Jody Watley The Shalamar Story on Soulinterviews

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

 

Each interview is a lesson in business and growth – as well setting a few misperceptions straight. Ultimately this is about today – the now and the newly reloaded SHALAMAR how I arrived .. often things are put in our life’s path for a reason and this is one of those things..

Listen to my conversation with DJ Souly from Sweden: Here

 

 

Upcoming SHALAMAR tm and JODY WATLEY Concerts:

May 24 Happy Days Festival UK

May 30 The Shrine Chicago

June 6 Mountain Winery with KC & The Sunshine Band

June 13 Espaco Das Americas Sao Paulo Brazil

June 24 The Howard Theater Washington D.C.

June 25 Lincoln Center Damrosch Park “Midsummer Night Swing”

June 27 Let’s Rock London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

June 28 Melkweg Amsterdam, Holland

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Bring The Disco Nightlife to Sao Paulo

I’ve never been to Brazil and am extremely excited to be going there in June with my newly reloaded SHALAMAR. Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy and I are having a great time and continuing to bond offstage and improve upon what we’re doing onstage.

When writing the lyrics to my single and collaboration with Count de Money titled “Nightlife” from PARADISE, I totally channeled classic disco but at the same time focused on how to bring that love of the music, the spirit and soul of it into the now. The concept was always of a ‘worldwide phenomenon’ – that journey continues. It’s in the music!

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“NIGHTLIFE” peaked in the Top 20 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Singles in 2014 and went into the Top 5 Commercial Pop and Urban in the UK. Music lovers continue to discover the song which is available at digital outlets around the world.

Watch!

A Night To Remember in Oakland.

 

 

SHALAMAR. Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy

SHALAMAR. Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy (c) 2015 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Sheila E. Yoshi's February 28, 2015  (c) 2015 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Sheila E. Yoshi’s February 28, 2015 (c) 2015 Jody Watley

There was a moment during the night of the two sold-out concerts at Yoshi’s where I became choked up with emotion onstage during ‘Full of Fire’ – there was definitely a lot of love in the room at Yoshi’s for both shows for the new SHALAMAR (we rocked the house) and of course the Jody Watley selections as well – filled me with gratitude.  It’s in the music!

By popular demand we’re back March 21 – Get your Tickets Here

New To The Jody Watley Channel on Youtube

Just Added! Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR – Reloaded!! New era. New energy. Fresh Faces. I’m so excited to add this element to my show – we have really taken it up a few notches for a nonstop party. Classic grooves and new music from Jody Watley  and SHALAMAR. Make sure to subscribe to see video’s first OFFICIAL Jody Watley Channel Subscribe   OFFICIAL SHALAMAR Channel: Subscribe

Up Next:

2/18 New York City B.B. Kings – Get down New York style

2/19 Atlantic City HARRAH’S – Get your disco on

2/28 Oakland Yoshi’s – Get intimate. VIP Meet and Greet and Prime Seating sold out – get your tickets now.

6/24 Washington D.C. The Howard Theatre

6/25 TBA

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

 

 

 

Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR. Right In The Socket

Filmed at one of the sold out concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. It’s such a blessing to have such a loyal fan base in Japan and to sell out concerts and perform to packed houses off and on since the debut of my solo career. This show featured more dancing that I’ve done in recent years, coming out of a down-tempo ambient electro journey on my last few projects (Saturday Night Experience Vol. 1, Midnight Lounge, The Makeover).

A great time was had by all, and it was a fun way to reintroduce songs from SHALAMAR fitting perfectly with the disco soul theme of PARADISE.

This is not a reunion endeavor with the classic lineup (1979-1983). If that happens it will be a different vibe of course. This is a fresh take with new young talent, among others renowned dancer/choreographer Rosero McCoy (Usher, Beyonce, Britney, Justin Timberlake, America’s next Best Dance Crew, Disney’s Shake it Up and The Sing Off among others). The first half of the new show is SHALAMAR, and then it turns to Jody Watley hits and new music. This is a party!

 

Shows in February:

New York, BB Kings 2/18

Atlantic City, HARRAH’S Resort and Casino 2/19

Oakland, Yoshi’s 2/28

 

 

Poptastic Confessions Top 20 Songs of 2014.

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PARADISE Limited Edition in the hands of Marco, Cerrone – United Kingdom

Jody Watley “PARADISE” songs “DANCER” AT #3, and “SANCTUARY” at #21, read the rest of the list of music: Here

 

Listen to SANCTUARY:

Listen to DANCER:

 

Remixes are in the works and coming soon! #hitthembeats #rockthisjointinheels  #getinthemusic #dancer #clockthisconfidence

 

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