Jully Black

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Jully Black
Robin Wong TIFF Schmooze Jully Black.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jullyann Inderia Gordon
Also known as JB
Born (1977-11-08) November 8, 1977 (age 36)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres R&B, Soul, Reggae, Pop
Occupations Singer–songwriter, producer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Jully Black Entertainment Inc. - Universal Music Canada
Associated acts Nas, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Toya Alexis, Sean Paul
Website JullyBlack.com

Jully Black "(born Jullyann Inderia Gordon; November 8, 1977) is a Canadian R&B singer–songwriter and actress. She has collaborated and written for many artists, including Nas, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child, and Sean Paul.

Jully has a dynamic personality, inexhaustible talent, and uncompromising style. She was chosen by CBC Music as one of “The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever.” She has been dubbed as "Canada's Queen of R&B" by fans and peers.

Early life[edit]

Black was born Jullyann Inderia Gordon, in Toronto, Ontario. The youngest of seven children born to Jamaican immigrants, She grew up in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto.[1] She was raised in a strict Pentecostal household by her single mother, Aretha, after her parents divorced when Black was young.

Musical career[edit]

At the age of 21 Jully was discovered by Warner/Chappel Publishing who immediately signed her and shortly after that she was courted by Universal Music Canada where she was offered a deal to help propel her career. Jully capitalized on these opportunities, which saw her garnish her first Juno nomination in 1997 and continue to be nominated almost every year thereafter as well as having the opportunities to collaborate with and/or write for other well-known artists such as Nas, Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul, Kardinal Official, and many others.[2]

Black had a Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts in 1998 with "Rally'n". She has had subsequent hits with singles such as "You Changed" and "Between Me and U". She had also been invited to contribute to Rascalz' groundbreaking hip hop single "Northern Touch" in 1998, but was unable to participate due to other commitments.[3]

Her solo debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2003 on MCA Records, under the title I Traveled.[4] However, it was heavily delayed, MCA eventually folded in 2003, and the album was shelved.

In summer 2005, a newly recorded album, This Is Me, was released by Universal Music Canada. The album included the hit singles "Sweat of Your Brow" and "5x Love". According to a piracy report by IFPI, the international music industry body, there were "2.8 million illegal file swapping requests for her music in the first two weeks of her album's release in 2005".

Also during that year, Black played in the theatre production of "Da Kink in My Hair" at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. A play created and written by Trey Anthony, Jully played the part of the Preacher. The play was a critical success as it sold out all of its 106 performances during its run at the Princess of Wales Theatre and being extended 5 times. This acclaimed accomplishment eventually lead to the play being developed into a weekly televised series on Global TV which Black sang the opening credit theme song and was a featured character in a couple of episodes.

In summer 2007, a new single entitled "Seven Day Fool" was released, eventually becoming Black's first Top 10 hit in Canada. Her second album Revival was released on October 16, 2007 and was awarded the Juno for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year in Calgary on April 6, 2008, at which she was the closing act on the telecast performing "Seven Day Fool".

Black was a correspondent on the sixth season of Canadian Idol. She also hosted the 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards. In addition to her career as a recording artist, Black has been a celebrity reporter for CTV's daily entertainment magazine etalk.[5]

Black performing in June 2010

In 2009, Black, with YoungPete Alexander and Kellis E. Parker, wrote and released her third studio album The Black Book. Following the release of The Black Book, Black kicked off a country wide tour in Vancouver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.[6]

In 2010, a new song by Black, "At the Roncies" (about the Roncesvalles Avenue neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario), was the song chosen by listeners[7] to represent the province of Ontario in CBC Radio2's Great Canadian Song Quest.

In 2011, Black and YoungPete created a new production team by welcoming the talents of choreographer and songwriter Luther Brown, collectively known as The Officials. Together they've written and produced songs on the soon to be released album Made In Canada.

Black was been selected to perform and open for Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival honouring Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2012.[8]

Jully is also a featured weekly guest panelist on CTV's talk show - The Marilyn Denis Show and has been a multiple presenter at both the 2010 & 2011 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards.[9]

In 2012, Black was been nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for 'Best R&B/Soul Recording' for her song "Set It Off" featuring Kardinal Offishall.[10]

In Summer 2012 Jully released an EP including a range of different styles to fans for free. Black named the EP "Dropping W(8)". She mentioned that she had these songs and felt a weight on her shoulders with them and wanted to "drop the weight". The title also reference "wait", as fans have waited for and anticipated new music. Around the same time, Jully recruited interns from all over the country to help get the word out of "Dropping W(8)".

