There are few artists that can say they’ve had a song “Jody” (by Jermaine Stewart), a top “The Jody” by Christos Garkinos for HSN, and now a designer shoe – that’s me Jody Watley.
I met shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau on the dance-floor at Giorgio’s in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. He was so shy, sweet and modest telling me how my style and integrity have inspired him since he discovered my music. As soon as discovering his talent and design, I’ve become a major fan of his. His shoes have a special quality and as I told Billboard Magazine “You feel like a Queen with an edge.” It’s fantastic that Billboard is going outside the box and recognizing at last the connection between style, fashion and music. What caught their eye is the younger artists and actresses rocking ‘Jerome C. Rousseau’ on the red carpet. Move over Louboutin!
Little did I know, he’d do a tribute shoe to me “The Watley”..in typical understated fashion I was in attendance at a trunk show at his Hollywood atelier — when he quietly said “I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve designed a shoe in your honor.” I’d already ordered the shoe on display. Turns out he was on the money! You can order your “Watley” from his Fall 2014 Collection.
Jerome C. Rousseau Billboard Magazine Feature. August 13, 2014 Issue
I always seek to find ways to bring elements of surprise to my concerts on every level from arrangements of songs, set lists,visuals and so forth. I love the song ‘Stay’ which was recorded by Rihanna with Mikky Ekko. For the new series of concerts ‘Stay’ felt like a nice transition piece emotionally to lead into my classic ballad of longing – ‘Everything.’
My career has evolved and continued as an artist, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. I’ve endured many challenges and obstacles while holding on to being as true to myself and as authentic as I can be — not easy in this industry. As I’ve always said, I never wanted to be stuck in a box, the pop box or machinery of the industry to maintain a certain level of ultra commercial appeal. My influence continues as reflected in my bio and the range in genres reflected from my discography..winning the Best New Artist Grammy has always seemed to be a controversial, maligned and marginalized by some – for me it remains a blessing an unlikely achievement that I remain proud of and thrilled to have received ..read some of what it meant to me at the time: Billboard
Billboard Dance Portal: “NIGHTLIFE” is Jody Watley’s 19th Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs reaching #18. Jody Watley ‘s string of 7 Billboard DANCE #1 records began with 1987’s “Looking for a New Love”#tbt -1987 self titled debut album spawned 5 Top 10 Billboard Dance hits and 3 #1’s! Since then, Jody Watley earned 11 more Billboard Dance Top 10 records and 4 more Dance Club Song #1’s! Most recent Billboard Dance Club Songs #1 record was 2007’s “I Want Your Love.” #JodyWatley#itsinthemusic#hastalavistababy#popculture
The journey continues!
Photography: Victoria Pearson. Design Lynn Robb and Jody Watley
Nightlife written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI), Raphael Aletti, Julien Aletti (Aletti Brothers Music, BMI) Produced by Count De Money for Peace Bisquit and Jody Watley.
Nightlife Remixes; perfect as a gift of music for the holiday season, for the workout – playlists and overall fabulous vibes. An eclectic array of remixes by Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona (Classic Disco and Phyllis Classic Soul Mixes) and Luminodisco).
Choosing to release “Nightlife” featuring Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown, another Shalamar original to the UK first has turned out to be a great idea for my company Avitone. Check out this chart list from industry magazine Music Week – and you’ll find one multiple decades long artist, songwriter producer amongst them – Jody Watley! 70’s, 80,s, 90′,s 00’s, 10’s. Notably, I’m also the only independent self released artist of the list – no major label support.
“Nightlife“also moves to #21 Pop on Music Week and #3 Breakout single on Billboard in this weeks chart. Charts are always published a week after labels get the information.
Filming new scenes for the video on November 30. Extra fab just in time for the holiday season and a glamorous way to round out 2013! It’s In The Music!
“Nightlife” comes in at #3 “Breakout” Single on Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play (chart publish date November 30, 2013). This is exciting news. What it means is that the single will make the full chart soon as it continues to garner support by DJ’s around the country – and keep the club kids twirling and fabulous on dance floors.
In the UK – expect a big leap on the Pop charts where the single debuted at #40 and another jump into the Top 5 Urban! More details to come. Thank you for continuing to spread the word and support the single. “It’s In The Music!”