Jody Watley Paradise EP Cover and Update.

 

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

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.

Jody Watley In Summer Issue of V Magazine

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

Jody Watley in Summer 2014 V Magazine – Who is that woman?

JodyWatley_V_Magazine_Collage_2014   Jody Watley Personal Candids from the V Magazine session – glad we took some snaps of our own!

© 2014 Jody Watley - #selfie

© 2014 Jody Watley – #selfie

Jody Watley V Magazine Candid - © 2014 Jody Watley Photo Taken By: Wallace Butts

Jody Watley V Magazine Candid – © 2014 Jody Watley  By: Wallace Butts

 

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Session, Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley by Wallace Butts V Magazine Session, Candid

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with photographer Mason Poole V Magazine

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with photographer Mason Poole V Magazine after the session.

Coat: Salvatore Ferragamo Makeup: Billy B.

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. Celebrating Josephine Baker.

Jody Watley in Essence Magazine 1989

Jody Watley in Essence Magazine

 

I had the opportunity to see Josephine Baker when I was a little girl. My mother took my brother and I to see her at The Regal Theatre. Later, after becoming an artist myself, I nearly won the role to play her on the HBO movie “The Josephine Baker Story” ultimately the role went to actress Lynn Whitfield. Ms. Baker was obviously much older when I saw her, but I’ll never forget how mesmerizing she was and thinking back on it now – I also realize what a blessing it was to witness this icon while she was alive. I’ve read many books on her fascinating life – and what a life she lived through it all.  What a trailblazer.

 

Josephine_Baker_1950Josephine Baker; Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.

Baker was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. She was once offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King in 1968, following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Baker, however, turned down the offer. She was also known for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and received the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

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Visit the Official Josephine Baker Website: HERE

 

 

Jody Watley. Yoshi’s Oakland Days Away.

My band, dancers, crew and I are all looking forward to the concert this week. It’s a “Paradise” pre-release (we’ll have new Paradise merchandise and Nightlife vinyl among other items), celebrating the success of my single “Nightlife” which was Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 here in the U.S. Dance. The meet and greet (our chance to say hello face to face) and what will be a wonderful evening of music and love. The VIP Meet and Greet was sold out, but I’ve asked that they extend for a few more. A night to dress up or dress down, but you know I’m all about being fabulous. Take that outfit out from the back of your closet that you’ve been ‘waiting’ for the right occasion to wear – May 29, it’s your time, it will be good for your soul! What’s left of tickets: HERE 

 

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

 

 

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day with Jackie Collins.

#TBT

Jody Watley and  legendary author Jackie Collins in 1998, on the heels of Collins releasing the novel “Thrill” and debuting her talk show Jackie Collins Hollywood. I was in fact thrilled to meet Ms. Collins as I’m a huge fan of her books. I will never be a red head again!

© 2014 Jody Watley pictured with Jackie Collins in 1998.

© 2014 Jody Watley pictured with Jackie Collins in 1998.