SHALAMAR. Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy
See what Dave Higdon and friends had to say about their experience at Yoshi’s Oakland on February 28, 2015 for the debut bay area performance of the new SHALAMAR tm now reloaded with two new singer/dancers members Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Watley became the legal registered owner in 2014 and quickly went about reloading the group for a new generation of music fans while celebrating the past legacy: Poptastic Confessions
Jody Watley with Sheila E. Yoshi’s February 28, 2015 (c) 2015 Jody Watley
There was a moment during the night of the two sold-out concerts at Yoshi’s where I became choked up with emotion onstage during ‘Full of Fire’ – there was definitely a lot of love in the room at Yoshi’s for both shows for the new SHALAMAR (we rocked the house) and of course the Jody Watley selections as well – filled me with gratitude. It’s in the music!
By popular demand we’re back March 21 – Get your Tickets Here
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In celebration of The GRAMMY’s weekend, this blessing came at the perfect time at that time in my life and career and the goals I had ‘back then’ and the obstacles endured. A lot of people were happy for me – a lot of people are probably still angry and confused how this triumph happened. Some artists never get to experience a moment like this – ever. My tears of joy were genuine and heartfelt-I was stunned. Remember Little Richard taking his well deserved moment to let the people know that as the ‘Architect of Rock and Roll’ he’d never been honored or the recipient of a GRAMMY. It holds a special place in my heart as well because it was New York City, radio City Music Hall and Micheal Jackson performed a riveting ” The Way You Make Me Feel/Man In The Mirror.” The music business and my peers at that time were all heavy hitters. There was so much diversity in R&B/Pop and Rock, though it was already transitioning to the next phase.
I remain full of gratitude with a passion for what I do as an artist, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur decades later – but most of all who I am as a woman/human being – to be a good person through my actions is success. Looking at this younger ambitious part of who I was back then makes me proud because despite everything going on I chose to believe in myself and step out on faith. Choosing to be happy and in control of my life – remains a constant in the woman I have since become. The love and respect of my children is everything and remaining appreciative of those who continue to support me personally as well in my music career keeps me uplifted in an often treacherous business and world. Never one to back away from a challenge, being fearless and unafraid to make mistakes, lose fans and popularity or any of those things..it’s so much more meaningful to remain authentic and proud of ‘the work.’ Commercial, under the radar, experimental, you name it, it’s all very much me..always going my own way.
Like you, this is a process of continuing to learn and grow. As always, I encourage YOU as well on this journey of life no matter what field of work you’re in. Stay and BE Fabulous!! Make NEW goals and dreams continuing forward.
I had a fantastic time in my delightful conversation with Emmy winner LeGrande Green on his BOLD podcast. LeGrande is a former supervising producer for the OPRAH Winfrey Show. His vision for BOLD is empower others to listen to that inner voice which propels us to be who we are and who we are capable of becoming – without fear. This resonates with so much. We speak about drowning out the inner voice of self-doubt with candor and humor. I hope everyone embraces new platforms and positive voices such as this. There are always new things and pearls of wisdom to pass along and with each interview I try to do that. Listen: HERE and also check out some of his other eclectic and join in the enlightening conversations at GetBoldToday.com
Just announced, my appearance in concert with the reloaded renewed SHALAMAR at The Happy Days Festival in Surrey, United Kingdom May 24. Get tickets and information: HERE
Feb. 18, B.B. Kings, New York
Feb. 19, HARRAH’S Atlantic City
Feb. 28, Yoshi’s Oakland
May 24, Surry Happy Days Festival Imber Court
June 24, Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 25, TBA
June 27, London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Let’s Rock London Festival
I received so much love today on my Facebook and Twitter feeds from fans and various media outlets – it’s overwhelming in a way because I wish it was possible to give each person a thank you hug of appreciation. These acts of kindness and affection toward me are never taken for granted. It gives strength to my wings that are always being challenged in one way or another (like anyone else) and reminds how music touches so many people.
Continuing to grow, evolve and appreciate the blessing and gift of life, health, love, motherhood, true friendship, music, career and so much more is what I’m about.
It’s strange how some will always see a person as they were – and not who they’ve grown into isn’t it? I also encounter this from time to time. I never think of age until others bring it up – it keeps my spirit young to let go of things and to not worry about getting ‘older.’ The only thing that gets me melancholy is missing my children being little – but reveling in the moment of the beauty of our relationship and closeness that remains solid. We gain a few pounds..our hormones and priorities shift..when you realize how much life is behind you – and really makes you appreciate and become even more selfish thinking of the life ahead of you – the now. Who you’re with, new goals, new dreams..new directions forward..what you’re working toward..it all becomes clearer with age.
I spoke to someone recently who I have not talked to in decades and was fine with that. It stood out how stuck in the past they were, delusional – even. I listened quietly not relating; but wishing them well. Life and time marches on. Celebrate today’s life, embrace your journey – we’re all travelers just passing through. Make it count no matter how large or small. Here’s to all that is most important in life..in our lives..in our lifetime!