Jody Watley 2013 Essence Fest Performance Flashback

Had a fab time at last year’s Essence Festival 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Here’s a clip of Gerald Brown, a fellow Shalamar original and I performing an impromptu version of “Take That To The Bank.”

 

 

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday #JodyWatley #Shalamar #EssenceFestival

Jody Watley. Yoshi’s Oakland Days Away.

My band, dancers, crew and I are all looking forward to the concert this week. It’s a “Paradise” pre-release (we’ll have new Paradise merchandise and Nightlife vinyl among other items), celebrating the success of my single “Nightlife” which was Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 here in the U.S. Dance. The meet and greet (our chance to say hello face to face) and what will be a wonderful evening of music and love. The VIP Meet and Greet was sold out, but I’ve asked that they extend for a few more. A night to dress up or dress down, but you know I’m all about being fabulous. Take that outfit out from the back of your closet that you’ve been ‘waiting’ for the right occasion to wear – May 29, it’s your time, it will be good for your soul! What’s left of tickets: HERE 

 

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

 

 

Jody Watley New LIve Concert Video Post.

If you haven’t seen Jody Watley “Live”, you are missing a treat. This is a glimpse of the poignant improvisational  “When A Man Loves A Woman” the controversial spoken word, topical single from the 1991 album “Affairs of The Heart.”

 

Jody Watley will make a rare concert appearance May 29, 2014 at Yoshi’s Oakland, CA. Don’t Miss It.

 

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Bring Back Our Girls. Thought of The Day.

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jodywatley_nigeria_beachWhen I was younger, I traveled to Nigeria as a member of the group Shalamar. The people were lovely and happy for us to be there, however I will never forget the fear of checkpoints when armed ‘police’ that would get in the vans carrying us around and point weapons at us, usually wanting money before we could proceed. There was a lot of corruption and instability even back then. The police or soldiers would then laugh, after we were all ready to pee our pants and say “Shalamar, we love you”, to extreme relief as they exited the tour bus or mini vans. I have never been back because it was all a bit upsetting. This was heavy intimidation and really, in those moments we were at their mercy. I totally picture the horrid Boko Haram invading the school in the darkness of the night in the village of Chibok taking young girls against their will looking to do harm and ‘sell’ them – when all the girls were doing is getting an education. I’m appalled as a human being, a Mom with a daughter, a woman who was once a young student herself. This has gone through my mind these past weeks, as I’ve tweeted it out and shared various news links..those poor girls being kidnapped. This tragedy followed the devastating sinking ship in South Korea with all of those children and of course the vanished flight MH 370. Crazy world we live in. With regard to the Nigerian girls, I wish the media would not say forced marriage – it is abduction and likely rape and all types of abuse. The media was also slow to report this story and naturally you wonder if these nearly 300 girls were in the Switzerland or France or the U.S..anywhere it would have been in the headlines.  I’m keeping those girls, and all victims of these horrible acts in my prayers, and hoping the government finds them so they can return safely to their parents and lives.

I’ve  been following this story in particular the past few weeks. The President of Nigeria finally spoke on it, and was accused of not doing enough. Luckily, the growing coverage is putting pressure, and the U.S. has offered to assist in finding these school girls. Human  trafficking, modern slavery and abuse of children needs to stop. That’s my thought – always.

#BringBackOurGirls

Read: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/06/world/africa/nigeria-abductions-why-it-matters/

Jody Watley Returns To Yoshi’s Oakland.

 

Photo: Albert Sanchez

Photography By: Albert Sanchez

I will be returning to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29, 2014 and looking forward to it. There’s always joy for all of us to come to the bay area. In addition to the concert there will also be a a VIP pre-show meet and greet. Come say hello, sing, celebrate the success of ‘Nightlife’, the forthcoming “Paradise”, party with us, perhaps meet your new love or just mix it up, put on something nice and get out of the house. There will also be limited edition merchandise available. Get your tickets today – Here

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Journal 8. Reflections.

I needed a couple of weeks to decompress, relax, unwind and reflect on my experience being a part of the David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour. My hat is off to him for being passionate about soul music and it’s veteran artists by doing a tour like this. It boggles the mind that there are not more of these types of tours with a variety of artists with their great hits.

