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Jody Watley


Grammy Award-winning vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself using the dance-soul trio Shalamar before she embarked about a single career that brought her many TOP pop hits along with a reputation as “The Queen of Awesome.” Watley was created in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1959, but was raised in LA. Her teenage gig being a dancer on Spirit Train resulted in a meeting using the strike TV show’s reserving agent, Dick Griffey. Alongside Jeffrey Daniel and Gerald Dark brown, Watley was recruited by Griffey to become listed on Shalamar in 1977. A string of poppy dance-soul strikes featuring Watley started in 1978 with “Consider That to the lender.” Watley remaining the group in 1982 and relocated to London, where she documented some demos using the Artwork of Noise. It had been during this time period that she was asked by Bob Geldof to seem around the 1986 charity solitary “Perform They Understand It’s Xmas?” by Band Help. She returned towards the U.S. past due in the entire year and started focusing on her single debut. Documented with strike suppliers Bernard Edwards, David Z., Patrick Leonard, and André Cymone — who ultimately became her spouse until 1995, once the two divorced — Watley’s 1987 self-titled debut became an instantaneous smash thanks to its lead solitary, “Buying New Like,” and its own catch term, “hasta la vista, baby.” Likewise stylish videos followed the strikes “NOT Need Me” and “Still a Thrill” and helped generate her the honor for Greatest New Artist in the 30th annual Grammy Honours. Two years later on, she returned using the ambitious recording Larger Than Existence and the quantity two pop strike “Real Like.” The album’s second one, “Close friends,” was an early on R&B/hip-hop mix with Eric B. & Rakim producing an appearance. The remix record You Wanna Dance beside me? surfaced a season later, as do the million-selling workout video Dance to Fitness. Style spreads and an appearance within a Distance ad campaign had been other nonmusical actions and helped acquire her an area on People magazine’s 50 Many Gorgeous People list. Older music made an appearance on both 1991’s Affairs from the Heart and 1993’s Intimacy, even though they weren’t the main hits her previous efforts were, these were well received by critics and helped reinforce her loyal group of fans. She also caused renowned composer Henry Mancini in the soundtrack towards the Blake Edwards film Change during this time period and recognized an give to sing on the Light Home in 1992. The 1995 record Affection discovered the vocalist off her longtime label, MCA, and on her behalf own indie label, Avitone. Her 1998 work Flower found her on Atlantic worldwide, however the label didn’t discharge the recording in the us. A 12 months later, Destiny’s Kid place the Watley-penned “Nice Sixteen” on the multi-platinum recording The Writing’s around the Wall structure, while Watley herself was focusing on a fresh dance sound which was somewhat more left-field but nonetheless stylish and tasteful. The Japanese-only The Sunday Night Encounter, Vol. 1 got in 1999. She came back towards the dance graph in 2000 using the Experts at Work-produced “I enjoy Love” offering Roy Ayers. Home tastemakers Ron Trent and Blaze remixed the one “Saturday Night Knowledge” for the U.K. label Large Guidelines in 2001, as well as the advanced Midnight Lounge made an appearance on Shanachie exactly the same season. In 2005, she made an appearance on Ruler Britt’s record THAT IS, and climbed back again together with the dance graph using a remix of her traditional “Buying New Like.” The next 12 months, Watley released a fresh recording, The Makeover, having a cover of Madonna’s “Boderline,” which managed to get to number 2 around the dance graph. Further singles from your recording also climbed the dance graph. “A LOVELY Life” managed to get to quantity five, and “I’D LIKE Your Like” visited quantity. In 2008, Billboard honored her with an eternity Achievement Honor. Additionally, she made an appearance in a style pass on alongside Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Tina Turner in fashion Italia. Featuring dark models almost specifically, the problem was the first ever to sell out within the magazine’s background. Through the early 2010s, Watley remained energetic through collaborations with French Horn Rebellion along with a string of shows, including one on the 2013 Fact Music Celebration. “Nightlife,” released in 2013, became her 19th single Best 20 dance-chart strike. Quickly thereafter, she became the legal and signed up trademark owner from the Shalamar name. A different, high-energy Watley EP, Heaven, implemented in 2016, as she led Shalamar Reloaded, offering two new companions, through touring.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jody Watley
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Music Producer, Pianist, Songwriter, Dancer, Fashion Model
Nationality American
Spouse André Cymone
Children Lauren Watley, Arie Cymone
Siblings Midori, John Watley III
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Music Groups Shalamar, Band Aid
Music Songs Don't You Want Me, Looking For A New Love, Some Kind Of Lover, Real Love, Still A Thrill, Everything, Friends, I'm the One You Need, Most Of All, I Want You, Off the Hook, Your Love Keeps Working on Me, It All Begins With You, When a Man Loves a Woman, Precious Love, Saturday Night Experience, Do It To The Beat, A Beautiful Life, Learn To Say No, Workin' on a Groove, If I'm Not in Love, Commitment of Love, Love Injection, Lovin’ You So, Until the Last Goodbye, For The Girls, I Love to Love, Ms. Jody Watley, What 'Cha Gonna Do for Me, Dance to the Music, To Be With You, I Don't Want You Back
Albums Larger than Life, The Makeover, Midnight Lounge, Affairs of the Heart, Jody Watley, Affection, Intimacy, Flower, Uptown Festival, Friends, You Wanna Dance with Me?, Remixes of Love, Jody Watley - Greatest Hits, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jody Watley, Borderline/A Beautiful Life - BONUS REMIX EP, Paradise
Nominations MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female
Movies Mystery Men

