80s-90s divas, vocalist Jody Watley has been a true inspiration in the musical world. The most eminent visionaries of her epoch, Jody influence in the contemporary pop music has remained as a key touchstone. Born on January 30, 1959, one of the most innovative and trendsetting singers is actively contributing the musical world since 1977. Native of Chicago, Illinois made her very first stage appearance at age of eight along with her family as well as godfather Jackie Wilson. Her father was gospel radio show host and minister. Shortly after her birth, her family relocated to Los Angeles.
Cited as one of the 50’s Most Beautiful People by People Magazine, Jody Watley was married once. However there is good news for her admirer that she is officially back on the market. Former wife of singer, musician and producer, Andre Cymone is mother of two children, Arie and Lauren. She divorced her husband after living together for eight years. Before marrying her former husband, she had a short-lived relationship with John Taylor.
An innovative music creator, a style-forging pioneer, Jody Watley is reputed for integrating style and beauty as vital aspects of her profession as a singer and vibrant live performer. Grammy Award winning singer, Jody embarked into the music world as a part of Shalmar, a dance-soul trio before establishing herself as a solo artist. She remained in Shalamar since 1977 to 1983 and during her time in the group, they brought a number of hits, such as “A Night To Remember”, “Dead Giveaway”, “For The Lover In You” and “The Second Time Around”. The major reason of leaving the group was conflict between group member and low payments from the recording labels.
After departing from the group, Jody flew to England, where she recorded a song along with Musical Youth as a guest vocal for their album titled “Different Style”. Along with J.J Jeczalik, Ann Dudley and Gary Langan, she recorded Demos. She briefly worked with Phonogram Records. She released two singles under this recording label: “Where the Boys Are” as well as “Girls Night Out”. After spending 2 and half years in England, she flew back to her native land where she scored a recording deal with well known recording label “MCA Records”. In 1987, her debut album “Jody Watley” hit the market. Out of album’s nine songs, six was her own creation. The lead song of the album “Looking for a New Love” turned out to be a smashed hit. On the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, the album climbed at 10 and topped the chart of Billboard Hot R&B Albums Chart. She grabbed a Grammy Award in the category of “Best New Artist” in 1988. She was featured in Harper’s Bazzar, shortly after grabbing the Award. Her second album “Larger than Life” released in 1989, reached sixteenth on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. In 1989, she graced the cover page of Japanese Magazine “SPUR”.
In 1990, Jody Watley started to be actively involved with fashion. Jody was photographed by well-known fashion photographer Steven Meisel, for her 2nd album. She featured in very first celeb advert campaign for well known brand GAP LA Eyeworks as well as magazine, including Vanity Fair, Essence, Rolling Stone, Vogue Italia, Vogue and Harper’s Bazzar. For La Fashion Week, she walked down the ramps along with reputed designer Kevan Hall.
With the motive of changing her musical image and range, she launched her 3rd album, “Affairs of the Heart”. The album was basically inspired by social issues. She then released her fourth album titled “Intimacy”. After parting with her recording label, she formed her own label named “Aviton Records”. In July 1995, she launched her next album “Affection”. In 996, her another album “Greatest Hits” hit the market. Two years later, she launched album “Flower”. Her eight album “Midnight Lounge” was released in Japan and Europe in 2001.
With an astonishing thirty-two Top Ten Singles as well as thirteen no. 1 Singles in dance music, pop and R&B genres over the past 3 decades, Jody Watley has constantly broken new ground in the world of music, fashion and video. More information of the professional life of this musical diva can be searched din wiki.