Jody Watley is a Grammy Awards-Winning pioneer in music & fashion! You can find her name on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Top 60 Female Artists of All Time.” Hear why Jody views going solo as a blessing and how she has recently found her sanctuary in the kitchen! – Rushion McDonald. Listen to her full interview at Money Making Conversations
March 7, 1992 – 27 Years Ago Today: Jody Watley had the Hot Shot Debut at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her single, “I’m The One You Need.” This was Watley’s 11th consecutive solo single to chart on the Hot 100 and it became her 7th Top 20 hit when it peaked at No. 19 on May 16, 1992. The single was written by Watley with Alec Chantzis and David Morales and was her 9th solo entry on the Billboard Dance Songs Chart where it peaked at No. 3. Please click the following link to view the accompanying video:
March 7, 1987 – 32 Years Ago Today: Jody Watley debuted at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her single, “Looking For A New Love.” This Jody Watley/Andre Cymone-penned single was her chart debut as a solo artist after serving as the female singer for the R&B-dance trio, Shalamar, from 1977-1983. “Looking For A New Love,” peaked at No. 2 for four weeks beginning May 2, 1987 stalled behind Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” and U2’s “With Or Without You.” It was the first of 12 Hot 100 singles Watley scored between 1987-98 which included seven Top 40’s, six of which were Top Tens. Two of the singles, including “Looking For A New Love” were also No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B Chart. Watley won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1987. Please click the following link to view the accompanying video:
Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & 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.
In 2018 Watley was listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Female Artists of All Time as well as Top Dance Artists of All Time. 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. 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.
Watley will take the stage for Taste of Soul for a hit packed set that will also include her much buzzed about new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy on the 94.7 The Wave Stage.
Dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival, The Taste of Soul Family Festival takes features a taste of all things “soulful” including food from local restaurants, live entertainment, displays from local artists, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations.
While many of my fans noted I should be higher in the list with my influence notable in at least 3 in the Top 10, which are points I can’t disagree with.. it’s an honor nevertheless to be in the Top 60 Best Female Artists of All Time as Billboard celebrate their first 60 years.
Considering how many women release music and hope to have at least one hit and understanding no one expected much from me when I departed Shalamar this newest benchmark is again very special.
Having multiple hits, influence and most of all longevity with a happy spirit and always remaining true to myself as an artist is really everything.
Thank you to everyone still supporting me on this journey.
Jody Watley’s “Waiting In Vain” is such a beautiful musical companion for spring and summer and it’s nice to see the single being so well received. It’s remained in the Top 10 on the Smooth Jazz Network and was a Top 25 on the Billboard Magazine Smooth Jazz Chart.
Making that move onto a new chart benchmark, Jody Watley has her first chart entry on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Network Chart with her reimagined interpretation of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain” produced by Watley and longtime co-producer Rodney Lee.
The first entry as a solo artist was 1987 with her Grammy Winning Debut’s “Looking for A New Love.” In a career spanning decades Watley’s music has continued to cross genres with notable chart entries in Pop, R&B, Hip Hop/Rap, Dance, and Electronica.
Going back further to Watley’s teen years as an original member of the Disco / R&B trio Shalamar “Take That To The Bank” in 1978 you can also add the Disco Chart.