Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop genre. From her ground breaking marriage of rap & R&B to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80’s, to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook. She was the winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987. Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts.
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. For the past five years, the ever multi-tasking Jody Watley has focused on both her thriving solo career and the group project “Jody Watley featuring SRL.” Much like Prince had The Revolution as extensions of his music, SRL allows Watley another outlet for her artistic expression. SRL is a collective of gifted singers, dancers, and choreographers who bring their own cool style and vibe to Watley’s trademark high-energy performances.