Jully Black

Jully Black (born Jullyann Inderia Gordon, November 8, 1977) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and actress. She has collaborated and written for many artists, including Nas, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child, and Sean Paul.

Jully Black
Black at The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show in February 2012
Black at The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show in February 2012
Background information
Birth nameJullyann Inderia Gordon
Born (1977-11-08) November 8, 1977 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario
GenresR&B, Soul, Reggae, Pop
  • Singer-songwriter
  • producer
  • actress
Years active1995–present
LabelsJully Black Entertainment Inc. - Universal Music Canada
Associated actsNas, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Toya Alexis, Sean Paul

She was chosen by CBC Music as one of "The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever" and has been dubbed "Canada's Queen of R&B" by her fans and peers.

Early lifeEdit

Black was born Jullyann Inderia Gordon to Jamaican immigrants. She is the youngest of nine children, she grew up in the North York district in the neighbourhood of Jane and Finch in Toronto, Ontario.[1] After her parents divorced when Black was a child, she was raised in a strict Pentecostal household by her single mother, Aretha.

Musical careerEdit

Black performing at Luminato in June 2010 in Toronto, Ontario

At age 19, Black was discovered by Warner/Chappell Music who immediately signed her. Shortly after, she was courted by Universal Music Canada where she was offered a deal to help propel her career. Black capitalized on these opportunities, which saw her garnish her first Juno Award 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 Offishall, and many others.[2]

Black had a Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts with 1998's "Rally'n". Subsequent singles also charted, such as "You Changed" and "Between Me and U". In the same year, she was invited to contribute to Rascalz' groundbreaking hip hop single, "Northern Touch", but was unable to participate due to other commitments.[3] In 1999, she appeared on 2Rude's single "Dissin Us", which won the MuchMusic Video Award for Best R&B/Soul Video in 2000.[4]

Black's debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2014 on MCA Records, under the title I Traveled.[5] however, was shelved after MCA folded that same year.

In Summer 2005, a newly recorded album, This Is Me, was released by Universal Music Canada. The album included the hit singles "Sweat of Your Brow" and "5x Love". According to a piracy report by IFPI there were "2.8 million illegal file swapping requests for her music in the first two weeks of her album's release".

Also in the same year, Black played the Preacher in the theatre production of "Da Kink in My Hair" at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Downtown Toronto. The play was a critical success as it sold out all of its 106 performances, being extended 5 times. This led to the weekly TV series on the Global Television Network, with Black singing the opening theme and featured two episodes.

In Summer 2007, her new single, "Seven Day Fool", was released, becoming Black's first Top 10 hit in Canada. Her second album, Revival, was released on October 16, 2007, and was awarded the Juno for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, where she performed the song live.

Black was a correspondent on the sixth season of the CTV reality competition show Canadian Idol and hosted the 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards. She has also been a celebrity reporter for the CTV daily entertainment news magazine program, etalk.[6] Black is also a featured weekly guest panelist on the CTV daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show, and has been a multiple presenter at both the 2010 and 2011 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards.

In 2009, Black, alongside YoungPete Alexander and Kellis E. Parker, wrote and released her third studio album, The Black Book. Following its release, Black kicked off a country-wide tour in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[7] In 2011, Black and YoungPete created a new production team known as "The Officials". Together, they've written and produced songs on upcoming album, tentatively titled: Made In Canada.

In 2010, a new song by Black, "At the Roncies" (about the Roncesvalles Avenue neighbourhood of Toronto), was the song chosen by listeners[8] to represent the province of Ontario in CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest.

Black was selected to perform and open for Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival honouring Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2012.[9]

In 2012, Black was nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for 'Best R&B/Soul Recording' for her song "Set It Off" featuring Kardinal Offishall.[10] In the same year, Black released an EP, Dropping W(8), a reference to her having these songs and feeling a weight on her shoulders.

In 2020, Black performed on FreeUp! The Emancipation Day Special.[11]



Official mixtapesEdit

  • 2012: Dropping W(8)


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1998 "Rally'n" (with Saukrates) I Travelled
2000 "Say No More"
2002 "Between Me and You" (featuring Saukrates)
2005 "Stay the Night"
"Sweat of Your Brow" (featuring Demarco) 16 This Is Me
"5x Love"/"Material Things" (featuring Nas) 30
2006 "I Travelled" 66
"Gotta Let You Know (Scream)"
2007 "Seven Day Fool" 9 Revival
"DJ Play My Song"
2008 "Until I Stay" 33
2009 "Running" 40 The Black Book
2010 "Need You"
"Can U Feel It?" DROPPING W(8)
2011 "Set It Off'" (featuring Kardinal Offishall)
2012 "Fugitive" Non-album single
2014 "Here 2 Love U" Non-album single
2015 "Fever" Non-album single
2019 "Follow Your Love (Remix)" Non-album single
2020 "Mi No Fraid" Non-album single


  • 2010: George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight – Episode #7.24 (performer: "At The Roncies")
  • 2008: Saving God (performer: "I Travelled")
  • 2007: Da Kink in My Hair (composer: theme music - 5 episodes)
  • 2006: Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (TV film) (performer: "Put Your Hand in the Hand")
  • 2004: You Got Served (performer: "Heaven")
  • 2003: The Fighting Temptations (writer: "I Know")
  • 2002: Brown Sugar (performer: "You Changed")

