Thought of The Day. Be Your Own Story.

This excerpt from Toni Morrison really resonated with me, it’s great food for thought. Live your life – set the tone and theme – change it when you feel like it. Don’t worry about other people’s expectations or opinions – we all have our own lives to live and shouldn’t waste time trying to conform what others think our journey should be about – because it may make them feel more comfortable.

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Sao Paulo. Listen Live on WHUR. Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ® Reloaded Update

The trip to Sao Paulo was such a blast – the concert, the people, the food – everything but wifi was all good. Thank you to Jason Bralli and Espacos Das Americas, and AudioClub for the experience and opportunity.

A toast to another trip to remember. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy in Sao Paulo Brazil.

A toast to another trip to remember. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy in Sao Paulo Brazil. 6/132/2015

Listen LIVE today I’ll be on air WHUR-FM 3PM EST  talking about the upcoming concert at The Howard Theater with SHALAMAR ® , the new members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy and of course PARADISE.

Up Next: with SHALAMAR ® Reloaded

June 23 SIRIUSXM THE GROOVE

June 24 – Live on Air FOX 5 News D.C. (solo appearance)

June 24 – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C.  #DC

June 25 – Midsummer Night Swing Lincoln Center Damrosch Park #LCSwing

June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Let’s Rock London #London

June 28 – An Evening With SHALAMAR ® ‘Reloaded’ and Jody Watley Melkweg Amsterdam  #Netherlands

 

 

 

Jody Watley and SHALAMAR Make it a Trip to Remember in Chicago

Our trip to Chicago, a return to my hometown was a smashing success. Although it was quite sad that our guitarist Levi Seacer had a severe medical emergency and had to be transported to a local hospital where he remains, the show went on – with us dedicating it to him.

The concert was on the heels of a spirited morning performance on the #1 WGN Morning News. This fresh new lineup and approach is being met with a lot of love and excitement everywhere we go. It’s in the music!

Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy. SHALAMAR 'Reloaded'

Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy. SHALAMAR ‘Reloaded’

Pre-show meet and greet. Good vibes with Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith.

Pre-show meet and greet. Good vibes with Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith.

 

Chicago Defender Feature: Jody Watley New Tour, New Music, New Shalamar : Read the story HERE

 

 

Thought of The Day. March On.

– and keep a positive attitude in the process!kahlil-gibran-quote

Jody Watley. Thursday Classic. Thought of The Day.

Jody Watley Junior High

A melancholy though triumphant Jody Watley.  Southeast Junior High

 

 

With each social media throwback Thursday my desire is to not only share a photo moment from the past – but to perhaps inspire someone by providing what was behind a photo moment in my life on this journey.

From my Facebook Page post”

“Queen Jody! Living in KCMO (from Chicago though) at the time – had run a campaign for President of the school, I think I was the only girl who ran..and lost..kids were clowning me. It was a big disappointment and embarrassing for me – at the loss ..but I wasn’t discouraged in the long run, a theme in my life and career. I learned early on to never give up, keep pushing forward and stay motivated. Though not popular and still reeling from the loss of President..I went after “Miss Explorer Queen of Southeast Jr. High’ – because you never know unless you try right?! The outcome was triumph although I appear quite melancholy and sad in the photo’s (though still dealing with shade – a lot of girls including those who came in second and third weren’t happy as evidenced in the photo – shade is nothing new ) We didn’t have a lot of money but I put together my outfit and if you notice you can see what would become a style signature in my music career – jumbo hoop earrings. Certainly, I experienced far more challenging moments in my life, and even with this photo and moment there is much more to reveal.. however this is one of those touchstone character building moments.  ‪#‎JodyWatley‬ ‪#‎Shalamar‬ ‪#‎life‬ ‪#‎inspiration‬ – Just keep striving and be yourself is what I hope the takeaway is from this, beyond the TBT..” May 7, 2015

Thought of The Day. The Road Not Taken.

One of my favorite books is “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck.  I read it for the first time in 1983 when I really decided to take control of my life especially professionally and the second time in 1989. This is one of my favorite poems, so I’m sharing it with you. Live your life – make your own choices no matter how much flack you might receive, it’s best to be authentic than to live someone else’s vision of your life.

 

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Jody Watley Reloads SHALAMAR A Must Read on Eurweb

 

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy - SHALAMAR tm Photography: Viktorija Paschuta

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy – SHALAMAR tm Photography: Viktorija Paschuta

The interview begins with a revelation by the writer, Gerald Radford, which threw me upon reading. His personal bias was something I always suspected with some in the “urban” media which goes back to earlier in my solo career and having mega crossover success – not everyone embraced that. The negative cloud he speaks of is odd because overall I receive so much love in the press and of course from fans in a career spanning decades and with all of the acheivments and benchmarks thus far. A negative cloud hanging over me? I don’t see it. From my point of view only those who resent me for being who I am…and my early solo crossover success, not towing the line, not staying ‘in my place’.. as women as supposed to do in the minds of some is where that exists. I appreciate very much that Gerald remained open and this article was able to be so honest on both of our parts -we had a wonderful conversation. As always, I’m just being myself – living, laughing, loving, learning and hoping it’s contagious to others. There are many things I refrain from saying because I don’t like drama, however sometimes one must let people know what’s really going on.

I consider myself quite blessed to have not only achieved my childhood dreams, but exceeded them. Constantly creating new goals – growing, learning, evolving. Some people don’t like that – the independents, those who don’t fall in line with the status quo..especially women..read the interview: Here

 

UPCOMING  APPEARANCES / CONCERTS:

May16 – Autograph Signing 1st ever Rupaul’s DragCon Los Angeles Convention Center

May  24 – Happy Days Festival, Imber Court, Surrey UK

May 30 – The Shrine Chicago

June 6 – Mountain Winery  Saratoga, CA with K.C. and the Sunshine Band

June 13 – Espaca Das Americas, Sao Paulo Brazil

June 24  – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C.

June 25 – NYC TBA

June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Park, Let’s Rock London

July 25 – Atlanta Health and Music Festival – Recipient of Women of Excellence ICONIC Music Award

More to come