Jully Black is a global star, and a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry. Named one of the “25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever” by CBC Music, she has also been called “Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul” by fans and industry leaders alike. As a platinum-selling recording artist, she has produced multiple singles that reached the Top 10 on pop, R&B, and dance music charts. She has also taken home multiple Juno and Gemini Awards, and in 2021, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Jully’s powerhouse vocals and electric stage presence have made her a highly sought-after concert headliner. She has shared stages with stars like Elton John, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Black Eyed Peas, Jessie Reyez, Paris Richards and was selected by Drake to co-headline his “Road to OVO Fest – All Canadian North Stars Tour” alongside other Canadian Hip Hop and R&B heavyweights. Jully’s extensive music catalogue continues to thrill fans, while her compositions for artists like Destiny’s Child and Nas – and collaborations with stars like Serena Ryder – demonstrate her versatility and incredible song writing ability. She has since followed these achievements with a performance at Toronto’s first WNBA game, which included songs from her most recent album, ‘3 Rocks and a Slingshot’.
Flexing her acting chops, Jully’s displayed her comedic and dramatic skills with guest starring roles on shows like Run the Burbs, Pretty Hard Cases, The Coroner, and Diggstown – the latter of which garnered her a nomination for best guest performance in a drama series from the Canadian Screen Awards. Jully has also made her mark on theatre stages, starring in plays like the critically acclaimed Da Kink In My Hair, and Caroline, Or Change, where her performance in the leading role won her both the coveted Toronto Theatre Critics and the highly esteemed Dora Mavor Moore Award. In 2022, Jully appeared as a contestant on The Amazing Race Canada.
In 2018, Jully launched the 100 Strong and Sexy fitness challenge, which is currently Canada’s largest Black-founded holistic wellness and lifestyle program. She followed that up in 2020 with the launch of The Power of Step, which has grown into a wildly successful virtual step aerobics and personal transformation coaching practice.
In memory of her late mother, Jully formed the Jully Black Family Foundation, which provides scholarships and bursaries so that women don’t have to choose between pursuing education or feeding their families. She is also a loud and vocal advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community, where her song ‘Queen’ was quickly embraced as an anthem of freedom and self-identification. Recently, the Assembly of First Nations has also honoured Jully for her Indigenous allyship.