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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The Jody Watley Boutique Gets A New Logo

 

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

The new logo created by my daughter Lauren Watley for the Jody Watley Boutique. Lauren recently received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (the first college graduate in our family) is a digital media artist with a distinct point of view. Lauren also contributes visuals to my live show and other elements of multi-media. I was somewhat all over the place in what I wanted, but she got it – I’m not the easier client I’m sure!  The logo created is aerodynamic, chic, intriguing, a sense of whimsy and unique. Sound familiar? I look forward to watching her artistic journey and evolution.

Visit the boutique to see what’s in store: Here

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. Celebrating Josephine Baker.

Jody Watley in Essence Magazine 1989

Jody Watley in Essence Magazine

 

I had the opportunity to see Josephine Baker when I was a little girl. My mother took my brother and I to see her at The Regal Theatre. Later, after becoming an artist myself, I nearly won the role to play her on the HBO movie “The Josephine Baker Story” ultimately the role went to actress Lynn Whitfield. Ms. Baker was obviously much older when I saw her, but I’ll never forget how mesmerizing she was and thinking back on it now – I also realize what a blessing it was to witness this icon while she was alive. I’ve read many books on her fascinating life – and what a life she lived through it all.  What a trailblazer.

 

Josephine_Baker_1950Josephine Baker; Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.

Baker was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. She was once offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King in 1968, following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Baker, however, turned down the offer. She was also known for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and received the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

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Visit the Official Josephine Baker Website: HERE

 

 

Jody Watley. Real Love Celebrates 25 Years.

When I look at my children, I think of the passage of time primarily, otherwise I just live life. Thinking it’s been 25 years since my second album and ‘Real Love’ makes me smile. I remain proud of the work. The single was written by Andre Cymone and I  - he the music, me the lyric and melody. The video was directed by David Fincher (who went on to become an Academy Award winning director) and who fulfilled my wish when I told him I wanted to be on the runway – fashion forward. It all holds up quite well 25 years later…and so have I!

 

Julio Castiglioni posted to my Facebook page today: “This week, 25 years ago, REAL LOVE reached the #2 in Billboard Hot 100. Good times in music!”

Jody Watley “Real Love” on Wikipedia: Here

Via Instagram: Vernon Sze Jody Watley My tribute to Larger Than Life and Real Life 25th Anniversary: http://instagram.com/p/oYpxlpIgi5/