Jody Watley

American musician 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.
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides Aside: 100 Songs From The Last 25 Years That STILL Fly Under The Radar
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In 1999, my then-girlfriend (now wife), friend and his girlfriend, and single bud went to see The Matrix. With all the buzz surrounding it, we were all pretty pumped to check it out. Little did I know, the cult classic would end a friendship of mine before the night was over. I'll explain the lunacy...um...now. My girlfriend, friend and his girlfriend, and I just didn't like the movie. We all appreciated the groundbreaking effects and story, but found the delivery less satisfying. When we all informed my single friend about this, he lashed out at us. "You don't know art," he shouted before bolting the theatre exit doors and slamming them in our faces. From there, he went into a full wind up and threw a near-full bag of his candy at us and ran. This is all a true story. None of this is fabricated. I chased him down after that, took him by the shoulders, and asked what was wrong with him. He said "leave me alone," and drove off. That was the last time I saw him, and just like...
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Our Top 5 Best Celebrity Beauty Moments Of The Week Ending 11:30:12 (Dgray/StyleBlazer)
Wesmirch.com - about 5 years
Dgray / StyleBlazer: Our Top 5 Best Celebrity Beauty Moments Of The Week Ending 11:30:12  —  Best Beauty Moments of the Week Celebrity Makeup Jody Watley Beauty Jourdan Dunn Beauty Mo'nique Beauty Sanaa Lathan Beauty Selita Ebanks Beauty  —  What a week this was for beauty!  There were so many gorgeous moments …
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The City: Top to Bottom
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 6 years
Tim Minchin thursday, april 12 Tim Minchin Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer Tim Minchin has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever growing audiences since 2005. During his shows he plays the piano, “… always nicely and oftentimes wildly and excitingly, whilst looking wonderfully athletic, in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable skinny jeans.” Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. in San Diego, 8 p.m., tickets $32, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org. Ellis Hall friday, april 13 Tribute To Ray Charles Ray Charles was truly one of the legendary voices in American music. Ellis Hall, a former protégé of Ray Charles, pays tribute to the master with hits such as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “This Little Girl of Mine,” “Hit the Road Jack” and perhaps his most popular, “Georgia On My Mind.” Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads this rocking, singing, ...
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Jody Watley remembers Don Cornelius
CNN- Cafferty File - about 6 years
Grammy winner <a class="fplink fp-140175" href="/jody+watley+1">Jody Watley</a> remembers "Soul Train" creator <a class="fplink fp-405999" href="/don+cornelius+1">Don Cornelius</a>.
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The Big Gigs: Aug. 26-Sept. 1 - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Google News - over 6 years
Andre Cymone, Prince&#39;s first bass player, who went on to a modest career as a solo artist and producer (Jody Watley, Evelyn &quot;Champagne&quot; King), will give a rare hometown performance at the Minneapolis Urban League&#39;s Back on the Block party
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Song of the Week: 'Last Friday Night (TGIF)," Katy Perry - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 6 years
Abdul&#39;s producers pinched and polished ideas from Gloria Estefan, Jody Watley, and Janet Jackson; &quot;Last Friday Night&quot; is Ke$ha minus the sleaze that makes her so outrageously appealing. Perry&#39;s description of a wild night out is a playful one,
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A musical menagerie hits the stage at the High Mountain Music Festival - White Mountain Independent
Google News - over 6 years
“Now Whiskey Rodeo has evolved into a wicked combination of desire, talent, and experience. Whiskey Rodeo has opened for Edgar Winter, Roger Clyne &amp; the Peacemakers, The Bellamy Brothers, Jody Watley, Chrystal Waters, Sophie B. Hawkins, among others.”
