Jody Watley. Celebrating the Nightlife. Shalamar Reunion at Giorgio’s.

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!

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown - two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Nightlife-ized. Jody Watley and Gerald Brown – two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Gerald Brown, Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley - A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Gerald Brown, my best friend and assistant Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin renowned event producer man behind Giorgio’s (along with DJ Adam Bravin) Jody Watley – A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio's. Photo 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio’s. Photo ©  2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the 'Nightlife" at Giorgio's. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the ‘Nightlife” at Giorgio’s. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown. Original Shalamar lead vocalists. Nightlife-ized. Design: Ray Easmon

“Nightlife” featuring Gerald Brown- The Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix.

Shalamar Classic with Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank”

 

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Jody Watley. Paradise Update.

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The title song “Paradise” is written with the brilliant and diverse Mark De Clive-Lowe. For my die-hard fans, you’ll know this isn’t the first time we’ve collaborated. If you missed it, check out my release “The Makeover’ for the Midnight Lounge (MDCL remix) as well as Mark De-Clive Lowe featuring Jody Watley on “Tonight’s The Night.” The title song “Paradise”, thanks to Mr. De Clive-Lowe will also include a splash of strings by the one and only Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Mark and I also collaborate on “The Dawn”, another dance-floor gem from “Paradise.” I can’t tell you how happy I am and I want you all to feel it too. It’s in the music!

Stay tuned! “Paradise”comes in June.

Jody Watley Nightlife and Paradise New Music Media Links

She’s one of the most prominent visionaries of her era, and one whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music.” -Dean Van Nguyen, Wax Poetics Magazine 2014, Issue 57 Cover Story

Janelle Monae and Jody Watley share cover.

Janelle Monae and Jody Watley cover girls. Wax Poetics Issue 57.

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Jody Watley Wax Poetic sCover Issue 57 2013 – Classic  Jody Watley Image.

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Jody Watley in Sister2Sister Magazine December 2013

Jody Watley in Sister2Sister Magazine December 2013

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Okayplayer:

Jody Watley “Nightlife” -Single Preview Edit

“..Jody Watley delivers upon arrival..”

http://www.okayplayer.com/news/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit-mp3.html

CentricTV, Editors Choice:

“…the relevancy of this tune proves that Watley is a master class in how to keep a career in dance and R&B music going..”

http://www.centrictv.com/music/articles/2013/08/07/new-music-jody-watley-nightlife.html

Notable Dance:

http://notabledance.com/2013/08/11/song-day-sunday-funday-jody-watley-nightlife/

The Urban Link, Jody Watley “Nightlife”

http://theurbanlink.net/2013/07/27/newmusic-jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit-jodywatley/

Soulbounce: “Jody Watley Loves The Nightlife”

“..there are some talents who are living and breathing examples of diva-dom such as Jody Watley..”

http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2013/08/jody_watley_loves_the_nightlife.php

Ebony Magazine: Sonic Boom The Weeks Hottest New Music: Jody Watley “Nightlife”

http://www.ebony.com/photos/entertainment-culture/sonic-boom-the-weeks-hottest-music-112#axzz2cCSI52ib

Urbanbridgez: Jody Watley Reunites With Shalamar’s Gerald Brown for New Single:

http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2013/08/09/music-preview-jody-watley-reunites-w-shalamars-gerald-brown-on-nightlife/

Poptastic Confessions:

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/08/nightlife-by-jody-watley-available-for.html

Poptastic Confessions: Nightlife #1 Song of 2013

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/12/1-song-of-2013.html

The QHBlend: Jody Watley From Soul Train to Nightlife:

“..Watley continues to define her artistic destiny unapologetically; it’s something in the reality television era of ‘R&B Divas’ that should be savored.”

http://theqhblend.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/jody-watley-from-soul-train-to-nightlife/

Bossip: Jody Watley New Single NIGHTLIFE: Here

Soultrain: Jody Watley “Nightlife Single Preview”

http://soultrain.com/2013/08/06/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview/

Blues and Soul: Jody Watley “Nightlife” Single Preview

http://www.bluesandsoul.com/review/2122/jody_watley_nightlife/

Soul11: Jody Watley Back with New Joint “Nightlife”

http://soul11music.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-joint-nightlife-jody-watley.html

FreshasFrankie: Jody Watley Nightlife Single Preview

http://freshasfrankie.com/jody-watley-nightlife-single-preview-edit/

The Los Angeles Examiner: Jody Watley Releases New Single “Nightlife”

http://www.examiner.com/article/jody-watley-releases-new-single-nightlife

Singersroom: Jody Watley Releases New single “Nightlife”:

http://singersroom.com/content/2013-08-05/Jody-Watley-Nightlife-Single-Preview/#ixzz2bAdvdUSZ

