Jody Watley and SHALAMAR on Life of Riley

 

Patrick Riley with Jody Watley

Patrick Riley with Jody Watley (c) 2015 Jody Watley Backstage at B.B. King Blues and Grill NYC

 

Check out this review and post from esteemed taste-maker, writer Patrick Riley following the BB Kings Times Square New York  sold out performance: HERE

Jody Watley Live Snapshots From Japan December 2014.

The Japan Tour was a great success. Of the many times I’ve performed a lot of the fans said this was their favorite show and all were surprised there was so much dancing between the SHALAMAR ™ set and my own solo set. It’s in the music!

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Photography Michiko Matsura, Donnell Spencer Jr. Photography (c) 2014

 

Photo by Miichiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

"Hair done, nails done.." Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

“Hair done, nails done..” Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. © 2015  Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

The joy of music! Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. on drums – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Keyboard solo from Rodney Lee, my longtime music director and collaborator. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Guitarist Geemack. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Funking it up, Sam Sims on bass “Sanctuary.” Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Paulmichael Bair, Sam Sims, Jody Watley, Geemack, Rodney Lee, Donnell Spencer Jr. John "Havic" Gregory

Paulmichael Bair, Sam Sims, Jody Watley, Geemack, Rodney Lee, Donnell Spencer Jr. John “Havic” Gregory

Confirmed:

2/18 New York BB Kings

2/19  Atlantic City HARRAH’S Resort

2/28 Oakland Yoshi’s

6/24 The Howard Theater

6/25 TBA via venue in April

6/27 London Let’s Rock London Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Jody Watley and SHALAMAR Japan Tour 2014 and Year Review

 

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley dressing room Tokyo

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley dressing room Tokyo

Jody Watley and illustrator Hatsune Utsumi

Jody Watley and illustrator Hatsune Utsumi © 2014 Jody Watley

Tokyo Billboard Live with Paul'Micael Bair and Rosero McCoy

Tokyo Billboard Live with Paul’Micael Bair and Rosero McCoy © 2014 Jody Watley

 

The shows have been incredible including two sold out shows in Tokyo at Billboard Live. After performing here for decades, it always feels fresh and new – it’s a blessing and I treasure each trip and each moment. Check out more photo’s : Here and also make sure to watch ‘Backstage Pass’ uploaded to my Facebopk page as well, and will add to the Jody Watley  and SHALAMAR ™ Youtube Channels.

Reflecting on the year, it’s one one of entrepreneurial moves with Avitone and the release of PARADISE, which quickly sold-out at my online boutique another venture I focused on this year. We weren’t going to do CD’s but my fans overwhelmingly wanted the option.

I became the legal registered trademark owner of SHALAMAR ™ of which I am an original member. Immediately a new dynamic lineup, which will continue to evolve and get better as a work in progress to my show which is a total high energy affair to the delight of the audiences we’ve played to thus far in 2014.

Here’s to you – discard what didn’t work in 2014 and begin anew…actually I apply that everyday in life in general. Learn from each life lesson, and always keep a positive spin on life.

 

Jody Watley Update. SHALAMAR ™ and PARADISE

The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.

The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it  is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.

This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.

This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’

This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style.  The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul'Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul’Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

Check out Backstage Access Series: http://www.youtube.com/jodywatley

Just ADDED the massive UK Festival: LET’S ROCK LONDON June 27, 2015 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

http://www.letsrocklondon.com

Confirmed: 12/12 NYC Private Event

12/28 Tokyo Billboard Live

12/30-31 Osaka Billboard Live

More dates to be announced in 2015. Track Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ on Bandsintown : Here

ANNOUNCED FOR 2015: 6/27  Magic Presents: LET’S ROCK LONDON, United Kingdom  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SHALAMAR ™  http://www.letsrocklondon.com

 

 

PARADISE – Candles are sold-out but will be restocked SHOP http://www.jodywatleyboutique.com

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Francess mother of designer/prodcuer/art director gives loving seal of approval – especially the warm citrus notes of PARADise

 

 

Patrick Butman loves his PARADISE candles!

 

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio's shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery - perfect chic style.

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio’s shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery – perfect chic style.

Get the PARADISE collection:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

Jody Watley Unveils a Millennial Shalamar in New Concert Set

With the inspiration for the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE’ and subsequent “PARADISE” rooted in classic disco soul fused with a contemporary take the new hit packed medley of Shalamar works perfectly. Along for the party are millennials PaulMichael Bair (sounding and looking a bit like a young El DeBarge) and Markus Shields (dancer-choreographer who is a beast on the dance-floor). We did our first show on Oct.25, 2014 in Washington D.C. at a private event. Of course I know diehard music group  SHALAMAR  ™  fans hope to see me reunited with the classic 3 lineup at least one more time on tour. Perhaps that will happen at some point if we can ever agree on business and creative terms.  This however is a different concept and experience that does honor the energy style and spirit of the past. I’ve added a modern house touch to signature tunes like ‘Take That To The Bank’ and ‘Right In The Socket’ kong others. To a younger audience who may not be familiar with Shalamar it’s a nice introduction meshed into my own eclectic hit solo repertoire. It’s in the music!

Paulmicheal Bair, Jody Watley and Markus Shields © 2014 Jody Watley

Paulmicheal Bair, Jody Watley and Markus Shields © 2014 Jody Watley

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 To Perform At Tower Theatre Philadelphia

So excited to announce I’ll be live in concert – Philadelphia, PA on November 15, 2014 at The Tower Theatre.  I hope to see you all come out and pack the house!!

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