NEW Music Alert. Shalamar® Brings The Summer Heat With SlowDance

The debut single teaser:

 

SlowDance comes to iTunes and other digital outlets July 17, 2015. SHALAMAR ® new and Reloaded features Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Get in the music! #AtTheEndOfTheNight #SlowDance #JodyWatley #Shalamar #ShalamarReloaded

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded On KTLA with Sam Rubin

Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley and entertainment personality Sam Rubin on KTLA Morning News and Entertainment 7/3/2015

Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley and entertainment personality Sam Rubin on KTLA Morning News and Entertainment 7/3/2015

Sam Learns Some Dance Moves From Jody Watley and Shalamar® Reloaded, Watch  HERE

Jody Watley Live At BB King New York Review

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero MCoy. Jody Watley – LIVE at BB King Blues and Grill 2/18/2015

 

Here’s a review of the concert from B.B. Kings New York. The new members of SHALAMAR ar Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith. It’s going to take a minute for people to grasp that this is a new era of SHALAMAR. New unexpected chapters are about to be written with the surprise twist that no one saw coming becoming the legal and registered trademark owner. The chapter on the classic 3 lineup ended in 1983  and for me there was never a longing or a feeling of “the book was unfinished…” – the era ended as it was intended to.  We briefly revisited a moment in the 90’s with Babyface and it didn’t pan out – for a reason. That legacy will always remain but it’s a new day and time. It’s exciting to bring youth, fresh vibes and energy into the mix wherever this journey leads. The universe and the business provided a new opportunity to begin new chapters with a new cast. SHALAMAR Reloaded.

Read the review: Here

Jody Watley and SHALAMAR on Life of Riley

 

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Patrick Riley with Jody Watley (c) 2015 Jody Watley Backstage at B.B. King Blues and Grill NYC

 

Check out this review and post from esteemed taste-maker, writer Patrick Riley following the BB Kings Times Square New York  sold out performance: HERE

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.