Interviews:

Wax Poetics Issue 57, cover story with Dean Van Nguyen, Music Maverick

http://www.waxpoetics.com/wax-poetics-magazine/issue-57

Yahoo Music: With Billy Johnson Jr. — 3 parts video interview Why Jody Watley’s New Single Is a Call To Get Fabulous

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/why-jody-watley-song-call-fabulous-005235527.html

Uptown Magazine, Uptown Unplugged: ICONIC with Isoul Harris, Jody Watley Talks Trendsetting Fashion and Music

http://uptownmagazine.com/2013/11/iconic-jody-watley-talks-trendsetting-fashion-and-music/?utm_campaign=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_source=fb

Ebony: Jody Watley Is Still A Thrill with Miles Marshall Lewis

http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/jody-watley-is-still-a-thrill-interview-999#axzz2jMP04lbE

JET Magazine: Catching Up With Jody Watley

http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/music/catching-jody-watley/#.Uo6vYqUdf-k

The Singersroom: Jody Watley is Back Talking About Being An Innovator, The Music Industry, Radio and More

http://singersroom.com/content/2013-10-22/Jody-Watley-Is-Back-And-Talking-About-Being-An-Innovator-The-Music-Industry-Radio-Waacking-More/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#22275

The Amalgamation Interview: Talking Shalamar, Career and New Music

http://www.amalgamationmag.com/website/music/jody-watley-the-amalgamation-interview/

USAToday Sports: Chop-Up with Jason Jordan: Jody Watley

http://socialhub.usatodayhss.com/blogs-main/staffblogs/item/1225-celebrity-chop-up-jody-watley

Eurweb: Jody Watley Wants To Put Dance Back In The Mix

http://www.eurweb.com/2013/11/jody-watley-wants-to-put-dance-back-in-the-mix-with-new-single-nightlife/

The Life of Riley: Jody Watley Talks to Patrick Riley, A Nightlife To Remember

http://thelifeofriley.squarespace.com/rilys-blog/2013/9/10/a-nightlife-to-remember.html

Essence Magazine: Queen of Nightlife Jody Watley Shares Top 10 Picks (Style/Fashion)

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/nightlife-queen-jody-watleys-top-10-nye-picks

Shulman Says: Jody Watley Talks Nightlife (3 part interview)

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-1/

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-2/

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-3/

Ebony Magazine: Jody Watley Shares Spicy Nightlife Recipe (Food/Entertaining)

http://www.ebony.com/life/recipe-jody-watleys-nightlife-chicken-333#axzz2pZonpUmt

Jody Watley NYE Style Pics:

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/nightlife-queen-jody-watleys-top-10-nye-picks

Vibe.com Nightlife Video Premiere: Dance Legend Jody Watley Revives Disco

http://www.vibe.com/article/premiere-jody-watley-revives-disco-nightlife-video

Eurweb: Jody Revives Legacy of Dance Music with new video:

http://www.eurweb.com/2014/01/jody-watley-revives-the-legacy-of-dance-music-on-debut-video-for-hit-single-nightlife-watch/

Ebony: View Jody Watley’s Fierce New Video:

http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/view-jody-watleys-fierce-new-nightlife-333#axzz2s21mug8y

Jody Watley: My GRAMMY Moment Billboard 2014:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/grammys-2014/5885270/jody-watley-my-grammy-moment?utm_source=twitter

Jody Watley. Weekend Adventures. Nightlife and Friends.

Scenes from my weekend.

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Supporting my friend Christos Garkinos at the Los Angeles Trunk Show for his “Eureka by Christos Garkinos” line for HSN along with actress Garcelle Beauvais. We both have tops named after us and both wearing them! Photo Courtesy of © 2014 Christos Garkinos

With Christos Garkinos for Eureka Los Angeles launch. Photo Courtesy of Christos Garkinos

With Christos Garkinos for Eureka Los Angeles launch. Photo Courtesy of Christos Garkinos – I paired my  navy “Jody” top with Diesel jeans, Miu Miu pumps and Vivienne Westwood limited edition ‘Squiggle’ bag.

Fun Selfie - Eureka by Christos Garkinos Trunk Show Party © 2014 Jody Watley

Fun Selfie – Eureka by Christos Garkinos Trunk Show Party © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley, Garcelle Beauvais attend "Eureka by Christos Garkinos" Los Angeles

Jody Watley, Garcelle Beauvais attend “Eureka by Christos Garkinos” Los Angeles

 

Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley, Kathy Jeung turn out for 'Eureka by Christos Garkinos" in Los Angeles © 2014 Jody Watley

Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley, Kathy Jeung turn out for ‘Eureka by Christos Garkinos” in Los Angeles © 2014 Jody Watley

 

Later that night  - time for Giorgio’s!

