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.

 

 

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

Jody Watley Pictures and Weekend Adventures on the Dance-floor.

“Music, never lets you down, puts a smile on your face anytime anyplace.. makes you happy again –Everybody Dance..Clap your Hands, Clap Your Hands!” – CHIC

#itsinthemusic

Jody Watley with shoe designer and fellow Giorgio's funkster Jerome C. Rousseau. Photo: © 2014  Jody Watley

Jody Watley with shoe designer and fellow Giorgio’s funkster Jerome C. Rousseau. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

With my favorite dance partner Christos Garkinos!

With my favorite dance partner Christos Garkinos –  first Saturday of Spring – Pop of Color!

With Los Angeles based designer and Dita Von Teese compadre Eddie DeBarr

With Los Angeles based designer stylist and Dita Von Teese partner in style Eddie DeBarr.

I borrowed Eddie's hat. © 2014 Jody Watley

I borrowed Eddie’s hat. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley Music News.

Photography: Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

“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

Jody Watley set to be a part of a posthumous “Duets” album in the works for one of the  legendary voices of soul music, the late great Teddy Pendergrass.

“Paradise” is scheduled for a summer 2014 release, with another single “Dancer” scheduled for May. Check out what Watley has to say about her inspiration for the project: Here.   “Dancer”written and produced by Jody Watley and Italy’s Luminodisco will follow the UK Commercial Pop and Soul Top 10 and Billboard Hot  Dance Play Top 20 “Nightlife.” View Jody Watley Discography

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Jody Watley Wears The Jody.

So I’ve had a song named after me “Jody” by Jermaine Stewart and now as a style inspiration for my friend Christos Garkinos who named a fabulous off the shoulder sweater after me, the “Jody” for his first HSN collection titled “Eureka.” Catch Christos, who some of you may have seen on Bravo TV’s “Dukes of Melrose” last season with his business partner of Decades Inc. Cameron Silver, live on HSN March 20, 2014 at 7 PST.

Take care of YOU – mind, body and spirit no matter how young or old you are.

View  and Shop “Eureka” : Here

Jody Watley in "Jody" top Eureka by Christos Garkinos - Photography: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley in cream “Jody” top Eureka by Christos Garkinos – Photography: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley. Weekend Adventures. Nightlife and Friends.

Scenes from my weekend.

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Supporting my friend Christos Garkinos at the Los Angeles Trunk Show for his “Eureka by Christos Garkinos” line for HSN along with actress Garcelle Beauvais. We both have tops named after us and both wearing them! Photo Courtesy of © 2014 Christos Garkinos

With Christos Garkinos for Eureka Los Angeles launch. Photo Courtesy of Christos Garkinos

With Christos Garkinos for Eureka Los Angeles launch. Photo Courtesy of Christos Garkinos – I paired my  navy “Jody” top with Diesel jeans, Miu Miu pumps and Vivienne Westwood limited edition ‘Squiggle’ bag.

Fun Selfie - Eureka by Christos Garkinos Trunk Show Party © 2014 Jody Watley

Fun Selfie – Eureka by Christos Garkinos Trunk Show Party © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley, Garcelle Beauvais attend "Eureka by Christos Garkinos" Los Angeles

Jody Watley, Garcelle Beauvais attend “Eureka by Christos Garkinos” Los Angeles

 

Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley, Kathy Jeung turn out for 'Eureka by Christos Garkinos" in Los Angeles © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley, Kathy Jeung turn out for ‘Eureka by Christos Garkinos” in Los Angeles © 2014 Jody Watley

 

Later that night  - time for Giorgio’s!

In the back of our town car on the way to Giorgio's - glammed up! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

In the back of our town car on the way to Giorgio’s – glammed up! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

It's all about the black tie theme birthday for John Eshaya pictured.

