  1. ^ a b c The London Sessions (Media notes). Mary J. Blige. Columbia Records. 2014. 
  2. ^ Gibsone, Harriet. "Mary J Blige: Mitch Winehouse 'gave me the chance to hug Amy through him'". the Guardian. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Mary J. Blige: 'I'm Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real — I Am Real'". NPR Music. 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Slant review". 
  5. ^ a b Ratliffnov, Ben (2014-11-24). "A Wattage Powered by New Connections". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ McCormick, Neil (2014-11-24). "Mary J Blige, The London Sessions, review: 'a transatlantic adventure'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  8. ^ Labuda, Tommy (2014-10-24). "Mary J Blige "Therapy" (Sarah McColgan, dir.)". Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  9. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-20.
  10. ^ "Mary J. Blige – Therapy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 

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