Grammy Award Winning Artist. Songwriter. Producer.
She’s an innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer in music, video, dance, fashion and style; since the mid-90s, Grammy-winning multi-talented Chicago born Jody Watley has led the way as an entrepreneur working in the independent music world as one of the few already-established female best-selling artists to produce, create and own her recordings.
With an amazing 32 Top Ten Singles and 13 #1 Singles in the Pop and Dance and R&B music genres over the past three decades – including such classics as “Looking For A New Love,” “Don’t You Want Me” and her groundbreaking collaboration with Eric B and Rakim on “Friends”.
One of the defining artists of the 80's, Watley's "Friends" was the first crossover hit to introduce and pair the custom and specialized 16 bar verse with a rapper and singer. The formula became such a popular and successful formula in music that The Grammy's added the "Rap/Sung" Category in 2002.
Jody Watley remains one of MTV's Most Nominated Artists for her video "Real Love" directed by David Fincher and is an alumni and Original Member of Shalamar (1977-1983).
Watley is currently putting the finishing touches on her 10th full length "CHAMELEON".
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