Our first video is under our belt for the new single ‘SlowDance.’ It was surreal, and the vibe is funky chic and the locations are epic. I can’t wait for the finished film directed by Damien Sandoval. For the naysayers and doubters – we continue to move forward with our actions and not words. We are the real deal in this new era – Shalamar ® Reloaded. Here are a few snapshots and selfies.
Director Damien Sandoval and Jody Watley on location.
A reminder of the beautiful planet on which we all live. On location. Photo by: Jody Watley
These guys brought so much enthusiasm and energy – actor/filmmaker Garret Backstrom is 19 – Damiel Sandoval is 29 – and so passionate about this project. Blessed. Special and deep thank you’s to all involved including Martin Davis Agency for making this happen; Tre Major (hair and makeup) Jesse J Collections (stylist for Nate and Rosero), Christopher Burke (videographer) and Wallace Butts always holding things down – they all made things flow easily for Nate, Rosero and I.
I had to stop and take a photo of this salon in the middle of nowhere. The journey!
Slayage. Shalamar® Reloaded with Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley and Rosero ‘Tophatro’ McCoy.
I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, August 29, 2015 to not only celebrate Michael Jackson but my longtime friend, one of my favorite people and dancers ever – going back to my teen years – Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train original. Many will also always remember him as my freestyle waacking dance partner in the classic ‘Still a Thrill’ video filmed in Paris, France at the Opera House – the first time any music video or commercial project was filmed there (thank you director Brian Grant for making that dream come true.)
Jody Watley. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and President Jimmy Carter in the 90’s.
I was honored by the invitation from former President Jimmy Carter and will never forget the kindness and warmth from he and his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to them both after his cancer diagnosis. He’s done many great things in his 90 years, and to my view unheralded for the good he’s done and worked for since leaving office.