In the back of our town car on the way to Giorgio's - glammed up! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

In the back of our town car on the way to Giorgio’s – glammed up! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

It's all about the black tie theme birthday for John Eshaya pictured.

It’s all about the black tie theme birthday for John Eshaya pictured. Photo: Jody Watley

The journey of life is never long with the company of friends - willing to wear black tie and get done up for you! Pictured with birthday boy John Eshaya, Christos and friends of John's.  © 2014 Jody Watley

The journey of life is never long with the company of friends – willing to wear black tie and get done up for you! Pictured with birthday boy John Eshaya, Christos and friends of John’s. © 2014 Jody Watley

Christos Garkinos, John Eshaya, Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

Christos Garkinos, John Eshaya, Jody Watley © 2014 Jody Watley

I love Giorgio's and a great hat! #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley

I love Giorgio’s and a great hat! #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley

John Eshaya always brings a sense of fun, intrigue and surprises with what he wears to Giorgio's - I adore him! John Eshaya of JET and Jody Watley. © 2014 Jody Watley

John Eshaya always brings a sense of fun, intrigue and surprises with what he wears to Giorgio’s – I adore him! John Eshaya of JET and Jody Watley.  I loved his black tie request – I love a well groomed man and there were tons of them in the house in their tux’s. © 2014 Jody Watley

Of course, I also filmed the video for “Nightlife” at my favorite place to get dressed up, hang with friends, dance and remember to have fun and enjoy life at Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Presents: Giorgio’s on The Sunset Strip a couple of months ago.  It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley Returns To Yoshi’s Oakland.

 

Photo: Albert Sanchez

Photography By: Albert Sanchez

I will be returning to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29, 2014 and looking forward to it. There’s always joy for all of us to come to the bay area. In addition to the concert there will also be a a VIP pre-show meet and greet. Come say hello, sing, celebrate the success of ‘Nightlife’, the forthcoming “Paradise”, party with us, perhaps meet your new love or just mix it up, put on something nice and get out of the house. There will also be limited edition merchandise available. Get your tickets today – Here

Jody Watley Nightlife Gets The Mashup Treatment.

Check out this new house infused mashup “Nightlife” vs Ben Pearce’s “What I Might Do” courtesy of Ray Easmon.

Also on the mashup front, Outkast’s Big Boi gives the Shalamar classic hit “A Night To Remember” a sexy twirl.

 

Jody Watley Update. Soul. It’s In The Music.

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The Soulpersona classic soul remix of “Nightlife” is available at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other select digital outlets around the world. Make sure to add it to your collection. It’s been wonderful to hear so much Soul R&B here in the UK nearly everywhere I’ve gone from boutiques , restaurants and coffee bars – it’s so prevalent from 60′s classic Motown to 90′s R&B from artists like SWV, Aaliyah and more. There’s also no shortage of soul music from now – and I have heard my classic soul mix of “Nightlife” making me smile. It’s been nice to see music channels that play music video’s as well. The genre of soul has continued to take many forms over the years for each era and generation, though today more than ever it seems to have morphed into the EDM craze. What ever happened to diversity of sounds – where did the soul go? It’s there – you just have to look harder and as many do fall back to your favorites I suppose.

In America, it’s a shame that music and artistry are more flavor of the moment and not so much the vast longterm respect and appreciation of artists – they never stop playing ‘the music just as if it’s right now, not a part of a ‘Hits of the..” pick an era.  Being on this Legends of Soul Tour has reinvigorated my own appreciation of the genre and the artistry, the stories behind the music, the longevity, the survival.

What’s next will be another single and video before “Paradise” – right now the consensus is it will be titled “Dancer,” another soulful club tune full of attitude, funky beat and a percolating rhythm guitar written and produced by Luminodisco from Italy and myself. Teaser snippet will be posted soon as we evaluate the remixers for the song. Dance music doesn’t have to be soulless -it didn’t use to be.

#itsinthemusic

Jody Watley’s Nightlife Added to Club Abercrombie and Fitch.

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Jody Watley and ‘NIGHTLIFE’ receive further exposure to a younger demographic as the original mix is currently added to the members only program of retailer Abercrombie & Fitch as a download for a limited time via special music license from Avitone, the single has also been added to Mood Media, so you just may just hear “NIGHTLIFE”  in-store while out and about shopping or traveling.