GRAMMY winner, multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner and style icon, Jody Watley, is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music. Listed in 2018 as one of Billboard Magazine's Top 60 Female Artists of All time, Jody brings her greatest hits and eclectic repertoire of R&B/Pop, Dance, Jazz to the intimate setting of the Blue Note Hawaii for a special "Jody Watley: Unplugged" concert experience.
From her groundbreaking marriage of rap and R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. and Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
To date as a solo artist: 6 Hot 100 Singles, 15 Top 40 Singles, 13 #1 Dance Singles, 2 #1 R&B Singles, 1 Top 10 Jazz/Smooth Jazz entry "Waiting In Vain"; as an original member of Shalamar 1 Top Ten Hot 100 Single (U.S.), 3 Top 10 R&B Singles.
The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.
Classic Hits Include: "Looking For A New Love," "Don't You Want Me," "Friends," "Everything," "Real Love," "A Night to Remember," "Take That To The Bank."