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JODY WATLEY RELEASES NEW ALBUM AND MAKES EACH MUSICAL MOMENT
Limited Edition CD Pre-Orders Sells Out In Less Than One Week
Los Angeles, CA – July 28, 2014: Established as one of the most prominent visionaries of her era,
whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music, Grammy Award winner,
Jody Watley returns with her glamorous and funky new album, PARADISE. As executive producer at the helm of her own label, Avitone, Watley continues to convey her commitment as a savvy entrepreneur. Proving that quality rules over quantity, pre-orders for the 6 track album sold out in less than one week. PARDISE is available world-wide on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music outlets. A limited edition CD which was encouraged by her devoted fans, that includes the bonus track Everlasting, is available exclusively on Jody Watley’s online boutique (www.jodywatley.net).
The singer, songwriter, producer sighted the lack of attention spans in today’s society which prompted her to take a classic approach in recording PARADISE. She was reminded that many timeless albums were recorded in the 70’s and early 80’s that had as few as 7 songs on an album, and with Isaac Hayes’ ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ having only 4.
“It’s about quality, not quantity,” says Jody. “I think that albums with a lot of songs are out of touch with the times we live in and today’s record buyer – many artists and companies are holding on to outdated practices. Perhaps I’ll be the first to encourage other artists to make shorter albums, with better songs and a greater music impact.”
Summer 2014 has been all about the return of disco and house to the mainstream, but nobody does it quite like Jody Watley… and she is back to show these children exactly how it’s done! …”Paradise” proves that Miss Watley is in no way ready to slow down …. This nostalgic collection of floor-fillers is exactly what fans have been longing for. “Paradise” ranks among Jody Watley’s best work.
Inspired by her well documented roots in disco, soul, pop, dance and electronica music, Watley, who has mastered a career in keeping dance and R&B music relevant to today, continues her legacy on PARADISE. Jody continues to put genuine artistry and quality into everything she does, making each musical moment into a quality experience. The album incorporates live instruments meshed with the EDM direction she’s successfully delivered for more than a decade.
Former Prince NPG guitarist Levi Seacer plays on the thumper The Dawn, with live strings courtesy of the critically acclaimed Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and avant-garde dance jazz impresario, Mark DeClive-Lowe (The Dawn, Paradise, Tonight’s The Night). Other producers featured on PARADISE include Italy’s Luminodisco (Dancer), France’s Count de Money (Nightlife) and the U.K.’s hot producers, Soulpersona (Sanctuary).
‘PARADISE” features the international hit single “NIGHTLIFE” (Top 5 Urban, Top 10 Commercial Pop UK, Top 20 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play).
Paradise Track Listing
Tonight’s The Night
*Everlasting – bonus track available exclusively on limited edition CD.
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“Paradise” ranks among Jody Watley’s best work. Filled with upbeat disco bangers and exquisite chilled house vibes, this album is simply drenched with hot summer grooves that will get your party started with a bang!” -ishtalk
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Buy at iTunes includes NIGHTLIFE video: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4
Order the exclusive CD version with “Everlasting” http://www.jodywatley.bigcartel.com
I’ve written a lot of songs…this has vaulted into my personal Top 10 from “PARADISE.” I was really compelled to right a song like this – with very little focus on the importance of what atmosphere is created for our children and ourselves at home, family..set to a groove – like music I grew up being inspired by.
Pre-Order “PARADISE” on CD. Exclusive – Will not be sold in commercial retailers.
I’ve been a member of the board of the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter, and for the past year as a part of The Musicians Institute amongst my behind the scenes work I had no idea they were doing this feature – it’s very humbling. As always, if I can be a source of inspiration for others not just through using my talent – but the tenacity, perseverance it takes in turning dreams into reality, or at least knowing you gave it your best shot. Read it Here:
Don’t be discouraged by life’s obstacles or the things you want to do or achieve in life – what are you waiting for? “I was going to but…” – stop it!
I appreciate Urbanbridgez for the continued support, one of the few music blogs that focus on ‘the music.’ Here
We have SOLD OUT of the first run of “PARADISE” CD’S!!! The response is overwhelming, and a new order is in for another round. The other items are also finding their way into shopping carts to represent Jody Watley. The CD also has a nice surprise (well not now since I’m telling you) of the song ‘Everlasting’ written by longtime collaborator Rodney Lee and I.
On my Twitter feed, most music blogs are as usual more focused on who was arrested this week, reality stars, etc. Meanwhile – I give to you a glamorous and positive bit of music in this crazy world. Admittedly, I’ve shed a few tears this week pondering world events, violent conflicts, teenage suicides due to online bullying and humiliation (Matthew Burdette RIP), the MH17 plane that was shot down with all of the innocent people, families, children off for summer visits with relatives, vacations.. the girls in Nigeria who remain kidnapped and out of the headlines, Eric Garner being killed for no apparent reason by the NYPD, abuse and rapes of young girls in India, the violence in Chicago and on and on etc…my heart gets really heavy.
I hope this music can create a place of escape, solace, motivation, solace and joy for you, as much as it does for me – now more than ever. Truly for my diehard fans – worldwide. “PARADISE” is also now available for pre-order at iTunes everywhere. Thanks again.
My approach to the making of “Paradise” has always been inspired and rooted in what I consider one of the greatest era’s of music – the 70’s and early 80’s. Many of these songs have been tested and performed live before finalizing the recording process. There are live instruments, bass, guitar and live strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on the title song. We worked to find a balance of the live element with my love and profession over the 15 years of electronic, club and ambient sounds. It wasn’t uncommon for albums to have 7 songs or less (Issac Hayes classic “Hot Buttered Soul” had 4!) . “Shalamar’s” Big Fun had 7 songs clocking in at just 37:07. It’s about quality not quantity, so technically the term EP is just a contemporary one, but for me this is a FULL CD. The trend of putting a lot of filler tracks to fill up an album is never something I’ve been agreeable to. In this era, I also feel the attention span of the listener no longer support a lot of songs on one project. Perhaps I’ll inspire other artists to reduce the number of ‘filler’ and go back to making stronger more streamline albums they way it was done in the golden age of music – which fits perfectly with today’s distractions. None of my solo albums have ever had more than 10 and from start to finish my desire has always been to put my heart and soul into doing the best work for you the fans – and for me, to be proud of beyond a lifetime.
We will do a limited quantity of CD’s for the “Paradise” EP, taking stock of comments from Facebook. The cover will differ slightly from the digital release. This package will not be available in mainstream outlets like Best Buy, Walmart, etc. This is another non corporate release by me – my heart and soul, wanting to deliver a bit of ‘paradise’ through my music. My approach is a classic one – there are live instruments on the is record including strings. In the 70’s, one of the great era’s os soul, dance, rock, jazz, etc. it wasn’t uncommon for albums to have 7 songs or less (Issac Hayes classic “Hot Buttered Soul” had 4!) . “Shalamar’s” Big Fun for instance had 7 songs clocking in at just 37:07. It’s about quality not quantity. The trend of putting a lot of filler tracks to fill up an album is never something I’ve been agreeable to. That said, be one of the first to preorder exclusively at http://jodywatley.bigcartel.com to have your copy personalized and signed. “Paradise” will be a collectible for sure – add this to your digital purchase and Jody Watley Collection. Pre-order your CD now. Pre-orders imminent at iTunes. I appreciate your support!