Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. DETAILS.

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

Jody Watley. DETAILS Magazine, Music Issue July 1992

‘Affairs of The Heart’ era. The artists had to give a quote about ‘underwear’ – in my case a basic white tank top- which remains a staple in my wardrobe.

“If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out. I like to make statements in my underwear it has a touch of the rebelliousness that’s always been present in music.”

Cotton tank by Hanes, three for $8 (in 1992!)

 

Jody Watley Celebrates Diana Ross.

 

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Classic "Nightlife", Studio 54 style with Diana Ross.

Classic “Nightlife”, Studio 54 style with Diana Ross.

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She should have won the Oscar for her role as Bille Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues - in my opinion!

She should have won the Oscar for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues – in my opinion!

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Still The Boss Miss Diana Ross.

 

It’s no secret that Diana Ross from her days as a Supreme, and a stellar solo career was and remains an inspiration. Dian Ross represents a master class of style, class, elegance, glamour, iconic images like no other and longevity. The camera has always loved her and she’s always known how to strike the best pose. Radiant smile, silky voice, a natural and terrific actress – yes! Ms. Ross will always be the boss and reign supreme as the diva of all diva’s in the greatest most positive way for me. As well, she represents how to raise children while maintaining a career under the glare of the spotlight and being ‘present’ for them. One can feel there bond and appreciate that they all seem well adjusted human beings who happen to have one of the most legendary singers of all time as their mother.  Being a great Mom first has also been number one to me, and she served as a role model to a degree on that end as well. She’s 70 today and still fabulous!

 

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary. 6. A Girl From Chicago.

Scenes from town, Liverpool - our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody watley

Scenes from town, Liverpool – our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody Watley

We've experienced our share of 'turn left or turn right at roundabout" © 2014 Jody Watley

We’ve experienced our share of ‘turn left or turn right at roundabout” © 2014 Jody Watley

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The navigation system – a woman’s voice keeps us going in the right direction. More than a few jokes about a navigation system that goes off on the driver when you mess up “Didn’t I tell you to make a right turn..you ****…” fill in the blank! © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders. Hotness. © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders.  Backstage sexy. © 2014 Jody Watley

Backstage Carlisle. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage Carlisle – dressing rooms were too tiny for everyone, so I grabbed a chair for the hallway – always stay fabulous no matter the situation!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists - which they love! 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists – a surprise they love! (c) 2014 Jody Watley

More architecture in Liverpool. I love other countries for their preservation of their buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

More beautiful architecture in Liverpool. I appreciate other countries for preservation of their old buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights in Liverpool through my rose colored Grey Ant shades – remembering being a little girl from Chicago with big dreams, always alive in me. Never lose your inner child it will keep your spirit young and keep you connected to who you are how far you’ve come and where you’re still trying to go.  © 2014 Jody Watley

"Taxi!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images

“Taxi!” © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pivotal player is always the monitor guy - in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It's all fun and games until someone feels like they're not hearing what they need or want!  © 2014

Pivotal player, though everyone plays a key role on any tour, is always the monitor guy for the artists- in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It’s all fun and games until someone feels like they’re not hearing what they need or want! © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

My view backstage - I come on two acts before the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

My view backstage –  the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour 2014 Carlise North Wales. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Mini Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

Backing vocalists extraoridinaire – Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

One of the keyboardists, Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport.  © 2014 Jody Watley

One of the keyboardists, the charming Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Candi Staton rocks the house. © 2014 Jody Wately Images.

