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Jody Watley

Grammy Award-winning vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself with the dance-soul trio Shalamar before she embarked on a solo career that brought her several Top Ten pop hits and a reputation as "The Queen of Cool." Watley was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1959, but grew up in Los Angeles. Her teenage gig as a dancer on Soul Train led to a meeting with the hit TV show's booking agent, Dick Griffey. Along with Jeffrey Daniel and Gerald Brown, Watley was recruited by Griffey to join Shalamar in 1977. A string of poppy dance-soul hits featuring Watley began in 1978 with "Take That to the Bank." Watley left the group in 1982 and moved to London, where she recorded some demos with the Art of Noise. It was during this time that she was invited by Bob Geldof to appear on the 1986 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid. She returned to the U.S. late in the year and began working on her solo debut.

Recorded with hit producers Bernard Edwards, David Z., Patrick Leonard, and André Cymone -- who eventually became her husband until 1995, when the two divorced -- Watley's 1987 self-titled debut became an instant smash courtesy of its lead single, "Looking for a New Love," and its catch phrase, "hasta la vista, baby." Similarly stylish videos accompanied the hits "Don't You Want Me" and "Still a Thrill" and helped earn her the award for Best New Artist at the 30th annual Grammy Awards. Two years later, she returned with the ambitious album Larger Than Life and the number two pop hit "Real Love." The album's second single, "Friends," was an early R&B/hip-hop blend with Eric B. & Rakim making an appearance. The remix album You Wanna Dance with Me? surfaced a year later, as did the million-selling exercise video Dance to Fitness. Fashion spreads and an appearance in a Gap ad campaign were other non-musical activities and helped earn her a spot on People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list.

More mature music appeared on both 1991's Affairs of the Heart and 1993's Intimacy, and while they weren't the major hits her earlier efforts were, they were well received by critics and helped strengthen her loyal fan base. She also worked with legendary composer Henry Mancini on the soundtrack to the Blake Edwards film Switch during this time and accepted an offer to sing at the White House in 1992. The 1995 album Affection found the singer off her longtime label, MCA, and on her own independent label, Avitone. Her 1998 effort Flower found her on Atlantic worldwide, but the label didn't release the album in the States. A year later, Destiny's Child put the Watley-penned "Sweet Sixteen" on their multi-platinum album The Writing's on the Wall, while Watley herself was working on a new dance sound that was slightly more left-field but still stylish and tasteful. The Japanese-only The Saturday Night Experience, Vol. 1 landed in 1999. She returned to the dance chart in 2000 with the Masters at Work-produced "I Love to Love" featuring Roy Ayers. House tastemakers Ron Trent and Blaze remixed the single "Saturday Night Experience" for the U.K. label Giant Steps in 2001, and the sophisticated Midnight Lounge appeared on Shanachie the same year. In 2005, she appeared on King Britt's album This Is, and climbed back on top of the dance chart with a remix of her classic "Looking for a New Love." The following year, Watley released a new album, The Makeover, featuring a cover of Madonna's "Boderline," which made it to number two on the dance chart. Further singles from the album also climbed the dance chart. "A Beautiful Life" made it to number five, and "I Want Your Love" went to number. In 2008, Billboard honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she appeared in a fashion spread alongside Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Tina Turner in Vogue Italia. Featuring black models almost exclusively, the issue was the first to sell out in the magazine's history.

During the early 2010s, Watley stayed active through collaborations with French Horn Rebellion and a string of performances, including one at the 2013 Essence Music Festival. "Nightlife," released in 2013, became her 19th solo Top 20 dance-chart hit. Shortly thereafter, she became the legal and registered trademark owner of the Shalamar name. A diverse, high-energy Watley EP, Paradise, followed in 2016, as she led Shalamar Reloaded, featuring two new partners, through touring. ~ David Jeffries
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Makeover

2. Don't You Want Me

3. Waiting In Vain

4. A Beautiful Life

6. I Want Your Love

7. Love Hangover

8. Borderline

10. Friendz

11. The Makeover (Superstar)

12. Midnight Lounge

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Track List: Midnight Lounge

1. Midnight Lounge

2. Whenever...

3. Photographs

4. I Love To Love

5. Skin Deep

6. More

7. Saturday Night Experience

8. Clouds

9. Don't Give Up

10. The Essence

11. Midnight Lounge (Reprise)

12. Whenever (Afro Kozmic Soul Remix)

13. Photographs (Eastwest Connection Remix)

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Track List: The Best Of Jody Watley - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. Looking For A New Love

