30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formerly one third of Shalamar between 1977 and 1984, a hugely successful group of the disco era, Watleys first professional experience had come as a dancer on the television show Soul Train. After Shalamar disbanded she made the progression to solo artist, working in a contemporary soul/urban R&B vein. Her self-titled debut album, released in 1987, became a million-seller and included three US Top 10 hits - Looking For A New Love, Dont You Want Me and Some Kind Of Lover. It brought her a Grammy award for Best New Artist of 1987. The subsequent Larger Than Life achieved gold status, and included the US number 2 hit Real Love, as well as further hits Everything and Friends, the latter a collaboration with Eric B And Rakim and Whodini. Precious Love (1990) was remixed by Soul II Souls Simon Law and Im The One...
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