If you followed my posts you’ll know it started off a bit rocky for me. When I look back over the time I was away, in my head I equate it to being a child having gone to a sleep away camp and surviving it. I experienced missing my loved ones, friends and daily routines. Even in the best hotels – there’s no place like home. Thanks to Paul Williams Jr. we were all turned on to the MagicJack phone app – free international calls, though the time difference was always a challenge. Being honest there was shedding some tears of loneliness of being on the road, feeling outcast initially because of my quiet demeanor which didn’t sit well with some, not having my friends, band and crew, etc. You should know I was raised in a fairly quiet household and I’ve never been accustomed to being around overly amped up people who need to be in someone’s face all the time. Chill. I’m as comfortable being real and in my own skin, as anyone else is in being who they are. We all bring our different experiences and upbringing  to every situation. It’s about being flexible and respectful – as I said in a previous post, there’s a time and a place for everything.  In my work environment, I have tended to hire people with a certain demeanor for my band and crew. Anyway, this caused feelings of being more vulnerable than usual and totally being out of a comfort zone. The feeling of wanting to go home was strong the first few days. Of course I found the strength I needed and tapped into ‘patience.’ It was awesome to bond with a few  people after all. Bryan and Louise approached me one evening backstage and asked me what was wrong in a way that was genuine and caring and not confrontational as I mentioned in a previous post. They were like the little kids on the playground yard that come over to help when something’s gone awry. Compassion and empathy. That was a turning point for me. I’m so grateful to them for being so cool. Ultimately, despite the stress, I had a great time, triumphant in it all, definitely having grown up a bit more – even as a fully grown adult. Imagine that?! We all continue to grow with the inner child that remains alive, facing obstacles, insecurities and dealing with insecurities of others which causes them to act in certain obnoxious ways. Working to overcome obstacles in life no matter what – as much as we don’t like the challenges at times. It feels good when you do and get past something.

I teared up a lot as we drove hundred of miles to and from the venues, often gorgeous historic theaters as I looked out of the windows – forced to think about life and tune out noise at times. I often listened to everything from Stan Getz to Radiohead in my earbuds, as well as my own “Nightlife” remixes. I did a lot of reflecting on being a Mom, the homebody – raising my children my children into young adults; missing them and thinking a bit more about mortality cycles of life. I reflected on my career, what I’ve achieved, what I still want to achieve beyond making records.  Generally, I never think about my age unless it’s brought up to me – but I did a lot of thinking about it on this on this trip. I feel ageless most times – well, until I have to reach for my reading glasses! 55, though totally young at heart and in my spirit – half a life lived already and looking ahead to the things I hope to achieve still with all of my past and current accomplishments which include raising to wonderful people of which I’m most proud. Perspective. Looking at the artists doing it in their 70’s..I couldn’t help but wonder if I wanted to be on the road when I hit 70 if I’m so blessed. Anyway, back to my daughter and son -they’ve traveled with me to places around the world and that fact made me smile – and cry! Maybe the tears were also my fluctuating hormones, which is said with a smile in another nudge of age. I’ve never cried so much in small spurts!! When I’d see a Mom with her son or daughter walking and holding hands, or sharing a bite to eat – tears. I thought about the blessings of my career and to be on tour with artists in their 70’s or close to it who survived touring and sharing the gift of music in a time of segregation always knowing the safe houses to rest in their travels, as hotels weren’t option and the fear of lynching always loomed. I visited the International Slavery Museum – twice.

We are blessed even when things don’t go smoothly – it’s the pushing forward. That’s living. Life.

The view from my hotel suite in Liverpool, I took in many sunrises (insomnia) and a few sunsets on off days.

The view from my hotel suite in Liverpool, I took in many sunrises (insomnia) and a few sunsets on off days. Thankful to be in the moment.

View from my suite Liverpool.

Til’ the Break of Dawn…just after sunrise from my suite Liverpool.

It's the journey not the destination..truly. I took this one I believe in Butlins Skegness © 2014 Jody Watley

It’s the journey not the destination..truly.  While others asked”How long before we get to..?!” I took in the view and thought of how blessed I was to see these places and spaces.  © 2014 Jody Watley

Early on at one of the Butlins Resorts..

In my suite early on at one of the Butlins Resorts..creative use of towels.