Powerhouse Candi Staton triumphant  - rocking the house – again. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Trying to be cute..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit..easier coming in than going out! Enjoyed the vintage film posters. © 2014 Jody Watley

Poised..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit the venue after the show.. it’s always easier coming in than going out when stairs are involved – lol! Enjoyed the vintage film posters though. © 2014 Jody Watley

"The Fabulous Buffet." Post Concerts. © 2014 Jody Watley

“The Fabulous Buffet” Post Concert Hang Awaits. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..'the fabulous buffet' wind down. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..’the fabulous buffet’ wind down hanging with Louise, Bryan, Alle, Anders, Matt. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is always a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoe for the evening. C'est la vie!  © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoes and socks for the evening. C’est la vie! © 2014 Jody Watley

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders - they jokingly call themselves "The Neverly Brothers"

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders – they jokingly call themselves “The Neverly Brothers.” Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest - always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest – always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

We  overstay and close the after concert buffet and wind down - again!

Our group overstays in the midst of laughs and conversation closing our now traditional after concert  ‘fabulous buffet’ and wind down – again! Screens going up – staff wants to go home.. “Security!”  “Where are my keys!”  © 2014 Jody Watley

Up next – photo’s and more anecdotes including my visit to the International Slavery Museum, great food, new friends, age, a few life and career reflections …and the end of tour on the horizon.

Nightlife. It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 5. Scenes.

On the road to Carlise.

On the road to .. from our base in Liverpool in the Mercedes Vito. © 2014 Jody Watley

Rhyl Pavilion - gorgeous theater.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rhyl Pavilion – gorgeous theater. I always go to the stage first to get the vibe. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room - heavy winds and rain by the sea. ©2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room in Rhyl, my second stop upon arrival – heavy winds and rain by the sea. Most dressing rooms don’t have windows, let alone a view of any kind.   ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Ok..so an afternoon pre-show 'snack' - all for fun of course. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Early Pre-show silly shenanigans  after plates were shoved in my direction for my constant photo taking – - all for fun and laughs of course..the joke being all the food being washed down with a ‘Diet Coke.’ The KFC took me back to my teen Soul Train days when all we got was a cold two piece snack and a cold soda – which none of us minded just to be on television getting exposure on the road to pursuing our dreams..who knew I’d be in North Wales one day and they’d have it. I would have preferred salad greens..lol.  The key to life must include a sense of humor!   © 2014 Jody Watley Images

"Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

“Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!” Testing out my camera options on the black and white and color accents!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Meet and Greet. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets (serious autographs collectors) for first two rows. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin' in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex , just killing time - #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin’ in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex ,  candles burning, listening to music – one of the few times I’ve had my own dressing room (Hallelujah!!) just killing time – #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with David, we call him King David. Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with Matt Kern  and another cutie Anders from Denmark (they’re both new artists /musicians, with this driver gig as an adventure to learn the business ropes.. so I will be able to say I knew them when! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I'm on. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I’m on. Ready for showtime in sequins and glitter stiletto’s by Jerome C. Rousseau – yes!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

My view backstage - partial of the band. © 2014 Jody watley Images

My view backstage – partial of the band. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A real cutie, all of our drivers are hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Matt is a real cutie, all of our drivers are rock star  hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary 'fabulous buffet'  and the security screens go up - closing time. © 2014 Jody watley Images

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary ‘fabulous buffet’ and the security screens go up – closing time, “Where are my keys?!” . © 2014 Jody watley Images

We’re in the home stretch now..

It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley Classic Photo. Saks Fifth Avenue Catalog ’96

Photography: Skrebneski

Photography: Skrebneski

For my #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Classic as well as #FashionFriday – 1 page of a 16 page layout for Saks Fifth Avenue Catalog from ’96. The photo’s and style from these sessions are all very timeless – which always appeals to me. Working with legendary photographer Skrebneski made me nervous, but he put me at ease making it  a memorable and fun experience.

Nightlife. Jody Watley Moto Blanco Remix Lyric Video.

“Nightlife” debuts in the UK at #40 Charts (Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh), Music Week and Vaults to #8 on the Urban chart (check original mix, Soulpersona and Dave Doyle mixes).

Produced by Ray Easmon, UK for Avitone and Jody Watley Music.

 

Available NOW at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. You can also stream it on Spotify among others.