Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. Everything

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#‎TBT‬ ‪#‎Classic‬ “Everything” cover art from my 1989 second solo album ‘Larger Than Life’ my commerical  Pop/R&B era. #4 Hot 100, #3 R&B, #11 Adult Contemporary – beautifully written by Gardner Cole and composer James Newton-Howard produced by Andre Cymone, with me at the helm as executive producer. I still love singing it – 25 years later, I’m proud to say that about all of my songs. I never wanted to sing anything back then or now – that would make me feel regret and not age well. The song remains a crowd pleaser. The cover is simple and understated but still very chic and timeless. I’m wearing a custom made burnt orange velvet dress that I designed and was tailored by Sylvia Payne-Loveless the oldest sister of Andre Cymone who used to sew for me from time to time back then.

The dress:

- the dress, also worn in my Meisel sessions.

– the dress, also worn in my Meisel sessions.

Jody Watley “Everything” Official Video, my daughter make a brief onstage appearance which is one of my favorite moments in this live tour documentary style, day in the life on the road film: http://youtu.be/gD0GJrm8lYE

 

Photography: Victoria Pearson

Art Direction: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

Jody Watley and A Rebooted Shalamar Come to Cache Creek Casino.

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Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

In an interview with writer / author Ernest Hardy:

“The past is to be celebrated, of course, but it’s mainly there for us to build on. We’re not meant to get stuck in it,” says Jody Watley about her own rich artistic legacy. In the show & prove style that fans have admired for over three decades, the Grammy-winning hyphenate (singer / songwriter / producer / businesswoman / OG fashionista) is pulling out all the stops in support of her retro-futuristic new album PARADISE. Upcoming tour dates will not only feature inspired overhauls of classic hits and fan favorites, but will showcase the diva’s current creative streak with selections from Paradise – a state-of-now dance-floor scorcher whose lush, upbeat, soulful production and life affirming lyrics are steeped in classic disco/R&B aesthetics (think Chic, Change, Barry White, Larry Levan) while being firmly rooted in the here and now. (The fierce, beat-heavy MdCL remix of “Tonight’s the Night” is the future soundtrack of runways, drag balls and dance-floors alike.) Of the collection’s taut seven tracks she observes, “Long albums, to me, are out of step with the times. Many classic albums of the 80’s had as few as six songs. Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul had four, though they were all ten minutes or more. It was really about the quality, and as always that’s where I’m coming from.”
Quality defines Ms. Watley’s multi-media empire, which includes her record label, music publishing company, several TV production deals currently in the pipeline – and ownership of the Shalamar trademark. Being at the helm of the Shalamar brand allows her to give fans what they’ve been clamoring for since she left the iconic R&B/pop trio. Shalamar was formed in 1977 as a vocal dance trio by Don Cornelius of the Soul Train television show and shortly became a top group with soulful disco sounds. She’s rebooting some of their songs as part of her new set-list, fusing the group’s patented sound (rich harmonies, soulful melodies, funky musical beds and high style) with her penchant for current sounds and underground club movements. Longtime fans will especially appreciate that she’ll be teaming up with Gerald Brown, Shalamar’s original lead male vocalist, for the makeover. (That’s his powerhouse voice on the group’s first hit “Take that to the Bank.”)  “This won’t be some oldies revue, though, where we holler out do you remember this?” she laughs. “What we’re doing is about the here and now, about fresh sounds and positive energy. The songs will be classic favorites like ‘Take That to the Bank,’ ‘The Second Time Around,’ and ‘A Night To Remember,’ recent global hit single “Nightlife’ fused with some of the Jody Watley catalogue – but the vision is definitely forward. A show to remember.

Tickets Shalamar featuring Jody Watley and Gerald Brown, November 29, 2014 Cache Creek Casino and Resort: Here

Look for dates to be announced soon for Japan’s Billboard Live to close out 2014!

Music. Creativity and Style. More Paradise Candids.

 

Sandra Green, Hollywood CA  "WATTAGE goodies all up in the Sanctuary! Here's to The Queen of Cool... Ms. Jody Watley Mentor, Pen Pal, Dermatologist, Inspiration, Visionary and the only person to envisioned me on Broadway Thanks for the music but most of all for being MS. WATLEY and allowing me to share my out of the box thoughts without calling the white coats."

Sandra Green, Hollywood CA “WATTAGE goodies all up in the Sanctuary! Here’s to The Queen of Cool… Ms. Jody Watley Mentor, Pen Pal, Dermatologist, Inspiration, Visionary and the only person to envisioned me on Broadway Thanks for the music but most of all for being MS. WATLEY and allowing me to share my out of the box thoughts without calling the white coats.”

Tomas, Canada

Tomas Rosado, Canada “All killer, no filler. Thank you, Ms. Jody Watley, for bringing Paradise to our ears.”

Jeffrey Muskiat from the  Netherlands adds Paradise to his Jody Watley Collection

Jeffrey Muskiat from the Netherlands adds Paradise to his Jody Watley Collection

Chris Keen, UK " A total joy to receive my Paradise CD & T-shirt combo! LOVE the message throughout the new music, Jody....life is for living! ‪#‎LiveIt‬ ‪#‎EnjoyIt‬ ‪#‎BeFabulous‬ "

Chris Keen, UK “
“A total joy to receive my Paradise CD & T-shirt combo! LOVE the message throughout the new music, Jody….life is for living! ‪#‎LiveIt‬ ‪#‎EnjoyIt‬ ‪#‎BeFabulous‬ “

Cecil Brandon-Brooks, Florida " Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!"