Sharing a birthday dinner party with music legend Dennis Edwards and fellow Aquarian - what a trip and honor..will always cherish the experience. © 2014 Jody Watley

Sharing a birthday dinner party with the other Legends of Soul artists and staff courtesy of David Gest with music legend and fellow Aquarian Dennis Edwards  – what a trip and honor..will always cherish the experience. Dennis made me laugh a LOT on the tour. He could also get really quiet and moody like me and sit off on his own.  © 2014 Jody Watley

With legendary Candi Staton - I loved watching her perform, she shared great stories one night listening to her and Little Anthony on a long drive back from one of the shows was priceless.

With legendary Candi Staton – I loved watching her perform, she shared great stories one night listening to her and Little Anthony on a long drive back from one of the shows was priceless. Candi at the end of the tour said folks were saying I was ‘the elusive one’ – lol.

Later down the line..

A gorgeous meal at San Carlos with my new friends Bryan, Louise and Alle

A gorgeous meal at San Carlos with my new friends Bryan, Louise and Alle

San Carlos Interior - GREAT restaurant!

San Carlos Interior – GREAT restaurant! Lovely ambience and 5 star food.

Vocalist Bryan Chambers  and keyboardist Alle Pearse.

Vocalist and best dressed of the tour – Bryan Chambers and keyboardist Alle Pearse.

Bryan ready for his mussels.

Bryan Chambers ready for his mussels.

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The mussels were a hit!

One of my favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée - it's also a favorite of my son so I thought about him of course. © 2014 Jody Watley

One of my favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée – it’s also a favorite of my son so I thought about him of course and took the photo to show him. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers - shoe shenanigans with Alle and Anders Knudsen. Just hanging out. Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers – shoe shenanigans with Alle and Anders Knudsen’s ‘Beatles Boots.” Just hanging out. Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

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Bryan Chammbers having fun swapping shoes with Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers having fun swapping shoes with Anders Knudsen. We all got a good laugh and added this to many shared memorable moments on this tour.  © 2014 Jody Watley

A quote I came across while I was away that really resonated.

A quote I came across while I was away that really resonated and made me feel strong!

A universal message - while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue - it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it!

A universal message – came at a good time early on while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue – it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it, and I did!

With Anders Knudsen. Check out his album "Perils" at iTunes if you enjoy rock influenced by the 60's. I love it!

With the handsome and kind hearted Anders Knudsen who I grew to adore as well. Check out his album “Perils” at iTunes if you enjoy rock influenced by the 60’s. I love it!

With Matt Kern. Photo: courtesy of Matt Kern

Gushing with another cutie – Matt Kern in Hull. Photo: courtesy of Matt Kern. Look out for his band Vyktoria to release music soon. Modern Depeche Mode vibes!

Anders and Eddie Holman. "Hey There Lonely Girl"

Anders and his mesmerizing eyes with Eddie “I’m the best singer in the world” Holman. “Hey There Lonely Girl”

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The lads chillin’ post concert in our private area – fabulous buffet.

Matt Kern chilling at the fabulous buffet, Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Matt Kern chilling at the fabulous buffet, Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Tales to tell.

Tales to tell.

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Our VIP post show hang and “Fabulous Buffet” at the hotel -Legends of Soul Tour.

Someone said something inappropriate but awkwardly funny..at 'the fabulous buffet'

We were the stragglers, it was really late. Someone said something inappropriate but awkwardly funny..at ‘the fabulous buffet’ Alle was standing on the bar to capture..this was one of the last nights in Liverpool after 3 weeks.

Alle taking the pic..photo courtesy of Louise Marshall.

Alle taking the pic..photo courtesy of Louise Marshall.

Taking a moment before showtime. © 2014 Jody Watley

Taking a moment before showtime. © 2014 Jody Watley

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Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue sing “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” in front of an adoring packed house. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

I'd never seen so much 'Curling' coverage - it's apparently huge in the UK, and seemed to be on each time I tuned in to catch the Winter Olympics.

I’d never seen so much ‘Curling’ coverage – it’s apparently huge in the UK, and seemed to be on each time I tuned in to catch the Winter Olympics.

Scenes - driving to.. "Brothers Fish and Chips" caught my eye

Scenes – driving to.. “Brothers Fish and Chips” caught my eye

Umm..

Umm..get your hair cut and grab a snack! Sounds like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares! Cue Chef Ramsey “Who’s idea was this?!”

