“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
I’ve been a member of the board of the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter, and for the past year as a part of The Musicians Institute amongst my behind the scenes work I had no idea they were doing this feature – it’s very humbling. As always, if I can be a source of inspiration for others not just through using my talent – but the tenacity, perseverance it takes in turning dreams into reality, or at least knowing you gave it your best shot. Read it Here:
We have SOLD OUT of the first run of “PARADISE” CD’S!!! The response is overwhelming, and a new order is in for another round. The other items are also finding their way into shopping carts to represent Jody Watley. The CD also has a nice surprise (well not now since I’m telling you) of the song ‘Everlasting’ written by longtime collaborator Rodney Lee and I.
On my Twitter feed, most music blogs are as usual more focused on who was arrested this week, reality stars, etc. Meanwhile – I give to you a glamorous and positive bit of music in this crazy world. Admittedly, I’ve shed a few tears this week pondering world events, violent conflicts, teenage suicides due to online bullying and humiliation (Matthew Burdette RIP), the MH17 plane that was shot down with all of the innocent people, families, children off for summer visits with relatives, vacations.. the girls in Nigeria who remain kidnapped and out of the headlines, Eric Garner being killed for no apparent reason by the NYPD, abuse and rapes of young girls in India, the violence in Chicago and on and on etc…my heart gets really heavy.
I hope this music can create a place of escape, solace, motivation, solace and joy for you, as much as it does for me – now more than ever. Truly for my diehard fans – worldwide. “PARADISE” is also now available for pre-order at iTunes everywhere. Thanks again.
Jody Watley “Paradise” — Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
We’re unsure about pressing CD’s, but considering a limited quantity after the digital release. If all goes according to the schedule, the “PARADISE” EP will arrive near the end of July. Share your thoughts about CD’s on my Official Facebook. So few fans buy music at all in this era of any artist (barring a few young mainstream superstar acts) – let alone CD’s, but we will consider offering a package in my online boutique.
The booklet to “Paradise” is also worth the music it accompanies, it is gorgeous with stellar photography from Albert Sanchez and make-up by Billy B. For “Paradise” which began with “NIGHTLIFE”, it’s all about glamour. Being older doesn’t mean old! Get out of your rut, be inspired – these are thoughts I wanted to convey with this project.
I recognize through my interactions on social media that many fans are content with older parts of my catalogue and have not grown with me. That said, it doesn’t stop me from growing and being passionate about moving forward. To those who remain enchanted and open to my continued music evolution; this EP packs an uptempo party punch. I’m so thrilled! Everything I do is a labor of love and passion, “PARADISE” is no exception.
Have a listen to “SANCTUARY” inspired by ‘home’ and my children actually. This is song my way of reminding everyone, after the party, the night out, work, grinding it out on a daily basis; to take care of the environment of your living space and what you create for yourself – your children (if you have them), spouses, etc.
‘NIGHTLIFE’ the video will also be included with “PARADISE” EP for iTunes.
I was really looking forward to this piece. Originally, I was to be photographed by Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent back in January. Due to scheduling conflicts repeatedly and delays, V settled on photographer Mason Poole. I looked at his portfolio and approved the choice though disappointed about the change. In life, you have to roll with the changes, ups and downs. At times, though when situations seem rocky from the start it could be a sign to not do something. After seeing what was done to my face in the summer issue of V, where the article is about the forthcoming “Paradise” – my shock, disappointment and outrage as well as that of my publicist and others on my team sent us all in a tailspin for a few days. Making matters worse was the dismissive response “Sorry you all feel this way, but all of the editors love it.” Really? I guess so when it’s not their face distorted and looking nothing like themselves. The photographer must also be to blame which is too bad because I walked away feeling really good about the session. I figured they might morph my body into the standard Hollywood size 2, never in my wildest imagine with so many photo sessions and fashion layouts under my belt did I envision this – Jody Watley Cyborg Woman – Someone Else’s Face. Needless to say – this is something that I have to love with because it’s published and nothing can be done. In the scheme of life and the absurdity of it all – I have to laugh about it…counting blessings and not woes. That said, shame on V and Mason Poole for doing this to me. I get a bit of photoshop and refinement done by experts who know what they are doing. Bad photoshop and misuse of the technology is the worst. People should really learn their craft, not be allowed to make people look unrecognizable – editors are you listening?! Thank you to writer Mark Jacobs for his interview.
Jody Watley in Summer 2014 V Magazine – Who is that woman?
Jody Watley Personal Candids from the V Magazine session – glad we took some snaps of our own!
Jody Watley Brings 30 Years of Hits to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29. “Don’t expect only her 80′s hits from Jody Watley. When the superstar brings her act to Yoshi’s Oakland May 29, the show will reflect the breadth of her multi-decade career..” Read the rest: Here
A young Maya Angelou Via Vintage Black Glamour on Tumblr
What a life, what a legacy – what an inspiration she has been to me throughout my life through her books, various memoirs, poetry, quotes, pearls of so much wisdom speeches, interviews…I mean when she spoke I had to stop and listen.
Thank you Ms. Angelou. Godspeed to a phenomenal woman.
Often, when I feel blue, a bit low and discouraged on days when I’m still taking verbal attacks online and around just for being me – for simply living my life knowing there are those who don’t wish me well ..I go to this for inspiration. Still I Rise!
I met Ron Trent in 2000, when joining forces with Maurice Bernstein with a license for my underground “Saturday Night Experience” which was licensed by Giant Step. Remixes were commissioned by renowned Chicago based afro-funk remix/producer/artist Ron Trent, as well as Blaze. In 2008, I had the pleasure of performing at one of Ron and Sonia Hassan’s events in Chicago at Sonoteque -underground club magic.
This mix appears on the critically hailed Jody Watley full length “Midnight Lounge” as well, Blues and Soul Magazine called it ‘the best album of her career.” Get it: Here