A Little Nightlife For The Weekend.

© 2013 Jody Watley Pictured Adam XII

© 2013 Jody Watley Pictured Adam XII at Bryan Rabin Presents Giorgio’s.

Of course, my diehard fans have already supported the single “Nightlife”, fallen in love with the various video’s including the Dave Doyle Remix, watch:  Here

However working outside of the mainstream means it’s a constant process of educating the fair weathered, those who have lost touch with me because they only look to the mainstream, and as well a younger eclectic fan base who may like the music just because it’s good and not based on my past.   So I’ll keep posting, and encouraging you to help spread the word, after all as I wrote for “Nightlife” – it’s in the music!

Pick up the original Count De Money mix, Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona Disco Mix, Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix, or Luminodisco mix. All are available at iTunes, Amazon, Beaport and various digital outlets globally. 12″ vinyl of the original mix extended versions are also available at my online boutique. If you missed it “Nightlife” was Top 20 (#18) Hot Billboard Dance Club Play, and #5 Urban and #6 Commerical Pop on Music Week in the UK for those who are chart watchers, again – it’s really about quality music and artistic evolution, always moving forward.

Thank you for your continued support on the musical journey. You the people - are my Clear Channel, Radio One, mainstream gossip blogs and so on – and helping spread the word.

 

Jody Watley Monday Musings.

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Everyone’s journey is different. Don’t waste energy comparing your life or journey to another’s. Take what you need for inspiration and discard what is not useful or motivating you as you move forward. That’s what I do. Be confident in your own shoes!

 

Photo: John Tyler Curtis

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day.

For this week’s #TBT #ThrowbackThursday in social media, I chose this photo from a pageant I’d entered myself into when I was 14. I believe there was scholarship money to be won. It was a fun experience and I remember most of the girls were really nice. Our family was going through financial difficulty and so I made my outfit using the home economics room at school. The fact that a person doesn’t have money and resources should never be a deterrent to doing something in your life and working toward your goals and trying to turn dreams into reality. We didn’t have money to buy all of the professional photo’s therefore  I don’t have the other groups of girls nor all of the competition. I also remember that there’s was no money for the commemorative program to take out one of those fancy full pages ads where your family wishes you well. No one in the family took pictures and I suppose back then it wasn’t so unusual. One of the great things about today’s digital technology no one or their children should ever want for photo’s and captured special moments.

© 2014 Jody Watley All Rights Reserved. Miss Black Teenage Illinois Pageant 70's.

© 2014 Jody Watley All Rights Reserved. Miss Black Teenage Illinois Pageant 70′s.

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary. 6. A Girl From Chicago.

Scenes from town, Liverpool - our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody watley

Scenes from town, Liverpool – our home base for the past few weeks. © 2014 Jody Watley

We've experienced our share of 'turn left or turn right at roundabout" © 2014 Jody Watley

We’ve experienced our share of ‘turn left or turn right at roundabout” © 2014 Jody Watley

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The navigation system – a woman’s voice keeps us going in the right direction. More than a few jokes about a navigation system that goes off on the driver when you mess up “Didn’t I tell you to make a right turn..you ****…” fill in the blank! © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders. Hotness. © 2014 Jody Watley

Arthur, Matt, David, Anders.  Backstage sexy. © 2014 Jody Watley

Backstage Carlisle. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage Carlisle – dressing rooms were too tiny for everyone, so I grabbed a chair for the hallway – always stay fabulous no matter the situation!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists - which they love! 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest about to go into the audience to introduce one of the artists – a surprise they love! (c) 2014 Jody Watley

More architecture in Liverpool. I love other countries for their preservation of their buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

More beautiful architecture in Liverpool. I appreciate other countries for preservation of their old buildings. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights. © 2014 Jody Watley

Seeing the sights in Liverpool through my rose colored Grey Ant shades – remembering being a little girl from Chicago with big dreams, always alive in me. Never lose your inner child it will keep your spirit young and keep you connected to who you are how far you’ve come and where you’re still trying to go.  © 2014 Jody Watley

"Taxi!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images

“Taxi!” © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pivotal player is always the monitor guy - in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It's all fun and games until someone feels like they're not hearing what they need or want!  © 2014

Pivotal player, though everyone plays a key role on any tour, is always the monitor guy for the artists- in the history of music you will likely find anecdotes of one being cursed out by at least one artist. It’s all fun and games until someone feels like they’re not hearing what they need or want! © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

Gear. David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour 2014. © 2014

My view backstage - I come on two acts before the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

My view backstage –  the Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour. © 2014 Jody Watley

David Gest. Candi Staton and I backstage Legends of Soul Tour 2014 Carlise North Wales. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Time to go on. Dressing room, Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Mini Shalamar Medley Charts. (c) 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

Backing vocalists extraoridinaire – Bryan Chambers, Lousie Marshall. Backstage Stockport.

One of the keyboardists, Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport.  © 2014 Jody Watley

One of the keyboardists, the charming Alle Pearse with guitarist Harold backstage Stockport. © 2014 Jody Watley

Candi Staton rocks the house. © 2014 Jody Wately Images.

