Jully Black follows her love

Jully Black follows her love

Observer writer

Friday, April 26, 2019

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Two years ago, singer Jully Black was named among the '25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever' by CBC Music, a radio network affiliated to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It's an accomplishment she holds dear, but Black wants to accomplish more.

Her latest song, Follow Your Love, is making moves on Canada's iTunes charts. That has motivated her to start work on a broader project.

“I am working on a new EP which I is coming out in early 2020. It has two working titles, Three Rocks and A Slingshot or 20/20,” Black, who was recently in Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

Follow Your Love is produced by KickRaux, a Jamaican based in Dallas, Texas. KickRaux has worked for major American labels including Atlantic Records, Motown, Big Beat and British label XL Recordings.

His production credits include the World Fete rhythm (which features songs by WizKid, Vybz Kartel, Charly Black, Konshens and Masicka); TAO for K-pop artiste ZTAO, Feeling U by Tyga, Ayo Jay and Demarco; Kranium's Nobody Has to Know (remix); XXXO by MIA featuring Jay-Z; Lyrical Anamoly by Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx; Wine to The Top by Vybz Kartel and Wiz Kid, and Digicel's Feel the Beat campaign with Machel Montano.

“Working with KickRaux was an experience. He is incredible and such an amazing soul. When he heard the original version (of Follow Your Love), he decided to come on-board. He 100 per cent walks his talk,” said Black, who was born in Toronto to Jamaican parents. Her mother, who died last year, was from Alexandria, St Ann, while her father is from Spanish Town.

“I am focused on living an inspired life. I was raised in the inner city in Toronto and many didn't think that any of us would become anything positive,” she said.

Black was discovered by Warner Chappell Publishing in 1998. She signed with Universal Music Canada and has collaborated with Nas, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child and Sean Paul.

She has won several Juno Awards (Canada's equivalent to the Grammys), and scored seven singles on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. Among her well-known songs are Sweat of Your Brow, Rally'n, You Changed and Between Me and U.

To date, she has released three studio albums. In 2017, CBC Music named her among an August list of Greatest Canadian Singers, including Neil Young, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Burton Cummings.

“I've had many beautiful career highlights, including opening for Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; sitting with Jay-Z and having a one-on-one with him where we spoke about philanthropy, and life beyond the music. I also sang for Bill Clinton at his 60th birthday party,” Black reflected.

She has also collaborated with several Jamaican artistes like Bounty Killer, Cham and Tanya Stephens.

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