Recently featured in the historic 'The Black Issue' of VOGUE Italia, Jody Watley in July 2008, Jody Watley is Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter, Producer and President/CEO of Avitone Recordings. She has had 6 Top Ten Pop Hits, 15 Top 40 R&B Hits, 13 Dance Hits. 9 #1 Singles. (Pop, R&B or Dance - 80's, 90's 00's). 9 solo albums, two Greatest Hits and various compilation appearances. Notable singles include; 'Looking For a New Love', 'Don't You Want Me', and the groundbreaking R&B/Pop/Hip Hop collaboration with Eric B and Rakim on 'Friends'. Watley's sultry vocals and engaging onstage aura delight diverse fans around the world.Fast forward-2007 and 2008. Watley was honored by Billboard Magazine with their prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award' after scoring her 9th #1 Single in the US and and her first in decades in the UK;'I Want Your Love', a cover of the CHIC classic.In August 2008, Watley launched her online music store.www.jodywatleymusicstore.com, in addition to 'A Beautiful Life Remixes', which will be exclusive to the store.
She's an innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer: since the 80s, Grammy-winning multi-talented 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 No. 1 Singles in the R&B, pop and dance music genres over the past three decades - including such classics as "Looking For A New Love...
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Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and one of the defining iconic artists of the 1980s 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.
To date, she is best known for her role in being a pioneer setting trends and standards for dance, style, music and video. Early in her solo career she was also noted for her commercial dance pop stylings with a funky edge. Jody Watley is also noted as being the first Pop/R&B singer to include a rapper on the specialized verse/bridge with their collaboration on "Friends" featuring Eric B. & Rakim, which would become a popular formula in commercial Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop.
In 2008, she was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard magazine, and was also prominently featured in the historic black issue of Vogue Italia in 2008.