Jody Watley. My Grammy Moment on Billboard

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My career has evolved and continued as an artist, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur.  I’ve endured many challenges and obstacles while holding on to being as true to myself and as authentic as I can be — not easy in this industry. As I’ve always said, I never wanted to be stuck in a box, the pop box or machinery of the industry to maintain a certain level of ultra commercial appeal. My influence continues as reflected in my bio and the range in genres reflected from my discography..winning the Best New Artist Grammy has always seemed to be a controversial, maligned and marginalized by some – for me it remains a blessing an unlikely achievement that I remain proud of and thrilled to have received ..read some of what it meant to me at the time: Billboard

Jody Watley. Nightlife Classic Soul Mix Now at iTunes.

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The ‘Nightlife; Soulpersona Classic Soul featuring Gerald Brown (another Shalamar original), is one of the mixed that helped propel “Nightlife” to Top 5 Urban in the UK – it’s finally at iTunes after popular demand! Get it!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-classic-soul-remix/id797324164?uo=4

Nightlife Update – All Things Fabulous

“Nightlife” with it’s call to “be fabulous” forget your worries – get yourself together,  is really my way of encouraging a call to lift yourself up, to have fun. “It’s in the music” because it is about music where so much inspiration and energy lives as a great resource, let it use you – I do! When you’re releasing music independently, so much depends on not simply my efforts but others getting behind and supporting. There’s something to be said about that aspect in today’s commercial commerce driven marketplace – what a concept, focus on ‘the music’ and the hope to inspire others. We can change the world with one smile, one dance at a time – I know it sounds cliche but for me it’s truth.

The single moves up to #14 Pop in the UK in Music Week and #40 Hot Dance Club Play on Billboard. The single peaked at #5 Urban in the UK – which is still quite awesome. It’s not so much about charts and sales but I’m proud of this as an addition to my discography – it’s really always about moving forward and being proud the work; that’s really success. Thats said, I do love proving that a veteran woman artist, writer, producer and style diva can still hang without pandering and with a level of class and my signature authenticity. There’s a core group  people working with me, supporting me because they believe ‘in the music’ and not because of financial gain. We are connected by  a passion and love for the music, the arts and a time when it was really more focus on ‘music’. The work I continue to do and with the integrity I try to bring appears to inspire others which gives me confidence and hope for all of us out here still trying to do things the right way. It’s all very organic and I’m thankful to those working with me on this and of course you the ones helping to get the word out there through your actions, buying the single and sharing my posts. Thank you.

Fabulous! My daughter and son – who always encourage me as must as I encourage them and tell me I’m the best Mom in the world – which fuels me on my darkest days and always reminds me what’s most important.  Thank you Count De Money (Julien and Raphael Aletti- Aletti Brothers Music) Bill Coleman of Peace Bisquit, Gerald Brown, Juanita Stephens PR, Steve Ripley at Soulfood Music,  Music House UK, Craig Jones, Niven Govinden, Matt Waterhouse, Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona, Luminodisco, Claudia Cuesta of Maxi Promotion, Patrick L. Riley of ‘Life of Riley’ and Dave Higdon of Poptastic Confessions, (early blogging supporters of ‘Nightlife’) along with Okayplayer, Soulbounce, Soulculture UK, Centric TV who got behind the single early — Fabulous!! Thank you Rosero McCoy, John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Christos Garkinos of Decades Inc, Billy B.,  Albert Sanchez, Sandra Green,  Billy Johnson at Yahoo Music, Access Hollywood,  Uptown Magazine, Isoul Harris, Essence Magazine, Jet, Ebony, Soulbounce, Singersroom, Lee Bailey at Eurweb, Urbanbridgez, Wax Poetics, Wallace Butts, Van Roy, Shawn West, Brian Walmer, Vernon Sze,  Steve and Laura Hall at Future Disc Systems, Bryan Rabin and Adam Bravin aka Adam Xll of Giorgio’s, Steven Willis, Harwood Lee, Christina Grady and all DJ’s and outlets supporting this effort…and anyone I forgot to mention my apologies, it’s not intentional. My hardcore fans – I love you!

Vinyl arrived today – yaaay! Details on when they’ll be at my online boutique. I have to number and sign them – limited edition Ba-By! Excited to be filming the final footage for the “Nightlife video tomorrow at my favorite place to dance : Giorgio’s!

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BE Fabulous!

Jody Watley. Photo of the Day.

Photo: Wallace Butts Albert Sanchez Make-up Billy B. (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Photo: Wallace Butts Albert Sanchez Make-up Billy B. (c) 2013 Jody Watley

 

This is a candid from a session just completed with Albert Sanchez captured by my best friend and assistant Wallace Butts.

Make sure to pick up my new single “Nightlife” featuring backing vocals by another original Shalamar lead Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown. Available at iTunes, eMusic, Google Play and other select digital retailers.

In Celebration of George Duke.