Powerhouse Candi Staton triumphant  - rocking the house – again. © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Trying to be cute..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit..easier coming in than going out! Enjoyed the vintage film posters. © 2014 Jody Watley

Poised..walking up 7 flights of stairs to exit the venue after the show.. it’s always easier coming in than going out when stairs are involved – lol! Enjoyed the vintage film posters though. © 2014 Jody Watley

"The Fabulous Buffet." Post Concerts. © 2014 Jody Watley

“The Fabulous Buffet” Post Concert Hang Awaits. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..'the fabulous buffet' wind down. © 2014 Jody Watley

Post show tradition now..’the fabulous buffet’ wind down hanging with Louise, Bryan, Alle, Anders, Matt. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

The red velvet cake is always a hit. © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoe for the evening. C'est la vie!  © 2014 Jody Watley

Anders loses us all with his choice of shoes and socks for the evening. C’est la vie! © 2014 Jody Watley

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders - they jokingly call themselves "The Neverly Brothers"

Donny with his quick wit and distinct southern vocal tone (works with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue) and Anders – they jokingly call themselves “The Neverly Brothers.” Fun times. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest - always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

Teresa, works with David Gest – always fashionable and on the move. © 2014 Jody Watley

We  overstay and close the after concert buffet and wind down - again!

Our group overstays in the midst of laughs and conversation closing our now traditional after concert  ‘fabulous buffet’ and wind down – again! Screens going up – staff wants to go home.. “Security!”  “Where are my keys!”  © 2014 Jody Watley

Up next – photo’s and more anecdotes including my visit to the International Slavery Museum, great food, new friends, age, a few life and career reflections …and the end of tour on the horizon.

Nightlife. It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 5. Scenes.

On the road to Carlise.

On the road to .. from our base in Liverpool in the Mercedes Vito. © 2014 Jody Watley

Rhyl Pavilion - gorgeous theater.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rhyl Pavilion – gorgeous theater. I always go to the stage first to get the vibe. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room - heavy winds and rain by the sea. ©2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room in Rhyl, my second stop upon arrival – heavy winds and rain by the sea. Most dressing rooms don’t have windows, let alone a view of any kind.   ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Ok..so an afternoon pre-show 'snack' - all for fun of course. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Early Pre-show silly shenanigans  after plates were shoved in my direction for my constant photo taking – - all for fun and laughs of course..the joke being all the food being washed down with a ‘Diet Coke.’ The KFC took me back to my teen Soul Train days when all we got was a cold two piece snack and a cold soda – which none of us minded just to be on television getting exposure on the road to pursuing our dreams..who knew I’d be in North Wales one day and they’d have it. I would have preferred salad greens..lol.  The key to life must include a sense of humor!   © 2014 Jody Watley Images

"Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

“Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!” Testing out my camera options on the black and white and color accents!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Meet and Greet. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets (serious autographs collectors) for first two rows. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin' in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex , just killing time - #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin’ in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex ,  candles burning, listening to music – one of the few times I’ve had my own dressing room (Hallelujah!!) just killing time – #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with David, we call him King David. Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with Matt Kern  and another cutie Anders from Denmark (they’re both new artists /musicians, with this driver gig as an adventure to learn the business ropes.. so I will be able to say I knew them when! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I'm on. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I’m on. Ready for showtime in sequins and glitter stiletto’s by Jerome C. Rousseau – yes!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

My view backstage - partial of the band. © 2014 Jody watley Images

My view backstage – partial of the band. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A real cutie, all of our drivers are hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Matt is a real cutie, all of our drivers are rock star  hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary 'fabulous buffet'  and the security screens go up - closing time. © 2014 Jody watley Images

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary ‘fabulous buffet’ and the security screens go up – closing time, “Where are my keys?!” . © 2014 Jody watley Images

We’re in the home stretch now..

It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 4. Liverpool.

Liverpool Philharmonic did not disappoint on Feb. 11. Despite a crazy day of bad weather including rain, heavy winds, jumbo snow flurries – followed by an odd looking sun as the rain fell again it was a sold out soul music loving crowd. An  ‘older’ distinguished crowd. While Halifax and St.Helens boogied in the aisles to the final strains of “We Love You Halifax and St.Helens respectively” from Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue – the vibe in the gorgeous concert hall was more reserved but still quite jubilant in the end for each of the artists; cue rousing applause.

