Who is Kendu Isaacs?

Martin Isaacs was born on 14 August 1968, in the United States of America, and is a record producer as well as an artist manager, but best known for his marriage to singer Mary J. Blige. He gained more attention due to their divorce proceedings, which lasted for around two years.

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The Net Worth of Kendu Isaacs

Kendu Isaacs’ net worth is well over $1 million, the result of his work as a producer and manager. He probably also benefitted from Mary J. Blige’s wealth when they were married, as she has a net worth estimated to be over $20 million.

Life and Career

Kendu has worked as a music producer for most of his life, though he remained mainly in the background, not getting a lot of credit as most producers have. One of his first television appearances was in an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – at the time, he had already gained a bit of attention thanks to his connection to Blige. The show hosted by the titular Ellen has won numerous awards throughout its run, following a talk show and comedy format with similarities to “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

While producing music, Kendu worked as the manager of the company K. I. Management, which is based in Berlin, and represents various music artists. After his run there, he began working for Matriarch Entertainment, where he stayed from 2008 to 2016, and during this time helped Mary J with a lot of her projects. He was one of the executive producers of the film entitled “Betty and Coretta” which starred his former wife, also featured Angela Bassett, and was aired through Lifetime.

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Former Wife – Mary J Blige

At a young age, Mary J was exposed to music, thanks to his father who worked as a Jazz musician. However, her father left a few years after she was born, leaving their mother to care for the family, while also working as a nurse. Her father was troubled as he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, due to his service during the Vietnam War. At a young age, she sang at church, which developed her skills. She then fell into drug and alcohol problems during her youth; she dropped out of high school, and began working with several artists, looking to find her big break.

In 1992 she released her first album entitled “What the 411?”, as an artist signed with Uptown Records. She started to gain mainstream attention soon afterwards, and two years later released the album entitled “My Life”, which is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The album helped establish her as a star, and she continued to release hits in the coming years, making her one of the most successful female artists of her genre. She was the youngest and first female artist of Uptown at the time.

Mary J Blige’s Achievements

Blige would release a total of 13 studio albums, eight of which have been certified multi-platinum internationally. She has received numerous awards, including nine Grammy, 12 Billboard Music, and four American Music Awards. In 2006, she was given a Legends Award during the World Music Awards, and the following year received an ASCAP Voice of Music Award.

She has also forayed into acting, gaining three Golden Globe nominations during her career. One of her most notable roles is in the film entitled “Mudbound”, for which she recorded several songs.

She is the first person to be nominated in the Academy Awards for acting and songwriting. The period drama is based on the novel of the same name, following the story of two World War II veterans. In 2017, she received recognition once more, as Billboard named her song entitled “Be Without You” as the most successful song of all time in R&B and Hip-Hop. The song spent 15 consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and stayed there for a total of 75 weeks. She has been ranked by VH1 as one of the greatest women in music, and one of the greatest artists of all time.

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Personal Life

Kendu’s first marriage was to a woman named Maurine, whom he married in 1991 and with whom he has two children, but divorced in 1999. He also has a daughter born out of a teenage relationship. In 2000 he began dating Mary J Blige, who at the time, was struggling with several addictions, including sex, drugs and alcohol. He helped her rise out of her problems, and they were together for three years before marrying, at Mary’s home. He managed her career throughout their relationship for 13 years, before Blige filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

She accused Isaacs of cheating on her as he was reportedly having an affair with the singer Starshell, whom he also managed, and was signed under Blige’s record label Matriarch. The singer previously worked as the secretary for her husband, and Blige said that he was spending a lot of money on her while also being physically abusive. The then-married couple were involved in several physical altercations during their two year battle for a divorce settlement. She consistently pushed for higher spousal support, and also accused him of being in a relationship with Starshell. He made statements that she was turning the accusations around on him, so that he would lose his job and his health. The divorce was settled in 2018, and since then, he’s been romantically linked to other celebrities he’s managed.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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