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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameJody Vanessa Watley
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She's an innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer: since the mid-90s, 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.

Known for combining beauty and style as integral aspects of her career as a recording artist and dynamic live performer, Jody's list of accomplishments and achievements is indeed impressive: she's received Billboard Magazine's "Lifetime Achievement Award", nominations for the MTV VMA's (where she remains one of MTV's most nominated artists), NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, and appearing on Broadway as Rizzo in the hit musical Grease!. She's been featured in Vogue, Italian Vogue (including the Historic "The Black Issue), Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Essence and has been named one of America's Most Beautiful People by People Magazine. The first black woman to appear on a Japanese fashion magazine cover (specifically Japan's most elite, SPUR), Jody has performed by special invitation at The White House, participated in Bob Geldof's historic "Do They Know It's Christmas" recording session and video, Force of Nature's Tsunami Relief in Malaysia as well as working on one of the first global HIV/AIDS awareness projects, "Red Hot and Blue" for which she performed the 'Cole Porter' jazz classic "After You Who". Watley continues to work with charities promoting tolerance, as well as prevention and care for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Watley, the goddaughter of music legend Jackie Wilson, got her start on the hit TV show Soul Train (1971) at the age of fourteen. As 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. She was also noted as innovative and influential to teenaged girls all over the United States who copied her hair styles and dance moves. The article states that one of her innovations was to use fans in her dance routines, which were called "freestyle" and "Waack Dancing". Jody Watley is also an original former member of the group Shalamar (1977-1984).

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 as a solo artist - 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" - Jody has consistently broken new ground in music, video and fashion: her 2006 album "The Makeover" benefited from an exclusive collaboration with the Virgin Megastore Music Chain that debuted as the No 1 nationwide store best-seller and No. 3 track on iTunes Electronic Chart.

'Beyonce Knowles' and Destiny's Child recorded one of Jody's compositions "Sweet Sixteen" on their best-selling "Writings on The Wall" album and Jody's special guest appearances have included work with Roy Ayers, 4Hero, Rahsaan Patterson and George Michael. An update of the Shalamar hit "For The Lover In You" by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds featured Jody and LL Cool J.

Entrepreneur, label owner, recording artist, producer, songwriter and performer, actress; Jody Watley celebrates three decades in the world of entertainment carving her own destiny, very much her own woman, truly an inspiration for artists of today and beyond.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Nathan

Spouse (1)

Andre Cymone (29 April 1990 - 1994) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (23)

Is the first African-American woman to portray Betty Rizzo in the Broadway revival of "Grease".
Sang the pop hits "Looking for a New Love", "Don't You Want Me?", "Some Kind of Lover", "Real Love", "Friends" & "Everything".
Won a Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist in 1987.
Was a founding member of the 1970s disco group Shalamar.
Goddaughter of Jackie Wilson.
Was a Soul Train (1971) dancer.
Has two kids.
Was nominated for Best Music Video, Best Single and Best Album at the 1988 Soul Train Music Awards.
Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, ranks as one of MTV Video Music Award's most nominated artist ever, with ten nominations.
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.
She has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.
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.
Named One of America's Ten Most Beautiful Women by Harper's Bazaar Magazine along with Michelle Pfeiffer.
Named One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
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.
Recorded song with legendary film and television composer Henry Mancini.
Popularized the phrase "Hasta La Vista Ba-by" in her hit "Looking For A New Love" before Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984).
Currently promoting the release of critically acclaimed "The Makeover" International Edition, released via Avitone/ADA-Global [November 2009]
#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]
Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Angela Martinez, for TimeLife's "The Best of Soul Train" DVD collection. [2010]
Founded her own record label, Avitone Records, in 1995.
Was with Don Cornelius at the Grammy Awards, before his suicide.
Her mentor when she was young was the late Don Cornelius.

Personal Quotes (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.
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!"
When you say pioneer, I think cowboy boots, horse and covered wagons, but yeah I guess so.
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.
I don't want to be a singer who just makes dance records.
I'm more interested in broadening my creative boundaries and issuing lasting messages of substance than in having record breaking sales.

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