Jody Watley Getting Ready For Upcoming Concerts.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc. Choreography by Rosero McCoy

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc. – Choreography by Rosero McCoy

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.

 

Upcoming Concerts:

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

Jody Watley Saturday Night Experience. Club Classic

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In an ongoing music journey, it was cool to come across this review from September 2001 DJ Magazine for the single “Saturday Night Experience.” The single was lifted from an import released I recorded for Japan “Jody Watley Presents The Saturday Night Experience Vol. 1″ – at that time I was ready to step away completely from music – instead stepping away from commercial minded music and all that goes with it. Quality has never waned, when popularity may have.

Most artists will say they don’t read reviews or are not big on reviews – but will admit that it’s a good feeling when you read a really positive one like this where the writer really gets in the music at hand.  This was another music pivot for me and began my exploration and shift into underground club electronic fused with nu skool jazz, drum and bass and other ambient sounds. I listened to single to Giant Step, purveyors of quality eclectic and soulful music offerings  through my Avitone imprint established in 1996 – also with a mantra of fueling quality music.

Shout out to longtime collaborator and music director/keyboardist in my band Rodney Lee (we wrote and produced the original together)..Ron Trent, and Blaze – still love these..available at iTunes and various digital outlets.

Listen:
Ron Trent Vocal Mix – http://youtu.be/jAYZdAy9t-o (available on 2003’s critically acclaimed ‘Midnight Lounge’ album)
Original: https://soundcloud.com/jodywatley/saturday-night-experience-original-mix –Shelter Mix — http://youtu.be/TZsbDOmkTUk

 

Paradise Reviewed on The QHBlend Where Music Lives.

 

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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

Sanctuary:

Buy the Exclusive CD: Here

SoulBounce – Jody Watley Takes Us To Paradise

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JodyWatley_Paradise_EP_CD_CoverArt“..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

 

Jody Watley. Paradise Is Here.

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

“Paradise” ranks among Jody Watley’s best work. Filled with upbeat disco bangers and exquisite chilled house vibes, this album is simply drenched with hot summer grooves that will get your party started with a bang!” -ishtalk

Read the full review:

Here

 

Buy at iTunes includes NIGHTLIFE video: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

Order the exclusive CD version with “Everlasting” http://www.jodywatley.bigcartel.com

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.