Jody Watley Paradise. Update and CD Pressing.

We will do a limited quantity of CD’s for the “Paradise” EP, taking stock of comments from Facebook. The cover will differ slightly from the digital release. This package will not be available in mainstream outlets like Best Buy, Walmart, etc. This is another non corporate release by me – my heart and soul, wanting to deliver a bit of ‘paradise’ through my music. My approach is a classic one – there are live instruments on the is record including strings. In the 70’s, one of the great era’s os soul, dance, rock, jazz, etc. it wasn’t uncommon for albums to have 7 songs or less (Issac Hayes classic “Hot Buttered Soul” had 4!) . “Shalamar’s” Big Fun for instance had 7 songs clocking in at just 37:07. It’s about quality not quantity. The trend of putting a lot of filler tracks to fill up an album is never something I’ve been agreeable to. That said,  be one of the first to preorder exclusively at http://jodywatley.bigcartel.com to have your copy personalized and signed. “Paradise” will be a collectible for sure – add this to your digital purchase and Jody Watley Collection. Pre-order your CD now. Pre-orders imminent at iTunes. I appreciate your support!

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

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Jody Watley Interview V Magazine Summer Issue 2014

© 2014 Jody Watley - #selfie

© 2014 Jody Watley –  V Magazine #selfie

 

 

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE JODY WATLEY RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM THAT HARKS BACK TO HER FUNK SOUL ROOTS. HERE, THE SINGER REFLECTS ON HER RISE TO THE TOP, WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STAYING TRUE.

Jody Watley at Giorgio’s the exclusive, the exclusive Saturday party at The Standard in Hollywood, where Mick Jagger and Andre Harrell mix and David LaChapelle might be spotted with Daphne Guiness on his lap. Watley is the queen of the venue-she holds court almost every week just past DJ Adam XII’s booth with her friend and Decades cofounder Christos Garkinos. Tonight, the mother of two a self described basketball mom, carpool mom, fabulous mom..” wears all black save for a pair of crystal Jimmy Choo pumps. When she’s in the mood, she’ll fan herself on the dance floor-something she has done since beginning her career as a dancer on Soul Train as a teenager. “I always have my little fan action.” the icon says with a smile. “It’s so glamourous. Eat your heart out Karl Lagerfeld.” Watley shot the video for “Nightlife”, the clubby lead single off her new album “Paradise”, at Giorgio’s.  “I want to inspire people, because people get stuck in a rut.” she says of the music. “Oh, I’m not going out, Oh, the good ole’ days..” And it’s so frustrating. It’s like make new memories! Even if you had a great time ten, twenty, thirty years ago, be fabulous now! You’re alive, Hello!”

The daughter of a Chicago minister, Watley first performed onstage as a child with her godfather, the incredible crooner Jackie Wilson. After relocating to Los Angeles she succeeded in her mission to become a Soul Train regular. In 1977, Don Cornelius the show’s creator and host, selected her to become an original member of the disco super trio-Shalamar, which would record world-class dance-floor anthems like “The Second Time Around” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley left the group after six years, loved to London, and recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Band Aid.

After returning to Los Angeles three years later, she signed with MCA Records and released her 1987 solo album “Jody Watley”, co-writing a handful of tracks. It contains some of her most enduring dance music, including the lead single “Looking For A New Love” (which features the popular pre Terminator 2 kiss-off “Hasta la vista baby!”). “Don’t You Want Me.” and “Some Kind of Lover.” She accepted her 1988 “Best New Artist” Grammy-winning over Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Swing Out Sister and Terence Trent D’Arby – in a vintage dress and biker jacket painted with her likeness.

‘When I signed to MCA, I didn’t see anybody like who I wanted to be.” she says. “I wanted to do that badass fashion chick that’s just different. And not everybody likes her. And not everybody liked me. “You don’t smile, you’re a black girl, you’re glamorous and you’ve got this cold as ice stare.” While in London she sought out designers like Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul-Gaultier. “I bought one of the first cone bra’s, pre-Madonna. It’s on the single sleeve of “Don’t You Want Me”. I also bought the huge one that she ended up wearing, but the understated one was more me”, she says.

With her gorgeous mane, lean frame, stunning brows illegal cheekbones and ballsy attitude Watley was the perfect subject for fashion’s top photographers.”[When I first started] the label didn’t want to fly me to New York for my first layout for Harper’s Bazaar” she laughs. “So I flew myself out to shoot with Scavullo!” Steven Meisel photographed the cover of her 1989 follow-up album Larger Than Life. The video for ‘Real Love’ was directed by David Fincher and featured her ruling the runway in menswear paving the way for future acts like Aaliyah and TLC.

“I never wanted to be like anybody else” says Watley who, in the decades that followed never stopped recording, performing and changing up her style and sound. Now she’s writing a memoir, which she plans to finish this year.  “I can only be who I am. Because to me that’s what street is. Street is real.” – Mark Jacobs

 

My blog about the photo used in the piece: Here

 

Jody Watley Photographs and Musings From Yoshi’s May 2014

There’s nothing like a Jody Watley concert / party – it’s an experience and exchange of positivity, love and good vibes mixed with tons of attitude, spontaneity, heart, soul, laughs, tears..music is life and paradise. Because I never work from a ‘script’ in what I say..in the moment  of being moved by the audience and love..I did forget to dedicate my performance of “When A Man Loves A Woman” to Dr. Maya Angelou. My love of poetry and spoken word was very much influenced by her dating back to when I was in junior high, very much impacted by Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.

We’ve already been asked back for New Years Eve..stay tuned!

