At the age of 21 Jully was discovered by Warner/Chappel Publishing who immediately signed her and shortly after that she was courted by Universal Music Canada where she was offered a deal to help propel her career. Jully capitalized on these opportunities, which saw her garner her first JUNO nomination in 1997 and continue to be nominated almost every year thereafter as well as having the opportunities to collaborate with and/or write for other well-known artists such as Nas, Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul, Kardinal Official, and many others.
Jully’s first release, This Is Me, included the hit singles “Sweat Of Your Brow” and “5x Love” and solidified Jully as an artist in high demand. In 2008, Jully planted her feet even more firmly within the Canadian music industry becoming a household name with her Top 10 single “Seven Day Fool”, a modern take on the Etta James classic. Her sophomore album this single was housed in, Revival, would go on to win Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2008 JUNO awards alongside the nomination for Single of the Year. 2009 saw Jully exercising and perfecting her live performance as well as the release of her next collection of recorded material, entitled The Black Book, which included the hit single “Running”. Jully is now in the final stages of her highly anticipated fourth album, entitled (8)ight, which has been prefaced with a teaser mix tape, “Dropping W(8)” released August 2012. (8)ight has been described as “the future of soul”, combining Jully’s unique and endearing vocals with the rhythmic and eclectic musical styling’s of the album’s sole producer YoungPete Alexander from Atlanta, GA. The songs that reside on this album span the music genre spectrum, incorporating elements of soul, rock, R&B and reggae.
Jully is thankful for the opportunities she has had, and continues to experience – she has performed around the globe in areas such as Bangkok, England, Jamaica, Mexico, and Germany and has opened for powerhouses such as Céline Dion, Alicia Keys and Kanye West. She has headlined Canada Day in London, England’s Trafalgar Square, was hand picked to perform at private event for The Queen, received extraordinary reviews from critics and fans alike at the SXSW conference in Austin, TX, packed the house at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, and kicked off the FIFA world cup concert series and the annual Pride Festival, both held in Toronto. She has toured as the opening act for The Black Eyed Peas as well as her own successful solo heading tours across Canada and the United States. Whether it’s a private event of 100 or a worldwide promoted festival of 50,000, Jully delivers a top tier performances challenged by few.
Jully Black sets herself apart due to continuously exploring and perfectly executing various extension of her brand, which includes charismatically hosting prestigious events (P&G Beauty and Fashion Awards, Toronto Fashion Show 25th Anniversary), delivering engaging motivational speeches (TEDx, public and high schools), fashion and beauty endeavors (Heart Truth Fashion Show with Gene Simmons) among many, many other initiatives.