Episode 104

Jully Black

Being the bridge of empowerment (Part 1)

February 2, 2020

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Episode Overview

“There’s something about what I do — with music, especially — that really connects people. Understanding that music, especially in my travels, is a universal language.” – Jully Black

In this 2-part episode, we are featuring Canada’s Queen of R&B, Jully Black.

Jully is an award-winning R&B and Soul singer-songwriter. She was named one of the 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever by CBC Music in 2013. She’s collaborated with artists like Nas, Choclair and Kardinal Offishall.  She’s also written songs for Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul and Missy Elliott, among others. All this before releasing her debut album “This Is Me” in 2005.

Jully has also released a number of original songs independently and collaborations which had garnered awards and nominations. Her second album, “Revival” (2007) was certified gold in Canada and won the Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Jully’s third album “The Black Book” (2009) was also nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.

Apart from her music and TV career, Jully has also ventured into theater acting having appeared in the Toronto production of Da Kink in My Hair in 2005. She is currently also part of the Tony Award-winning musical Caroline, or Change playing the role of Caroline.

Jully started 100 Strong & Sexy with the goal of women’s self-development focusing on fitness, spirituality, discipline, accountability, self care and self worth. She has also co-founded Empowered In My Skin with Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson to empower women around the globe and help them live purposefully in the comfort of their own skin.

In this episode, Jully shares her journey in her music career, insights, and life lessons throughout her experience, as well as her goals and purpose. Don’t miss this truly phenomenal conversation with Canada’s Queen of R&B!

“I recognize that a career is what you’re paid for, a calling is what you’re made for. I want to live my life to what I’m actually made for — custom designed for.” – Jully Black

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • How Jully started her music career
  • Her experience working and collaborating with different artists throughout her career
  • The stories behind her songs and music
  • The great influence and inspiration she got from her mother’s life and story
  • How the evolution of the music industry affected her career and how she dealt with it
  • How Jully pursues her passion to help and empower women
  • About playing the main role in her latest musical theater debut
  • Her “I am…”


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