Look back to remember what you’ve enjoyed and appreciate of your younger self – but also what you’ve learned. Look at how far you’ve come while continuing to move forward from where you are today. – Jody Watley
The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.
The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.
This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.
This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’
This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style. The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.
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Just ADDED the massive UK Festival: LET’S ROCK LONDON June 27, 2015 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Confirmed: 12/12 NYC Private Event
12/28 Tokyo Billboard Live
12/30-31 Osaka Billboard Live
More dates to be announced in 2015. Track Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ on Bandsintown : Here
ANNOUNCED FOR 2015: 6/27 Magic Presents: LET’S ROCK LONDON, United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SHALAMAR ™ http://www.letsrocklondon.com
PARADISE – Candles are sold-out but will be restocked SHOP http://www.jodywatleyboutique.com
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“A Night of Timeless R&B” in Philadelphia on November 15, 2014 was a lot of fun. Doing the new show and it’s blend of classics making them feel new again and the what’s now of PARADISE is energizing. The ladies are enthralled with new addition Paul’Micael Bair handling the male leads of SHALAMAR ™ reminiscent to some of a young El Debarge mixed with Justin Timberlake – while for my ears having his own developing style. It’s really hit packed and energetic from start to finish which ends with some of my own signature solo hits. I met some super people like Brian Walmer who is continuously supportive of the new music, Patty Jackson from WDAS and radio personality Muthaknows. Put your hands in the air doesn’t need much prompting. Good vibes all around.
Once arriving home, I was beyond ecstatic to spend a week with my daughter Lauren who was visiting from the bay. Cooking, just hanging out in our lightweights aka pajama’s or comfy clothes – getting to watch “Scandal” together, talking politics, current events, pop culture..dining out, shopping for makeup at our favorite spot and just overall spending time being together. I’m so happy that we have the relationship we do and that I put the time in from day one to be present – and remain so. I cherish time spent with family and friends. The week was capped off with dinner at our favorite Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with my Mom and one of my nieces. We shared so many laughs – the only person missing was my son Arie, we had a creme brûlée’ for him – this is life!
Celebrating one of my closet friends choreographer, dancer Rosero McCoy was also on this week’s schedule. Dancing with Rosero and friends (including my other best friend Wallace Butts) was another moment to reflect on the meaningful things in life – and the people we have it our lives. There was one moment we were all dancing and I really took it all in – the moment, the joy, the smiles and thought this is what life’s all about. Not fair weathered or superficial people who come and go at a whim but the people you know who will be there for you, appreciate honesty without holding it against you and always ready to roll through life’s ups and downs, not social climbers – just friends. Laughter, music, dancing, good food, quality people and friendship – indeed another slice of paradise.
PARADISE candles are nearly sold-out! Get yours today and the music to go with it.
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UP NEXT 2014:
Cache Creek Resort and Casino with SHALAMAR ™ November 29, 2014
New York Private Event with SHALAMAR ™ Decemer 12, 2014
Manchester, England Charity Private Event December 14, 2014
Billboard Live Tokyo with SHALAMAR ™ December 28, 2014
Billboard Live Osaka with SHALAMAR ™ December 30-31, 2014
This is not a reunion – obviously, it is a new addition to my live show – done in the style, energy and vision that I have with a fresh take and energy for SHALAMAR ™ . It fits perfectly and is inspired by PARADISE.
11/15 – TowerTheater Philadelphia
11/29 – Cache Creek Resort and Casino, Sacramento
12/28 – Tokyo Billboard Live, Japan
12/30-31 – Osaka Billboard Live, Japan
Indeed – you really have to love yourself and spread that out into the universe.
One of my favorite splurges and items in the world are great candles. I burn candles everyday, take them with me when I travel. Fragrant and comforting – they are a plus to ant home or environment. The theme for my new album “PARADISE” really lends itself to this extension of me that I’m excited to share with you. The scents are my favorites and I’m sure you’ll love and enjoy as much as I do.
This limited edition candle set ‘PARADISE’ and ‘SANCTUARY’ comes elegantly packaged in classic white box with black logo lettering and image on opposite side of box (autographed upon special request). The ‘PARADISE’ candle is in the citrus family of scents; a delicate lemon verbena with subtle vanilla notes taking you away from the stress of everyday life, very spa like. The ‘SANCTUARY’ candle is a sexy calming blend of mesquite wood, neroli and oak moss. You will truly leave the world behind with the ‘SANCTUARY’ candle. The fragrant soy wax candles are made with the highest quality of soy blend wax with cotton wicks formulated to fill up a room, burn clean and last a long time. Burn time approx. 50 hours for each.
Pre-Order Today: Here
“PARADISE” the EP available at digital outlets worldwide.
“PARADISE” – the limited edition CD currently sold-out in the boutique, other limited edition merchandise in stock: Here
I’m so grateful and humbled to have a shoe named after me – as a longtime shoe-a-holic it’s really the best! Jerome is so talented as a designer – kind and gracious most of all. When he said I inspired a shoe as well as his Autumn/Winter Collection 2014 my heart was full, my smile as wide an ocean.
Visit Jerome C Rousseau online and find out what stores carry his line: Here
Jerome C. Rousseau Interview With Billboard Magazine: