Listen Up: Jully Black's Music Picks

July 23, 2015 | Diana L.

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I'm sure you've got your selection of albums you can't live without, but have you ever wondered what some other Torontonians' top picks are?  

We asked some Toronto residents (some of who you might be familiar with), to be part of a new series of blog posts to share with us their all-time favourite albums! 

Jully Black

Our first featured Torontonian is Jully Black, Canada's Queen of R&B Soul and a Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Ambassador! 

Jully Black is a platinum selling recording artist, who has won several Juno Awards and was even selected to sing for the Queen of England! As a songwriter, Jully has worked with industry heavyweights like Sean Paul, Destiny's Child and even shared the stage with Elton John, Etta James and Celine Dion. Jully has also been nominated for multiple Gemini's and is a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry.   


Here's what her favourite albums are:

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill (1998)

  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill CD


Jully says: "This album is classic, timeless, emotional and groovy. My favourite RnB album of all time."




2. The Love Album, Kim Burrell (2011)

The Love Album CD


Jully says: "A Gospel album that doesn't force religion down your throat. She sings about God like he's her husband. True Love."




3. Love Me Back, Jazmine Sullivan (2010)

Love Me Back CD



July says: "It's rare to hear a female RnB singer sing about subjects like this. Jazmine is real, raw and soulful."




4. Emotional, Carl Thomas (2000)

Emotional CD



Jully says: "This album dates back to 1994 and still sounds good when played back to back with today's music."




5. Brown Sugar, D'Angelo (2000)

Brown Sugar CD



Jully says: "A timeless masterpiece."





Thank you Jully!


If you're interested in Jully's favourites or Jully Black's albums, you can borrow them from the Toronto Public Library!  If they aren't available at your local branch, you can always place them on hold. And did you know that you can now place up to 100 holds? Yes! You can click on any of the CD covers or album titles above and place your holds today!  


Check back soon to see who is featured in the next Listen Up blog!


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