Sweat of Your Brow" (Tricky Moreira [Just BE Remix]) (WINNER)

  • 2004: Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series for: Tonya Lee Williams: Gospel Jubilee (NOMINATION)
  • 2003: Juno Award for "Best R&B/Soul Song", "You Changed" (NOMINATION)
  • 2002: MuchMusic Video Award Viewers Choice for Best Canadian Collaboration or Group, "The Day Before" (NOMINATION)
  • 2002: MuchMusic Video Award for "Best Rap Video", "Light It Up" (NOMINATION)
  • 2001: Juno Award for "Best Rap recording", "Money Jane" (NOMINATION)
  • 1999: MuchMusic Video Award for "Best R&B/Soul Video". "Rally'n" (NOMINATION)
  • 1999: Juno Award for "Best R&B/Soul Song". "Rally'n" (NOMINATION)
  • 1998: MuchMusic Video Award for "Best Rap Video", "360" (NOMINATION)
  • 1997: Juno Award for "Best Rap Recording", "What It Takes" (WINNER)

Recognitions and achievementsEdit

  • 2008: CRIA Certified Gold, Revival
  • 2004: CRIA Certified Platinum "Women & Songs 7"
  • 2003: RIAA Certified Platinum "God's Son" Nas
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Platinum, "All Stars 2001"
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Double Platinum, Sugar Jones "Sugar Jones"
  • 2001: CRIA Certified Gold, Baby Blue Sound Crew Private party Vol. 2
  • 2000: CRIA Certified Gold, Baby Blue Sound Crew Private party Vol. 1
  • 2000: CRIA Certified Triple Platinum, "All Stars 2000"
  • 1999: CRIA Certified Gold, Choclair's "Ice Cold"
  • 1999: CRIA Certified Double Platinum, "Dance Hits"


Network television performancesEdit

  • 2012: Canada AM (Duet with Donny Parenteau, Alright With Me)
  • 2012: The Marilyn Denis Show (Fugitive)
  • 2012: CBC's Canada Day Celebration (O Canada/Seven Days Fool)
  • 2010: CTV's "Juno Awards", Presenter/Performer
  • 2010: CTV's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
  • 2004: CBC's NHL Awards
  • 2004: CBC's Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee
  • 2004: Show Time/Soul Food Productions Presents "We Plan" Episode #064. Role, Jully Black
  • 2004: MuchMusic Presents "Behind the Threads" an up-close look at the women of the Garment industry. Jully Black travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh to cover the story
  • 2003: Toronto 1 Live Performance
  • 2003: MTV's "Break Out"
  • 2003: CTV's "Juno Award Presentation". Presented Shania Twain the "Artist of the Year" Award
  • 2001: Citytv's New Years Celebration
  • 2001: MuchMusic's "9/11" Music Tribute and Fund Raiser
  • 2001: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Final Episode
  • 2001: CBC's "Juno Award Presentation"
  • 2000: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Tenth Year Anniversary Special
  • 1999: MuchMusic's "Da Mix" Black History Celebration
  • 1998: Citytv's "Electric Circus"
  • 1997: Citytv's "Breakfast Television"

Television and film appearancesEdit

– Episode #2.79 (2012) … Herself – Episode #2.44 (2011) … Herself – Episode #1.15 (2011) … Herself

– Episode #7.24 (2010) … Herself - Performer – Episode dated December 2, 2009 (2009) … Herself

  • 2009: etalk, Correspondent

– Episode dated March 18, 2009 – Episode dated March 20, 2009 – Episode dated April 3, 2009 – Episode dated April 23, 2009 – Episode dated April 27, 2009 – Episode dated August 17, 2009 – Episode dated August 19, 2009 – Episode dated August 20, 2009 – Episode dated August 27, 2009 – Episode dated September 3, 2009 – Episode dated September 10, 2009 – Episode dated October 12, 2009 – Episode dated October 16, 2009 – Episode dated December 2, 2009 – Episode dated January 28, 2010 – Episode dated April 7, 2010 – Episode dated April 28, 2010 – Episode dated June 29, 2010

  • 2009: CTV's "Interview with Jay-Z", Interviewer
  • 2008: Canadian Idol, Mentor
  • 2008: CTV's "Jammin in Jamaica with Jully Black", Host
  • 2008: Saving God, character: Aunt Essie
  • 2007: 'Da Kink in My Hair, character: Veronika
  • 2007: My Gift Is My Song: George Canyon Christmas (TV film), Musical guest
  • 2006: Words to Music: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2006 (TV film)
  • 2005: Video on Trial

– Episode #1.28 (2006) … Herself – Episode #1.9 (2005) … Herself – Episode #1.2 (2005) … Herself


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Jully Black". ReverbNation.com. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Canadian hip hop gets the Northern Touch, NOW, June 4, 1998.
  4. ^ "Jully Black". The Canadian Encyclopedia, January 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Travellin' woman: Jully Black". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Patrick, Ryan B. (January 22, 2010). "Jully Black The Exclaim! Questionnaire". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ "2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival lineup". Prweb.com. December 22, 2011. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Watch now: FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2020, a CBC special celebrating Black Canadian artists". CBC Arts, July 30, 2020.

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