Jody Watley Paradise. Update and CD Pressing.

We will do a limited quantity of CD’s for the “Paradise” EP, taking stock of comments from Facebook. The cover will differ slightly from the digital release. This package will not be available in mainstream outlets like Best Buy, Walmart, etc. This is another non corporate release by me – my heart and soul, wanting to deliver a bit of ‘paradise’ through my music. My approach is a classic one – there are live instruments on the is record including strings. In the 70′s, one of the great era’s os soul, dance, rock, jazz, etc. it wasn’t uncommon for albums to have 7 songs or less (Issac Hayes classic “Hot Buttered Soul” had 4!) . “Shalamar’s” Big Fun for instance had 7 songs clocking in at just 37:07. It’s about quality not quantity. The trend of putting a lot of filler tracks to fill up an album is never something I’ve been agreeable to. That said,  be one of the first to preorder exclusively at http://jodywatley.bigcartel.com to have your copy personalized and signed. “Paradise” will be a collectible for sure – add this to your digital purchase and Jody Watley Collection. Pre-order your CD now. Pre-orders imminent at iTunes. I appreciate your support!

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

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Soulpersona Previews Sanctuary from Jody Watley Forthcoming Paradise.

Happy Summer – Summer Solstice! Previewing ‘Sanctuary’ is the perfect way to begin summer. Have a listen to the Soulpersona Raregrooves Remix of the “Sanctuary” promo – from the forthcoming “PARADISE” EP. I wrote this with longtime collaborator Rodney Lee who is also my band musical director and keyboardist since 1993. “Sanctuary” through my live concerts is always met with a fantastic reception. We premiered this version recently at Yoshi’s Oakland to rapturous applause.

Having written and recorded a LOT of songs..this is one of my favorites and a special one to me..I hope it brings some good vibes and a reminder of the environment we create for ourselves and our children – and no matter rich or not rich, a home should always be a sanctuary and a safe place once from the world.

“Leave the world behind – as you close the door, an environment of love – a safe place to fall..let’s fill these walls with happy times, and fill these rooms with peace of mind – sanctuary is my home.”

Jody Watley Domo Arigato Japan and Billboard Live With Love.

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© Jody Watley 2014 Photo: Jody Watley Music

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014 Pictured with fans: Hiroaki, Yoshinori, and Shun in Tokyo.

 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It's In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It’s In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley, she was inspired by my makeup, music and style - and presented me with this beautiful piece of art.

© 2014 Jody Watley, (he) lovingly dressed in drag was inspired by my makeup, music and style – and presented me with this perfectly executed piece of art. I appreciate the diversity of my fans and celebrate them all!

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they'd been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they’d been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that. What a blessing to appeal to a younger generation as well!

 

© Jody Watley 2014. Art gift.

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014. Fan Created Art, gift in Tokyo.

 

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – There were always  fans waiting – I signed a lot of vinyl.

Photo: © 2014 with John 'Havic' Gregory and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer) - I LOVE these guys!

Photo: © 2014 with John ‘Havic’ Gregory (dancer/dance teacher) and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer/best friend) – I LOVE these guys!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with artist illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley  - merch.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – some of the merchandise.

 

Photo: © 2014 with my band.

Photo: © 2014 with my band, dancers and backing vocalist/dancer. Pictured: Donnell Spencer Jr., Rodney Lee, Christina Grady, Sam Sims, Adam Hawley, Upper: John ‘Havic’ Grady’, Rosero McCoy 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Real Love Live 2014.

© 2014 Jody Watley. Rocking the house with Real Love Live 2014.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin' it with his freestyle dance on 'Still A Thrill'

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin’ it with his freestyle dance on ‘Still A Thrill’

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she's done youtube video's to my music including 'Nightlife' and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she’s done youtube video’s to my music including ‘Nightlife’ and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Here are some photo’s from my recent Japan Tour in Osaka and Tokyo at Billboard Live. Stellar shows, fans, staff — my favorite place to perform. Fans really watch and participate in the shows – no one is filming or taking pictures, they respect the policies. When I perform a ballad or speak – they listen, no one talking, this as an artist is greatly appreciated so respectful; no distractions.

It’s In The Music!!

I’m going to miss being with them on my UK appearances as a part of David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert Tour. Hopefully, my abbreviated appearances on this tour will kindle the fire to get us all over to do my dynamic show and present the full Jody Watley live concert experience.

Jody Watley New Article on The SingersRoom

Jody Watley. Nightlife. Photo Courtesy of Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley. Nightlife. Photo Courtesy of Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley Is Back And Talking About Being An Innovator, The Music Industry, Radio, Waacking and More! Read it: HERE

Buy the NEW single: HERE

Jody Watley. Giorgio Moroder. Nightlife.

My Saturday night at Giorgio’s was truly a night to remember. Meeting the legendary Giorgio Moroder was like a dream. Dancing to his songs and productions as a teen including one of my favorite soundtracks “Midnight Express” – “From Here to Eternity”, not to mention his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer along with his production and writing partner Pete Bellotte. He and his wife Francisca were relaxed and friendly, as Giorgio’s Bryan Rabin too me over for the introduction quickly prompting me to ask “Do you mind if we take a photo”, after hello’s were exchanged. You can say that I’m never too cool for school to be enthusiastic and show that I’m a fan of the people I admire and enjoy as well.

“It’s In The Music!”

More pics via my Instagram (JodyWatley) and Facebook.

The “Nightlife” Classic Glamour EP at iTunes – Here

Getting my drag on for Giorgio's! Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Getting my drag on for Giorgio’s! Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Francisca Moroder, Giorgio Moroder and Jody Watley. Photo (c): Jody Watley 2013

Francisca Moroder, Giorgio Moroder and Jody Watley. Photo (c): Jody Watley 2013

Jody Watley. Christos Garkinos. Photo (c) 2013 Christos Garkinos

Jody Watley. Christos Garkinos. Photo (c) 2013 Christos Garkinos

Jody Watley. Bryan Rabon of Giorgio's. With DJ Adam Bravin on the decks. Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley via Instagram

Jody Watley. Bryan Rabin of Giorgio’s. With DJ Adam Bravin on the decks. Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley via Instagram

Jody Watley. Siobhan Fahey. Bananarama / Shakespeare's Sister. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Siobhan Fahey. Bananarama / Shakespeare’s Sister. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Dancing Shoes. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

Dancing Shoes. Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley

"I'm going home now - where are my keys?!" Photo: Jody Watley (c) 2013

“I’m going home now – where are my keys?!” Photo: Jody Watley (c) 2013

Jody Watley Reunites with Shalamar’s Gerald Brown. “Nightlife” On Urbanbridgez.

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Bringing back the the dance floor dating back to “Take That To The Bank” reuniting with her original male co-lead in SHALAMAR for a true touch of authentic to this modern disco soul instant classic – HERE

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