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Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959[2][3]) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and trendsetting artist in music, video, and style[4][5][6] whose music crosses genres including pop, R&B, jazz, dance, and electronic soul.[7][8][9] In 1987, she won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best New Artist.[10] and has been nominated for three Grammy
Grammy
awards.[11] In 2008, she was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard magazine, and was also prominently featured[12] in the historic black issue of Vogue Italia
Vogue Italia
in 2008. Her early music influences are Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, The Carpenters, Roberta Flack, Prince, Grace Jones and various jazz artists including Nancy Wilson.[13] In December 2016 Billboard ranked her as the 21st most successful dance artists of all-time.[14] and in 2017 Black Music
Music
Honors TV special recognized Watley as Crossover Music
Music
Icon Honoree for her groundbreaking achievements and influence.[15][16][17]

Contents

1 Early career

1.1 Soul Train
Soul Train
and Shalamar (1977–1983)

2 Solo career

2.1 Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1987–88) 2.2 Larger than Life (1989) 2.3 Affairs of the Heart (1991–92) 2.4 Intimacy (1993–94) 2.5 Affection (1995) 2.6 Greatest Hits (1996) 2.7 Flower (1997–98) 2.8 The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
(1999) 2.9 Midnight Lounge (2001–05) 2.10 The Makeover
The Makeover
(2006–14)

3 Music
Music
and Fashion 4 Paradise and SRL. 5 Personal life and family 6 Discography 7 Tours 8 Awards and nominations

8.1 Grammy
Grammy
Awards 8.2 American Music
Music
Awards 8.3 MTV
MTV
Video Music
Music
Awards 8.4 Soul Train
Soul Train
Music
Music
Awards 8.5 Billboard Music
Music
Awards

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Early career[edit] Soul Train
Soul Train
and Shalamar (1977–1983)[edit] Watley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Watley made her first stage appearance at 8 years old with family friend and godfather Jackie Wilson.[18] She got her start on the TV dance show Soul Train
Soul Train
at the age of 14. Documented by Ebony magazine
Ebony magazine
in 1977 as a part of "The New Generation," Jody Watley
Jody Watley
was one of the most popular on the show and recognized as a trendsetter for her style and dance moves.[19] As popular stand-outs on the television show, Watley and fellow Soul Train dancer Jeffrey Daniel were selected to join Gary Mumford and become original members of the R&B group Shalamar by show creator Don Cornelius.[20][21] (Mumford was shortly replaced by Gerald Brown, and Brown himself was soon replaced by Howard Hewett as lead vocalist).[22] [23] The lineup of Hewett, Watley, and Daniel would be the most successful. Watley remained with the group from 1977 to 1983.[24] The trio released several albums and scored several hits including the US Top 20 "Dead Giveaway", and the R&B hits "The Second Time Around", "For The Lover In You", and "A Night To Remember". Because of conflicts within the group, disagreements in direction of Shalamar with Dick Griffey
Dick Griffey
and lack of payment from Solar Records, she eventually left the group in 1983 prior to release of The Look album.[25][26] Post-Shalamar, Watley moved to England, and while there she recorded a guest vocal with British Jamaican roots reggae group Musical Youth[27] for their album Different Style. She also recorded with Gary Langan, Anne Dudley and J.J Jeczalik (who later became Art of Noise). She had a brief stint with Phonogram Records
Phonogram Records
where two singles were released (in the UK, Europe and Australia – though crucially not America) under the moniker "Jody" (no second name), "Where the Boys Are" and "Girls Night Out". Also during this era, and after departing the group, she took part in Bob Geldof's Band Aid recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas", which included Bono, Boy George, Sting, George Michael, Phil Collins, Status Quo, Paul Weller, Bananarama
Bananarama
and other prominent UK artists. Solo career[edit] Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1987–88)[edit]