By this time in the tour, I was having a blast! © 2014 Jody Watley

Shenanigans backstage in Hull. By this time in the tour, I was having a blast! © 2014 Jody Watley

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Paul Williams Jr. Louise Marshall as we arrive in Hull at the venue - after a long drive in from Liverpool.

Paul Williams Jr.  of The Temptations Revue and backing vocalist on the tour Louise Marshall as we arrive in Hull at the venue – after a long drive in from Liverpool. Louise also did a great job with her duet with Dennis on “Don’t Look Any Further.”

Arriving to Hull - UK. A  gorgeous theater. Grand staircases always remind me of my 'Still A Thrill' video in Paris, France.

Arriving to Hull – UK – dressing room dilemmas imminent – lol . A gorgeous theater. Grand staircases always remind me of my ‘Still A Thrill’ video in Paris, France.

I forgot where this was or what theatre - but it was very regal. #selfie (c) 2014 Jody Watley

I forgot where this was or what theatre – but it was very regal. #selfie (c) 2014 Jody Watley

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From earlier in the trip:

Day 2 or 3 in Butlins - the first resort city we played as we worked out the kinks of the show….

Day 2 or 3 in Butlins Bognor  Regnoir- the first resort city we played as we worked out the kinks of the show….where my ‘elusive’ reputation was born on the tour.

I'm a big sports fan - so I was happy we got to watch the big game.

I’m a big sports fan – so I was happy we got to watch the big game – Butlins Skegness.

I lost a Superbowl bet while I was on tour to Paul Willams Jr. We bet one dollar for fun.

I lost the Superbowl bet to Paul Willams Jr. We bet one dollar for fun.

Louise Marshall and her beautiful daughter - of course made me weepy for my kids!

Family time. Louise Marshall with a visit from her beautiful daughter backstage in her hometown of York. Meeting Alicia of course made me weepy for my kids when they were little and would often accompany me for shows. Working Moms – balancing family and career.

More fab light fixtures in York..obsessed!

More fab light fixtures in York at the theatre…obsessed!

Bryan Chambers was so fashionable. He did so much shopping at one point his new additions required their own seat on the van!

Bryan Chambers was so fashionable. He did so much shopping at one point his new additions required their own seat on the van!

Sometimes the situation called for improvisation for the lack of dressing rooms to accommodate us all!

Sometimes the situation called for improvisation due to the lack of dressing rooms to accommodate us all! In life sometimes you have to just roll with it and make things work!

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The sign kept calling my name.."International Slavery Museum" - I wasn't going to go at first because I didn't want to be depressed - so glad I went. It was empowering in a surprising and odd way.

The sign kept calling my name..”International Slavery Museum” – I wasn’t going to go at first because I didn’t want to be depressed – so glad I went as did Bryan who came with me the first time. It was empowering in a surprising and odd way. Made me think of my own resilience in life.

Bryan and I were trying to find the slavery museum amongst many..good thing I had on comfy boots!

Bryan and I were trying to find the slavery museum amongst many..good thing I had on comfy boots!

African Origins. International Slavery Museum Liverpool.

African Origins. International Slavery Museum Liverpool.

Unimaginable..

Unimaginable..

I also learned that the famous street Penny Lane made famous by The Beatles is named after an influential local person in the slave trade..as are many notable streets in Liverpool.

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Made me reflect on stereotypes – and certain elements of marginalization of black women that still exist among other things that crossed my mind..and thinking about the media and society..

Snapped at The International Slavery Musuem..

Snapped at The International Slavery Musuem in Liverpool, UK. They should have museums like this all over the U.S.

Never lose your identity-there was a time African didn't have a choice.

Never lose your identity-there was a time African slaves didn’t have a choice.

A slave torture mask for women slaves who got out of line..it was daunting to think about all of this that went on..

A slave torture mask for women slaves who got out of line..it was daunting to think about all of this that went on..and that human beings can be so cruel and think up such horrific things to do and make..

International Slavery Museum Liverpool --Muzzles, whips, torture masks, branding irons - no words.

International Slavery Museum Liverpool –Muzzles, whips, punishment collars, torture masks, branding irons – no words.  Blessings and prayers of strength  to those who remain enslaved physically and mentally.