Cecil Brandon-Brooks, Florida ” Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!”

Cecil Brandon Brooks, FL " Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!"

Cecil Brandon Brooks, FL

Michelle Page "This cd is good I really like nightlife makes me want to go out and have a good time  And everlasting is good"

Michelle Page “This cd is good I really like nightlife makes me want to go out and have a good time
And everlasting is good”

Mervin Malone, Austin TX  "And here it is all custom-framed! It was worth EVERY cent! Ms. Watley - your beauty in a designer frame perfectly accents the other high-art in my home office. You are on the wall opposite the Black Madonna of Częstochowa! All I need is a custom framed print of the Mona Lisa!"

Mervin Malone, Austin TX “And here it is all custom-framed! It was worth EVERY cent! Ms. Watley – your beauty in a designer frame perfectly accents the other high-art in my home office. You are on the wall opposite the Black Madonna of Częstochowa! All I need is a custom framed print of the Mona Lisa!”

GLASS, recording artist and funkateer from Los Angeles representing his digital version!

GLASS, recording artist and funkateer from Los Angeles representing his digital version!

 

PARADISE, available digitally at iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets worldwide, includes “NIGHLIFE” video and 8 page digital booklet :

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

PARADISE CD, includes Everlasting not available on digital version – exclusively available : http://jodywatley.bigcartel.com

#itsinthemusic #JodyWatley #Paradise

Catch Jody Watley LIVE in Philadelphia at The Tower Theater, “A Night of Timeless R&B” with Lillo Thomas and The System  November. 15, 2014

Tickets: Here /  Here / and  Here /

Jody Watley. My Week. Life and Paradise

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

“Life is what happens, while you’re busy making other plans.”

I’ve spent this week more focused on being present and available for my Mom who had surgery (as I shared on Facebook/JodyWatleyOfficial).

Throughout this experience it’s a reminder of course of the things that matter in life such as good health and family to be there in time of need. I’ve met some really nice people, staff and those in support of their loved ones who were having surgery. One lady had a son having brain surgery due to cancer. She has 44 grandchildren and most of them were there to support, which was a beautiful thing to see. I choked up looking at the parents comforting their little ones, who were scheduled or had had surgery. It made me reflect of being so grateful that neither my daughter or son had ever experienced any major medical issues. I can’t imagine how difficult that must be. Tears came to my eyes as one Mom caressed her son’s hair who appeared to be no older than 3, as he waited for his surgery. Being who I am, and being really low key – it was also very humbling to be greeted with so love and be reminded what my music means to people in their lives and how it’s inspired and motivated young ladies to be themselves and rock their own style with confidence.

In recovery now, my Mom’s progress will be slower than we thought. She made it out of the surgery which was huge – telling me with over 3,000 people praying for me, I had to make it. She was overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support.

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Joan Rivers, Jody Watley, Melissa Rivers, Leon Hall

We’d talked about the legendary Joan Rivers before and were sad to hear that she’d passed. We’d both met her when I was a guest on The Joan Rivers Show and also the original Fashion Police – she was so nice and gracious to us and so funny through the years – what a trailblazer.

 

 

I took my mother  to a convalescent home yesterday for physical therapy and to help get her strong enough to walk. The first person we saw when arriving was another older woman whose legs had been amputated due to diabetes. Sobering.

Take care of yourselves – and never take your health for granted. Work out, stretch, eat well.

 

On a happier note, I enjoyed seeing a few more ‘PARADISE’ shares, the music always keeps me in a good mood.

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon, United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon – United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Marco, United Kingdom

Photographer Marco, Cerrone – United Kingdom

Van, Louisiana

Van Roy of BAILEY’S in Marksville, Louisiana

Raph,  Australia

Raph, Australia

 

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

Rick, from St. Louis

Rick – St. Louis, MO

 

Mike from Atlanta, GA

Mike – Atlanta, GA

Lisa, from San Francisco

Lisa -Oakland, CA

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John Eshaya, Los Angeles, CA – JET Boutique

Jody Watley Live At The Tower Theater Philadelphia Tickets Now On Sale

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This will be my only East Coast performance this year – don’t miss it! Get your tickets today  – don’t delay. It’s important to get advance ticketing to avoid cancellations (nervous promoters), to get the best seats and to plan ahead. Concert promoters monitor these things closely – so let’s pack this place out! Also on the bill Lillo Thomas for the ladies.

 

 

Paradise Reviewed on The QHBlend Where Music Lives.

 

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In the past, an artist would send out tons of copies of promotional discs to have their album reviewed. We have not done that. This collection is all about the love, the word of mouth, the appreciators of artistry, the fans – it’s in the music! The QHBlend is one of my favorite music blogs with Quentin Harrison always shining as a true music writer who knows his subjects objectively really examining and listening to the music and covering those elements. Quentin understands music pop culture, artistic growth and never holding commercial peaks and valleys against or for his subjects – as it should be. Read his observations about “PARADISE”: Here

Sanctuary:

Buy the Exclusive CD: Here