Watley in Paris, France on location for 'Still a Thrill' Video from solo debut, 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.[28] Her album Jody Watley
Jody Watley
was released in March 1987, and she co-wrote six of the album's nine songs. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Watley would say that she wanted to showcase her voice against "really funky hard dance tracks."[28] The album's lead single, "Looking for a New Love", became a hit and was certified gold.[29] The album peaked at #10 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B Albums Chart, and sold two million copies in the US, and a total of four million copies worldwide. It produced five uptempo dance and R&B singles that charted on the US Hot 100, with three peaking in the top ten: "Looking for a New Love" (US #2, #1 Dance, #1 R&B, UK #13); "Still a Thrill" (US #56, #3 R&B #1 Dance); "Don't You Want Me" (US #6 #1 Dance #3 R&B); "Some Kind of Lover" (US #10 #1 Dance #3 R&B); and "Most of All" (US #60, #11 R&B)[30] Also included on her debut album Jody Watley
Jody Watley
was the duet with George Michael, "Learn To Say No", produced by Bernard Edwards. At the 30th Annual Grammy
Grammy
Awards in 1988, Watley won the award for Best New Artist, and was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. That same year, she also received nominations for four MTV Video Music Awards
MTV Video Music Awards
and three Soul Train
Soul Train
Awards. After Shalamar she had two singles released under the name of 'Jody' without her second name even though adverts in UK pop magazine Smash Hits mentioned that she was "Formerly of Shalamar". This 'technicality' [no second name] allowed her controversially to be considered a 'New Artist' at the Grammys, beating Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Swing Out Sister. Shortly after winning the Grammy
Grammy
Award, Watley would be featured in Harper's Bazaar
Harper's Bazaar
magazine photographed by Francesco Scavullo.[31] Larger than Life (1989)[edit]

Watley circa 1989.

In the spring of 1989, Watley released her second album, Larger than Life, co-writing eleven of the album’s twelve songs. The album sold over four million copies worldwide, reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, and produced four singles: "Real Love" (US #2, #1 R&B, #2 Dance, UK #31), a US gold single and her first top 40 UK single since "Looking for a New Love"; "Friends" featuring Eric B. & Rakim, (US #9, #3 R&B, #7 Dance, UK #21); and "Everything" (US #4, #3 R&B), her first ballad release. The album's fourth and final single, "Precious Love", was a minor hit, peaking at #87 in the US.[32] "Friends" is notable for being the first multi-format hit single to include the formula of a Pop/R&B singer featuring a guest rapper with the custom full 16-bar verses and bridge concept, and distinguishable from the rap "Intro" by Melle Mel on Chaka Khan's notable cover Prince single "I Feel For You". 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
Grammy Award
for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002.[33][34] During the summer of 1989, Watley’s "Real Love" video, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for seven MTV
MTV
Video Music
Music
Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video, and Best Female Video at the 1989 award show. That record was held until Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Janet Jackson's video "Scream" received 11 VMA nominations in 1995. The next year, she was nominated for two Soul Train Awards, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, and a Narm Award for Best Selling R&B Female Album. 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
Harper’s Bazaar
"Ten Most Beautiful Women" issue, photographed by Matthew Rolston.[35] That same year Jody Watley
Jody Watley
appeared on the cover of the Japanese high fashion magazine SPUR for its debut issue.[36] Jody Watley
Jody Watley
released the million selling "Dance To Fitness" a first for an African American woman and artist.[37][38] Affairs of the Heart (1991–92)[edit]

Watley photographed with President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, 1992.

Watley would state that she was eager to change her musical range and image, and no longer wanted to be seen as just a dance diva.[39] She was inspired toward a more introspective approach for ‘Affairs Of The Heart", wanting to address social concerns.[40] 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.[41] The album peaked at #124 on the US chart, and #21 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The lead single, "I Want You," failed to crack the top 40, peaking at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart, though peaking at #5 on the US R&B singles chart, and #17 Dance. The second single, "I'm The One You Need", reached #3 Dance and peaked at #19 on the US Hot 100. The final single was the ballad "It All Begins With You", her first single to miss the US Hot 100. Watley earned an invitation by President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
in 1992 to perform this song at the White House. Watley used the opportunity to encourage the government to provide more support and funding for public schools.[42] Watley recorded "It's All There" for the movie "Switch" with legendary composer Henry Mancini.[43] Intimacy (1993–94)[edit]

Promotional photo, 1993.

