Jody Watley has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for countless awards. Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, she ranks as one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artist ever with 10 nominations. According to Billboard Magazine she ranks as the 144th most successful R&B artist of all time. Ã¬Looking for a New LoveÃ® and Ã¬Real LoveÃ® are just 2 of her hits from a list that include dozens. 7 years after winning the Grammy for best new artist, in 1995, she became an independent artist and entrepreneur by establishing hew own label, Avitone Recordings, following in the footsteps of fellow artist Prince. In 2008 she launched her online music store www.jodywatleymusicstore.com . One of the highlights of her career was when she participated in the groundbreaking project BAND AID to aid famine relief in Ethiopia, at the invitation of Sir Bob Geldof and featured alongside such performers as George Michael, Sting, Bono, Boy George and more. Jody has recently enjoyed 3 top ten singles on the billboard dance music chart, including the #1 global dance anthem Ã¬I Want Your LoveÃ®, which also went #1 in the U.K. Ã± adding to an impressive chart span of 32 top ten singles as a solo artist! Often regarded as a style icon for her vibrant Ã¬street chic meets coutureÃ® style and attitude. As a matter of fact last year she was featured in the historic ‘black issue’ of Italian vogue, alongside style icons and trendsetters such as Tina Turner, Angela Bassett and more. Jody’s 10th studio CD, Ã¬Chameleon,Ã® is coming out in the summer 2009 with the first single ‘Candlelight’ available at iTunes and other online outlets as of last week.
She has always been a staunch advocate for the LGBT community, having participated in the groundbreaking HIV/AIDS awareness project, ‘RED, HOT AND BLUEÃ® and having performed at countless benefits and Pride festivals. She was a featured performer at the opening ceremony for the Gay Games in Chicago (July 2006). Watley received much praise for speaking out when she was asked by a local radio station not Ã¬to talk about the Gay Games.Ã®
Catch Grammy Award Winning Artist
…Jody Watley performing live in the Crystal Ballroom at the
GLCC’s 11th annual Stars of the Rainbow Gala and Awards
Show on March 1st at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six.