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Sophisticated R&B Singer Comes To Oakland - KTVU San Francisco
Google News - over 6 years
Featuring collaborations with fellow R&amp;B singers Jody Watley, Shanice Wilson, Faith Evans and Lalah Hathaway, the album includes a distinctively modern version of Frank Sinatra&#39;s &quot;I Only Have Eyes For You&quot; balanced out by original songs written by
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RuPaul: Queen of the Glamazon | The Fenuxe Interview - Fenuxe
Google News - over 6 years
In the late 80&#39;s, in NYC, I used to lip sync to Cher, Jody Watley, and a few others. Never did a La Toya song. I think I&#39;m actually too big for her voice. It would never be believable! Fenuxe: LaToya was great on your show. We loved it!
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Rahsaan Patterson Releases 6th Album bleuphoria - MusicRemedy
Google News - over 6 years
Filled with signature Rahsaan infinite octave-ranging ballads (Goodbye and Miss You), hypnotic mid-tempo tracks (Stay With Me, 6 AM and first single Easier Said Than Done), funk-drenched club grooves (Ghost featuring Jody Watley) and genre-bending
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CD reviews: Beyonce, Shabazz Palaces, Milos Karadaglic - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 6 years
... an avant-garde Fela Kuti influence in advance interviews, “4” demonstrates that she&#39;s more interested in revisiting the sound of her childhood: Prince&#39;s soul-rock experiments, Whitney Houston album sides, Anita Baker, Shalamar, Jody Watley
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Stars Who Took The "Soul Train" To Success - News One
Google News - over 6 years
The R&amp;B group, Shalamar, got their start as backup singers and dancers on “Soul Train” when Don Cornelius introduced Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel to singer Howard Hewett. Watley would go on to have a successful career in both music and fashion
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Pride: With Benefits! - The Villager
Google News - over 6 years
Coming out swinging (and swishing), this “1984” 2.0 version boasts a live performance by Jody Watley and will be hosted by drag star Dallas DuBois. Filthy go-go dancers will also be on hand. Fri., June 24 at The Gramercy Theatre (127 E. 23rd St., btw
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Pride — With Benefits! - Gay City News
Google News - over 6 years
Coming out swinging (and swishing), this “1984” 2.0 version boasts a live performance by Jody Watley and will be hosted by drag star Dallas DuBois. Filthy little go-go dancers will also, we&#39;re assured, be part of the proceedings
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THE HARDER THEY COME - Illinois Entertainer Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
The opening ceremony takes place at none other than Soldier Field on the 15th, in an extravaganza sure to include Jody Watley, Frankie Knuckles, and former Atlanta Falcons nose tackle Esera Tavai Tuaolo, who&#39;ll be singing the Games&#39; anthem,
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Ernest Hardy talks hip-hop and sexuality - Windy City Times
Google News - over 6 years
Among the examples were Jody Watley&#39;s 1989 hit &quot;Friends&quot; and &quot;More Than Likely,&quot; by Prince Be of PM Dawn. Speaking of the latter, Hardy pointed out that the piece came about in response to allegations that the singer was gay—he was publicly referred
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I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: The Coy Funk of Cherrelle - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 6 years
Chicks with tinny pipes -- Janet Jackson and Jody Watley chief among them -- thrived in such arrangements, where their voices didn&#39;t compete with the layers upon layers of synths and programmed drums. Of course, you had the Whitneys and Anita Bakers,
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In Atlanta: Vanity 6's Brenda Bennett talks about Prince and her new CD - Examiner.com
Google News - almost 7 years
Her deep lower register vocal influence can be heard in artists like T-Boz (of the legendary girl trio - TLC) and on Jody Watley&#39;s major hit, &quot;Still a Thrill.&quot; And that&#39;s just a couple of examples. Prince once told Bennett, “You could be in a choir of
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016, Watley made the choice to redirect her efforts to the now formed Shalamar Reloaded, wanting a fresh start for her new group without the negativity and baggage.
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  • 2015
    Jody Watley and the new trademarked Shalamar was also featured in a SIRIUSXM Special "In The Groove with B.K Kirkland which aired in July of 2015.