I had the pleasure to work with George Duke back in the early 80′s just after my departure from Shalamar. We recorded the song Baby Love”  for a project he was working on. Ultimately, it was a stroke of luck for me that he chose not to use the song because I would have, according to the rules of the Recording Academy at the time – having a release in America as “Jody Watley, or George Duke featuring Jody Watley” would have made me ineligible for the “Best New Artist” category when my debut album was released a couple of years later in 1987. At the time he decided not to release it, I was bummed and disappointed, however fate was still on my side. Sometimes not getting what you want is actually the universe saying be patient! The experience recording with Mr. George Duke is a fond one, we had a great time at his renowned studio at his home in the Hollywood Hills. George Duke was the kind of person that made you feel at ease. I had great admiration for his countless works ranging from jazz, fusion, funk and soul. We had reconnected at the start of this year on Facebook after seeing each other at the memorial for Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius. I asked about ‘Baby Love’ and if he would send it to me, as it’s been in my head for so long but I didn’t have a copy. Happy to send it to me, he also gave me permission to post it – which I did for a short time and took it down. I reposted it today in his honor, memory and celebration. To be a tiny piece of his musical journey as well is incredibly special and I feel very blessed to have crossed his path back then and recently as colleagues.

In February, we were a part of the inaugural Soul Train Cruise and were a part of a panel sharing fond memories of Don Cornelius. His final show on the cruise had everyone dancing in the aisles as he went straight P-funk to the delight of everyone near the conclusion of his performance.

My thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends. George Duke now joins his beloved wife Corine of 30 years. who succumbed to cancer just last year – as well as a host of other music legends. Beautiful music. Beautiful legacy in life.

Rest peacefully Mr. George Duke, you will be missed.

George Duke, Jeffrey Osbourne, Jody Watley, Tony Cornelius. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

George Duke, Jeffrey Osbourne, Jody Watley, Tony Cornelius. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Jody Watley In Chengdu.

My trip to Chengdu was awesome, another blessing of an experience for all of us. To perform as a part of the Night of Fortune GRAMMY All-stars Concert at Chengdu Stadium in front of 40,000 fans left me speechless – until the Panda Tour which was the icing on the cake. I’m thankful to God for continuing to bless me to do what I love, on my own terms and to live a balanced life beyond ‘entertainment.’

Greeting Sign which also came with a beautiful flower bouquet. Chengdu

Greeting Sign which also came with a beautiful flower bouquet. Chengdu

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Program Cover. This is what the stage looked like. Chengdu Stadium.

John "Havic" Gregory, Jody Watley, and Rosero McCoy Rehearsal Check Chengdu Stadium June 7, 2013

John “Havic” Gregory, Jody Watley, and Rosero McCoy Rehearsal Check Chengdu Stadium June 7, 2013

I loved this moment with some of the children's chorus!

I loved this moment with some of the children’s chorus!

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The children’s chorus sang a beautiful and moving song – brought me to tears – this was evening rehearsal.

There was a great tribute to Michael Jackson with rare footage from the GRAMMY archives before the children came out for a dance tribute medley.

There was a great tribute to Michael Jackson with rare footage from the GRAMMY archives before the children came out for a dance tribute medley.

With a staffer who wanted to give me flowers.

With a staffer who wanted to give me flowers.

Chengdu, Stadium as the fans were coming in.

Chengdu, Stadium as the fans were coming in.

There were many Chinese CantoPop Stars a part of the "Night of Fortune" GRAMMY Superstars Concert.

There were many Chinese CantoPop Stars a part of the “Night of Fortune” GRAMMY Superstars Concert.

With lead Michael Jackson Tribute Performer. Chengdu Stadium.

With lead Michael Jackson Tribute Performer. Chengdu Stadium after the concert onstage in the rain!

 

Took a quick photo with my iPhone of the audience while getting set for my performance!

Took a quick photo with my iPhone of the audience while getting set for my performance!

Jody Watley (c) 2013 Chengdu, China

Jody Watley (c) 2013 Chengdu, China
With two of my favorite guys John  "Havic Gregory" and Rosero MCoy at after-party

With two of my favorite guys John “Havic Gregory” and Rosero MCoy at after-party

At Sunshine Panda Nursery on the Panda Tour, Chengdu.

At Sunshine Panda Nursery on the Panda Tour, Chengdu.

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With President of Recording Academy Neil Portnow at Cocktail Reception

With President of Recording Academy Neil Portnow at Cocktail Reception

Getting presented a custom pair of shoes by Sheme, high end shoe designer of China

Getting presented a custom pair of shoes by Sheme, high end shoe designer of China

Red Carpet Mayhem. Chengdu China Global Forum Invited Guests and Night of Fortune  Grammy All-Stars Reception

Red Carpet Mayhem. Chengdu China Global Forum Invited Guests and Night of Fortune Grammy All-Stars Reception

With  Leo "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"  Sayer one of music's great from the 70's and Gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams at luncheon.

With Leo “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” Sayer one of music’s great from the 70′s and Gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams at luncheon.

More pics and video to come! In the meantime, you can read an article: HERE