Jully Black

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Biography

Jully Black (pronounced "Julie") (born Jully Ann Inderia Gordon on November 8, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B singer of Jamaican heritage, and was brought up in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto. She has collaborated and written for many notable artists, including Nas, Missy Elliott, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child, and Sean Paul. In addition to her career as a recording artist, Black is also a Celebrity Reporter for CTV's daily entertainment magazine etalk. 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. Her solo debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2003 on MCA Records, under the title I Traveled. 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". At the same time, Black reportedly "struggled to sell 15,000 copies of the same album". 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.



Albums

2003: I Travelled (Unreleased)

2005: This is Me

2007: Revival (Gold)

2009: The Black Book


Awards

Juno Awards:

1999: Best R&B/Soul Recording, "Rally'n" featuring Saukrates (Nomination)

2003: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "You Changed" (Nomination)

2006: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Sweat of Your Brow" (Nomination)

2008: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Revival" (Winner)

2008: Single of the Year, "Seven Day Fool" (Nomination)