Jody Watley. Celebrating the Nightlife. Shalamar Reunion at Giorgio’s.

Original lead of Shalamar Gerald Brown finally got to experience the fabulousness that is “Giorgio’s” this past Saturday on Easter weekend. If you’re not totally familiar with Gerald and you call yourself a Shalamar fan – get the knowledge, because “Take That To The Bank” is one of the groups signature hits. We were in the group together when I was a teen. Back then was always protective and someone who tried to teach about this business, contracts, etc. Through the years, he’s come out to support and let me know how proud he is of me. A devoted and loving father, Gerald is in town visiting his daughter whose son is having surgery. Of course I told him “You must come to Giorgio’s!” A major portion of the video was filmed there, so it has an additional significance beyond being my favorite place to go dance and enjoy classic disco and funk. We also were able to celebrate the success of “Nightlife” which made it into the Top 5 Urban UK at #5 and Top 10, at #6 Commercial Pop.  “Nightlife” also made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Singles to begin 2014. A special thank you to Bryan Rabin, Adam Bravin the Giorgio’s family and my best friend Wallace for making the evening extra special. It’s in the music!

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown - two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Nightlife-ized. Jody Watley and Gerald Brown – two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Gerald Brown, Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley - A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Gerald Brown, my best friend and assistant Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin renowned event producer man behind Giorgio’s (along with DJ Adam Bravin) Jody Watley – A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio's. Photo 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio’s. Photo ©  2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the 'Nightlife" at Giorgio's. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the ‘Nightlife” at Giorgio’s. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown. Original Shalamar lead vocalists. Nightlife-ized. Design: Ray Easmon

“Nightlife” featuring Gerald Brown- The Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix.

Shalamar Classic with Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank”

 

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Jody Watley. Paradise Update.

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The title song “Paradise” is written with the brilliant and diverse Mark De Clive-Lowe. For my die-hard fans, you’ll know this isn’t the first time we’ve collaborated. If you missed it, check out my release “The Makeover’ for the Midnight Lounge (MDCL remix) as well as Mark De-Clive Lowe featuring Jody Watley on “Tonight’s The Night.” The title song “Paradise”, thanks to Mr. De Clive-Lowe will also include a splash of strings by the one and only Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Mark and I also collaborate on “The Dawn”, another dance-floor gem from “Paradise.” I can’t tell you how happy I am and I want you all to feel it too. It’s in the music!

Stay tuned! “Paradise”comes in June.

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. DETAILS.

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

‘Affairs of The Heart’ era. The artists had to give a quote about ‘underwear’ – in my case a basic white tank top- which remains a staple in my wardrobe.

“If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out. I like to make statements in my underwear it has a touch of the rebelliousness that’s always been present in music.”

Cotton tank by Hanes, three for $8 (in 1992!)

 

Jody Watley Gets Ryan Seacrest Shout-Out on American Idol

 

Dinner at Fig and Olive with one of my best friends - Christos Garkinos. © 2014 Jody Watley

Dinner at Fig and Olive with one of my best friends – Christos Garkinos. © 2014 Jody Watley

My twitter timeline went all abuzz just before I was heading out to dinner with one of my best friends Christos Garkinos last night. He’d dealt with the loss of another of his longtime closest friends for 30 years – a difficult time is an understatement. Cathy had sadly lost her hard fought battle with cancer.

There’s nothing like good fine, a quality rose’, laughter and honest talk to keep life grounded.

The first thing I read before heading out was that Jennifer Lopez acted as if she didn’t know who “Jody Watley” was after Ryan Seacrest gave ’80′s Icon Jody Watley’ some love. My first reaction of course was: The nerve. The shade. The disrespect. Girl please. This was the consensus in my timeline. After all, homage was paid to me in a shout-out in one of Jennifer Lopez songs my fans had made me aware of sometime ago “Hold You Down” with Fat Joe..a formula that Eric B and Rakim and I had successfully blueprinted as a major crossover multi-format single in 1989, I’d add. How can anyone be a judge on these shows and not know a cross section of music and origins – typical I’d say as well when it comes to black artists.  I did reply with a short tweet – with a link here to the site which is full of info for those who need to ‘learn it’  - decades of it!

Anyway, after a great time at dinner, always putting and keeping life in perspective, Christos and I had a wonderful time. It was nice to see him smile and eat – he hadn’t eaten much in the past week. By the time I came home, another best friend (my longest, nearest and dearest Wallace Butts)  watched the show said it wasn’t that bad and he’d retracted his post on the Idol Facebook page. He conveyed it was in the context of hoop earrings — the judges were confused. Seacrest sang a bit of of one of my numerous hits, (not including those with Shalamar) “Don’t You Want Me..” to blank stares from the judges panel. Whatever. I always look to the bright side of things and know who I am, what I’ve done and continue to do – even when others don’t. The bright side is Ryan Seacrest did say my name on his show – and it got people talking, although I’ve never been one to court controversy and sensationalism. Often that is the name of the game. I was glad I didn’t go on a full blown Twitter rant. This is a lesson to everyone.  Always take a step back and never react until the facts are in when it comes to negativity in particular – and then still count to 10!

Enjoy Life. A few favorite quotes come to mind-Keep what is useful, and discard what is not. No one can ever make you feel inferior without your permission. Define yourself for yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is short – live to the fullest, appreciate yourself, your family and friends.

 

 

A Little Nightlife For The Weekend.

© 2013 Jody Watley Pictured Adam XII

© 2013 Jody Watley Pictured Adam XII at Bryan Rabin Presents Giorgio’s.

Of course, my diehard fans have already supported the single “Nightlife”, fallen in love with the various video’s including the Dave Doyle Remix, watch:  Here

However working outside of the mainstream means it’s a constant process of educating the fair weathered, those who have lost touch with me because they only look to the mainstream, and as well a younger eclectic fan base who may like the music just because it’s good and not based on my past.   So I’ll keep posting, and encouraging you to help spread the word, after all as I wrote for “Nightlife” – it’s in the music!

Pick up the original Count De Money mix, Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona Disco Mix, Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix, or Luminodisco mix. All are available at iTunes, Amazon, Beaport and various digital outlets globally. 12″ vinyl of the original mix extended versions are also available at my online boutique. If you missed it “Nightlife” was Top 20 (#18) Hot Billboard Dance Club Play, and #5 Urban and #6 Commerical Pop on Music Week in the UK for those who are chart watchers, again – it’s really about quality music and artistic evolution, always moving forward.

Thank you for your continued support on the musical journey. You the people - are my Clear Channel, Radio One, mainstream gossip blogs and so on – and helping spread the word.