Apparently undeterred by disappointing sales, Watley stated she was more concerned with broadening her creative boundaries than in having huge record sales.[44] In November 1993, MCA released her fourth solo album, the introspective relationship themed Intimacy. Noting that the new jack swing was popular in R&B at the time, Amy Linden wrote in People magazine that Intimacy continued the process of Watley’s move toward more refreshingly adult themes and that Watley was deserving of serious attention.[45] Watley herself said that the songs she wrote were always personal statements.[46] Intimacy with its songs of "romance and angst"[46] reached #164 on the US Top 200 Album Chart and #38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The first single was "Your Love Keeps Working On Me", barely scraped onto the Hot 100 at #100' and also peaked at #2 Dance and #26 R&B/Hip-Hop. Watley added video director to her resume for the next single, the spoken word tune "When a Man Loves a Woman".[47] "When A Man Loves A Woman" reached #11 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and US #8 Dance. Although not a pop hit in the US or UK as well, the BBG Remix of this song topped the Dance charts in the UK. The album also contained the song "Ecstasy", produced by David Morales, which became an underground hit and later appeared on her Greatest Hits collection. Like its predecessor, "Intimacy" would not be a strong seller, but would continue to give Watley better critical success. Affection (1995)[edit] 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. The album was engineered and produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones
and Angelo Earl.[48] She aligned Avitone with the independent Bellmark Records for distribution. According to a review of the album "Affection" by Jose Promis of Allmusic, the release lacked the urgency and immediency of her dance-era hits, but was an engaging collection of slow burners, mid tempo and jazzy R&B.[49] The album’s title track, "Affection", didn't crack the Hot 100 but became a moderate R&B hit, peaking at #28 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart[50] Greatest Hits (1996)[edit]

Watley on Broadway in New York as Rizzo in Grease, 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.[51] Watley was photographed by famous photographer, Victor Skrebneski, for the popular Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue
Defining Style Fall Catalog, where she appeared in a 15 page high fashion layout. That fall, Watley appeared on the platinum-selling single "This Is For The Lover In You" by Babyface. The single also featured LL Cool J
LL Cool J
and Watley’s former Shalamar bandmates Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel, essentially reforming the group for the single. It was a remake of Shalamar’s R&B hit "For The Lover In You". As the year wound to a close, Watley took a hiatus from her own Avitone label, and signed with Big Beat/Atlantic Records. The same year MCA Records
MCA Records
released her Greatest Hits album with Watley’s recordings for MCA. Flower (1997–98)[edit] 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. Propelled by remixes from Masters At Work and Soul Solution(Dance act), the track reached #1 on the dance chart, making it her first #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Hot Dance Music/Club Play
hit in nine years. Later the same year, a single of "If I'm Not In Love" was released, with promo mixes by Sal Dano (credited as BK Dano), Lenny Bertoldo, and 95 North (Richard Payton and Doug Smith) and that song reached #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Big Beat Records was absorbed into its parent label, Atlantic Records, which then shelved the album from a U.S. release, and left Watley in legal limbo for two years.[52] Flower was, however, released in Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. The critically acclaimed release was championed by many UK magazines, including Blues and Soul and Echoes among others. A previously unreleased song featuring Watley with George Duke
George Duke
titled "Baby Love" was included as a bonus track on The Best of George Duke The Electra Years in 1997. "[53] The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
(1999)[edit]

Watley during Saturday Night Experience era, 2000.

It was during the time she was unable to record, that Watley says she was inspired by 4Hero
4Hero
whose 1998 album Two Pages exposed her to the underground electronic dance music outside of the mainstream; she credits this inspiration for not retiring after the disappointment of how Flower was handled.[52] The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
Vol. 1, as Watley told music historian David Nathan. 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
Jody Watley
Vol. 1, a collection of organic club music tracks, inspired by her newfound love of electronic music. It was released exclusively in Japan along with a single, "Another Chapter," with remixes by DJ Soma. Also included on the project was the drum and bass title song "Saturday Night Experience." As Watley told music historian David Nathan, "The Saturday Night Experience" was intended to be a concept album, aimed at people looking for something different.[52] The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
, as told to music historian David Nathan, Watley stated she had no desire to release the project in the U.S.[54] The title song of the same name was licensed to Giant Step and included on their compilation "Giant Sessions, Volume 1 Mixed by Ron Trent".[55] The following year, MCA released 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jody Watley. Midnight Lounge (2001–05)[edit]

Watley meeting Queen of Malaysia, 2005.

In 2001, Jody released her eighth studio album, Midnight Lounge in Europe and Japan. In an interview with Billboard magazine Watley would say, "An artist should always explore new frontiers."[56] "Midnight Lounge" was a collection of tracks that combined a blend of soul, jazz, R&B, and electronic club music.[57][58] 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. Midnight Lounge was Watley’s first studio album released in the U.S. in eight years, reaching Top 20 status on Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart. Roy Ayers
Roy Ayers
appeared on the Masters At Work produced, "I Love to Love", Junior Vasquez and several other producers contributed remixes to the single release of "Whenever", bringing the track to #19 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart. One of the album’s other singles, "Photographs", became notable in the underground club scene with mixes by Phil Asher and East West Connection. The music and growth of Watley would achieve critical acclaim for the project and Watley, noting she had successfully updated her sound over the years and evolved successfully into a soulful chanteuse.[58][59][60][61] 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." 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. Jody Watley
Jody Watley
now has the distinction of being among the few artists who have been to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in all of the past three decades (the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s). The same year, Watley was invited to participate in the Force of Nature Relief Concert[62] to aid the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[63] During the trip Watley and others (including The Black Eyed Peas, Lauryn Hill, and Jackie Chan) were invited to the Royal Palace to meet The King and Queen of Malaysia
Malaysia
for a special Tea reception in showing their gratitude for all involved with Force of Nature.[64] The Makeover
The Makeover
(2006–14)[edit] The Makeover
The Makeover
would bring Watley together with 4Hero
4Hero
and King Britt among others in an electronic musical style.[65][66] Understanding the shifting paradigms in the music industry and the changing business models,[67][68] Watley’s Avitone Recordings arranged for The Makeover to be released exclusively to the Virgin Megastore chain in its first ever CD exclusive.[69] It debuted at #1 for the retailer, and was accompanied by a Virgin mini-tour where she performed for customers and signed copies of the CD.[70][71] The first single was a cover of Madonna's "Borderline". The single reached #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in January 2007. The second single, a cover of Chic's "I Want Your Love," reached #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play in June 2007.[72]

Jody Watley
Jody Watley
promoting 'The Makeover' in-store, 2008.

