Jody Watley

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Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music maverick and one of music's defining artists. 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" released in 1989, 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.

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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Jody Watley Jody Watley 3
1989 Larger Than Life Jody Watley 1
1991 Affairs of the Heart Jody Watley 1
1993 Intimacy Jody Watley 1
1995 Affection Jody Watley 2
1998 Flower Jody Watley 1
2001 Midnight Lounge Jody Watley 1
2006 The Makeover Jody Watley 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Greatest Hits Jody Watley 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jody Watley Jody Watley 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 You Wanna Dance With Me? Jody Watley 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Friends Jody Watley with Eric B. & Rakim 1
1989 Real Love Jody Watley 2
1993 If You Give Your Heart 稻垣吾郎 / Jody Watley 1
2000 I Love to Love Jody Watley 2
2001 Saturday Night Experience Jody Watley 1
2005 Looking for a New Love: 2005 Remixes Jody Watley 1
2008 I Want Your Love Jody Watley 1
2013 Dancing Out French Horn Rebellion feat. Jody Watley & Young Empires 1
2013 Nightlife Jody Watley 1

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