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1 Founded her own record label, Avitone Records, in 1995.
2 Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Angela Martinez, for TimeLife's "The Best of Soul Train" DVD collection.
3 #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play week ending June 16, 2007 with a cover of Chic's "I Want Your Love." [June 2007]
4 Currently promoting the release of critically acclaimed "The Makeover" International Edition, released via Avitone/ADA-Global [November 2009]
5 Popularized the phrase "Hasta La Vista Ba-by" in her hit "Looking For A New Love" before Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984).
6 Recorded song with legendary film and television composer Henry Mancini.
7 Has had a total of 32 Top Ten Singles since 1987 to date in 2009 in a diverse range of genres from Pop, R&B, Dance and Adult Contemporary.
8 Named One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
9 Named One of America's Ten Most Beautiful Women by Harper's Bazaar Magazine along with Michelle Pfeiffer.
10 On March 3, 1990, her platinum-selling album "Larger Than Life" was nominated for a NARM Award for Best Selling Black Music Album / Female, against Janet Jackson, Karyn White and Anita Baker.
11 She has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.
12 Her debut album hit #1 on 3 weeks on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and sold over 2 million copies in the US, the lead single "Looking For A New Love", was nominated for a Grammy and also reached #1. The album also included the hits "Still A Thrill" (#3 R&B), "Don't You Want Me" (#3 R&B), "Most Of All" (#11 R&B) and "Some Kind Of Lover" (#4 R&B). She ranks at the #144 most successful R&B artist of all time according to Billboard Magazine.
13 Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, ranks as one of MTV Video Music Award's most nominated artist ever, with ten nominations.
14 Was nominated for Best Music Video, Best Single and Best Album at the 1988 Soul Train Music Awards.
15 Has two kids.
16 Was a Soul Train (1971) dancer.
17 Goddaughter of Jackie Wilson.
18 Was a founding member of the 1970s disco group Shalamar.
19 Won a Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist in 1987.
20 Sang the pop hits "Looking for a New Love", "Don't You Want Me?", "Some Kind of Lover", "Real Love", "Friends" & "Everything".
21 Is the first African-American woman to portray Betty Rizzo in the Broadway revival of "Grease".



The Mo'Nique Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lost & Found 1999/I writer: "Real Love"
Doctor Dolittle 1998 performer: "Lovin' You So"
Melrose Place 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 90210 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
White Men Can't Jump 1992 performer: "LET ME MAKE IT UP TO YOU TONIGHT"
Switch 1991 performer: "It's All There"
Red Hot and Blue 1990 TV Movie performer: "After You, Who?"
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Nick Knight 1989 TV Movie performer: "Real Love" - uncredited



Mystery Men 1999 Disco Girl
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995 TV Series Musical Guest
Bananas 1982 TV Series Singer



2012 Soul Train Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon 2012 TV Movie Herself
RuPaul's Drag Race 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Herself
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series Herself
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Catch 21 2009 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
Live with Kelly and Michael 2006 TV Series Herself / Musical Guest
Work Out 2006 TV Series Herself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Pyramid 2003 TV Series Herself
Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos 2001 Video Herself (segment "This Is For The Lover The In You")
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Herself
ABC Afterschool Specials 1992-1994 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1994 TV Series Herself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Soul Train 1980-1993 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself - Guest / Guest
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987-1992 TV Series Herself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Red Hot and Blue 1990 TV Movie Herself
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
The 17th Annual American Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
Dance to Fitness 1990 Video Herself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
House of Style 1989 TV Series Herself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Presenter
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Presenter
1987 Power Hits: New Year's Eve Countdown 1987 TV Special Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1979-1987 TV Series Herself
Top of the Pops 1982 TV Series Herself
The Best Hit USA 2016 TV Series Herself
One on One with Jasper Cole 2016 TV Series Herself - Co-Host

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Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Herself (as Shalamar)

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1 I'm more interested in broadening my creative boundaries and issuing lasting messages of substance than in having record breaking sales.
2 I don't want to be a singer who just makes dance records.
3 I'm an entertainer and I love to dance, but I've never done major choreography before. If I have a big fear, it's the hand jive routine.
4 When you say pioneer, I think cowboy boots, horse and covered wagons, but yeah I guess so.
5 I wanted to be a singer when I was 5 years old. But when I was making a new album - kind of before, I listened to a lot of music from the 1970s and everything and every time I listen to albums that Marvin Gaye was going on, a lot of his records--like Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes, and I was thinking about the kind of music that James Brown was kind of making, not just to get up and do your thing, but, "Say it Loud and Proud - Stay in School, get an education!"
6 [In 1993] There are a lot of romantic things that I like to talk about, too, and those things really talking about more intimate things, that's real hard sometimes, and you might want something--be afraid to ask.

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