Photo: Jeffrey Dean (2014) Yoshi's Oakland; also pictured John 'Havic' Gregory' and Rosero McCoy

Queen of Cool Jody Watley. Photo: Jeffrey Dean (2014) Yoshi’s Oakland; also pictured John ‘Havic’ Gregory’ and Rosero McCoy

 

Pre-Show -- in Vivienne Westwood T, blazer, my favorite hat from Gladys Tamez, shoes by Jerome C. Rousseau, and pants with zippers from Topshop.

Pre-Show — in Vivienne Westwood T, blazer, my favorite hat from Gladys Tamez, glitter pumps by Jerome C. Rousseau, and grey sweat athletic sweat pants with zippers on side from Topshop.

© 2014 Jody Watley, the calm before the love storm VIP Pre Show Meet and Greet at Yoshi's

© 2014 Jody Watley, the calm before the love storm VIP Pre Show Meet and Greet at Yoshi’s

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with D.J. Wainwright

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with D.J. Wainwright  from Sacramento at Pre-Show VIP Meet and Greet Yoshi’s May 2014 — when I see him it makes me know it’s going to be a great night. Good vibes.

© 2014 Jody Watley and Patrick Butman who flew in from New York.

© 2014 Jody Watley and Patrick Butman who flew in from New York.

Jody Watley and Leon Blue who I haven't seen since Shalamar days (he was a stage tech back then  - owns his own tour bus company now) flew in from Florida with his beautiful daughter.

Jody Watley and Leon Blue who I haven’t seen since Shalamar days (he was a stage tech back then – owns his own tour bus company now) flew in from Florida with his beautiful daughter.

With Paul who drove up from Las Vegas, I met him a couple of years ago when I did a special event at The Venetian / Palazzo.

With Paul who drove up from Las Vegas, I met him a couple of years ago when I did a special event at The Venetian / Palazzo.

Lovely lady and longtime fan at VIP Pre-Show Meet and Greet.

Lovely lady and longtime fan at VIP Pre-Show Meet and Greet.

Signing!

Signing!

Love!

Love! Pre-Show VIP Meet and Greet at Yoshi’s.

 

Celebrating their 19th Anniversary of "Real Love" at Yoshi's 2014

Celebrating their 19th Anniversary of “Real Love” at Yoshi’s 2014

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They hadn't seen me since the 80's! I welcomed them with open arms - and told them it's OK, all that matters is you're here tonight!

They hadn’t seen me since the 80’s! I welcomed them with open arms – and told them it’s OK, all that matters is you’re here tonight!

Pre-Show Meet and Greet - the line! I didn't know how I would get to everyone, but I did.

Pre-Show Meet and Greet – the line! I didn’t know how I would get to everyone, but I did.

Dave Higdon from Poptastic Confessions Blog, is always supportive and it was nice to meet him for the first time.

Dave Higdon from Poptastic Confessions Blog, is always supportive and it was nice to meet him for the first time.

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Tommy has such a wonderful spirit, and so generous. He always gives me a gift – this time a gorgeous crystal vase and flowers, which came with a thoughtful card and letter. The vase is home my ‘Sanctuary’ on the piano.

With one of my youngest and dearest fans Iona. Her Mom Yuko is loving and wonderful and flew in with Iona..we first met in Japan several years ago..so I'm getting to watch Iona grow up! She made me a keychain, and Mom brought cupcakes, and gifted me with one of my favorite things - a handheld fan.

With one of my youngest and dearest fans Iona. Her Mom Yuko is loving and wonderful and flew in with Iona..we first met in Japan several years ago..so I’m getting to watch Iona grow up! She made me a keychain, and Mom brought cupcakes, and gifted me with one of my favorite things – a handheld fan.

So much love in this photo - among pictured  friends Bryan Rabin of Giorgio's in Los Angeles and make-up artist and Kathy Jeung who drove up from L.A. Glen Lajeski who was an executive at MCA and so instrumental in the early days of my solo career and another longtime friend along with his partner Benefit executive Gerry Etcheverry ..

So much love in this photo – among pictured friends Bryan Rabin of Giorgio’s in Los Angeles and make-up artist and Kathy Jeung who drove up from L.A. Glen Lajeski who was an executive at MCA and so instrumental in the early days of my solo career and another longtime friend along with his partner Benefit executive Gerry Etcheverry ..

..the night ended with Chicken and Waffles with an invitation from the owner who hooked us up!

..the fabulous night ended with Chicken and Waffles via an invitation from the owner Derrick  and longtime friend of Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer)  who hooked Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc,  John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Christina Grady and I up! I slept like a baby needless to say!

Jody Watley Classic Photo Of The Day. Hot Chocolate and Gaultier.

We saw this jeep totally by accident while scouting locations on a photo session for my tour book in 1989. It was too good to pass up. The shot only took a few minutes, renegade style and we were out of there.

All self styled – my vision was for the tour book  to be all about a fashion editorial aesthetic and nothing like any tour book photo’s I’d seen with my own sense of style and individuality captured. Although not included in the current Gaultier exhibition, I was an early supporter of his designs as seen in a lot of my early photo’s and video’s, and as early as 1984 discovering him while living in London.  Although this was decades ago, it’s totally timeless; picture Rihanna, Solange or one of today’s young fashionable artists – would still work.

#tbt #throwbackthursday #classic #jodywatley

Photography: Victoria Pearson. Downtown Los Angeles, 1989 in Gaultier

Photography: Victoria Pearson.  Make-up: Beth Katz . Art Direction: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley.  Styling: Jody Watley. Downtown Los Angeles, 1989 in Gaultier