With the inspiration for the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE’ and subsequent “PARADISE” rooted in classic disco soul fused with a contemporary take the new hit packed medley of Shalamar works perfectly. Along for the party are millennials PaulMichael Bair (sounding and looking a bit like a young El DeBarge) and Markus Shields (dancer-choreographer who is a beast on the dance-floor). We did our first show on Oct.25, 2014 in Washington D.C. at a private event. Of course I know diehard music group SHALAMAR ™ fans hope to see me reunited with the classic 3 lineup at least one more time on tour. Perhaps that will happen at some point if we can ever agree on business and creative terms. This however is a different concept and experience that does honor the energy style and spirit of the past. I’ve added a modern house touch to signature tunes like ‘Take That To The Bank’ and ‘Right In The Socket’ kong others. To a younger audience who may not be familiar with Shalamar it’s a nice introduction meshed into my own eclectic hit solo repertoire. It’s in the music!
Inspired by the disco soul of “PARADISE” we are bringing a full high energy experience of hits including “A Night To Remember”, “Take That To The Bank”, “The Second Time Around”, and progressing with choice Jody Watley classics including “Looking For A New Love”, “Don’t You Want Me” as well as new music.
Oct. 25, 2014 – Washington D.C. DC Chamber Gala & Awards Private Event (Shalamar preview)
Nov. 15, 2014 – The Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA “A Night of Timeless R&B” with Lillo Thomas and The System
Nov. 29, 2014 with Shalamar Cache Creek Casino & Resort
Dec. 29, 2014 with Shalamar Billboard Live Tokyo
Dec. 30-31, 2014 with Shalamar Billboard Live Osaka
The exclusive limited edition ‘PARADISE’ CD is now SOLD-OUT in my online boutique. Thank you to everyone who is supporting the music, digitally as well (available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play). We have shipped to over 17 countries around the world. It truly is in the music!! Visit the store for other items: HERE
PARADISE candles featuring scents for “PARADISE’ AND “SANCTUARY” coming soon.
UPCOMING JODY WATLEY LIVE CONCERT DATES:
October 25, 2014 : Washington D.C. DC Chamber Gala & Awards
NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – TOWER THEATER “A NIGHT OF TIMELESS R&B FEATURING LILLO THOMAS AND THE SYSTEM Tickets: Here
NOVEMBER 29, 2014 – CACHE CREEK CASINO, SACRAMENTO, CA SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets: Here
DECEMBER 29, 2014 – Disco Nights – BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets: Here
DECEMBER 30 – 31, 2014 Disco Nights – BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA, SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets: Here
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In an interview with writer / author Ernest Hardy:
“The past is to be celebrated, of course, but it’s mainly there for us to build on. We’re not meant to get stuck in it,” says Jody Watley about her own rich artistic legacy. In the show & prove style that fans have admired for over three decades, the Grammy-winning hyphenate (singer / songwriter / producer / businesswoman / OG fashionista) is pulling out all the stops in support of her retro-futuristic new album PARADISE. Upcoming tour dates will not only feature inspired overhauls of classic hits and fan favorites, but will showcase the diva’s current creative streak with selections from Paradise – a state-of-now dance-floor scorcher whose lush, upbeat, soulful production and life affirming lyrics are steeped in classic disco/R&B aesthetics (think Chic, Change, Barry White, Larry Levan) while being firmly rooted in the here and now. (The fierce, beat-heavy MdCL remix of “Tonight’s the Night” is the future soundtrack of runways, drag balls and dance-floors alike.) Of the collection’s taut seven tracks she observes, “Long albums, to me, are out of step with the times. Many classic albums of the 80’s had as few as six songs. Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul had four, though they were all ten minutes or more. It was really about the quality, and as always that’s where I’m coming from.”
Quality defines Ms. Watley’s multi-media empire, which includes her record label, music publishing company, several TV production deals currently in the pipeline – and ownership of the Shalamar trademark. Being at the helm of the Shalamar brand allows her to give fans what they’ve been clamoring for since she left the iconic R&B/pop trio. Shalamar was formed in 1977 as a vocal dance trio by Don Cornelius of the Soul Train television show and shortly became a top group with soulful disco sounds. She’s rebooting some of their songs as part of her new set-list, fusing the group’s patented sound (rich harmonies, soulful melodies, funky musical beds and high style) with her penchant for current sounds and underground club movements. Longtime fans will especially appreciate that she’ll be teaming up with Gerald Brown, Shalamar’s original lead male vocalist, for the makeover. (That’s his powerhouse voice on the group’s first hit “Take that to the Bank.”) “This won’t be some oldies revue, though, where we holler out do you remember this?” she laughs. “What we’re doing is about the here and now, about fresh sounds and positive energy. The songs will be classic favorites like ‘Take That to the Bank,’ ‘The Second Time Around,’ and ‘A Night To Remember,’ recent global hit single “Nightlife’ fused with some of the Jody Watley catalogue – but the vision is definitely forward. A show to remember.
Tickets Shalamar featuring Jody Watley and Gerald Brown, November 29, 2014 Cache Creek Casino and Resort: Here
Look for dates to be announced soon for Japan’s Billboard Live to close out 2014!
In the past, an artist would send out tons of copies of promotional discs to have their album reviewed. We have not done that. This collection is all about the love, the word of mouth, the appreciators of artistry, the fans – it’s in the music! The QHBlend is one of my favorite music blogs with Quentin Harrison always shining as a true music writer who knows his subjects objectively really examining and listening to the music and covering those elements. Quentin understands music pop culture, artistic growth and never holding commercial peaks and valleys against or for his subjects – as it should be. Read his observations about “PARADISE”: Here
Buy the Exclusive CD: Here
“..Jody still has us saying “yeah” when she asks “you wanna dance with me..”
It’s been 8 years since Jody Watley released an album’s worth of material..read the rest: Here