About Jody Watley

Jody Watley is a Grammy Award winning innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer in music, dance, video, fashion and style. With 32 Top Ten Singles and 13 No. 1 Singles in the Pop, R and B and Dance music genres over the past three decades including such classics as “Looking For A New Love,” "Don't You Want Me" and the groundbreaking collaboration with Eric B and Rakim “Friends” the first multi-format crossover single to blend Pop R&B/ and Hip-Hop Rap with the customized 16 bar verses specifically written for the song, and a subsequent popular format in commercial music. Watley remains one of MTV's most nominated artists for her fashion forward "Real Love" directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher. With a a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Magazine, and countless accolades Jody has consistently broken new ground in music, video and fashion and is also one of the first artists in the modern era to be featured in trendsetting ad campaigns and cross marketing paving the way for a future generation of female artists. Visit her website for full bio http://www.jodywatley.net

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.

 

Jody Watley Fan Outreach. Paradise. Yoshi’s

Feel free to share on your Instagram (@jodywatley), Facebook (@jodywatleyofficial)  and Twitter (jodywatley) accounts with your friends and family – tag me so I’ll now and also hashtag Jody Watley #jodywatley.

Thank you!! You may just qualify for a special Jody Watley prize pack  including a limited edition T-shirt, signed poster and more!

 

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Design: Ray Easmon

Design: Ray Easmon

 

 

Jody Watley Monday Musings.

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Everyone’s journey is different. Don’t waste energy comparing your life or journey to another’s. Take what you need for inspiration and discard what is not useful or motivating you as you move forward. That’s what I do. Be confident in your own shoes!

 

Photo: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley Nightlife and Paradise New Music Media Links

She’s one of the most prominent visionaries of her era, and one whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music.” -Dean Van Nguyen, Wax Poetics Magazine 2014, Issue 57 Cover Story

Janelle Monae and Jody Watley share cover.

Janelle Monae and Jody Watley cover girls. Wax Poetics Issue 57.

Jody Watley Wax Poetic sCover Issue 57 2013

Jody Watley Wax Poetic sCover Issue 57 2013 – Classic  Jody Watley Image.

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Jody Watley in Sister2Sister Magazine December 2013

Jody Watley in Sister2Sister Magazine December 2013

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Okayplayer:

Jody Watley “Nightlife” -Single Preview Edit

“..Jody Watley delivers upon arrival..”

http://www.okayplayer.com/news/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit-mp3.html

CentricTV, Editors Choice:

“…the relevancy of this tune proves that Watley is a master class in how to keep a career in dance and R&B music going..”

http://www.centrictv.com/music/articles/2013/08/07/new-music-jody-watley-nightlife.html

Notable Dance:

http://notabledance.com/2013/08/11/song-day-sunday-funday-jody-watley-nightlife/

The Urban Link, Jody Watley “Nightlife”

http://theurbanlink.net/2013/07/27/newmusic-jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit-jodywatley/

Soulbounce: “Jody Watley Loves The Nightlife”

“..there are some talents who are living and breathing examples of diva-dom such as Jody Watley..”

http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2013/08/jody_watley_loves_the_nightlife.php

Ebony Magazine: Sonic Boom The Weeks Hottest New Music: Jody Watley “Nightlife”

http://www.ebony.com/photos/entertainment-culture/sonic-boom-the-weeks-hottest-music-112#axzz2cCSI52ib

Urbanbridgez: Jody Watley Reunites With Shalamar’s Gerald Brown for New Single:

http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2013/08/09/music-preview-jody-watley-reunites-w-shalamars-gerald-brown-on-nightlife/

Poptastic Confessions:

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/08/nightlife-by-jody-watley-available-for.html

Poptastic Confessions: Nightlife #1 Song of 2013

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/12/1-song-of-2013.html

The QHBlend: Jody Watley From Soul Train to Nightlife:

“..Watley continues to define her artistic destiny unapologetically; it’s something in the reality television era of ‘R&B Divas’ that should be savored.”

http://theqhblend.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/jody-watley-from-soul-train-to-nightlife/

