Jody Watley Net Worth

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Jody Watley is an American singer, songwriter and record producer with a net worth of $4 million. Jody Watley rolled up her net worth through her many musical gifts. Making her first stage appearance at age eight, Watley got her professional start in the TV dancing show Soul Train in the age of fourteen. Next, she became among the first members of the R&B group Shalamar, with which she performed from 1977 to 1984. After the group’s schism Watley embarked on a solo career, releasing her debut album in 1987.

Jody Watley Net Worth $4 Million Dollars

This record brought her a Grammy award for Best New Artist later that year. When it comes to following, Larger Than Life record, it reached gold status and contained the US #2 hit Real Love, along with additional hits like Everything and Friends. Jody Watley’s next releases, Affairs Of The Heart and Intimacy, just cemented her standing among the very dynamic and skillful modern soul vocalists. To date, her net is best valued for being a trendsetter and a leader who introduced new standards for dancing, design, music and video. Jody also got the credits for including a rapper in the specialized poetry/bridge for the 1st time making use of their cooperation on “Friends” featuring Eric B. & Rakim, which would become a common convention in commercial Pop/R&B/Hip Hop.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 30, 1959
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Profession:Singer, Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist, Fashion Model, Dancer, Actor
Spouse:André Cymone
Children:Arie Cymone, Lauren Watley
Awards:Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
Record labels:MCA Records, SOLAR, Atlantic, Giant Step Records, Avitone Records
Music groups:Shalamar (1977 – 1984), Band Aid (1984)
Nominations:American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards
Movies:Mystery Men
TV shows:"Soul Train" (1967), Larger Than Life Tour (1989), The Intimate Tour (1993), Colors of Christmas (2002), Superfreestyle Freestyle Explosion (2015/2016)

Interesting Facts

1Founded her own record label, Avitone Records, in 1995.
2Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Angela Martinez, for TimeLife's "The Best of Soul Train" DVD collection.
3#1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play week ending June 16, 2007 with a cover of Chic's "I Want Your Love." [June 2007]
4Currently promoting the release of critically acclaimed "The Makeover" International Edition, released via Avitone/ADA-Global [November 2009]
5Popularized the phrase "Hasta La Vista Ba-by" in her hit "Looking For A New Love" before Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984).
6Recorded song with legendary film and television composer Henry Mancini.
7Has had a total of 32 Top Ten Singles since 1987 to date in 2009 in a diverse range of genres from Pop, R&B, Dance and Adult Contemporary.
8Named One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
9Named One of America's Ten Most Beautiful Women by Harper's Bazaar Magazine along with Michelle Pfeiffer.
10On March 3, 1990, her platinum-selling album "Larger Than Life" was nominated for a NARM Award for Best Selling Black Music Album / Female, against Janet Jackson, Karyn White and Anita Baker.
11She has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.
12Her debut album hit #1 on 3 weeks on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and sold over 2 million copies in the US, the lead single "Looking For A New Love", was nominated for a Grammy and also reached #1. The album also included the hits "Still A Thrill" (#3 R&B), "Don't You Want Me" (#3 R&B), "Most Of All" (#11 R&B) and "Some Kind Of Lover" (#4 R&B). She ranks at the #144 most successful R&B artist of all time according to Billboard Magazine.
13Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, ranks as one of MTV Video Music Award's most nominated artist ever, with ten nominations.
14Was nominated for Best Music Video, Best Single and Best Album at the 1988 Soul Train Music Awards.
15Has two kids.
16Was a Soul Train (1971) dancer.
17Goddaughter of Jackie Wilson.
18Was a founding member of the 1970s disco group Shalamar.
19Won a Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist in 1987.
20Sang the pop hits "Looking for a New Love", "Don't You Want Me?", "Some Kind of Lover", "Real Love", "Friends" & "Everything".
21Is the first African-American woman to portray Betty Rizzo in the Broadway revival of "Grease".


1I'm more interested in broadening my creative boundaries and issuing lasting messages of substance than in having record breaking sales.
2I don't want to be a singer who just makes dance records.
3I'm an entertainer and I love to dance, but I've never done major choreography before. If I have a big fear, it's the hand jive routine.
4When you say pioneer, I think cowboy boots, horse and covered wagons, but yeah I guess so.
5I wanted to be a singer when I was 5 years old. But when I was making a new album - kind of before, I listened to a lot of music from the 1970s and everything and every time I listen to albums that Marvin Gaye was going on, a lot of his records--like Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes, and I was thinking about the kind of music that James Brown was kind of making, not just to get up and do your thing, but, "Say it Loud and Proud - Stay in School, get an education!"
6[In 1993] There are a lot of romantic things that I like to talk about, too, and those things really talking about more intimate things, that's real hard sometimes, and you might want something--be afraid to ask.





The Mo'Nique ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Live from Studio Five2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lost & Found1999/Iwriter: "Real Love"
Doctor Dolittle1998performer: "Lovin' You So"
Melrose Place1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 902101993TV Series performer - 1 episode
White Men Can't Jump1992performer: "LET ME MAKE IT UP TO YOU TONIGHT"
Switch1991performer: "It's All There"
Red Hot and Blue1990TV Movie performer: "After You, Who?"
Doogie Howser, M.D.TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Nick Knight1989TV Movie performer: "Real Love" - uncredited



Mystery Men1999Disco Girl
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesMusical Guest
Bananas1982TV SeriesSinger



2012 Soul Train Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon2012TV MovieHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHerself - Performer
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHerself
Unsung2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Catch 212009TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Live with Kelly and Michael2006TV SeriesHerself / Musical Guest
Work Out2006TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Pyramid2003TV SeriesHerself
Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos2001VideoHerself (segment "This Is For The Lover The In You")
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHerself
ABC Afterschool Specials1992-1994TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1994TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Soul Train1980-1993TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Guest / Guest
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Red Hot and Blue1990TV MovieHerself
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The 17th Annual American Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Dance to Fitness1990VideoHerself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
House of Style1989TV SeriesHerself
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
1987 Power Hits: New Year's Eve Countdown1987TV SpecialHerself
New American Bandstand 19651979-1987TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Pops1982TV SeriesHerself
The Best Hit USA2016TV SeriesHerself
One on One with Jasper Cole2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Unsung2010TV Series documentaryHerself (as Shalamar)

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