GRAMMY-winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics's Dean Van Nguyen as one of music's prominent visionaries whose influence remains a touchstone in contemporary music. In 2017, Jody Watley is an Honoree as "Crossover Music Icon" on the second year of the television broadcast Black Music Honors airing in September in syndication and October on the Bounce network. Jody Watley's groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album "Jody Watley" whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catchphrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious "Best New Artist" award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self-titled album. "Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey.." she states. 7 Hot 100 singles, 13 #1 Dance Singles, 15 Top 40 Singles, 4 #1 R&B Singles and over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it's video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionistas. Since her days as the original female lead vocalist and the distinct female sound of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983 after hits like "A Night To Remember", "Take That To The Bank" "The Second Time Around"; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today's women in contemporary music. An award-winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path. The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films - remains one of MTV's Most Nominated of All Time. Watley's current "Sanctuary" EP produced in collaboration with the UK's Soulpersona is a soulful ode to home, add to the now a new duet with folk artist Peter Harper called "A Million Miles", collaborations with modern funk ambassador Dam-Funk, the nu-jack duo "French Horn Rebellion." The much buzzed about new group project Jody Watley featuring SRL is working on a debut album "Bridges" due in 2018 adding to already released popular singles and videos "The Mood" and "O.R.I.G.in.A.L." Expect more solo music and dynamic concerts around the world. SRL also join Watley live in concert for an always well received "Shalamar Reloaded" section in her concert - it's a must experience concert from start to finish.