I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, August 29, 2015 to not only celebrate Michael Jackson but my longtime friend, one of my favorite people and dancers ever – going back to my teen years – Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train original. Many will also always remember him as my freestyle waacking dance partner in the classic ‘Still a Thrill’ video filmed in Paris, France at the Opera House – the first time any music video or commercial project was filmed there (thank you director Brian Grant for making that dream come true.)
Photography: Victoria Pearson Art Direction and Design: Lynn Robb / Jody Watley Velvet Cone Bra Bra: jean Paul-Gaultier Signature Jumbo Jody Watley Hoop Earrings
One of the positives of Twitter is being reminded of things like this – on August 10 hit single “Don’t You Want Me” was released. Written by Jody Watley, Franne Golde and David Bryant. Franne and I became best friends since the day we met for this session. It’s one of the few songs I’ve co-written and shared lyrical tasks – songwriting is so personal; but we all hit it all so well. Bernard Edwards from CHIC and Power Station was the producer and the remix which was the version that to it to the Hot 100 and the top of the Billboard Dance charts is by Francois K.
The video would be directed by Dominic Sena and would star my now ex-husband and former collaborator and co-producer Andre Cymone. My brother John is also in the video which was filmed in downtown Los Angeles.
Our trip to Chicago, a return to my hometown was a smashing success. Although it was quite sad that our guitarist Levi Seacer had a severe medical emergency and had to be transported to a local hospital where he remains, the show went on – with us dedicating it to him.
The concert was on the heels of a spirited morning performance on the #1 WGN Morning News. This fresh new lineup and approach is being met with a lot of love and excitement everywhere we go. It’s in the music!
Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy. SHALAMAR ‘Reloaded’
Pre-show meet and greet. Good vibes with Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith.
Chicago Defender Feature: Jody Watley New Tour, New Music, New Shalamar : Read the story HERE
Very excited to be a confirmed guest performer with the new SHALAMAR ‘Reloaded’ for an interview on the #1 Morning Show in Chicago! If you’re in the area tune in May 29 at 8:45 am CST. This is in support as well of the upcoming concert at The Shrine on May 30. I’m sure for those not in the area the station will post a link – fingers crossed!
The new LOOK – SHALAMAR – Reloaded 2015. Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy.
We are also confirmed for SIRIUSXM on June 23 in support of The Howard Theater concert on June 24.