Jully Black

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Jully Black
Robin Wong TIFF Schmooze Jully Black.jpg
Black at eTalk Star! Schmooze at the Toronto International Film Festival party in 2007
Background information
Birth name Jullyann Inderia Gordon
Born (1977-11-08) November 8, 1977 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres R&B, Soul, Reggae, Pop
Occupation(s) 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/mic

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.

She was chosen by CBC Music as one of "The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever" and has been dubbed "Canada's Queen of R&B" by fans and peers.

Early life[edit]

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

Musical career[edit]

Black performing in June 2010

At the age of 21, Black was discovered by Warner/Chappel Publishing who immediately signed her. Shortly after, she was courted by Universal Music Canada where she was offered a deal to help propel her career. Black capitalized on these opportunities, which saw her garnish her first Juno Award 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 with 1998's "Rally'n". Subsequent singles also charted, such as "You Changed" and "Between Me and U". That same year, she was invited to contribute to Rascalz' groundbreaking hip hop single, "Northern Touch," but, was unable to participate due to other commitments.[3]

Her debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2003 on MCA Records, under the title I Traveled.[4] however, was shelved after MCA folded that same year.

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 there were "2.8 million illegal file swapping requests for her music in the first two weeks of her album's release".

Also that year, Black played the Preacher in the theatre production of "Da Kink in My Hair" at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The play was a critical success as it sold out all of its 106 performances, being extended 5 times. This led to the weekly TV series on the Global Television Network, with Black singing the opening theme and featured two episodes.

In summer 2007, a new single, "Seven Day Fool," was released, 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, where she performed the song live.

Black was a correspondent on the sixth season of Canadian Idol and hosted the 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards. She has also been a celebrity reporter for the CTV daily entertainment news magazine, etalk.[5] Black is also a featured weekly guest panelist on the CTV daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show, and has been a multiple presenter at both the 2010 and 2011 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards.[6]

In 2009, Black, with YoungPete Alexander and Kellis E. Parker, wrote and released her third studio album, The Black Book. Following its release, Black kicked off a country-wide tour in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[7] In 2011, Black and YoungPete created a new production team known as The Officials. Together, they've written and produced songs on upcoming album, tentatively titled: Made In Canada.

In 2010, a new song by Black, "At the Roncies" (about the Roncesvalles Avenue neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario), was the song chosen by listeners[8] to represent the province in CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest.

Black was 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.[9]

In 2012, Black was nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for 'Best R&B/Soul Recording' for her song "Set It Off" featuring Kardinal Offishall.[10] That same year, Black released an EP, Dropping W(8), a reference to her having these songs and feeling a weight on her shoulders.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Official mixtapes[edit]

  • 2012: Dropping W(8)

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) -

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 & Songs 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"

Filmography[edit]

Network television performances[edit]

  • 2012: CTV's Canada AM (Duet with Donny Parenteau, Alright With Me)
  • 2012: CTV's Marilyn Denis Show (Fugitive)
  • 2012: CBC Canada Day Celebration (O Canada/Seven Days Fool)
  • 2010: CTV's "Juno Awards", Presenter/Performer.
  • 2010: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
  • 2004: CBC's NHL Awards.
  • 2004: CBC's Tonya lee Williams Gospel Jubilee
  • 2004: Show Time/Soul Food Productions Presents “We Plan” Episode #064. Role, Jully Black.
  • 2004: MuchMusic 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: MTV's "Break Out".
  • 2003: CTV's "Juno Award Presentation". Presented Shania Twain the “Artist of the year” Award.
  • 2001: Citytv's New Years Celebration.
  • 2001: MuchMusic's "9/11" Music Tribute and Fund Raiser.
  • 2001: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Final Episode
  • 2001: CBC's "Juno Award Presentation".
  • 2000: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Tenth Year Anniversary Special.
  • 1999: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Black History Celebration.
  • 1998: Citytv's "Electric Circus".
  • 1997: Citytv's "Breakfast 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: CTV's "Interview with Jay-Z", Interviewer.
  • 2008: CTV's Canadian Idol, Mentor
  • 2008: CTV'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

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