Jody Watley. GRAMMY Flashback.

 

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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.

Jody Watley Live Snapshots From Japan December 2014.

The Japan Tour was a great success. Of the many times I’ve performed a lot of the fans said this was their favorite show and all were surprised there was so much dancing between the SHALAMAR ™ set and my own solo set. It’s in the music!

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Photography Michiko Matsura, Donnell Spencer Jr. Photography (c) 2014

 

Photo by Miichiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

"Hair done, nails done.." Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr.

“Hair done, nails done..” Nightlife. Photo by Michiko Mataura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. © 2015  Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

The joy of music! Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. on drums – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Keyboard solo from Rodney Lee, my longtime music director and collaborator. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Guitarist Geemack. Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Funking it up, Sam Sims on bass “Sanctuary.” Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. - Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Photo by Michiko Matasura courtesy of Donnell Spencer Jr. – Tokyo Billboard Live © 2015 Donnell Spencer Jr.

Paulmichael Bair, Sam Sims, Jody Watley, Geemack, Rodney Lee, Donnell Spencer Jr. John "Havic" Gregory

Paulmichael Bair, Sam Sims, Jody Watley, Geemack, Rodney Lee, Donnell Spencer Jr. John “Havic” Gregory

Confirmed:

2/18 New York BB Kings

2/19  Atlantic City HARRAH’S Resort

2/28 Oakland Yoshi’s

6/24 The Howard Theater

6/25 TBA via venue in April

6/27 London Let’s Rock London Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Jody Watley News. New Year. New Day Thoughts

Stay excited about life, even on days you feel low. Be thankful to be alive; always ready for new opportunities,  challenges, new ways to improve various elements of your life, career, who you are as a person..you don’t need to make resolutions. Take small steps each day, or simply take time to reflect, relax, rejuvenate, plan and then work to execute whatever it is and repeat. Stay encouraged because sometimes you will just have to go with what comes your way and move on regardless.

Paradise and Sanctuary Candles are back in stock: Jody Watley Boutique, the music is available at digital outlets worldwide (Limited edition CD’s may come around again.)

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Upcoming concerts in February Jody Watley featuring a rebooted millennial SHALAMAR

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New York – 2/18 B.B. Kings

Atlantic City – 2/19 Harrah’s Resort and Casino

Oakland – 2/28 Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Remixes are in the works for the next single from PARADISE: DANCER

Make sure to use your Jody Watley hashtags on social media: #JodyWatley #itsinthemusic #Paradise #Shalamar  – thank you!

Jody Watley News and Upcoming Concert Schedule

As always, I’m really excited about the upcoming concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. These concerts will close out an exciting 2014. I hired a new booking agent this year and it’s already paying off. In the past, I chose not to work so much because I was enjoying being a stay at home Mom raising her children though picking and choosing when to travel – a luxury of being a songwriter to so many hit singles.  I’ll always be discerning about what and when to take jobs but I do feel a new enthusiasm for this part of the business. With the music of PARADISE, mixed in with a range of curated hits from both catalogs of Jody Watley and the new millennial SHALAMAR ™ adding to the set, it’s even more of a party. Rosero McCoy has done a great job creating new choreography for us. The ladies are enjoying Paul’Michael who brings such a fresh young energy and charm along with his own vocal style. The shows will only get better and we’re having a great time together. Check out our Jody Watley / SHALAMAR ™ ‘Backstage’ passes on Youtube by subscribing to both channels. http://www.youtube.com/JodyWatley and http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShalamar

 

December 28 - Tokyo Billboard Live

December 30 - Osaka Billboard Live

December 31 - Osaka Billboard Live

February 18   New York BB Kings

February 19 – Atlantic City Harrah’s Resort and Casino

February 28 – Oakland, Yoshi’s

More dates to be announced.

June 24 – Washington D.C. The Howard Theater

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

Concert Booking Inquiries:

Pyramid Entertainment smichaels@pyramid-ent.com / scohen@pyramid-ent.com msanto@pyramid-ent.com

Jody Watley Conversation with Cyrus Webb: Click HERE to Listen to our inspirational and fun chat.

Get the current release PARADISE available at digital outlets worldwide. Remixes are being done for Avitone with the assistance of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit out of NYC and being reviewed for the next single ‘DANCER.’

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

SHOP the Jody Watley Boutique for limited edition items: HERE

Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR ™ Concert Trailer

 

This is not a reunion – obviously, it is a new addition to my live show – done in the style, energy and vision that I have with a fresh take and energy for SHALAMAR ™ . It fits perfectly and is inspired by PARADISE.

Upcoming concerts

11/15 – TowerTheater Philadelphia

11/29 – Cache Creek Resort and Casino, Sacramento

12/28 – Tokyo Billboard Live, Japan

12/30-31 – Osaka Billboard Live, Japan

PARADISE Candles Are Now In Stock

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Sooo excited – the PARADISE candles have arrived! Have you Pre-Ordered?!  Pre-Order will begin shipping tomorrow. The pre-orders were going fast so don’t miss out, they are the perfect addition for your home sanctuary. Learn more and shop: Here
Quote/Life Metaphor: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared – Buddha

Jody Watley Paradise Candles Pre-Orders Now Available

Jody Watley Paradise Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Paradise Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Luxury Soy Candle Collection

Jody Watley Luxury Soy Candle Collection (opposite side view of box)

One of my favorite splurges and items in the world are great candles. I burn candles everyday, take them with me when I travel. Fragrant and comforting – they are a plus to ant home or environment. The theme for my new album “PARADISE” really lends itself to this extension of me that I’m excited to share with you. The scents are my favorites and I’m sure you’ll love and enjoy as much as I do.

This limited edition candle set ‘PARADISE’ and ‘SANCTUARY’ comes elegantly packaged in classic white box with black logo lettering and image on opposite side of box (autographed upon special request). The ‘PARADISE’ candle is in the citrus family of scents; a delicate lemon verbena with subtle vanilla notes taking you away from the stress of everyday life, very spa like. The ‘SANCTUARY’ candle is a sexy calming blend of mesquite wood, neroli and oak moss. You will truly leave the world behind with the ‘SANCTUARY’ candle. The fragrant soy wax candles are made with the highest quality of soy blend wax with cotton wicks formulated to fill up a room, burn clean and last a long time. Burn time approx. 50 hours for each.
Pre-Order Today: Here

“PARADISE” the EP available at digital outlets worldwide.

“PARADISE” – the limited edition CD currently sold-out in the boutique, other limited edition merchandise in stock: Here

Lee Hawthorne, Belfast Ireland with his PARADISE limited edition CD.

Lee Hawthorne, Belfast Ireland with his PARADISE limited edition CD.

Patai, from Thailand showing his PARADISE love

Patai, from Thailand showing his PARADISE love

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Tim Guillard showing his PARADISE love – digital via Facebook

 

Donald Hileman Paradise love from Florida

Donald Hileman Paradise love from Florida

Darren Weston, PARADISE love!

Darren Weston, PARADISE love!

Graphic Designer, Television Producer, Director Ray Easmon from United Kingdom

Graphic Designer, Television Producer, Director Ray Easmon from United Kingdom

New Jersey in the house! Gerard adds PARADISE to his Jody Watley music collection.

New Jersey in the house! Gerard Villongco  adds PARADISE to his Jody Watley music collection.

Charles Alexander from Louisiana PARADISE love

Charles Alexander from Louisiana PARADISE love

Steen Jensen , Denmark - adds PARADISE to his vast Jody Watley music collection!

Steen Jensen , Denmark – adds PARADISE to his vast Jody Watley music collection!