Jody Watley Life Musings and Paradise

“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.

Jody Watley LIVE onstage at The Tower Theater. Collage by Brian Walmer

Jody Watley LIVE onstage at The Tower Theater. Collage by Brian Walmer

Jody Watley and Brian Walmer backstage. I love my fans and always try to show ,my appreciation.

Jody Watley and Brian Walmer backstage. I love my fans and always try to show ,my appreciation.

 

Patty Jackson of WDAS and Jody Watley Tower Theater 2014

Patty Jackson of WDAS and Jody Watley Tower Theater 2014

Jody Watley and MuthaKnows of Philly's Power 99 Rise & Grind Crew

Jody Watley in PARADISE T and MuthaKnows of Philly’s Power 99 Rise & Grind Crew

Paul'Michael Bair,  Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Eric McCoy and John "Havic" Gregory backstage Tower Theater 2014

Paul’Michael Bair, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley in metallic eyes T, Eric McCoy and John “Havic” Gregory backstage Tower Theater 2014

 

Jody Watley and vocalist PaulMichael Bair (Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR ™ ) - good vibes.

Jody Watley and vocalist PaulMichael Bair (Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR ™ ) the ladies and gents are loving him already  – good vibes, young and soulful, fresh energy.

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!

Skyview, counting my blessings, reflecting on a wonderful trip, looking forward to coming home as always and praying for a safe landing!

Skyview, counting my blessings, reflecting on a wonderful trip, looking forward to coming home as always and praying for a safe landing!

Typical Mom snapping pictures of my baby girl - so regal, beautiful and smart..neither of my children like taking pictures but they always indulge me!

© 2014 Jody Watley I’m just a typical Mom, when I’m not the artist – snapping pictures of my  stunning baby girl always in awe of  HER – so regal, beautiful and smart..neither of my children like taking pictures but they always indulge me. Lauren was having her makeup done at NARS – she rarely wears makeup. We were served champagne, which felt very chic – while we enjoyed the process,, stocked up on new colors and enjoyed mother daughter time.

© 2014 Jody Watley at NARS Melrose with my beautiful daughter Lauren - on a  girls day, Mommie Daughter out!

© 2014 Jody Watley at NARS Melrose with my beautiful daughter Lauren – on a girls day, Mommie  – Daughter out!

Family favorite - Creme Brûlée at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Family favorite – Creme Brûlée at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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.

Rosero McCoy  - a collage can't really capture the years and love onstage and off. Top right: Director Bille Woodruff, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Wallace Butts

Rosero McCoy – a collage can’t really capture the years and love onstage and off. Top right: Director Bille Woodruff, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Wallace Butts

PARADISE candles are nearly sold-out! Get yours today and the music to go with it.jodywatley_Paradise_collage_candles_music

Shop at The Jody Watley Boutique: http://www/jodywatleyboutique.com 

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

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

 

 

 

Jody Watley Paradise Candles Pre-Orders Now Available

Jody Watley Paradise Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Paradise Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Luxury Soy Candle Collection (opposite side view of box)

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

Lee Hawthorne, Belfast Ireland with his PARADISE limited edition CD.

Lee Hawthorne, Belfast Ireland with his PARADISE limited edition CD.

Patai, from Thailand showing his PARADISE love

Patai, from Thailand showing his PARADISE love

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Tim Guillard showing his PARADISE love – digital via Facebook

 

Donald Hileman Paradise love from Florida

Donald Hileman Paradise love from Florida

Darren Weston, PARADISE love!

Darren Weston, PARADISE love!

Graphic Designer, Television Producer, Director Ray Easmon from United Kingdom

Graphic Designer, Television Producer, Director Ray Easmon from United Kingdom

New Jersey in the house! Gerard adds PARADISE to his Jody Watley music collection.

New Jersey in the house! Gerard Villongco  adds PARADISE to his Jody Watley music collection.

Charles Alexander from Louisiana PARADISE love

Charles Alexander from Louisiana PARADISE love

Steen Jensen , Denmark - adds PARADISE to his vast Jody Watley music collection!

Steen Jensen , Denmark – adds PARADISE to his vast Jody Watley music collection!

Thought Of The Day. Good Thoughts.

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I love this – beauty and joy from the inside out. Let you thoughts become your actions as well.

Happy Birthday Arie. Reflections.

My son Arie celebrated his 22nd birthday October 17. It’s always a time of celebration and reflection for me, as his Mom as well. Away from the spotlight, my priority when they were growing up was to be present in their lives. I’m still present and involved though that role has changed an morphed into something different since both are young adults now. It’s not easy to be the child of someone the public knows. I’ve shielded them from the public wanting them to maintain their anonymity, keep them grounded, validated and confident in who they are. However, I’m like most proud Mom’s – sometimes you just want to brag a bit of how awesome your children are and how much you love them. I asked his permission before posting to ask if it was OK for me to share on my social media pages – he said yes. He is the best son in the world. I’m so proud of how responsible and solid of a young man he is, loving, kind hearted, funny, hard working, intelligent and handsome of course. I miss his presence being home – but proud that he is in college in New York studying business laying the groundwork to fulfill his ambitions, dreams and personal happiness in a city he’s always loved. He’s also held a part time job since high school – which is something instilled in both children, a strong work ethic. I miss dressing up for Halloween, playing action heroes, and so much more from when he was little – my favorite guy in the world. I don’t miss getting him off of World of Warcraft to do homework in junior high! Now, we FaceTime, text, share funny memes, and talk nearly every day. I cherish our relationship and bond. I am inspired by my son Arie and my daughter Lauren.

Here’s to Arie –  the best son in the universe!! I was there for his 21st (pictured in collage) and can’t wait to see him next week when I travel to New York for a visit and belated birthday celebration.

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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

Connecting Through Music. Paradise.

Allison Rohan via Facebook. NYC

Allison Rohan Brooklyn, NYC

Matthew, United Kingdom

Matthew, United Kingdom

Mervin Malone Jr, Austin TX

Mervin Malone Jr, Austin TX

Paul, OKC

Paul, OKC

D.J. Sacramento, CA

D.J. Wainwright Sacramento, CA

Nik Ramli, Interior Designer, United Kingdom

Nik Ramli, Interior Designer, United Kingdom

Diane, Canada

Diane, Canada

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Brian, Elizabethtown, PA

Brian, Elizabethtown, PA

Dave Higdon, of Poptastic Confessions, CA

Dave Higdon, of Poptastic Confessions, CA

Love. Music knows no color or boundary.  #itsinthemusic

 

 

 

Thought of The Day. Time and Love.

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A sweet reminder – to accentuate and focus on the positive people in your life.