10.13.2010

Meet Mary J. Blige’s 12-Year-Old Protégée Katlyn Nichol

Mary J. Blige may be the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but she’s looking for a successor to the throne. Enter 12-year-old Katlyn Nichol, the newest signing to Mary’s Matriarch Records/Def Jam. The Fayetteville, North Carolina singer joined MJB on stage at her Radio City Music Hall concert earlier this week. After singing a few bars of her classic “I’m Goin’ Down,” Mary passed the mic to the pint-sized diva and had her belt out the rest of the song.

Watch her soulful rendition on YouTube, and if you like what you hear, check Katlyn’s covers of Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” and Alicia Keys’ “No One” below.