To get a co-sign from Mary J. Blige essentially means you're good to go in the music industry. So Daniel Caesar has a lot to be excited about.
The 22-year-old from Toronto released his single "Get You" in October 2016 and shot up the ranks of streams with 16 million on Spotify and 4.2 million views on YouTube. The smooth, soulful song is quintessential alternative R&B, bending the genre in appreciation of blues and jazz.
When asked about who Blige is loving for the summer, she said Caesar's hit song is definitely on her playlist.
"I'm not even listening to A Strength of A Woman the way everybody else is listening to it," Blige admitted on ESSENCE's Yes, Girl! podcast. "I did it. She's my baby. She's out there. That's where she stays for now."
"I have Anderson .Paak on [the playlist]. I have Daniel Caesar. The 'who'd a thought, I'd get you' record. Crazy, crazy."
In addition to loving the R&B crooner, Blige is also a fan on women artists like Jazmine Sullivan and The Jones Sisters Trio, many of whom will be performing during her curated ESSENCE Fest 2017 concert.