In 2007, Watley was listed as #5 in the Year End Billboard Dance Play Artists. Her single "I Want Your Love" was #15 and "Borderline" #19 according to Billboard Year End Chart Review for 2007.[73][74] 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.[75] In 2008, she launched an online music store,[76] while scoring another Top Five Billboard Dance Single, "A Beautiful Life," bringing the total of Top Five Singles for The Makeover
The Makeover
to three. 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.[77] In May 2009, Watley’s Avitone signed a distribution deal with London-based Alternative Distribution Alliance Global.[78] In October 2009, an "International" version of "The Makeover' was released in the U.K. to positive reviews. Pete Lewis from Blues & Soul noted her evolution as an artist and performer as being showcased on the album. Further stating Watley being hailed by some, as exemplifying the 21st century recording artist continuing to exercise her own creative path.[79] Distinguishable from the original release, The Makeover
The Makeover
"International Edition" featured new cover art and track listing. New inclusions featured the bossa-soul rendering of Bob Marley’s "Waiting in Vain", a sparsely arranged version of Carole King's 1960s ballad "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", Erasure's anthem "A Little Respect", and a reworking of the Diana Ross
Diana Ross
dance classic "Love Hangover". Replacing the downtempo ambient version found on the 2006 "The Makeover", Watley recorded the new arrangement originally suggested by songwriter Pam Sawyer, for Ross.[79][80] Reg Dancy from Basic Soul would write that Watley was able to handpick songs and make them seem as if they had been written for her.[81] Added to the line-up of producers which included King Britt, Mark de-Clive Lowe, 4Hero, DJ Spinna, and longtime co-collaborator Rodney Lee, are remixer/producers Marco Zappala from Brazil and Craig C. from the UK. In February 2010 Jody Watley
Jody Watley
joined Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
onstage at a post Grammy
Grammy
event for a duet performance of her signature hit "Looking For a New Love"[82] and also appeared in the VH1 documentary "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America".[83] 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[84][85][86][87] Jody Watley
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.[88][89] Watley added high-profile summer concerts including Grammy
Grammy
All-Stars in Chengdu, China at Chengdu Sports Centre
Chengdu Sports Centre
and Essence Music
Music
Festival in July 2013.[90][91] Jody Watley
Jody Watley
released a new single "Nightlife", in 2013.[92][93][94][95][4] The song, which marked a return to disco dance, was a Top 5 British Urban Single, Top 10 Commercial Pop Single Music
Music
Week and Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Top 20 Single in 2014.[96] Music
Music
and Fashion[edit] In 1990, Watley would continue to be involved with fashion. On her second album, she was photographed by fashion photographer Steven Meisel, where she continued to make her own style statements.[35] In the videos for "Real Love", Watley would introduce a higher fashion aesthetic blending vintage and custom designs.[35] "Friends" mixed couture by Jean-Paul Gaultier, with an urban sensibility. She released a million-selling home video, Dance To Fitness. She was featured in the first celebrity ad campaign for Gap[97] LA Eyeworks and in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Rolling Stone, Essence, and Vanity Fair.[98] She was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People of 1990 in People.[99] In the same year, she contributed a jazzy rendition of "After You, Who?" the compilation album "Red Hot + Blue", an AIDS-awareness charity recording of songs by Cole Porter
Cole Porter
produced by the Red Hot Organization. Watley was photographed by famous photographer, Victor Skrebneski, for the popular Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue
Defining Style Fall Catalog, where she appeared in a 15 page high fashion layout in 1996.[100] In 2006, Watley would walk the runway with designer Kevan Hall for LA Fashion Week.[101] She is also noted as an influence on contemporary designer Malan Breton. Paradise and SRL.[edit] 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[102][103][104] 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)[105][106] Jody Watley collaborated with music new jack pop duo French Horn Rebellion.[89][107] Also in 2014, Watley, a well documented original member of Shalamar became the legal registered owner though not without challenge[108][109][110][107][111] 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. Watley launched a new online boutique devoted to Shalamar merchandise[112] in tandem with her own longstanding Jody Watley Boutique founded in 1999[102] A string of new American Tour Dates in support of Paradise and introducing the newly reloaded Shalamar included, Oakland, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Jose, Washington D.C. Sacramento, Atlantic City and more.[113][114][115] media blitz to introduce the members that included television in major markets and concerts expanding in and outside of the United States
United States
and included Brazil, The Netherlands and the UK.[116][117][118][119][120] The reloaded version of the group features renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy and newcomer Nate Allen Smith an Ohio native singer, dancer, choreographer[115][121][122][123][124][125] Shalamar Reloaded released a promotional single titled "SlowDance" on July 17, 2015 through Watley's Avitone label. The single was subsequently picked up by independent label Spectra Music
Music
Group and released on October 20, 2015 along with a new video directed by Damien Sandoval.[126] Jody Watley and the new trademarked Shalamar was also featured in a SIRIUSXM Special
Special
"In The Groove with B.K Kirkland which aired in July of 2015.[127][128] The SRL trio with Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy also made television appearances on Chicago's WGN Morning News debut performance[129][130] and KTLA Morning New with Sam Rubin[131][132] It was also announced that the ever eclectic Watley would be a guest vocalist on highly acclaimed funkster Dam-Funk's second album "Invite The Light" via Rolling Stone.[133] Jody Watley
Jody Watley
and Shalamar Reloaded continue to add touring dates in the United States. They have also had festival appearances in the United Kingdom including Let's Rock London. Jody has also taken to Shalamar Reloaded to Japan, Brazil and Netherlands and added them to Superfreestyle arena dates in America as of 2015 and 2016 announcements.[134][122][135] 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.[136] Shalamar Reloaded continue a quest to build a new base releasing their second single and video "O.R.I.G.IN.A.L" in May 2016, "The Mood" and continued adding a series of critically well received concerts.[137][138] In 2017 Shalamar Reloaded changed their name and all social media to a simple monicker of SRL in concerts and promotions with plans to release a debut album "Bridges".[139][140] Personal life and family[edit] Watley has two children: a daughter Lauren with former fiancee music producer Leon Sylvers III and a son Arie with ex-husband Andre Cymone.[141][142][143][144][145] She is the goddaughter of music legend Jackie Wilson[146] Her younger sister is singer and former pornographic actress Michele Watley, better known as Midori.[147][148][149] Discography[edit] Main article: Jody Watley
Jody Watley
discography

Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1987) Larger Than Life (1989) Affairs of the Heart (1991) Intimacy (1993) Affection (1995) Flower (1998) The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
(1999) Midnight Lounge (2001) The Makeover
The Makeover
(2006) Paradise EP (2014) Sanctuary EP (2017)

Tours[edit]

Larger Than Life Tour (1989) The Intimate Tour (1993) Colors of Christmas (2002) Superfreestyle Freestyle Explosion (2015/2016) Various Tours ongoing

Awards and nominations[edit] Grammy
Grammy
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1983 "Dead Giveaway" Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal[11] Nominated

1988 Jody Watley Best New Artist Won

"Looking for a New Love" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

American Music
Music
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1988 "Looking for a New Love" Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Nominated

MTV
MTV
Video Music
Music
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1988 "Some Kind of Lover" Best Female Video Nominated

Best New Artist
Best New Artist
in a Video Nominated

1989 "Real Love" Best Female Video Nominated

Best Dance Video Nominated

Breakthrough Video Nominated

Best Direction in a Video Nominated

Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated

Best Editing in a Video Nominated

Soul Train
Soul Train
Music
Music
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1988 "Looking for a New Love" Best Music
Music
Video Nominated

Best R&B/Soul Single, Female Nominated

Jody Watley Best R&B/Soul Album, Female Nominated

Billboard Music
Music
Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008

Lifetime Achievement Award Won

See also[edit]

Book: Jody Watley

List of best-selling music artists List of number-one dance hits (United States) List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart

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Jody Watley
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External links[edit]

Jody Watley
Jody Watley
at AllMusic Jody Watley
Jody Watley
on IMDb

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby
& the Range Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best New Artist 1988 Succeeded by Tracy Chapman

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Studio albums

Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1987) Larger Than Life (1989) Affairs of the Heart (1991) Intimacy (1993) Affection (1995) Flower (1998) The Saturday Night Experience
The Saturday Night Experience
(1999) Midnight Lounge (2001) The Makeover
The Makeover
(2006)

Compilations

Greatest Hits (1996)

Remix albums

You Wanna Dance with Me? (1989) Remixes of Love
Remixes of Love
(1994)

Singles

"Looking for a New Love" "Still a Thrill" "Don't You Want Me" "Some Kind of Lover" "Most of All" "Real Love" "Friends" "Everything" "Precious Love" "I Want You" "I'm the One You Need" "It All Begins with You" "Your Love Keeps Working on Me" "When a Man Loves a Woman" "Ecstasy" "Affection" "Off the Hook" "Looking for a New Love" "Borderline" "I Want Your Love"

Featured singles

"This Is for the Lover in You" (w/ Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett & Jeffrey Daniel)

Related topics

Discography Shalamar Avitone Records

Book:Jody Watley

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Shalamar

Jeffrey Daniel Jody Watley Gary Mumford Gerald Brown Howard Hewett Delisa Davis Micki Free Sydney Justin Carolyn Griffey

Studio albums

Uptown Festival Disco Gardens Big Fun Three for Love Go for It Friends The Look Heartbreak Circumstantial Evidence Wake Up

Singles

"Ooh Baby, Baby" "The Second Time Around" "This Is for the Lover in You" "A Night to Remember" "I Can Make You Feel Good" "There It Is" "Dancing in the Sheets"

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(1965) Tom Jones (1966) No award given (1967) Bobbie Gentry
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