It’s all about the black tie theme birthday for John Eshaya pictured. Photo: Jody Watley

The journey of life is never long with the company of friends - willing to wear black tie and get done up for you! Pictured with birthday boy John Eshaya, Christos and friends of John's.  © 2014 Jody Watley

The journey of life is never long with the company of friends – willing to wear black tie and get done up for you! Pictured with birthday boy John Eshaya, Christos and friends of John’s. © 2014 Jody Watley

Christos Garkinos, John Eshaya, Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

Christos Garkinos, John Eshaya, Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

I love Giorgio's and a great hat! #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley

I love Giorgio’s and a great hat! #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley

John Eshaya always brings a sense of fun, intrigue and surprises with what he wears to Giorgio's - I adore him! John Eshaya of JET and Jody Watley. © 2014 Jody Watley

John Eshaya always brings a sense of fun, intrigue and surprises with what he wears to Giorgio’s – I adore him! John Eshaya of JET and Jody Watley.  I loved his black tie request – I love a well groomed man and there were tons of them in the house in their tux’s. © 2014 Jody Watley

Of course, I also filmed the video for “Nightlife” at my favorite place to get dressed up, hang with friends, dance and remember to have fun and enjoy life at Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Presents: Giorgio’s on The Sunset Strip a couple of months ago.  It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary. 6. A Girl From Chicago.

Scenes from town, Liverpool - our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody watley

Scenes from town, Liverpool – our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody Watley

We've experienced our share of 'turn left or turn right at roundabout" © 2014 Jody Watley

We’ve experienced our share of ‘turn left or turn right at roundabout” © 2014 Jody Watley

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The navigation system – a woman’s voice keeps us going in the right direction. More than a few jokes about a navigation system that goes off on the driver when you mess up “Didn’t I tell you to make a right turn..you ****…” fill in the blank! © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders. Hotness. © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders.  Backstage sexy. © 2014 Jody Watley

Backstage Carlisle. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage Carlisle – dressing rooms were too tiny for everyone, so I grabbed a chair for the hallway – always stay fabulous no matter the situation!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists - which they love! 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists – a surprise they love! (c) 2014 Jody Watley

More architecture in Liverpool. I love other countries for their preservation of their buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

More beautiful architecture in Liverpool. I appreciate other countries for preservation of their old buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights in Liverpool through my rose colored Grey Ant shades – remembering being a little girl from Chicago with big dreams, always alive in me. Never lose your inner child it will keep your spirit young and keep you connected to who you are how far you’ve come and where you’re still trying to go.  © 2014 Jody Watley

"Taxi!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images

“Taxi!” © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pivotal player is always the monitor guy - in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It's all fun and games until someone feels like they're not hearing what they need or want!  © 2014

Pivotal player, though everyone plays a key role on any tour, is always the monitor guy for the artists- in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It’s all fun and games until someone feels like they’re not hearing what they need or want! © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

My view backstage - I come on two acts before the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

My view backstage –  the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour 2014 Carlise North Wales. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Mini Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

Backing vocalists extraoridinaire – Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

One of the keyboardists, Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport.  © 2014 Jody Watley

One of the keyboardists, the charming Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Candi Staton rocks the house. © 2014 Jody Wately Images.

Powerhouse Candi Staton triumphant  - rocking the house – again. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Trying to be cute..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit..easier coming in than going out! Enjoyed the vintage film posters. © 2014 Jody Watley

Poised..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit the venue after the show.. it’s always easier coming in than going out when stairs are involved – lol! Enjoyed the vintage film posters though. © 2014 Jody Watley

"The Fabulous Buffet." Post Concerts. © 2014 Jody Watley

“The Fabulous Buffet” Post Concert Hang Awaits. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..'the fabulous buffet' wind down. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..’the fabulous buffet’ wind down hanging with Louise, Bryan, Alle, Anders, Matt. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is always a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoe for the evening. C'est la vie!  © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoes and socks for the evening. C’est la vie! © 2014 Jody Watley

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders - they jokingly call themselves "The Neverly Brothers"

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders – they jokingly call themselves “The Neverly Brothers.” Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest - always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest – always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

We  overstay and close the after concert buffet and wind down - again!

Our group overstays in the midst of laughs and conversation closing our now traditional after concert  ‘fabulous buffet’ and wind down – again! Screens going up – staff wants to go home.. “Security!”  “Where are my keys!”  © 2014 Jody Watley

Up next – photo’s and more anecdotes including my visit to the International Slavery Museum, great food, new friends, age, a few life and career reflections …and the end of tour on the horizon.

Nightlife. It’s In The Music!