Jody Watley. Celebrating Music Legend Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder and Jody Watley in 1988. © 2014 Jody Watley

Stevie Wonder and Jody Watley in 1988. © 2014 Jody Watley from my personal Polaroid archives

Jody Watley backstage with Salt n Pepa, Spinderella and Herby LuvBug, in 1988 Stevie Wonder MTV Special.

Jody Watley backstage with Stevie Wonder, Salt n Pepa, Spinderella and Herby LuvBug and Brown Mark from Prince and The Revolution – 1988 Stevie Wonder MTV Special.

I had the honor to duet with one my my music heroes Stevie Wonder in 1988 for his MTV Music Special “Characters.” As a 7th grader with a group called Black Fuzz (because we all wore big afro’s) we performed “Superstitious.” Fast forward to me singing with him – my smiles, nerves and shyness nearly got the best of me. Then add to it the fact Stevie sang one of my songs and knocked it out of the park, botched lyrics and all.  It’s a fond memory. It was also an honor to have shared the stage with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Salt n Pepa who were also musical guests.  Read the archived article from JET Magazine: HERE

Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jody Watley

Stevie Wonder and JodyWatley.

 

Jody Watley. Birthday in Japan

One of my favorite birthday’s occurred over the span of a few days in Japan a few years ago – my tour manager Van Roy and band surprised me during standing room only shows at Billboard Live in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. They stopped the show in Osaka as I was ready to go into the next song. My drummer Donnell Spencer Jr. had stepped from behind the drums and walked to the microphone with me thinking initially that he’d lost his mind! The band DJ Bill Coleman said the look on my face was priceless. Donnell then started making a speech as a cake was brought out and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me. At at point I was nearly in tears. Thinking that was it – they totally got me again in Fukuoka. The cake was spectacular and once again the moment priceless.

I’m very fortunate to work with such wonderful and thoughtful people – we always have a great time when we get together.

Being full of gratitude for each day – I’m happy to have another full circle around the sun.

Happy Birthday Aquarius!