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Jody Watley

Grammy Award-winning vocalist/producer/songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself with the dance-soul trio Shalamar before embarking on a solo career that would bring her numerous Top Ten hits and a reputation as "The Queen of Cool." Watley was born in Chicago, IL, on January 30, 1959, but grew up in Los Angeles. Jody's teenage gig as a dancer on Soul Train would lead to a meeting with the hit TV show's booking agent, Dick Griffey. Along with fellow singers Jeffrey Daniels and Gerald Brown, Watley was recruited by Griffey to join Shalamar in 1977. A string of poppy dance-soul hits that would chart in America and the U.K. began in 1979 with "Take That to the Bank." Watley would leave the group in 1982 and eventually move to London, where she recorded some demos with the Art of Noise. It was during this time that she was invited by Bob Geldof to appear on the 1986 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid. She returned to the U.S. late in the year and began working on her solo debut.

Recorded with hit producers Bernard Edwards, David Z., Patrick Leonard, and André Cymone -- who eventually become her husband until 1995, when the two divorced -- Watley's 1987 self-titled debut became an instant smash courtesy of its lead single, "Looking for a New Love," and its catch phrase, "hasta la vista, baby." Stylish videos accompanied the future hits "Don't You Want Me" and "Still a Thrill" and would help earn her the award for Best New Artist at the 30th annual Grammy Awards. Two years later she would return with the ambitious album Larger Than Life and the number one hit "Real Love." The album's second single, "Friends," was an early R&B/hip-hop blend with Eric B. & Rakim making an appearance. The remix album You Wanna Dance with Me? surfaced a year later as did the million-selling exercise video Dance to Fitness. Fashion spreads and an appearance in a Gap ad campaign were other non-musical activities, all helping to earn her a spot on People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list.

More mature music appeared on both 1991's Affairs of the Heart and 1993's Intimacy, and while they weren't the major hits her earlier efforts were, they were well received by critics and helped strengthen her loyal fan base. She also worked with legendary composer Henry Mancini on the soundtrack to the Blake Edwards film Switch during this time and accepted an offer to sing at the White House in 1992. The 1995 album Affection found the singer off her longtime label, MCA, and on her own independent label, Avitone. Her 1998 effort Flower found her on Atlantic worldwide, but the label didn't release the album in the States. A year later Destiny's Child put the Watley-penned "Sweet Sixteen" on their multi-platinum album The Writing's on the Wall while Watley herself was working on a new dance sound that was slightly more left-field but still stylish and tasteful. The Japanese-only The Saturday Night Experience, Vol. 1 landed in 1999 while 2000 saw her return to the dance charts with the Masters at Work-produced "I Love to Love" featuring Roy Ayers. Tastemaker DJs Ron Trent and Blaze would remix the single "Saturday Night Experience" for the U.K. label Giant Steps in 2001, and a new, sophisticated album, Midnight Lounge, would appear on Shanachie the same year. In 2005, she appeared on King Britt's album This Is and climbed back on top of the dance charts with a new remix of her classic "Looking for a New Love." The following year, Watley released a new album The Makeover featuring a cover of Madonna's "Boderline" which made it to #2 on the dance charts. Further singles from the album also climbed the dance charts with "A Beautiful Life" making it to #5 while "I Want Your Love" went to #1. In 2008 she appeared in a fashion spread alongside Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Tina Turner in Vogue Italia. Featuring black models almost exclusively, the issue was the first to sell out in the magazine's history. That same year, the 1998 album Flower was issued for the first time in the States. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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"Call On Me "Smoove-Groo v e
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
~ H-Town~Rocki n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~
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Always had a crush on Jody since the 70's
we all should make music together !!! great team players!!!lo v e all of you!!
love you forever!! babycakes!!!
games games games so sad !! life should never be played as fun and games !!! you can really hurt someone !!! very very close !!! maybe youll suceed!! and win !!! keepup the goodwork !!!
olds school is the best !! goodtimes are missed !!love was really good back in days? boy i missed those days!! if i had one wish i would wish for love love all day long !!! never get tired of saying it !!
Brings back memories
Lover her, she takes me back to when I was a kid listening to A New Love.
Where is this now!!!
She's hot. Always been.
Jody Watley was the Fly Girl of Pop. Sistah Girl made her mark.
Jody has a great voice love this song
Friends hard to find
Omg I love this song !!!!
Still the same
she cool
Talk about reinventing oneself! I love her sound now just as much as I did back in the day!
Love her !!
do not play this song again
Best years of my life.
Ms. Watley!! My girl love you!!
jordan.jenni f e r 7 5
I want this song so bad I love it
gllrmmd
still sexy, stylish and a great beautiful lady. I love you jody
Jody was the IT girl back in the day. Loved her. Used to try and dress like her too. Hee, hee.
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. but if you do not post this in two day you will die. now u have started dont stop. put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life.
DONT YOU WANT ME WAS MY ALTIME FAVORITE FROM THIS GROUP SO BABIE DONT U WANT ME TONIGHT!!!! 661 B-TOWN
DONT YOU WANT ME OH YES
LOVE THIS SONG EVERYTHING
FRIENDS was the JAM!
I wish I could go back to those days too! Jody had her own sound and it sounded GREAT! I really miss those days!
juneabug1
Wish I could go back to those days!!!!
luv you jody
man talk about memories great dance song luv the beat
525433228
Real love. Good song. I LOOOVE the lyrics. Very good song. Everybody needs one. Gots to have real love.
525433228
Good song. Good lyrics. Really good lyrics. Oh, yes, don't you want me? Oh, yes, don't you want me>? To touch you and hold you tight, to kiss and love all through the night????? ? GOODNIGHT, SWEET, SEXY DREAMS. MUAHHHHH! PLEASE DON'T TEASE ME!! GOODNIGHT!
525433228
Good song. Really good song. Now this is a good break up song. Been there, done that. I do not EVER want to break up with another person ever again. I'm 50 years old. The next person who wants to be with me better be prepared to grow old with me. I just want one man for the rest of my life. I want a man that doesn't mind being a Grandpa and will stick around for the long haul. My grandkids(wh i c h I dont' have YET) need a grandpa. My Grandpa was Portuguese. Greatest Grandpa any little girl could h
that's the song man!!!!!!! will love it forever!!!!! ! ! !
I have become a huge fan of Jody's voice and musicial works! Her lyrics, vocals, image and personality stand out in a world where most pop and mainstream R&B acts have nothing to offer other than sex appeal and dancing.
I have never been a big fan of JW, primary due to her limited vocal ability; however, I must admit, this was actually a pretty decent song by her...everyt h i n g .
Hm... I always thought that Howard Hewitt was the third person in the group Shalamar...
naimfisher
the sister is all of that. god bless her forever and aday
dbrothaman
I luv this girl!
teresa.malli n 1
They were in the group Shalimar ( for the lover in you a great song) and who was that 3rd wheel guy? more of the 80's and she became the most famous..... don't you want me.....
mspnzz
What was the issue with Jody and Hewitt?
nice
i know for a fact i had a cd by jody watley.i cant remember the title but the name of the song im looking for is love injection.so m e one help me out please
Steve you must be young because in the 90's she was it.
scristinzio
only good song of she had
Love Jody! She has a coupla' tight house-soundi n g tracks out there.Occasi o n a l l y pops up on KCRW as a guest DJ.
cadilac76200 0
smokin hot!!! what ever became of her?
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