Bossip: Jody Watley New Single NIGHTLIFE: Here

Soultrain: Jody Watley “Nightlife Single Preview”

http://soultrain.com/2013/08/06/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview/

Blues and Soul: Jody Watley “Nightlife” Single Preview

http://www.bluesandsoul.com/review/2122/jody_watley_nightlife/

Soul11: Jody Watley Back with New Joint “Nightlife”

http://soul11music.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-joint-nightlife-jody-watley.html

FreshasFrankie: Jody Watley Nightlife Single Preview

http://freshasfrankie.com/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit/

The Los Angeles Examiner: Jody Watley Releases New Single “Nightlife”

http://www.examiner.com/article/jody-watley-releases-new-single-nightlife

Singersroom: Jody Watley Releases New single “Nightlife”:

http://singersroom.com/content/2013-08-05/Jody-Watley-Nightlife-Single-Preview/#ixzz2bAdvdUSZ

Interviews:

Wax Poetics Issue 57, cover story with Dean Van Nguyen, Music Maverick

http://www.waxpoetics.com/wax-poetics-magazine/issue-57

Yahoo Music: With Billy Johnson Jr. — 3 parts video interview Why Jody Watley’s New Single Is a Call To Get Fabulous

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/why-jody-watley-song-call-fabulous-005235527.html

Uptown Magazine, Uptown Unplugged: ICONIC with Isoul Harris, Jody Watley Talks Trendsetting Fashion and Music

http://uptownmagazine.com/2013/11/iconic-jody-watley-talks-trendsetting-fashion-and-music/?utm_campaign=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_source=fb

Ebony: Jody Watley Is Still A Thrill with Miles Marshall Lewis

http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/jody-watley-is-still-a-thrill-interview-999#axzz2jMP04lbE

JET Magazine: Catching Up With Jody Watley

http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/music/catching-jody-watley/#.Uo6vYqUdf-k

The Singersroom: Jody Watley is Back Talking About Being An Innovator, The Music Industry, Radio and More

http://singersroom.com/content/2013-10-22/Jody-Watley-Is-Back-And-Talking-About-Being-An-Innovator-The-Music-Industry-Radio-Waacking-More/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#22275

The Amalgamation Interview: Talking Shalamar, Career and New Music

http://www.amalgamationmag.com/website/music/jody-watley-the-amalgamation-interview/

USAToday Sports: Chop-Up with Jason Jordan: Jody Watley

http://socialhub.usatodayhss.com/blogs-main/staffblogs/item/1225-celebrity-chop-up-jody-watley

Eurweb: Jody Watley Wants To Put Dance Back In The Mix

http://www.eurweb.com/2013/11/jody-watley-wants-to-put-dance-back-in-the-mix-with-new-single-nightlife/

The Life of Riley: Jody Watley Talks to Patrick Riley, A Nightlife To Remember

http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2013/9/10/a-nightlife-to-remember.html

Essence Magazine: Queen of Nightlife Jody Watley Shares Top 10 Picks (Style/Fashion)

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/nightlife-queen-jody-watleys-top-10-nye-picks

Shulman Says: Jody Watley Talks Nightlife (3 part interview)

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-1/

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-2/

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-3/

Ebony Magazine: Jody Watley Shares Spicy Nightlife Recipe (Food/Entertaining)

http://www.ebony.com/life/recipe-jody-watleys-nightlife-chicken-333#axzz2pZonpUmt

Jody Watley NYE Style Pics:

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/nightlife-queen-jody-watleys-top-10-nye-picks

Vibe.com Nightlife Video Premiere: Dance Legend Jody Watley Revives Disco

http://www.vibe.com/article/premiere-jody-watley-revives-disco-nightlife-video

Eurweb: Jody Revives Legacy of Dance Music with new video:

http://www.eurweb.com/2014/01/jody-watley-revives-the-legacy-of-dance-music-on-debut-video-for-hit-single-nightlife-watch/

Ebony: View Jody Watley’s Fierce New Video:

http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/view-jody-watleys-fierce-new-nightlife-333#axzz2s21mug8y

Jody Watley: My GRAMMY Moment Billboard 2014:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/grammys-2014/5885270/jody-watley-my-grammy-moment?utm_source=twitter