2. Don't You Want Me

3. Some Kind Of Lover

4. Most Of All

5. Real Love

6. Friends (feat. Eric B. & Rakim)

7. Everything

8. I'm The One You Need

9. Your Love Keeps Working On Me

10. Off The Hook

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Track List: Affairs of the Heart

1. I Want You

2. Call On Me

3. i'm the one you need

4. Affairs Of The Heart

5. commitment of love

6. it all begins with you

7. dance to the music

8. strange way

9. always and forever

10. until the last goodbye

11. Stolen Moments

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Track List: Candlelight (Radio Edit) (Single)

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I USE TO BUMP THIS SONG ITS A CLASSIC BY JODY WATLEY CALLED DONT YOU WANT ME..THIS JAM MAKES YOU DANCE AND SING TO I REMEMBER BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN I WOULD PKAY THIS SONG IN MY CAR WHILE I WAS CRUISING UP AND DOWN THE CITY OF ORANGE WITH MY BABYBOY SERGIO WIZARD VASQUEZ REST IN PEACE LOVE TOU FOREVER AND EVER MY GUARDING ANGEL...
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❤❤❤❤❤
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This is all my SiSters Enjoy the days allways also Rip Santa we LOVE U
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Jody call me or email me delano.goods e a l @ g m a i l . c o m
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IMC ARTIST/COSUL T A N T
INDUSTRYMIND S C O N S U L T I N G . G O V
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This song u step to wit ur man
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I want Your Love...
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I always loved this song I never knew it was my age
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babygirlbk69 3 1
SHE HAD SUM HOT SONGS ON DA REAL,I MISS THOSE DAYS.I MISS NJODY WATLEY'S MUSIC
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People. Youtube her or Facebook follow her. She never left. The underground and dance hits she continues to make are unreal. Her live shows are awesome. Look up "Nightlife" and the difference remixes and video. The original and classic mixes are my favorites. She now owns the name "Shalamar" and tours plus records with a new line-up.
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Love her always...her music is timeless.
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I remember when this song came on the radio dance my butt off I love all her songs! ��
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carrielinare s
This freaked me out. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry. This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.
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*Jody Watley* is still amazing & beautiful! A come-back is on the request line! She is true talent! ; )
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Epitome of CLASS! Jody Watley.
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Looking for a new love
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Timeless ❤��������
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Jody watley bad girl
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My love was true till you threw it all away!
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Ha ha ha, I still have one of Jody Watley's Cassette tapes! Are You Lookin' For A New Love? Don't You Want Me?
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Don't you want me?
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"¿"
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sounds so good
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Awwww Yes...Jody Watley�� I Love her. She brought such great music to our planet and oh man can she dance!
I have such good memories of dancing to her tunes.��
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iammagoo123
Hey just gotta say this song is old school luvin it always never get tired of hearing it thank you always
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Love you jody forever, great memories. PEACE☆★♡♥
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The concert this past weekend with The System, Lilo Thomas and of course the beautiful Jody Watley was great!!!!! had a good time.
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The very best and my dearest best wishes.
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Jody Watly was the s**t oh yeah her music always made my man come running bac missing me
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An inspirationa l and gorgeous vocal range that is timeless..
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thm1des
Go Jody...music is new again the first time someone hears it. Rock on.
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Real love I want one gotta have one XD
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Murder.. And d first degree.?
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Rembering the old songs
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"Call On Me "Smoove-Groo v e
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
~ H-Town~Rocki n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
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Always had a crush on Jody since the 70's
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we all should make music together !!! great team players!!!lo v e all of you!!
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love you forever!! babycakes!!!
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games games games so sad !! life should never be played as fun and games !!! you can really hurt someone !!! very very close !!! maybe youll suceed!! and win !!! keepup the goodwork !!!
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olds school is the best !! goodtimes are missed !!love was really good back in days? boy i missed those days!! if i had one wish i would wish for love love all day long !!! never get tired of saying it !!
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Brings back memories
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Lover her, she takes me back to when I was a kid listening to A New Love.
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Where is this now!!!
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She's hot. Always been.
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Jody Watley was the Fly Girl of Pop. Sistah Girl made her mark.
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Jody has a great voice love this song
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Friends hard to find
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christine.ca p o l i n o
Omg I love this song !!!!
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anitaalvino
Still the same
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she cool
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Talk about reinventing oneself! I love her sound now just as much as I did back in the day!
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