Jody Watley


Jody Vanessa Watley is an American, singer, songwriter, record producer, and one of the defining iconic artists of the 80's whose music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and Electronic Soul. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for "Best New Artist. " Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, she ranks as one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artists ever, with six nominations for her ‘Real Love’ video.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on January 30, 1959.


1977 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Documented by Ebony magazine in 1977 as a part of "The New Generation," Jody Watley was one of the most popular on the show and recognized as a trendsetter for her style and dance moves. … Read More


1983 24 Years Old Because of conflicts within the group, disagreements in direction of Shalamar with Dick Griffey and lack of payment from Solar Records, she eventually left the group in 1983 prior to release of "The Look" album. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for "Best New Artist." … Read More
1988 29 Years Old At the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988, Watley won the award for Best New Artist, and was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. … Read More


In the spring of 1989, Watley released her second album, Larger than Life, co-writing eleven of the album’s twelve songs. … Read More
1990 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 34 Years Old Apparently undeterred by disappointing sales, Watley stated she was more concerned with broadening her creative boundaries than in having huge record sales. In November 1993, MCA released her fourth solo album, the introspective relationship themed Intimacy. … Read More
1995 36 Years Old Having parted ways with MCA Records, Watley took an independent path and started her own label, Avitone Records, and released her fifth solo album, Affection, in July 1995. … Read More
1996 37 Years Old In 1996, Watley played Rizzo in the musical Grease on Broadway theater in New York City, the first African American woman to play the role. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old 1 More Event
After spending most of 1997 in the recording studio crafting her sixth studio album, Flower, Watley was back in early 1998 with its lead singles "Off The Hook" and "If I'm Not In Love." "Off The Hook" peaked at #23 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #73 Billboard Hot 100 but fared much better on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. … Read More
1998 39 Years Old It was during the time she was unable to record, that Watley says she was inspired by 4Hero whose 1998 album Two Pages exposed her to the underground electronic dance music out side of the mainstream; she credits this inspiration for not retiring after the disappointment of how Flower was handled. … Read More


1999 - 2003 4 More Events
2005 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Watley made history on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart when she re-released her 1987 hit "Looking For a New Love."
2007 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Watley was listed as #5 in the Year End Billboard Dance Play Artists.
In January 2008, "I Want Your Love" topped the U.K. Dance Charts in January, giving her first U.K. mainstream dance hit in two decades.


2009 - 2010 2 More Events
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 27, 2012, Watley starred in the one time international humanitarian musical event Loving the Silent Tears with performers from 16 countries and cultures, created by Al Kasha directed by Vincent Paterson and choreographed by Bonnie Story at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
2013 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Watley added high-profile summer concerts including Grammy All-Stars in Chengdu, China at Chengdu Sports Centre and Essence Music Festival in July 2013.
2014 55 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 28, 2014, the EP "Paradise" was released through Watley's longtime Avitone label, digital outlets, and limited edition CD exclusively through her official website the EP contains the single "Nightlife", along with 5 new songs and collaborations with Mark de Clive Lowe, string arranger and musician Miguel Atwood Ferguson and newcomers Count de Money (France), Luminodisco (Italy) and Soulpersona (UK) Jody Watley collaborated with music new jack pop duo French Horn Rebellion.
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