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Jody Vanessa Watley : Born January 30, 1959
Starting her musical career through the U.S. television show Soul Train, Jody went on to be selected as one of the original members of Shalamar (1977 to 1983).
A 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. & Rakim on Friends.
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 (The Remixes), a cover of the Chic classic.
Jody featured in the historic 'The Black Issue' of Vogue Italia in July 2008.