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  • 2014
    Also in 2014, Watley, a well documented original member of Shalamar became the legal registered owner though not without challenge Watley would state that the term "Reloaded" was to make sure the public knew this was not a reunion with past members and that she found the challenge exciting to rebrand the group bringing it to a new generation while finally finding a way to bring both catalogues together for a dynamic concert experience.
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    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.
  • 2013
    Jody Watley released a new single "Nightlife", in 2013.
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    Watley added high-profile summer concerts including Grammy All-Stars in Chengdu, China at Chengdu Sports Centre and Essence Music Festival in July 2013.
  • 2012
    Jody Watley recorded collaborations with the electro pop duo French Horn Rebellion on singles titled "Cold Enough" and "Dancing Out" also featuring Young Empires in December 2012 and June 2013.
    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
  • 2010
    In February 2010 Jody Watley joined Jamie Foxx onstage at a post Grammy event for a duet performance of her signature hit "Looking For a New Love" and also appeared in the VH1 documentary "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In May 2009, Watley’s Avitone signed a distribution deal with London-based Alternative Distribution Alliance Global.
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  • 2008
    In May 2008, continuing over a decade of support for various charities dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS, Watley performed at Life Ball, Europe's largest gala for the cause held in Vienna, Austria.
    In 2008, she launched an online music store, while scoring another Top Five Billboard Dance Single, "A Beautiful Life," bringing the total of Top Five Singles for The Makeover to three.
    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.
  • 2007
    Her single "I Want Your Love" was #15 and "Borderline" #19 according to Billboard Year End Chart Review for 2007.
    In 2007, Watley was listed as #5 in the Year End Billboard Dance Play Artists.
  • 2005
    The 2005 remix reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart, making her the first artist ever to take the same song to #1 in two different decades.
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    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."
  • 2003
    After achieving moderate success in its original release, Watley arranged for it to be released in the U.S. through her Avitone imprint in a short-term license deal with Shanachie Records on March 11, 2003.
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  • 2002
    The successful "Friends" formula would become a mainstay formula in commercial pop music and was added as a category at The Grammy's under Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002.
  • 2001
    In 2001, Jody released her eighth studio album, Midnight Lounge in Europe and Japan.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In November 1999, Jody reactivated her independent label, Avitone, and released her seventh studio album via Universal Japan The Saturday Night Experience featuring Jody Watley Vol. 1, a collection of organic club music tracks, inspired by her newfound love of electronic music.
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  • 1998
    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.
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  • 1997
    A previously unreleased song featuring Watley with George Duke titled "Baby Love" was included as a bonus track on The Best of George Duke The Electra Years in 1997. "
    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.
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  • 1996
    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.
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  • 1995
    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.
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  • 1993
    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.
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  • 1992
    Watley earned an invitation by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 to perform this song at the White House.
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  • 1991
    In December 1991, Watley released her third album, Affairs of the Heart, described by Justin Kantor in Guide to Soul as an overlooked standout of her 1980s and 1990s output.
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  • 1990
    In 1990, Watley would continue to be involved with fashion.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    While riding high on her Larger Than Life World Tour, a remix album, You Wanna Dance with Me?, was released in October 1989 and achieved gold status in America. 1989 also saw Watley featured in Harper’s Bazaar "Ten Most Beautiful Women" issue, photographed by Matthew Rolston.
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    During the summer of 1989, Watley’s "Real Love" video, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video, and Best Female Video at the 1989 award show.
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    In the spring of 1989, Watley released her second album, Larger than Life, co-writing eleven of the album’s twelve songs.
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  • 1988
    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.
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  • 1987
    After two and a half years in England, Watley returned to America and secured a recording deal with MCA Records, eager to establish her own identity. Her album Jody Watley was released in March 1987, and she co-wrote six of the album's nine songs.
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    In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for "Best New Artist."
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  • 1983
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Watley remained with the group from 1977 to 1983.
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    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1959
    Born on January 30, 1959.
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