Jully is currently working in studio on "Made In Canada", her much anticipated fourth album with plans to release it internationally and promote it across Canada and the US with plans for a tour throughout Europe.

Musical Influences[edit]

Black cites Etta James and Tina Turner as her musical influences.

Personal life[edit]

Black is a Pentecostal Christian.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Official mixtapes[edit]

  • 2012: Dropping W(8)

FanMade mixtapes[edit]

  • TBA: TBA

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN
1998 "Rally'n" (with Saukrates) I Travelled
2000 "Say No More"
2002 "Between Me and You" (featuring Saukrates)
2005 "Stay the Night"
"Sweat of Your Brow" (featuring Demarco) 16 This Is Me
"5x Love"/"Material Things" (featuring Nas) 30
2006 "I Travelled" 66
"Gotta Let You Know (Scream)"
2007 "Seven Day Fool" 9 Revival
"DJ Play My Song"
2008 "Until I Stay" 33
"Queen"
2009 "Running" 40 The Black Book
2010 "Need You"
"Can U Feel It?" DROPPING W8
"Pushin'"
2011 "Set It Off'"(featuring Kardinal Offishall) -

Remixes[edit]

  • 2010: "Pushin" (Stereo Martini Remix)
  • 2009: "Runnin" (Torro Torro Remix)
  • 2008: "Until I Stay" (Remix EP) - available on iTunes [11]
  • 2007: "Seven Day Fool" (Remix EP) - available on iTunes [12]
  • 2005: "5X Love" featuring apl.de.ap & Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas
  • 2005: "Sweat of Your Brow"

Feature tracks and additional singles[edit]

  • 2011: "Can't Blame Me" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black
  • 2010: "Zodiac Drug"
  • 2010: "Wavin' Flag" (with Young Artists for Haiti)
  • 2009: "On the Line (Lay It)" God Made Me Funky feat. Jully Black
  • 2009: "Drive Me Krazy" Bounty Killer feat. Jully Black (Track 5 "Mighty Oday Riddim"- Various Artists)
  • 2008: "Egbert the Lovebird" feat. Jully Black (Roll Play Children's Album - Various Artists)
  • 2008: "Hold On" H2O feat. Jully Black
  • 2007: "My Last Day" Year of the Monkey feat. Jully Black
  • 2007: "Da Kink In My Hair" (Theme Song for Television Series)
  • 2006: "The Christmas Song" feat. Jully Black (Sounds of the Season CBC Holiday Compilation - Various Artists)
  • 2006: "A Time for Christmas" feat. Jully Black (Sounds of the Season CBC Holiday Compilation - Various Artists)
  • 2004: "One Day" Kyprios feat. Swollen Members, Jully Black, Saukrates
  • 2003: "Life" feat. Jully Black, Esthero, Graph Nobel & Keshia Chante (Official Track For "Keep The Beat 2004", a benefit release for War Child Canada)
  • 2003: "Till Now" Choclair feat. The Circle (Jully Black, Tara Chase, Kardinal Offishall, Ro Dolla, Saukrates, YLook, Solitair)
  • 2003: "Situations" Bravehearts feat. Nas & Jully Black
  • 2002: "Heaven" Nas feat. Jully Black
  • 2002: "You Changed" Jully Black (Brown Sugar Soundtrack)
  • 2002: "Light it Up" Choclair feat. Jully Black
  • 2001: "The Day Before" Baby Blue Soundcrew feat. Baby Cham $ Jully Black
  • 2001: "Ol' Time Killin'" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black, Allistair, IRS & Wio-K
  • 2001: "Powerful" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black & Tara Chase
  • 2000: "Rollin'" Choclair feat. Jully Black
  • 2000: "Money Jane" Baby Blue Soundcrew feat. Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul & Jully Black
  • 1999: “Dissin Us” 2 Rude feat Grimmi Grimmi & Jully Black.
  • 1997: "360 Degrees" Infinite feat. Jully Black
  • 1997: "Jeevin' (Life)" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black
  • 1996: "What it Takes" Choclair feat. Jully Black

Soundtracks[edit]

