Jody Watley


  Genre: Hip Hop/R&B
  Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Saturday March 8, 2008, BNI 46
Sunday March 9, 2008, BNI 46
  Website: http://jodywatley.net/
About This Act :
Jody, like artists such as Tina Turner and Cher, has spanned decades in the music industry, making her an icon. and like those divas, time has only served to enhance her talent, poise and beauty. She got her start as a teenager, on the popular show \”Soul Train\” hosted by Don Cornelius and eventually got her big break when she was asked to join the R&B group Shalamar.

As a member of Shalamar during the late 70s, Jody helped the group achieve R&B and pop success as tit racked up a string of hits, including: \”A night to Remember\”. Jody\’s second big break came when she signed with MCA records in 1987 and launched her solo career. Her debut album, the self titled \”Jody Watley\” went platinum plus, and earned her a Grammy award for best new artist in 1988. Jody\’s second album, \”Larger than Life\”, released in 1989, solidified her as a pop icon in the music industry. The first release, \”Real Love\” was a mega-hit, achieving gold status and setting a trend with her new style of bass-thumping dance. Jody\’s album, Affairs of the Heart, departed greatly from the dance diva persona which had become firmly ingrained in the mind of music fans across the globe.

Her next album, Affection, was released on her own label, Avitone Records, in 1995. Though it failed to repeat the success of her first two albums, it did earn her untold respect within the music industry as she racked up credits as songwriter, producer and video director. Meanwhile, she was pursuing other endeavors. Jody has proved to her fans that she is more than just a dance diva. Jody, in fact, is a versatile and exceptional songstress.

( source: abridged from diva station )

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artists

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