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Human First Performer - Jody Watley


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She's an innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer: since the mid-90s, Grammy-winning multi-talented Jody Watley has led the way as an entrepreneur working in the independent music world as one of the few already-established female best-selling artists to produce, create and own her recordings.

Known for combining beauty and style as integral aspects of her career as a recording artist and dynamic live performer, Jody's list of accomplishments and achievements is indeed impressive: she's received Billboard Magazine's "Lifetime Achievement Award", nominations for the MTV VMA's (where she remains one of MTV's most nominated artists), NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, and appearing on Broadway as Rizzo in the hit musical Grease!. She's been featured in Vogue, Italian Vogue (including the Historic "The Black Issue), Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Essence and has been named one of America's Most Beautiful People by People Magazine. The first black woman to appear on a Japanese fashion magazine cover (specifically Japan's most elite, SPUR), Jody has performed by special invitation at The White House, participated in Bob Geldof's historic "Do They Know It's Christmas" recording session and video, Force of Nature's Tsunami Relief in Malaysia as well as working on one of the first global HIV/AIDS awareness projects, "Red Hot and Blue" for which she performed the 'Cole Porter' jazz classic "After You Who". Watley continues to work with charities promoting tolerance, as well as prevention and care for those living with HIV and AIDS.

With an amazing 32 Top Ten Singles and 13 No. 1 Singles in the R&B, pop and dance music genres over the past three decades as a solo artist - including such classics as "Looking For A New Love", "Don't You Want Me" and her groundbreaking collaboration with 'Eric B' and Rakim on "Friends" - Jody has consistently broken new ground in music, video and fashion: her 2006 album "The Makeover" benefited from an exclusive collaboration with the Virgin Megastore Music Chain that debuted as the No 1 nationwide store best-seller and No. 3 track on iTunes Electronic Chart.

'Beyonce Knowles' and Destiny's Child recorded one of Jody's compositions "Sweet Sixteen" on their best-selling "Writings on The Wall" album and Jody's special guest appearances have included work with Roy Ayers, 4Hero, Rahsaan Patterson and George Michael. An update of the Shalamar hit "For The Lover In You" by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds featured Jody and LL Cool J.

Entrepreneur, label owner, recording artist, producer, songwriter and performer, actress; Jody Watley celebrates three decades in the world of entertainment carving her own destiny, very much her own woman, truly an inspiration for artists of today and beyond.

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