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I was captivated by this painting of a little boy who had stowed away on a Palm Oil slave ship, and taken in by a painter in Liverpool

I was captivated by this painting of a little boy who had stowed away on a Palm Oil slave ship, and taken in by a painter in Liverpool

Phyllis Wheatley, a slave, first published African American woman author

Phyllis Wheatley, a slave, first published African American woman author

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On  a lighter note..

Vintage organ pipes - Hull.

Vintage organ pipes – Hull.

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I saw many beautiful buildings and lighting fixtures.

I saw many beautiful buildings and lighting fixtures.

I met wonderful fans like Justin and Nilesh.

I met wonderful fans like Justin and Nilesh.

David Arthur - upcoming artist musician. One of our drivers for the tour.

The divine David Arthur – upcoming artist musician. One of our drivers for the tour.

The delightful and eternally youthful voiced Little Anthony and Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

The delightful and eternally youthful voiced Little Anthony and Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

Dennis Edwards and The Tempations Revue Donny Finley and David Arthur chill at our customary "Fabulous Buffet" in Liverpool.

Dennis Edwards and The Tempations Revue Donny Finley and David Arthur chill at our customary “Fabulous Buffet” in Liverpool.

Matt Kern, Donny Finley and Anders Knudsen

Matt Kern, Donny Finley,  Anders Knudsen and David Arthur

Lots of fabulous architecture and grand interiors.

Lots of fabulous architecture and grand interiors in the theaters we played.

The still show music video's on their music channel which was cool to see.

The UK still shows music video’s on their music channel which was cool to see. I always had flowers in my room – gifts! Thank you to my fans for the love and taking the time to be so thoughtful. I appreciate it all the time.

A universal message - while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue - it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it!

A universal message – while I was having coffee in Liverpool and feeling blue – it seemed like a sign for me to snap out of it! I did.

On the road again!

On the road again!

Jody Watley with Nilesh.

Jody Watley with Nilesh.

Sound!

He made us all sound great each night – shout out to sound and lights!

Some of the gear..#itsinthemusic

Some of the gear..#itsinthemusic

We live for it!

We live for it!

Sheila Ferguson original lead of Three Degrees (When Will I See You Again) having a moment before going onstage.

Sheila Ferguson original lead of Three Degrees (When Will I See You Again) having a moment before going onstage.

Candi Staton waiting to go on - it's fascinating to see other artists before stepping on to the stage - the moment before your name is called and the magic happens! © 2014 Jody Watley

Candi Staton waiting to go on – it’s fascinating to see other artists before stepping on to the stage – the moment before your name is called and the magic happens! © 2014 Jody Watley

"Here Comes The Gesty" - David Gest awaits HIS introduction..what a character he is!

“Here Comes The Gesty” – David Gest awaits HIS introduction..what a character he is!

Rhyl, UK.

Rhyl, UK. Another classic theater.

Another day at the office (backstage) for Anders Knudsen, James Adams, and Matt Kern

Another day at the office (backstage) for Anders Knudsen, James Adams, and Matt Kern

Many of us will keep in touch..some won't!

Our last day in Liverpool. Many of us will keep in touch..some won’t. Just like camp, school, work – life.

Jody Watley hotel lobby Liverpool - home was just a couple days away!

In the hotel lobby Liverpool  – home was just a couple days away!

After our final long drive, we pulled into London – Camden.

We clocked a lot of miles on the road.. pulling into Camden.

We clocked a lot of miles on the road.. pulling into Camden.

En route to Gilgamesh.. I reflected of fond memories as I snapped this photo of playing this venue  in 2006 for "The Makeover release with Dego of 4Hero - great show!

En route to Gilgamesh.. I reflected of fond memories as I snapped this photo of playing this venue in 2006 for “The Makeover release with Dego of 4Hero – great show!

The intimate, posh and stunning Gilgamesh, Camden table setting.

The intimate, posh and stunning Gilgamesh, Camden table setting.

*blank stare*

*blank stare*

Gilgamesh Camden. Table 7. Gwen Dickey. © 2014 Jody Watley

Gilgamesh Camden. Table 7. Gwen Dickey. © 2014 Jody Watley

With Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce (Wishing On A Star, Carwash, Love Don't Live Here Anymore) at our final show - the intimate high rollers dinner show at Gilgamesh Camden © 2014 Jody Watley

With Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce (Wishing On A Star, Carwash, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore) who is recovering from a spinal injury at our final show – the intimate high rollers dinner show at Gilgamesh Camden © 2014 Jody Watley

Gilgamesh, Camden. Some of the pictured with me include Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall, Beverley Knight, Candi Staton

Gilgamesh, Camden. Some of the pictured with me include Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall, Beverley Knight, Candi Staton. © 2014 Jody Watley

With Alle Pearse at Gilgamesh - last night of tour.

