I’m behind on posting clips from my recent sold out shows in Japan at Billboard Live – so here goes. This year’s shows include a sizzling and funky Shalamar medley (of which I was an an original member – still unknown and a surprise to fans who only know my solo work). The reason I’ve worked to include a touch of Shalamar in my shows this time around beyond the theme is more classic hits and beyond – is they fit perfectly with the dance funk hints of disco soul found on a few songs on my forthcoming new album tentatively titled “CHAMELEON” (originally conceived because I’ve always changed and adapted but never tried to blend in) though lately leaning heavily on “My Corner of The Universe”; which is what I continue to carve out through my music and what I hope everyone is able to do joyfully as I do with your own lives.
We’re off to Japan for concerts at Billboard Live in Tokyo and Osaka tomorrow – a trip my band and I always look forward to! I had fun with Rosero, Havic and new understudy Eric McCoy – son of Rosero. Eric told me before joining us onstage in Oakland he had been waiting to dance onstage with me since he was little and his Dad brought him to our show in Las Vegas. His revelation and quiet dream was priceless, very sweet and a joy to know that it had come to fruition as I had no idea! We’ve added a Shalamar medley to the show with some nice dance breaks. It’s always tricky when I’ve included Shalamar songs because the majority of Jody Watley fans still don’t connect with that part of my repertoire resulting in mild crickets – to this day people will say they never knew I was in a group. In the early days of my solo career I really went out of my way to establish myself as a separate and distinct entity – and succeeded. Because some of my upcoming new music has a soul disco funk vibe I’ve decided to try a new approach to incorporating a few Shalamar songs in the mix.
Rosero is currently very busy with Disney’s “Shake It Up” and other countless shows and artists as a choreographer as well as the perfectly chiseled John ‘Havic’ Gregory. Anytime they can be a part of the concerts is always extra special and we have a lot of fun with great chemistry on and off the stage.
Upcoming Concerts / Appearances:
BILLBOARD LIVE Tokyo – April 10-11, 2013
BILLBOARD LIVE Osaka – April 13, 2013
BROOKLYN BOWL, NY – April 19, 2013 –Special Guest with French Horn Rebellion
CHURCH, Los Angeles – April 27, 2013 –Special Guest with Mark de Clive Lowe
ESSENCE FEST Mercedes Benz Superdome – July 6, 2013
Probably my favorite place to perform is in Japan – which is why I’ve gone so consistently throughout my career.
My band and I return to the fabulous state of the art venue Billboard Live in Tokyo, April 10-11 and Osaka April 12 – “Best Hits and More!”
Ticket Info: Here
The makeover of the CHIC classic ‘I Want Your Love’ written and prodcued by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, earning Watley her 14th career #1 (13 as a solo artist) in 2007; the second single from the iTunes Top #3 Top Electronic Album (2006).