Friday, April 21, 2017

Trailblazers in Black History: Jody Watley

The following is an excerpt from a February 24, 2017, article entitled Some Kind of Wonderful: A Conversation with Jody Watley, Warrior Woman and Master of Reinvention

By Quentin Harrison

Jody Watley has been a musical chameleon for four decades, and in her fifth she shows no sign of creative fatigue. Her solo gambit was cast on February 23, 1987 when her debut album Jody Watley was released to the public and impacted hard. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.  The long player spun off five hit singles in “Looking For a New Love,” “Still a Thrill,” “Don't You Want Me,” “Some Kind of Lover” and “Most of All,” but held several other tracks that helped the album, as a whole, storm the charts. Watley netted the “Best New Artist” Grammy Award the following year and went on to record more music that pushed the boundaries of what contemporary R&B could accomplish.

Earlier this week, Watley graciously sat down with Albumism’s Quentin Harrison to discuss her eponymous debut album and its enduring impact and appeal. Additionally, the acclaimed singer-songwriter shared her knowledge as a woman of color in the arts and what that means in today's environment which has grown increasingly harsh toward women.

Click here for the full article. 


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