Jody Watley Interview V Magazine Summer Issue 2014

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© 2014 Jody Watley –  V Magazine #selfie

 

 

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE JODY WATLEY RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM THAT HARKS BACK TO HER FUNK SOUL ROOTS. HERE, THE SINGER REFLECTS ON HER RISE TO THE TOP, WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS AND STAYING TRUE.

Jody Watley at Giorgio’s the exclusive, the exclusive Saturday party at The Standard in Hollywood, where Mick Jagger and Andre Harrell mix and David LaChapelle might be spotted with Daphne Guiness on his lap. Watley is the queen of the venue-she holds court almost every week just past DJ Adam XII’s booth with her friend and Decades cofounder Christos Garkinos. Tonight, the mother of two a self described basketball mom, carpool mom, fabulous mom..” wears all black save for a pair of crystal Jimmy Choo pumps. When she’s in the mood, she’ll fan herself on the dance floor-something she has done since beginning her career as a dancer on Soul Train as a teenager. “I always have my little fan action.” the icon says with a smile. “It’s so glamourous. Eat your heart out Karl Lagerfeld.” Watley shot the video for “Nightlife”, the clubby lead single off her new album “Paradise”, at Giorgio’s.  “I want to inspire people, because people get stuck in a rut.” she says of the music. “Oh, I’m not going out, Oh, the good ole’ days..” And it’s so frustrating. It’s like make new memories! Even if you had a great time ten, twenty, thirty years ago, be fabulous now! You’re alive, Hello!”

The daughter of a Chicago minister, Watley first performed onstage as a child with her godfather, the incredible crooner Jackie Wilson. After relocating to Los Angeles she succeeded in her mission to become a Soul Train regular. In 1977, Don Cornelius the show’s creator and host, selected her to become an original member of the disco super trio-Shalamar, which would record world-class dance-floor anthems like “The Second Time Around” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley left the group after six years, loved to London, and recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Band Aid.

After returning to Los Angeles three years later, she signed with MCA Records and released her 1987 solo album “Jody Watley”, co-writing a handful of tracks. It contains some of her most enduring dance music, including the lead single “Looking For A New Love” (which features the popular pre Terminator 2 kiss-off “Hasta la vista baby!”). “Don’t You Want Me.” and “Some Kind of Lover.” She accepted her 1988 “Best New Artist” Grammy-winning over Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Swing Out Sister and Terence Trent D’Arby – in a vintage dress and biker jacket painted with her likeness.

‘When I signed to MCA, I didn’t see anybody like who I wanted to be.” she says. “I wanted to do that badass fashion chick that’s just different. And not everybody likes her. And not everybody liked me. “You don’t smile, you’re a black girl, you’re glamorous and you’ve got this cold as ice stare.” While in London she sought out designers like Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul-Gaultier. “I bought one of the first cone bra’s, pre-Madonna. It’s on the single sleeve of “Don’t You Want Me”. I also bought the huge one that she ended up wearing, but the understated one was more me”, she says.

With her gorgeous mane, lean frame, stunning brows illegal cheekbones and ballsy attitude Watley was the perfect subject for fashion’s top photographers.”[When I first started] the label didn’t want to fly me to New York for my first layout for Harper’s Bazaar” she laughs. “So I flew myself out to shoot with Scavullo!” Steven Meisel photographed the cover of her 1989 follow-up album Larger Than Life. The video for ‘Real Love’ was directed by David Fincher and featured her ruling the runway in menswear paving the way for future acts like Aaliyah and TLC.

“I never wanted to be like anybody else” says Watley who, in the decades that followed never stopped recording, performing and changing up her style and sound. Now she’s writing a memoir, which she plans to finish this year.  “I can only be who I am. Because to me that’s what street is. Street is real.” – Mark Jacobs

 

My blog about the photo used in the piece: Here

 

Jody Watley Update – Global. Fashion. Music.

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Photo: Jody Watley All Rights Reserved 2013 (c). Billboard Live Tokyo.

Just added – Excited to be going to Chengdu, China in June to perform as a part of “Night of Global Fortune” at Chengdu Sports Centre during the prestigious Fortune Global  Summit.

