Jody Watley Keeps It Real in Singersroom Exclusive

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

NEW Interview:

Jody Watley Talks New Project, Bogus TV-One Unsung Episode, First To Collaborate, More

“Jody Watley is an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, who continues to shine in music. Watley’s independent-minded and free-spirited personality has earned her the respect from so many people in fashion, style, music, and video production. The Grammy-award winning vocalist broke many musical barriers, especially being the first R&B/Pop singer to collaborate with a rapper on the song, “Friends,” featuring Eric B & Rakim. Known for her funky style in music and dance, Watley pays homage to her roots on her latest EP, Paradise.”….  Read more at : Singersroom

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