  • 2010: George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (TV series) – Episode #7.24 (performer: "At The Roncies")
  • 2008: Saving God (performer: "I Travelled")
  • 2007: 'Da Kink in My Hair (TV series) (composer: theme music - 5 episodes)
  • 2006: Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (TV movie) (performer: "Put Your Hand in the Hand")
  • 2004: You Got Served (performer: "Heaven")
  • 2003: The Fighting Temptations (writer: "I Know")
  • 2002: Brown Sugar (performer: "You Changed")

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2013: Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year "Fugitive" (NOMINATION)
  • 2012: Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year "Set It Off" f. Kardinal Offishal (NOMINATION)
  • 2010: Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year "The Black Book" (NOMINATION)
  • 2008: Single of the Year, "Seven Day Fool" (NOMINATION)
  • 2008: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Revival" (WINNER)
  • 2006: Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Sweat of Your Brow" (NOMINATION)
  • 2006: Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series for: Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2006 (NOMINATION)
  • 2005: Canadian Urban Music Award (CUMA) for Dance/Electronic Recording of the Year, "Sweat of Your Brow" (Tricky Moreira [Just BE Remix]) (WINNER)
  • 2004: Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series for: Tonya Lee Williams: Gospel Jubilee (NOMINATION)
  • 2003: Juno Award for “Best R&B/Soul Song” “You Changed”. (NOMINATION)
  • 2002: Much Music Video Award Viewers Choice for Best Canadian Collaboration or Group,” The Day Before”. (NOMINATION)
  • 2002: Much Music Video Award for “Best Rap Video”, “Light It Up”. (NOMINATION)
  • 2001: Juno Award for “Best Rap recording”, “Money Jane”. (NOMINATION)
  • 1999: Much Music Video Award for “Best R&B/Soul Video”. “Rally’n”. (NOMINATION)
  • 1999: Juno Award for “Best R&B/Soul Song”. “Rally’n”. (NOMINATION)
  • 1998: Much Music Video Award for “Best Rap Video”, “360”. (NOMINATION)
  • 1997: Juno Award for “Best Rap Recording”, “What It Takes”. (WINNER)

Recognitions and achievements[edit]

  • 2008: CRIA Certified Gold, Revival
  • 2004: CRIA Certified Platinum ‘Women & Song 7”
  • 2003: RIAA Certified Platinum “God’s Son” Nas.
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Platinum, “All Stars 2001”.
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Double Platinum, Sugar Jones “Sugar Jones”.
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Gold, Baby Blue Sound Crew Private party Vol. 2.
  • 2000: CRIA Certified Gold, Baby Blue Sound Crew Private party Vol. 1.
  • 2000: CRIA Certified Triple Platinum, “All Stars 2000”.
  • 1999: CRIA Certified Gold, Choclair’s “Ice Cold”.
  • 1999: CRIA Certified Double Platinum, “Dance Hits”.

Opening act/international performance history[edit]

  • 2012: Celine Dion, Jamaica Jazz Festival (Montego Bay, Jamaica).
  • 2011: Alicia Keys (Toronto)
  • 2011: Prince, Welcome2Canada Official After Party (Toronto).
  • 2010: "Canada Day" in London, England at Trafalgar Square.
  • 2010: MIDEM Conference in Cannes, France.
  • 2010: Debut performance in Grand Bahama Island.
  • 2010: Popkomm Music Festival, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2010: Music Matters Conference in Hong Kong
  • 2010: Kanye West, Singapore.
  • 2010: Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival (Waterloo).
  • 2008: FIFA World Cup Celebration (Toronto).
  • 2005: The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business Tour (Canada)
  • 2004: Yellow Card (Toronto)
  • 2003: 50 Cent and Jay-Z, Molson Amphitheatre (Toronto).
  • 2003: Dwele, CNE Band Shell (Toronto).
  • 2001: Kiss 92.5 Fannie Awards (Toronto).
  • 2001: Shaggy, Fall (USA).
  • 2001: Shaggy, Spring (USA).
  • 2000: Destiny's Child, Kings Wood Theatre, Kiss 92.5 Wham Bam Thank You Jam (Toronto).
  • 1999: Destiny's Child, Roy Thompson Hall, House of Blues (Toronto).
  • 1998: Donell Jones, Atlantis Entertainment Complex (Toronto).
  • 1997: Usher, Kaboom Night Club (Toronto).

Network television performances[edit]

  • 2012: CTV' Canada AM (Duet with Donny Parenteau, Alright With Me)
  • 2012: CTV's Marilyn Denis Show (Fugitive)
  • 2012: CBC Canada Day Celebration (Oh Canada/Seven Days Fool)
  • 2010: C.T.V’s “Juno Awards", Presenter/Performer.
  • 2010: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
  • 2004: C.B.C’s NHL Awards.
  • 2004: C.B.C’s Tonya lee Williams Gospel Jubilee
  • 2004: Show Time/Soul Food Productions Presents “We Plan” Episode #064. Role, Jully Black.
  • 2004: Much Music Presents “Behind the Threads” an up-close look at the women of the Garment industry. Jully Black travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh to cover the story.
  • 2003: Toronto 1 Live Performance
  • 2003: M.T.V “Break Out”.
  • 2003: C.T.V’s “Juno Award Presentation”. Presented Shania Twain the “Artist of the year” Award.
  • 2001: City TV’s New Years Celebration.
  • 2001: Much Music’s “9/11” Music Tribute and Fund Raiser.
  • 2001: Much Music’s “Da Mix” Final Episode
  • 2001: C.B.C’s “Juno Award Presentation”.
  • 2000: Much Music’s “Da Mix” Tenth Year Anniversary Special.
  • 1999: Much Music’s “Da Mix” Black History Celebration.
  • 1998: City TV’s “Electric Circus”.
  • 1997: City TV’s “Break fast Television”.

Television and film appearances[edit]

  • 2012: The Marilyn Denis Show (TV series), Panelist.

– Episode #2.79 (2012) … Herself – Episode #2.44 (2011) … Herself – Episode #1.15 (2011) … Herself

  • 2010: George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (TV series)

– Episode #7.24 (2010) … Herself - Performer – Episode dated 2 December 2009 (2009) … Herself

  • 2009: eTalk (TV series), Correspondent

- Episode dated 18 March 2009 - Episode dated 20 March 2009 - Episode dated 3 April 2009 - Episode dated 23 April 2009 - Episode dated 27 April 2009 - Episode dated 17 August 2009 - Episode dated 19 August 2009 - Episode dated 20 August 2009 - Episode dated 27 August 2009 - Episode dated 3 September 2009 - Episode dated 10 September 2009 - Episode dated 12 October 2009 - Episode dated 16 October 2009 - Episode dated 2 December 2009 - Episode dated 28 January 2010 - Episode dated 7 April 2010 - Episode dated 28 April 2010 - Episode dated 29 June 2010

  • 2009: C.T.V.'s "Interview with Jay-Z", Interviewer.
  • 2008: C.T.V's Canadian Idol, Mentor
  • 2008: C.T.V.'s "Jammin in Jamaica with Jully Black", Host.
  • 2008: Saving God (character: Aunt Essie)
  • 2007: 'Da Kink in My Hair (TV series) (character: Veronika)
  • 2007: My Gift Is My Song: George Canyon Christmas (TV movie), Musical Guest
  • 2006: Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2006 (TV movie)
  • 2005: Video on Trial (TV Series)

– Episode #1.28 (2006) … Herself – Episode #1.9 (2005) … Herself – Episode #1.2 (2005) … Herself

Vocal training[edit]

  • Enriched Music Grades 11, 12 and OAC, Oakwood Collegiate Institute.
  • Classical Music, Chamber Choir, Operas.
  • Church Choir, Revival Time Tabernacle (Toronto).
  • Bill Vincent’s, Voices and Company, Authorized “Speech Level Singing, Actors Voice & Text Stage" Dialects.
  • Theodore Gentry, Jazz & Classical Vocal Coach.

Vocal history[edit]

  • 2004: Capitol/EMI records present “'Unity” The official 2004 Olympics Album. Destiny's Child “I Know” the Will I am remix co-written By Jully Black.
  • 2004: Sony Pictures Presents “You got served” The Movie. “Heaven” NaS featuring Jully Black.
  • 2003: Destiny's Child “I Know” Featured in The fighting Temptations Movie and Soundtrack Co-Written By Jully Black
  • 2001: Sugar Jones “Leave Hurt Alone” Co-Written by Jully Black.

References[edit]

[13]

External links[edit]