I’ve written a lot of songs…this has vaulted into my personal Top 10 from “PARADISE.” I was really compelled to right a song like this – with very little focus on the importance of what atmosphere is created for our children and ourselves at home, family..set to a groove – like music I grew up being inspired by.
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!
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.
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; 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.
Jody Watley Brings 30 Years of Hits to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29. “Don’t expect only her 80′s hits from Jody Watley. When the superstar brings her act to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29, the show will reflect the breadth of her multi-decade career..” Read the rest: Here