“Paradise” ranks among Jody Watley’s best work. Filled with upbeat disco bangers and exquisite chilled house vibes, this album is simply drenched with hot summer grooves that will get your party started with a bang!” -ishtalk
Jody Watley “Paradise” — Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
We’re unsure about pressing CD’s, but considering a limited quantity after the digital release. If all goes according to the schedule, the “PARADISE” EP will arrive near the end of July. Share your thoughts about CD’s on my Official Facebook. So few fans buy music at all in this era of any artist (barring a few young mainstream superstar acts) – let alone CD’s, but we will consider offering a package in my online boutique.
The booklet to “Paradise” is also worth the music it accompanies, it is gorgeous with stellar photography from Albert Sanchez and make-up by Billy B. For “Paradise” which began with “NIGHTLIFE”, it’s all about glamour. Being older doesn’t mean old! Get out of your rut, be inspired – these are thoughts I wanted to convey with this project.
I recognize through my interactions on social media that many fans are content with older parts of my catalogue and have not grown with me. That said, it doesn’t stop me from growing and being passionate about moving forward. To those who remain enchanted and open to my continued music evolution; this EP packs an uptempo party punch. I’m so thrilled! Everything I do is a labor of love and passion, “PARADISE” is no exception.
Have a listen to “SANCTUARY” inspired by ‘home’ and my children actually. This is song my way of reminding everyone, after the party, the night out, work, grinding it out on a daily basis; to take care of the environment of your living space and what you create for yourself – your children (if you have them), spouses, etc.
‘NIGHTLIFE’ the video will also be included with “PARADISE” EP for iTunes.
Jody Watley Brings 30 Years of Hits to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29. “Don’t expect only her 80’s hits from Jody Watley. When the superstar brings her act to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29, the show will reflect the breadth of her multi-decade career..” Read the rest: Here
My band, dancers, crew and I are all looking forward to the concert this week. It’s a “Paradise” pre-release (we’ll have new Paradise merchandise and Nightlife vinyl among other items), celebrating the success of my single “Nightlife” which was Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 here in the U.S. Dance. The meet and greet (our chance to say hello face to face) and what will be a wonderful evening of music and love. The VIP Meet and Greet was sold out, but I’ve asked that they extend for a few more. A night to dress up or dress down, but you know I’m all about being fabulous. Take that outfit out from the back of your closet that you’ve been ‘waiting’ for the right occasion to wear – May 29, it’s your time, it will be good for your soul! What’s left of tickets: HERE
As a songwriter, it’s always interesting to come across modern interpretations on my songs. I really like this one discovered on Soundcloud. Make sure to subscribe to my channel there, as well as other social media: Facebook/Jody Watley Official, Twitter.com/JodyWatley, Youtube/JodyWatley and Instagram/JodyWatley…I’m on Pinterest too, though not often.
“Paradise is basically a party record created and inspired in classic soul dance records in many ways..a celebration of feel good music, with lyrics that make you feel like getting out, or turning up the volume in your car. Paradise is about living life and creating special moments today with music as the motivator, the backdrop. I’m very much about that – to remind people of that. There’s enough time to worry and other heavy things. In these songs I want everyone to feel an sense of escape and joy from beginning to end. Paradise is about the celebration of being alive and having a good time – especially for my core diehard fans who have been with me no matter what and no care that I’m older. They know I’m still fabulous and so are they!” – Jody Watley
‘Paradise’ – with co-production by Mark De-Clive Lowe, Count De Money, Soulpersona and Luminodisco.
Original lead of Shalamar Gerald Brown finally got to experience the fabulousness that is “Giorgio’s” this past Saturday on Easter weekend. If you’re not totally familiar with Gerald and you call yourself a Shalamar fan – get the knowledge, because “Take That To The Bank” is one of the groups signature hits. We were in the group together when I was a teen. Back then was always protective and someone who tried to teach about this business, contracts, etc. Through the years, he’s come out to support and let me know how proud he is of me. A devoted and loving father, Gerald is in town visiting his daughter whose son is having surgery. Of course I told him “You must come to Giorgio’s!” A major portion of the video was filmed there, so it has an additional significance beyond being my favorite place to go dance and enjoy classic disco and funk. We also were able to celebrate the success of “Nightlife” which made it into the Top 5 Urban UK at #5 and Top 10, at #6 Commercial Pop. “Nightlife” also made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Singles to begin 2014. A special thank you to Bryan Rabin, Adam Bravin the Giorgio’s family and my best friend Wallace for making the evening extra special. It’s in the music!
Nightlife-ized. Jody Watley and Gerald Brown – two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.