Jody Watley. DANCER Musings 1. Paradise Update.

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“DANCER”  featuring Luminodisco from the current release “PARADISE” has remained a stand out favorite according to my hardcore fans. I was inspired to write it for the spirit of the dancer that lives in all of us, it’s about confidence. “Clock this confidence – this ‘aint no coincidence – baby I’ve got style..I can be ruler of the world, queen of technology — doctor, lawyer, 9 to 5’er..don’t matter I was born to shine..” Shine on no matter what you do and what your job is in life. Get it : Here at iTunes (also available at other digital outlets), available worldwide.

Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR. Right In The Socket

Filmed at one of the sold out concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. It’s such a blessing to have such a loyal fan base in Japan and to sell out concerts and perform to packed houses off and on since the debut of my solo career. This show featured more dancing that I’ve done in recent years, coming out of a down-tempo ambient electro journey on my last few projects (Saturday Night Experience Vol. 1, Midnight Lounge, The Makeover).

A great time was had by all, and it was a fun way to reintroduce songs from SHALAMAR fitting perfectly with the disco soul theme of PARADISE.

This is not a reunion endeavor with the classic lineup (1979-1983). If that happens it will be a different vibe of course. This is a fresh take with new young talent, among others renowned dancer/choreographer Rosero McCoy (Usher, Beyonce, Britney, Justin Timberlake, America’s next Best Dance Crew, Disney’s Shake it Up and The Sing Off among others). The first half of the new show is SHALAMAR, and then it turns to Jody Watley hits and new music. This is a party!

 

Shows in February:

New York, BB Kings 2/18

Atlantic City, HARRAH’S Resort and Casino 2/19

Oakland, Yoshi’s 2/28

 

 

Poptastic Confessions Top 20 Songs of 2014.

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Jody Watley “PARADISE” songs “DANCER” AT #3, and “SANCTUARY” at #21, read the rest of the list of music: Here

 

Listen to SANCTUARY:

Listen to DANCER:

 

Remixes are in the works and coming soon! #hitthembeats #rockthisjointinheels  #getinthemusic #dancer #clockthisconfidence

 

Illuminations. Candles. Jody Watley Boutique Update

 

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The PARADISE candles are back in stock. PARADISE is spa like for relaxation with citrus and vanilla undernotes but not too sweet. SANCTUARY is exotic, sensual and warm. It’s wonderful to know that everyone who has purchased them is enjoying the candles, has a favorite and re-ordering.Candles add so much atmosphere to any apartment, home, living space. Comfort, healing, illumination, atmosphere and the symbol of hope and love to me. I don’t go a day without burning candles – I wake up praying and meditating after lighting candles. My children’s friends when would always call our house ‘calming.’ Candles were always burning on the most raucous playdates. I travel with candles when I leave home to do concerts, and also burn them in my dressing room. You get the point.

I’d like to expand and add a ‘Nightlife’ candle to the collection. We are low on stock on quite a few of the T-shirts and once they’re gone, that’s it so don’t miss out on these limited edition items. Thinking of doing another run of the limited edition PARADISE EP – with a new twist – perhaps exclusive DANCER remixes, revised art… Stay tuned.

We’re working on new merchandise for spring. Shop Now: Here

It’s in the music!

Paradise Makes The Hot 16 on Soulbounce

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What a delight it was to find out PARADISE made the Hot 16 List on Soulbounce amongst an eclectic list of young and emerging talent – that is quite fabulous for a vet like me. To remain fresh and true to myself always keeps my soul rooted in my work. I always hope my efforts and collaborations resonate with audiences large, small and diverse as well as the young without pandering and the young and heart. It’s in the music!

See the full list and discover other artists outside of the usual : Soulbounce

The music also made an appearance twice on the Dave Higdon’s Favorites of 2014, including ‘DANCER’ in the Top 3: Poptastic Confessions

Upcoming Concerts , Get your tickets:

2/18 New York  – BB Kings

2/19 Atlantic City – Harrah’s Resort and Casino

2/28 Oakland  – Yoshi’s

6/24 Washington D.C. –  The Howard Theater

6/27 London  – Let’s Rock London

Jody Watley Live Snapshots From Japan December 2014.

The Japan Tour was a great success. Of the many times I’ve performed a lot of the fans said this was their favorite show and all were surprised there was so much dancing between the SHALAMAR ™ set and my own solo set. It’s in the music!

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Photography Michiko Matsura, Donnell Spencer Jr. Photography (c) 2014

 

Photo by Miichiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

"Hair done, nails done.." Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

“Hair done, nails done..” Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. © 2015  Donnell Spencer Jr.

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The joy of music! Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. on drums – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Keyboard solo from Rodney Lee, my longtime music director and collaborator. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Guitarist Geemack. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

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Funking it up, Sam Sims on bass “Sanctuary.” Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Paulmichael Bair, Sam Sims, Jody Watley, Geemack, Rodney Lee, Donnell Spencer Jr. John "Havic" Gregory

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Confirmed:

2/18 New York BB Kings

2/19  Atlantic City HARRAH’S Resort

2/28 Oakland Yoshi’s

6/24 The Howard Theater

6/25 TBA via venue in April

6/27 London Let’s Rock London Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Jody Watley News. New Year. New Day Thoughts

Stay excited about life, even on days you feel low. Be thankful to be alive; always ready for new opportunities,  challenges, new ways to improve various elements of your life, career, who you are as a person..you don’t need to make resolutions. Take small steps each day, or simply take time to reflect, relax, rejuvenate, plan and then work to execute whatever it is and repeat. Stay encouraged because sometimes you will just have to go with what comes your way and move on regardless.

Paradise and Sanctuary Candles are back in stock: Jody Watley Boutique, the music is available at digital outlets worldwide (Limited edition CD’s may come around again.)

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Upcoming concerts in February Jody Watley featuring a rebooted millennial SHALAMAR

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New York – 2/18 B.B. Kings

Atlantic City – 2/19 Harrah’s Resort and Casino

Oakland – 2/28 Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Remixes are in the works for the next single from PARADISE: DANCER

Make sure to use your Jody Watley hashtags on social media: #JodyWatley #itsinthemusic #Paradise #Shalamar  – thank you!