Jody Watley. Paradise CD Sells Out. Update. Autumn Love.

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

The exclusive limited edition ‘PARADISE’ CD is now SOLD-OUT in my online boutique. Thank you to everyone who is supporting the music, digitally as well (available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play). We have shipped to over 17 countries around the world. It truly is in the music!! Visit the store for other items: HERE

PARADISE candles featuring scents for  “PARADISE’ AND “SANCTUARY” coming soon.

 

 

Jody Watley. Classic Photo of The Day. Blues and Soul. UK

#TBT On The Cover of the UK Music Magazine Blues and Soul in 1989.

#TBT On The Cover of the UK Music Magazine Blues and Soul in 1989.

Celebrating 25 years of my second album. Most fans think of my solo debut as the breakthrough and it was – as well as being trendsetting in style and video. However my second album is the one that was really quietly the most pioneering and to me overshadowed. My infusion of high fashion, commercial ad campaigns and layouts – uncommon for any black artist at the time, and only by one other Madonna. ‘Larger Than Life’ ushered in a raised bar for other female artists that would follow.  The pioneering “Friends”  featuring Eric B & Rakim; the first to feature Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop 16 bar verses and crossing over R&B, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop – as well as a genre crossing video featuring transgender, drag queens, underground club culture, B-Boys and Girls, voguing and Jean Paul-Gaultier couture blended into a mix of high end and street chic as well as my highest charting ballad ‘Everything.” There was no press release to stir controversy and bring attention about the casting of the video – for me it wasn’t about that. Everyone in the video was real, friends of friends – not models or professionals. Tyrone Procter helped cast it. Eric B and Rakim called some of their friends. What I wanted to represent the types of clubs I liked dancing at full of of types of people united by the music and stepping out in style to get down on the dance floor. It was a real club scene in the west village on a hot summer afternoon in NYC. It went over the heads of a lot of people..my label didn’t know what to make of it, and weren’t happy with it – but let me do what I envisioned and I’m thankful.

I also found success overseas in the Japan, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom among others as well. It was always a challenge because I wasn’t the typical ‘urban black artist’ and was always in a struggle to shine on my own terms, remaining true to myself, wanting to have standards, authenticity to my artistry. 25 years later this is still true in everything I do whether on the commercial radar or not. It’s true no matter what your job or career is – be the best you.

“Real Love” which remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated Video’s and “Most of All” are featured on the Top 28 David Fincher video’s : HERE 

Photography: Steven Meisel

Makeup: Francois NARS

Hair: Oribe

Art Direction: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

Produced by Andre Cymone

Executive Producer:  Jody Watley

#itsinthemusic #JodyWatley

Jody Watley Upcoming Concerts 2014.

 

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UPCOMING JODY WATLEY LIVE CONCERT DATES:

October 25, 2014 : Washington D.C. DC Chamber Gala & Awards

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – TOWER THEATER “A NIGHT OF TIMELESS R&B FEATURING LILLO THOMAS AND THE SYSTEM Tickets: Here

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NOVEMBER 29, 2014 – CACHE CREEK CASINO, SACRAMENTO, CA SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets: Here

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DECEMBER 29, 2014  – Disco Nights – BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets:  Here

DECEMBER 30 – 31, 2014 Disco Nights –  BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA, SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY  Tickets: Here 

 

 

Booking Contact: msanto@pyramid-ent.com

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Jody Watley on Entrepreneurship. Paradise.

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

JodyWatleyBoutique Logo Designed by Lauren Watley

Thinking back to when I was a little girl, with so many dreams and goals – having my own business was always on my list. As an artist and a woman in business I’m never waiting on anyone to make it happen – that’s my advice. Go get it!

The Jody Watley Boutique continues to thrive. We’ve shipped PARADISE and other merchandise in the store to over 15 countries and despite a few kinks early on things are running smoothly.

I’ll be adding a luxury soy candle collection for the holidays. As well I’m working on a a capsule collection of luxury T-shirts as well – Jody Watley meets Rick Owens and Helmut Lang.

It’s In The Music!!

Padua Player aka The "SugaChef" Washington D.C.

Padua Player aka The “SugaChef” Washington D.C.

Shigeo Chiba from Japan. PARADISE!

Shigeo Chiba from Japan. PARADISE!

Lance Boykin, Scotch Plains, NJ "PARADISE" love

Lance Boykin, Scotch Plains, NJ “PARADISE” love – with his tickets for The Tower Theater Concert coming up November 15, 2014

 

Jody Watley Talks Music and Business on New Venture Who’s That Lady

 

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I appreciate the fact that this new website is focused on positivity and interviews; not gossip on women in music, television and film. They’ve been incredibly supportive of “PARADISE” on Twitter and other social media; I wanted to show my support to Belinda James and the Who’s That Lady Entertainment team.  If you’re tired of gossip based media and trust me, I understand the commerce and need for a bit of entertainment and gossip here and there; however there should also be room for other mediums such as this – support these alternatives.

Read the new interview The Jody Watley Experience: Here

Jody Watley to Talk The Talk with Steven Knight. Paradise Update.

I haven’t done press for ‘PARADISE’ rather, I’ve let my blog posts speak to the process, inspirations, journey etc. We did quite a lot for the single release of “Nightlife.’ It would be great to do television however it’s quite a challenge without a gossip lead in to talk about, an agent with CAA who is packaging guests (politics) – that’s the reality of the moment.   I’ll be chatting with online radio show host Steven Knight on Monday September 29, 2014 at 10 PM EST talking “Paradise.” They’ve been very persistent to have me on, and we’re Twitter friends ..so there you go!

Listen Live and Get More Information: http://thestevenknightshow.webs.com

Upcoming concerts:

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Oct. 25, 2014 – Washington, D.C. Chamber’s Choice Gala & Awards

Nov, 15, 2014 – The Tower Theater Philadelphia “A Night of Timeless R&B” with Lillo Thomas and The System Tickets : Here

Nov. 29, 2014  – Cache Creek Casino – Shalamar featuring Jody Watley Tickets Here

Dec. 28-31 – Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Shalamar featuring Jody Watley

BUY your PARADISE Exclusive CD: Here

PARADISE available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital outlets worldwide.

 

New in the Jody Watley Gallery

Just added to the website gallery courtesy of J.S. Ingram presented to me on Facebook. View the gallery: Here

 

Jody Watley, by J.S. Ingram inspired by "Still a Thrill'

Jody Watley, by J.S. Ingram inspired by “Still a Thrill’