Jody Watley. PARADISE Update. Love.

This collection is really for my longtime fans new and not so new. Organic – and totally about the music. A quality collection that comes to you with heart, soul, the spirit of celebrating life, friends, good times and the sanctuary of home. The exclusive CD, features a surprise unlisted extra song “Everlasting.” Keep in mind that not only am I an artist, songwriter, producer, publisher, online boutique owner, trademark owner of Shalamar; add independent distributed label owner since 1995 for my Avitone imprint with a mantra of “Fueling Quality Music.”  How’s that for female empowerment?!

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“I am so excited that this arrived today!! Can’t wait to bump it in my car, like I’ve been non-stop listening to my digital copy on my phone! Thank you for the great music and for signing the CD…it’s so awesome!” – Marcos Hand

Shared by Marcos Hand via Facebook.

Shared by Marcos Hand via Facebook.

“I’m loving PARADISE Jody! living in Las Vegas we have our share of all nighters, THE DAWN is destined to become the theme song for our city. I’ll send Mayor Goodman a note…” – Paul Lessick

Via Paul Lessick / Facebook

Via Paul Lessick / Facebook

“What an awesome thing to come home to today. Thank you” – John Homer

Via John Homer / Facebook

Via John Homer / Facebook

“Thanks Jody! It arrived today. I’ve posted to my wall and told people to check it out!” xo – Hillery Rink

Via Hillery Rink / Facebook

Via Hillery Rink / Facebook

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“Thank you Jody for signing the Nightlife bundles for Keith and Jazzmun – we had a nice celebration for Keith’s birthday and Jazzmun is living for the JW hoops!” -David Kahauolopua

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Also available at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePay and other digital outlets worldwide.

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Jody Watley. A Song. A Top. A Shoe.

There are few artists that can say they’ve had a song “Jody” (by Jermaine Stewart), a top “The Jody” by Christos Garkinos for HSN, and now a designer shoe – that’s me Jody Watley.

I met  shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau on the dance-floor at Giorgio’s in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. He was so shy, sweet and modest telling me how my style and integrity have inspired him since he discovered my music.  As soon as discovering his talent and design, I’ve become a major fan of his. His shoes have a special quality and as I told Billboard Magazine “You feel like a Queen with an edge.” It’s fantastic that Billboard is going outside the box and recognizing at last the connection between style, fashion and music. What caught their eye is the younger artists and actresses rocking ‘Jerome C. Rousseau’ on the red carpet. Move over Louboutin!

Little did I know, he’d do a tribute shoe to me “The Watley”..in typical understated fashion I was in attendance at a trunk show at his Hollywood atelier — when he quietly said “I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve designed a shoe in your honor.” I’d already ordered the shoe on display. Turns out he was on the money! You can order your “Watley” from his Fall 2014 Collection.

Jerome C. Rousseau Billboard Magazine Feature. August 13, 2014 Issue

Jerome C. Rousseau Billboard Magazine Feature. August 13, 2014 Issue

"The Jody Watley" by Jerome C. Rousseau Fall 2014

The Jody  “Watley” by Jerome C. Rousseau Fall 2014

Jody Watley and Shoe Designer Jerome C. Rousseau

Jody Watley and Shoe Designer Jerome C. Rousseau

Jody Watley Paradise Extended Visuals.

For what I lack in controversy or gossip headline worthiness (thankfully), it’s more than enough for me to just be about quality music, class and artistry – still. Thank you to all who appreciate, support and understand “It’s In The Music!”

PARADISE. Get your copy today!

Exclusive CD, featuring the unlisted bonus ‘Everlasting’ : Jody Watley Boutique

All Digital Outlets Including, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

PARADISE Visuals Produced and Designed by Ray Easmon

The title song “Paradise” written by Jody Watley and Mark De Clive-Lowe. Live Strings Performed and Arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

 

Jody Watley Interview V Magazine Summer Issue 2014

© 2014 Jody Watley - #selfie

© 2014 Jody Watley –  V Magazine #selfie

 

 

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Article:

THE IRREPRESSIBLE JODY WATLEY RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM THAT HARKS BACK TO HER FUNK SOUL ROOTS. HERE, THE SINGER REFLECTS ON HER RISE TO THE TOP, WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STAYING TRUE.

Jody Watley at Giorgio’s the exclusive, the exclusive Saturday party at The Standard in Hollywood, where Mick Jagger and Andre Harrell mix and David LaChapelle might be spotted with Daphne Guiness on his lap. Watley is the queen of the venue-she holds court almost every week just past DJ Adam XII’s booth with her friend and Decades cofounder Christos Garkinos. Tonight, the mother of two a self described basketball mom, carpool mom, fabulous mom..” wears all black save for a pair of crystal Jimmy Choo pumps. When she’s in the mood, she’ll fan herself on the dance floor-something she has done since beginning her career as a dancer on Soul Train as a teenager. “I always have my little fan action.” the icon says with a smile. “It’s so glamourous. Eat your heart out Karl Lagerfeld.” Watley shot the video for “Nightlife”, the clubby lead single off her new album “Paradise”, at Giorgio’s.  “I want to inspire people, because people get stuck in a rut.” she says of the music. “Oh, I’m not going out, Oh, the good ole’ days..” And it’s so frustrating. It’s like make new memories! Even if you had a great time ten, twenty, thirty years ago, be fabulous now! You’re alive, Hello!”

The daughter of a Chicago minister, Watley first performed onstage as a child with her godfather, the incredible crooner Jackie Wilson. After relocating to Los Angeles she succeeded in her mission to become a Soul Train regular. In 1977, Don Cornelius the show’s creator and host, selected her to become an original member of the disco super trio-Shalamar, which would record world-class dance-floor anthems like “The Second Time Around” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley left the group after six years, loved to London, and recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Band Aid.

After returning to Los Angeles three years later, she signed with MCA Records and released her 1987 solo album “Jody Watley”, co-writing a handful of tracks. It contains some of her most enduring dance music, including the lead single “Looking For A New Love” (which features the popular pre Terminator 2 kiss-off “Hasta la vista baby!”). “Don’t You Want Me.” and “Some Kind of Lover.” She accepted her 1988 “Best New Artist” Grammy-winning over Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Swing Out Sister and Terence Trent D’Arby – in a vintage dress and biker jacket painted with her likeness.

‘When I signed to MCA, I didn’t see anybody like who I wanted to be.” she says. “I wanted to do that badass fashion chick that’s just different. And not everybody likes her. And not everybody liked me. “You don’t smile, you’re a black girl, you’re glamorous and you’ve got this cold as ice stare.” While in London she sought out designers like Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul-Gaultier. “I bought one of the first cone bra’s, pre-Madonna. It’s on the single sleeve of “Don’t You Want Me”. I also bought the huge one that she ended up wearing, but the understated one was more me”, she says.

With her gorgeous mane, lean frame, stunning brows illegal cheekbones and ballsy attitude Watley was the perfect subject for fashion’s top photographers.”[When I first started] the label didn’t want to fly me to New York for my first layout for Harper’s Bazaar” she laughs. “So I flew myself out to shoot with Scavullo!” Steven Meisel photographed the cover of her 1989 follow-up album Larger Than Life. The video for ‘Real Love’ was directed by David Fincher and featured her ruling the runway in menswear paving the way for future acts like Aaliyah and TLC.

“I never wanted to be like anybody else” says Watley who, in the decades that followed never stopped recording, performing and changing up her style and sound. Now she’s writing a memoir, which she plans to finish this year.  “I can only be who I am. Because to me that’s what street is. Street is real.” – Mark Jacobs

 

My blog about the photo used in the piece: Here