With Alle Pearse at Gilgamesh – last night of tour, also the Mom of two beautiful little ones.

A trinket I picked up for myself from Vivienne Westwood Boutique.

A trinket I picked up for myself from Vivienne Westwood Boutique. © 2014 Jody Watley

With our music director, keyboardist Arden Hart - smiling for the first time, last night post show!

With our music director, keyboardist Arden Hart – smiling for the first time, last night show – Gilgamesh Camden!

Getting their 'Nightlife" party fab on at Gilgamesh. It was like the Golden Globes in that we were all seated at dinner tables waiting to be called to the stage. It was one big party.

Getting their ‘Nightlife” party fab on at Gilgamesh. It was like the Golden Globes in that we were all seated at dinner tables waiting to be called to the stage. It was one big party. #itsinthemusic

And it's a wrap -

And it’s a wrap – Arden gathers his charts..

It's a wrap!

I’m going home now…where are my keys? You don’t have to go home – but you have to get the h** out of here!

A final good-bye to the lads..going to miss them! © 2014 Jody Watley

A final good-bye to the lads..going to miss them! © 2014 Jody Watley

With Paul Williams Jr. - still giving me the business about the Superbowl. Nice man - always polite and looked out for the ladies on the tour, stayed out of the fray -good people.

With Paul Williams Jr., after the last show in the hotel lobby at Heathrow – still giving me the business about the Superbowl. Nice man – always polite and looked out for the ladies on the tour, stayed out of the fray – he is ‘good people’ as they say. That’s CeCe Peniston snapping a photo too. It was time to pack and get some rest! No more fabulous buffet hangs.  © 2014 Jody Watley

Homeward bound..

Homeward bound..

Airport lounge..more captivating light fixtures..and the beat don't stop!

Airport lounge..more captivating light fixtures.. ready to keep on keeping on!

Facebook Legends of Soul Tour Gallery: Here

Soundtrack:

Donald Byrd –  “Places and Spaces I’ve Seen” *most played  / “Love Has Come Around” / Best of Donald Byrd

DJ Adam XII Giorgio’s Mix 8/10/13 (for putting on my make-up and vocal warm ups)

Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me Extended Mix

CHIC – Sister Sledge, various songs

Nuyorican Soul

Radiohead – Kid A

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Radiohead  – Knives Out, House of Cards

Jan Jelinek avec The Exposures

Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba

Getz / Gilberto

Frank Sinatra . Antonio Carlos Jobim – album

Jody Watley Nightlife Remixed

Jody Watley  Paradise rough mixes

Jody Watley Global Sessions mixed by Ray Easmon

Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong album

Robert Glasper – Black Radio Recovered The Remixes

Foreign Exchange – Call it Home

King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan – Take The Lord Along With You

Milton Brunson – If I Be Lifted

Michael Jackson – tons of songs on this playlist including Jackson 5

Dance Classics – too many songs to list

Temptations -Song For You album ( Had the vinyl, bought the album on iTunes while on tour as well as Temptation’s #1’s – elementary, junior high and high school flashbacks spurred on by hearing Dennis Edwards sing … I wanted him to sing “Memories” from the ‘Song For You’ album )

Eddie Kendricks – purchased while on the tour – 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection (Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need -yeessss! I was a teen dancing on Soul Train and danced to ‘He’s A Friend of Mine’  – can you spot me?! http://youtu.be/k7HMMjya88I

Anders Knudsen – Perils (purchased a few days before trip ended – love it).

Louise Clare Marshall – Wait For You (gorgeous and soulful)

I’m sure there’s more..but these stand out the most.

Up next:

I don’t have to travel to far from home!

Yoshi’s Oakland, May 29, 2014. Get your tickets NOW! Experience the ‘Nightlife’. One show. One night, plus VIP Meet and Greet. Paradise Pre-Release Celebration -Hits and More!!

http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/4215