Jody Watley. Classic Photo of The Day. Blues and Soul. UK

#TBT On The Cover of the UK Music Magazine Blues and Soul in 1989.

#TBT On The Cover of the UK Music Magazine Blues and Soul in 1989.

Celebrating 25 years of my second album. Most fans think of my solo debut as the breakthrough and it was – as well as being trendsetting in style and video. However my second album is the one that was really quietly the most pioneering and to me overshadowed. My infusion of high fashion, commercial ad campaigns and layouts – uncommon for any black artist at the time, and only by one other Madonna. ‘Larger Than Life’ ushered in a raised bar for other female artists that would follow.  The pioneering “Friends”  featuring Eric B & Rakim; the first to feature Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop 16 bar verses and crossing over R&B, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop – as well as a genre crossing video featuring transgender, drag queens, underground club culture, B-Boys and Girls, voguing and Jean Paul-Gaultier couture blended into a mix of high end and street chic as well as my highest charting ballad ‘Everything.” There was no press release to stir controversy and bring attention about the casting of the video – for me it wasn’t about that. Everyone in the video was real, friends of friends – not models or professionals. Tyrone Procter helped cast it. Eric B and Rakim called some of their friends. What I wanted to represent the types of clubs I liked dancing at full of of types of people united by the music and stepping out in style to get down on the dance floor. It was a real club scene in the west village on a hot summer afternoon in NYC. It went over the heads of a lot of people..my label didn’t know what to make of it, and weren’t happy with it – but let me do what I envisioned and I’m thankful.

I also found success overseas in the Japan, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom among others as well. It was always a challenge because I wasn’t the typical ‘urban black artist’ and was always in a struggle to shine on my own terms, remaining true to myself, wanting to have standards, authenticity to my artistry. 25 years later this is still true in everything I do whether on the commercial radar or not. It’s true no matter what your job or career is – be the best you.

“Real Love” which remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated Video’s and “Most of All” are featured on the Top 28 David Fincher video’s : HERE 

Photography: Steven Meisel

Makeup: Francois NARS

Hair: Oribe

Art Direction: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

Produced by Andre Cymone

Executive Producer:  Jody Watley

#itsinthemusic #JodyWatley

The Watley by Jerome C. Rousseau Autumn Winter 2014 Has Arrived

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

The Jody "Watley" arrived, fresh out of the box. A million thank you's to Jerome.

Edgy and Elegant – The Jody “Watley” arrived, fresh out of the box. A million thank you’s to Jerome.

Jerome C. Rousseau Interview With Billboard Magazine:

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

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

Jody Watley on Entrepreneurship. Paradise.

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

Thinking back to when I was a little girl, with so many dreams and goals – having my own business was always on my list. As an artist and a woman in business I’m never waiting on anyone to make it happen – that’s my advice. Go get it!

The Jody Watley Boutique continues to thrive. We’ve shipped PARADISE and other merchandise in the store to over 15 countries and despite a few kinks early on things are running smoothly.

I’ll be adding a luxury soy candle collection for the holidays. As well I’m working on a a capsule collection of luxury T-shirts as well – Jody Watley meets Rick Owens and Helmut Lang.

It’s In The Music!!

Padua Player aka The "SugaChef" Washington D.C.

Padua Player aka The “SugaChef” Washington D.C.

Shigeo Chiba from Japan. PARADISE!

Shigeo Chiba from Japan. PARADISE!

Lance Boykin, Scotch Plains, NJ "PARADISE" love

Lance Boykin, Scotch Plains, NJ “PARADISE” love – with his tickets for The Tower Theater Concert coming up November 15, 2014

 

New in the Jody Watley Gallery

Just added to the website gallery courtesy of J.S. Ingram presented to me on Facebook. View the gallery: Here

 

Jody Watley, by J.S. Ingram inspired by "Still a Thrill'

Jody Watley, by J.S. Ingram inspired by “Still a Thrill’

Jody Watley Makes Influential Style List. Trendsetter.

Jody Watley Classic.

Jody Watley Archived Image, 1987. Urban fashion meets  high end chic. Fashion.  Self styled.  Independent. Betsey Johnson dress, Chanel belt, Converse sneakers, Jody Watley Jumbo Hoop Earrings. Harper’s Bazaar, VOGUE, Rolling Stone, and various fashion magazine layouts, first GAP celebrity ad campaign..making the door a bit easier and wider for today’s younger black artists to walk through. #itsinthemusic #JodyWatley

From Ebony.com -

“From Lenny Kravitz to Rihanna, here’s 25 of the most influential style and fashion icons in Black Music” See the full  list, including Jody Watley named “Trendsetter”  Here

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. Paradise. Signed Copy Love.

From United Kingdom based interior designer Nik Ramli – a wonderful 15 second “PARADISE” tribute! It’s so awesome to see the love directly from those I made the record for – the true fans and appreciators of music, the journey, life, style, love and beyond. Anything you can do in life to inspire others is a blessing and a gift -and I’m very grateful. #itsinthemusic