Jody Watley 2013 Essence Fest Performance Flashback

Had a fab time at last year’s Essence Festival 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Here’s a clip of Gerald Brown, a fellow Shalamar original and I performing an impromptu version of “Take That To The Bank.”

 

 

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Jody Watley. LIVE At Essence Festival NEW Trailer.

Jody Watley Is Coming To Essence Fest.

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With the backdrop and history of New Orleans as the backdrop amidst a variety of artists of various age demo’s; I’m so looking forward to being a part of this spectacular music and cultural event! Saturday night July 6, 2013 – it’s going down with my eclectic show of stylish funky pop soul in a concert of classic and dynamic hits (solo and Shalamar), a couple of critically acclaimed under the commercial radar gems, well new music and perhaps a surprise or two! To coincide with the performance I’ll be releasing  two new singles titled ‘Nightlife’ Produced by the UK’s Count De Money and ‘The Dawn’ Produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe this summer. ‘Nightlife’ is a nod to my Shalamar / disco past though totally modern in approach – the groove never subsides. ‘Nightlife’ features vocal contributions by original Shalamar male lead Gerald Brown (Take That To The Bank) for added authenticity – if you loved Shalamar or music from that era – you will love ‘Nightlife.’ ‘The Dawn’ is another nod to my disco funk roots and written recalling my youth, while appreciating the me of now and adding those elements. This is the type of real dance music that not unlike what Daft Punk is being heralded for. Traditionally, other’s doing music rooted in soul, disco and funk receive more accolades however it’s not really about that – in the end for me my music always comes from a place of passion, joy and love first to represent me at a particular time in my creative and artistic life.

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Jody Watley To Perform at Essence Festival 2013

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I’m looking to performing and being a part of this years Essence Festival line-up which includes Maxwell, Jill Scott, Mint Condition and more. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – and am thrilled it’s finally going to happen. I intend to turn it out!

There’s nothing like this weekend of music and culture July 4-7 in New Orleans.  Get tickets and more Festival info here ow.ly/8jf8H

 

Photo By: Doug Seymour