On the fashion front – look for me on the new Bravo series Dukes of Melrose airing Wednesday April 17 in an episode featuring Dita Von Teese and lots of Jean Paul-Gaultier.

This week will be all about the eclectic underground with a guest appearance at Brooklyn Bowl Friday April 19, 2013 with French Horn Rebellion for a couple of songs we collaborated on. Details here: http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/235775-french-horn-rebellion-party-brooklyn/

On April 27, I’ll be doing another brief guest appearance with another collaborator Mark de Clive-Lowe at the Spring edition 2013 of his CHURCH residency at The LIft. Details here: http://mashibeats.blogspot.com/

My forthcoming new single “Nightlife” which I wrote with as is co-produced by Count De Money out of the UK courtesy of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit is scheduled for this summer. The single is a glamorous slice of soul, disco and funk – Nile Rodgers will be proud. We’re looking at the end of June as a target release timeframe. I’ll be posting another preview soon, as well as a few concert highlights from my recent successful run at Billboard Live Japan.

More Jody Watley Photo’s From Dukes of Melrose Party

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Jody Watley attends Harper’s Bazaar launch party of “Dukes of Melrose” To view more photo’s click:

Essence Magazine 

Centric’s The Culture List

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Photo via: Essence

Partying With The Dukes Of Melrose

jodywatley_dukesofmelrosepartyI attended a smashing party this week presented by Harper’s Bazaar and MCM for Bravo Television’s upcoming new series “The Dukes Of Melrose”, starring Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver of Decades Inc.  A wonderful time was enjoyed by all! Festive music playlist, full bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres

I came out of my basic black and rocked a vibrant green tunic by Stella McCartney – going for an effortless chic vibe. I kept the make-up minimal with a slight smoky eye, lashes, bronzer on my cheeks and a hint of a NARS pale peach color (can’t read the name on the bottom..need a magnifying glass, lol). The studded black MCM clutch gave it the look a hint of edge, as well as a spiked bracelet – fashion forward. My pumps had a hint of orange for an additional burst of color. I almost chose to wear fuchsia pink pumps but really happy I went with the nude, orange and black combo.

JodyWatley_kiss_on_cheek_ChristosGarkinos_BravoTV_DukesofMelroseParty_2013I was so in love with my friend Christos Garkinos of Decades and his red Paul Smith suit. He’s so excited about the show as are all of his friends, clients and family many of whom were in attendance at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California for the soiree and preview clips.

Photo’s: Christos Garkinos via Getty Images

 

Jody Watley – Birthday Wattage.

On the eve of my birthday, my friend Christos Garkinos of Decades Inc. and the forthcoming new Bravo TV series “Dukes of Melrose” took me out to dinner to the chic Fig and Olive on Melrose Place. As always, a fun time was had by all!

Jody Watley Attends InStyle Magazine and Golden Globes Event

Attending Hollywood Foreign Press Association and In Style Magazines celebration of the 2013 Golden Globes Award Season in dress from Dita Von Teese new collection from Decades, a leopard clutch, and spiked wrist cuff for a touch of edge.

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Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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Photo: Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Candids From InStyle Golden Globes Event.

Jody Watley with Christos Garkinos of Decades Inc

Jody Watley with Christos Garkinos of Decades Inc Photo: Jody Watley

Jody Watley and actor Max Greenfield of 'New Girl'

Jody Watley and actor Max Greenfield of ‘New Girl’ Photo: Christos Garkinos

Jody Watley with Ashley Madekwe from hit series 'Revenge'

Jody Watley with Ashley Madekwe of ‘Revenge’ Photo: Christos Garkinos

With famed photographer Douglas Friedman

With famed photographer Douglas Friedman Photo: via Douglas Friedman Instagram and Christos Garkinos via Twitter

Actress Sanaa Lathan and Jody Watley

Actress Sanaa Lathan and Jody Watley  Photo: Jody Watley

Just before stepping onto the red carpet - insanity!

Just before stepping onto the red carpet – insanity!