After the concert we were all invited and some of the artists singing a couple of  A & B selections as they say in church for two songs. The event was attended by a well heeled affluent intimate crowd of close friends of David Gest, city dignitaries and a sprinkle of celebrities. All of the musicians and artists pulled it together quickly and were shuttled over over to a pre-Valentines event at the designated luxury hotel. Eddie Holman (Lonely Girl) did an extended version of the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art’ that initially brought me to tears because it was a favorite song of my father. Those moments of a lost loved one get you unexpectedly, so there I was weeping for a second at our table. Hearing the song took me back to church as a little girl and made me feel like my Dad was present. My tears soon turned to uncontrollable giggles. You know when you shouldn’t be laughing and then you can’t stop? Yes, that was me. That is how the roller coaster night progressed. It was fabulous to hear Dennis and The Temptations Revue have a go at ‘A Song For You’ – in a key he wasn’t accustomed to which made for memorable after the after party conversation  and laughter but it was beautiful to me nevertheless, they worked it out. It recalled listening to the title song and Donny Hathaway cover at a neighbors house in high school who always had the new releases as soon as they came out. This included the fantastic ‘Song For You’ album with it’s stark black cover.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a plethora of underlying  challenges, mild drama, periodic frustrations, complaints, laughs, but ultimately a sense enjoyment and exhaustion ready for pajama’s, a hot bath and looking forward to a good night’s sleep to cap off the evening. Camp Legends of Soul — and real life.

Each show day in the lobby - fans await for autographs .. ''Security!'

Each show day in the lobby – professional autograph collectors await .. –”Security!’

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations member Paul Williams) - one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Temptations Revue member Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations Paul Williams) – one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here – I lost s Superbowl bet of a dollar to Paul, as some of watched it in the hotel bar after the show – perfect timing. © 2014 Jody Watley

After Party. Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

After Party. Liverpool – you know I have an affinity for a nice spiral staircase to work!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce  in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

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Scenes from an after party bash, Legends of Soul Tour – Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley

Party guest Gary Millar Lord Mayor Liverpool Townhall

Party guest  Lord Mayor Gary Millar rocking his dignitary hardware. © 2014 Jody Watley

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible performance - the has the most beautiful voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible paired down performance at the after party – he has the most angelic one and voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece's stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn't have been ok to throw anything - so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Cece’s stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn’t have been ok to throw anything – so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Be Fab! Nightlife in Liverpool with Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Just the right portion for dessert.

Just the right portion for dessert (my favorite was the lemon tart). Liverpool after party event Legends of Soul.  Learn to take the bitter with the sweet in life. Gratitude.

Jody Watley Nightlife “Classic Soul” Mix, the perfect backdrop of sound. Listen and Buy: Here

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary. Three.

One of my indulgences at home and travel are luxury candles. Photo © 2014: Joy Watley Images

One of my indulgences at home and travel are luxury candles – treat yourself to something nice I say! Photo © 2014: Jody Watley Images

A beautiful day in Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

A beautiful day in Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Beatles 50. A capture from HMV..nice to see an actual 'record' store still exists! © 2104 Jody Watley Images

Beatles 50. A capture from HMV..nice to see an actual ‘record’ store still exists! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Retail Therapy. I love my scarf - 60% off Vivenne Westwood - longtime style favorite! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Retail Therapy. I love my scarf – 60% off Vivenne Westwood winter sale – longtime style favorite! © 2014 Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets for first two rows  © 2014 Jody Watley Images Halifax Victoria Theatre

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets for first two rows © 2014 Jody Watley Images Halifax Victoria Theatre

Vanity table, dressing room - Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Vanity table, dressing room – Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images All rights reserved.

© 2014 Little Anthony still sounds like a teenager and has lots well earned admiration. Meet and Greet; Halifax United Kingdom

My Mom will love this – but I appreciate it as well. Little Anthony of the Imperials still sounds like a teenager onstage, hits every note with charm and has lots of well earned admiration  and love – great songs and artistry survive trend and youth!. Meet and Greet; Halifax United Kingdom © 2014 Jody Watley Images All rights Reserved

I'm in awe of this man - Dennis Edwards the last remaining 'LIVING' lead singer of the Temptations. Meet and Greet Halifax, UK.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

I’m in awe of this man, love him to pieces my fellow Aquarian – Dennis Edwards the last remaining ‘LIVING’ lead singer of the Temptations. Meet and Greet Halifax, UK. © 2014 Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

Meet and Greet, Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images, All Rights Reserved

Meet and Greet, Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images, All Rights Reserved

Grooving backstage with Candi Staton - my goodness such great music out here, taken for granted in the states but HIGHLY revered here in the United Kingdom. © 2014 Jody Watley Images. All Rights Reserved.

Grooving backstage with Candi Staton in St. Helens United Kingdom Theatre Royal – my goodness such great music and artistry out here, taken for granted in the states but HIGHLY revered here in the United Kingdom. © 2014 Jody Watley Images. All Rights Reserved.

Pre-show Chill out..waiting, to get dressed, Halifax Victoria Theatre. Not that glamorous! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-show Chill out after meet and greet..waiting – Halifax Victoria Theatre. Not that glamorous – forgot my candle too! © 2014  Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

David Gest poses with two of my fans after the show - 'Get in the car David!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images

The inimitable David Gest host of “Legends of Soul Tour’ after a prompt poses with two of my fans after the show in Halifax, United Kingdom and then – ‘Get in the car David -it’s cold and rainy outside! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

I’m having a wonderful time – with all of the drama, back stories, anecdotes, twists and turns – I love it, another unique experience of a lifetime! A sold out – Liverpool Philharmonic up next!