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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.

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