Jully Black

Jully Black

Jully Black (or "Julie") (born Jully Ann Inderia Gordon on November 8, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B singer of Jamaican heritage, and was brought up in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto. She has collaborated and written for many notable artists, including Nas, Missy Elliott, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child, and Sean Paul.

Black had a Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts in 1998 with "Rally'n". She has had subsequent hits with singles such as "You Changed" and "Between Me and U". Her solo debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2003 on MCA Records, under the title I Traveled. However, it was heavily delayed, MCA eventually folded in 2003, and the album was shelved.

In summer of 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, the international music industry body, there were "2.8 million illegal file swapping requests for her music in the first two weeks of her album’s release in 2005". At the same time, Black reportedly "struggled to sell 15,000 copies of the same album".

In summer of 2007, a new single entitled "Seven Day Fool" was released, eventually 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 in Calgary on April 6, 2008, at which she was the closing act on the telecast performing "Seven Day Fool".

Currently, Jully Black is a correspondent on the sixth season of Canadian Idol. She also hosted the 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards.




Year Single Chart Positions
Canadian Hot 100
1998 "Rally'n" (with Saukrates)
2000 "Say No More"
2001 "The Day Before" feat. Baby Cham
2002 "Between Me and You" feat. Saukrates
2005 "Stay the Night"
"Sweat of Your Brow" feat. Demarco 16
""5x Love"/"Material Things" feat. Nas 30
2006 ""I Travelled" 66
"Gotta Let You Know"
2007 "Seven Day Fool" 9
"DJ Play My Song"
2008 "Until I Stay" 33

Featured tracks and singles

  • 1996: "What it Takes" Choclair feat. Jully Black
  • 1997: "Jeevin' (Life)" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black
  • 1997: "360 Degrees" Infinite feat. Jully Black
  • 2000: "Money Jane" Baby Blue Soundcrew feat. Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul & Jully Black
  • 2000: "Rollin'" Choclair feat. Jully Black
  • 2001: "Ol' Time Killin'" Kardinal Offishall feat. Jully Black, Allistair, IRS & Wio-K
  • 2002: "Light it Up" Choclair feat. Jully Black
  • 2002: "You Changed" (Brown Sugar Soundtrack)
  • 2002: "Heaven" Nas feat. Jully Black
  • 2003: "Situations" Bravehearts feat. Nas & Jully Black
  • 2003: "Till Now" Choclair feat. "The Circle" (Choclair, Jully Black, Tara Chase, Kardinal Offishall, Ro Dolla, Saukrates, YLook)


  • Juno Awards:
    • 1999: Best R&B/Soul Recording, "Rally'n" featuring Saukrates (Nomination)
    • 2003: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "You Changed" (Nomination)
    • 2006: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Sweat of Your Brow" (Nomination)
    • 2008: R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, "Revival" (Winner)
    • 2008: Single of the Year, "Seven Day Fool" (Nomination)

Further reading

  • O'Brian, Amy "Black paves a new path for women in rhythm & blues; Canada's new queen of R&B? Who's the old one, asks trendsetter Jully Black". Vancouver Sun, .


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