Jody Watley. Paradise. Classic Albums and Quality over Quantity

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My approach to the making of “Paradise” has always been inspired and rooted in what I consider one of the greatest era’s of music – the 70′s and early 80′s. Many of these songs have been tested and performed live before finalizing the recording process. There are live instruments, bass, guitar and live strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson  on the title song. We worked to find a balance of the live element with my love and profession over the 15 years of electronic, club and ambient sounds. It wasn’t uncommon for albums to have 7 songs or less (Issac Hayes classic “Hot Buttered Soul” had 4!) . “Shalamar’s” Big Fun  had 7 songs clocking in at just 37:07. It’s about quality not quantity, so technically the term EP is just a contemporary one, but for me this is a FULL CD. The trend of putting a lot of filler tracks to fill up an album is never something I’ve been agreeable to. In this era, I also feel the attention span of the listener no longer support a lot of songs on one project. Perhaps I’ll inspire other artists to reduce the number of ‘filler’ and go back to making stronger more streamline albums they way it was done in the golden age of music – which fits perfectly with today’s distractions.  None of my solo albums have ever had more than 10 and from start to finish my desire has always been to put my heart and soul into doing the best work for you the fans – and for me, to be proud of beyond a lifetime.

 

Jody Watley Sits Down For Lunch With Kathy Sledge.

Kathy Sledge and I first met as teenagers decades ago when we did shows together in our respective groups Shalamar and Sister Sledge. We shared some laughs and talked business, family, life.

© 2014 Jody Watley. JJody Watley with Kathy Sledge in Los Angeles.

© 2014 Jody Watley. JJody Watley with Kathy Sledge in Los Angeles.

Jody Watley. Wednesday Wattage. Shalamar Medley Live In Concert

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Here’s the latest upload, a snippet of my Shalamar medley. It’s been easier incorporate that part of my repertoire since releasing “Nightlife” which has a disco soul vibe. My repertoire spans so many genres making the concerts an eclectic musical journey.

 

Thank you to Ray Easmon for the post production, film noir!

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

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 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 Loves The Nightlife. Dance Buzz.

Check out this review of the video and single for “Nightlife” on music blog Dance Buzz. The single became the 19th Jody Watley Top 20 Billboard Hot Dance Play Single, and achieved Top 10 chart status in the UK on Music Week’s Commercial Pop (#6)  and Urban Charts (#5). Here

Jody Watley Pictures and Weekend Adventures on the Dance-floor.

“Music, never lets you down, puts a smile on your face anytime anyplace.. makes you happy again –Everybody Dance..Clap your Hands, Clap Your Hands!” – CHIC

#itsinthemusic

Jody Watley with shoe designer and fellow Giorgio's funkster Jerome C. Rousseau. Photo: © 2014  Jody Watley

Jody Watley with shoe designer and fellow Giorgio’s funkster Jerome C. Rousseau. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

With my favorite dance partner Christos Garkinos!

With my favorite dance partner Christos Garkinos –  first Saturday of Spring – Pop of Color!

With Los Angeles based designer and Dita Von Teese compadre Eddie DeBarr

With Los Angeles based designer stylist and Dita Von Teese partner in style Eddie DeBarr.

I borrowed Eddie's hat. © 2014 Jody Watley

I borrowed Eddie’s hat. © 2014 Jody Watley