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