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!
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!”
The weekend was whirlwind and full of excitement, with just enough chaos. After arriving, my band, dancers and I went out for our customary group dinner – not mandatory, but everyone always loves the hang. We had a wonderful meal at The Gumbo Shop just off Bourbon Street. I purchased cajun seasonings to add to my home spice rack. It was a pretty crazy scene when we left and fun to watch the revelers with their fish bowls and giant assortments of alcohol vessels as they walked customarily do in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. We had an early call for soundcheck, therefore everyone turned in early, although we joked the the younger set in my crew were probably going back, after we all walked back to our hotel.
After soundcheck, there were press and promotional obligations I was responsible for. I was greeted with nothing but love.
My first time as a performer at the 2013 Essence Festival did not disappoint. Though some fans observed and couldn’t figure out why some artists were afforded the ‘Main Stage’ – though I have more hits as a solo artist, as well as from my Shalamar repertoire; I chose to accentuate the positive. Admittedly, it also made me want to shut it down and really make a great impression – my band, dancers and I achieved that with our high energy musical journey. The two new songs “Nightlife’ and “The Dawn (Don)” were part starters and already reacted to as if they are already familiar Jody Watley hits. My Twitter timeline was full of praise after the show and without being totally obnoxious I shared a few of the more flavorful ones such as “@Mikeisha @jodywatley just went the fuck off onstage tonight! Essence Festival!!!” as well as @MissJenn1920 who tweeted ” OMG @jodywatley was simply amazing she rocked that McDonald’s Super lounge” from @ActivistFreak (Anthony Antoine) “@jodywatley “Thank you Essence..but what the hell took you so long” said after Jody rocked her set! You DDS dat! #essencefest #bouttime- among others. You can scroll my Twitter timeline to read more. After almost 40 years in this business…6 of them in Shalamar – I remain with all my my success a virtual underdog. I appreciate those who really get it. My name may not grace the headlines or be a gossip and celebrity blog staple, however I continue to do ‘the work’ as a viable quality artist; while enjoying my journey with all of it’s twists, turns, highs, lows – hits, misses and triumphs. That’s life baby.
The Howard Theatre in D.C is next on July 19 – and my final concert of this summer.
A few more pics to come.
Observations from Billboard Magazine, not sure why they would be polling fans under but.: Here
This is a sweet video, lots of fun and although the 80′s get a bad rap at times, that era marked the end of innocence and clean pop fun to me with regard to music culture and video to a degree. The same applies to writers who don’t a lot of research and totally marginalize who I am as an artist. I mean – at the least I’m a Grammy winner, and a known pioneer and trendsetter in music, video, dance and style. Of course when I read how the writer described me in his piece, I had to shake my head..and it’s Billboard, who also honored me with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance Music! My creative output has continued well into this era – 00′s. My last #1 single, was my last release in 2007, giving my a chart history that began as a solo artist in 1987 and continues to evolve. Prior going solo, I was an original member of Shalamar from 1977-1983. I’ve had hits in each decade and remain relevant and fresh – it just so happens I’m a legacy artist to boot, and not your average one I’d add. It gets frustrating at times when seeing writers not do their homework. – there’s more than one trendsetting woman artist who came out of that era..smaller budget and less controversy but still!
French Horn Rebellion chose to not appear as main characters and cast the video to tell the story of “Dancing Out.” It’s all about unleashing the awkward person who lives in us all – and how dance can free you to simply let go – to be quirky, goofy, have a bit of fun and let your guard down for a little romance as well. Catch the Jody Watley sighting in the video – I adore it and the fact I can still sing in that pure childlike tone!
To see the video, click: Here
Via IndieShuffle, Jason Grishkoff
“Dancing Out” French Horn Rebellion featuring Jody Watley and Young Empire
My lord, if this isn’t the most-upbeat piece of indie pop I’ve heard in a while! With “Dancing Out,” French Horn Rebellion have crafted an infectious number that stays true to its name (my feet are still tapping as I write this). Read More and Listen: Here
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.