Black was born Jullyann Inderia Gordon to Jamaican immigrants. She is the youngest of seven children, she grew up in the North York district in the neighbourhood of Jane and Finch in Toronto, Ontario. After her parents divorced when Black was a child, she was raised in a strict Pentecostal household by her single mother, Aretha. At age 21, 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 Official, and many others.
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. In 1999, she appeared on 2Rude‘s single “Dissin Us”, which won the MuchMusic Video Award for Best R&B/Soul Video in 2000.
JULLY BLACK WILL BE PERFORMING AND SPEAKING AT THE “INSPIRE NEXT”SEGMENT AT THE ETHNIK FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE