GRAMMY®-winner and three-time GRAMMY®-nominee Jody Watley, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer, independent label owner and style-icon ,is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music.
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: six Hot 100 Singles, 15 Top 40 Singles, 13 #1 Dance Singles, two #1 R&B Singles.
Listed as one of Billboard Magazine's Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist GRAMMY® in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack since her days as the original female lead and sound of the group Shalamar. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum and bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. The Jody Watley concert experience is an energetic hit packed music journey spanning decades.