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

 

Illuminations. Candles. Jody Watley Boutique Update

 

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The PARADISE candles are back in stock. PARADISE is spa like for relaxation with citrus and vanilla undernotes but not too sweet. SANCTUARY is exotic, sensual and warm. It’s wonderful to know that everyone who has purchased them is enjoying the candles, has a favorite and re-ordering.Candles add so much atmosphere to any apartment, home, living space. Comfort, healing, illumination, atmosphere and the symbol of hope and love to me. I don’t go a day without burning candles – I wake up praying and meditating after lighting candles. My children’s friends when would always call our house ‘calming.’ Candles were always burning on the most raucous playdates. I travel with candles when I leave home to do concerts, and also burn them in my dressing room. You get the point.

I’d like to expand and add a ‘Nightlife’ candle to the collection. We are low on stock on quite a few of the T-shirts and once they’re gone, that’s it so don’t miss out on these limited edition items. Thinking of doing another run of the limited edition PARADISE EP – with a new twist – perhaps exclusive DANCER remixes, revised art… Stay tuned.

We’re working on new merchandise for spring. Shop Now: Here

It’s in the music!

Paradise Makes The Hot 16 on Soulbounce

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What a delight it was to find out PARADISE made the Hot 16 List on Soulbounce amongst an eclectic list of young and emerging talent – that is quite fabulous for a vet like me. To remain fresh and true to myself always keeps my soul rooted in my work. I always hope my efforts and collaborations resonate with audiences large, small and diverse as well as the young without pandering and the young and heart. It’s in the music!

See the full list and discover other artists outside of the usual : Soulbounce

The music also made an appearance twice on the Dave Higdon’s Favorites of 2014, including ‘DANCER’ in the Top 3: Poptastic Confessions

Upcoming Concerts , Get your tickets:

2/18 New York  – BB Kings

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

2/28 Oakland  – Yoshi’s

6/24 Washington D.C. –  The Howard Theater

6/27 London  – Let’s Rock London

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 Life Musings and Paradise

“A Night of Timeless R&B” in Philadelphia on November 15, 2014 was a lot of fun. Doing the new show and it’s blend of classics making them feel new again and the what’s now of PARADISE is energizing. The ladies are enthralled with new addition Paul’Micael Bair handling the male leads of SHALAMAR ™ reminiscent to some of a young El Debarge mixed with Justin Timberlake – while for my ears having his own developing style. It’s really hit packed and energetic from start to finish which ends with some of my own signature solo hits. I met some super people like Brian Walmer who is continuously supportive of the new music, Patty Jackson from WDAS and radio personality Muthaknows. Put your hands in the air doesn’t need much prompting. Good vibes all around.

Jody Watley LIVE onstage at The Tower Theater. Collage by Brian Walmer

Jody Watley LIVE onstage at The Tower Theater. Collage by Brian Walmer

Jody Watley and Brian Walmer backstage. I love my fans and always try to show ,my appreciation.

Jody Watley and Brian Walmer backstage. I love my fans and always try to show ,my appreciation.

 

Patty Jackson of WDAS and Jody Watley Tower Theater 2014

Patty Jackson of WDAS and Jody Watley Tower Theater 2014

Jody Watley and MuthaKnows of Philly's Power 99 Rise & Grind Crew

Jody Watley in PARADISE T and MuthaKnows of Philly’s Power 99 Rise & Grind Crew

Paul'Michael Bair,  Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Eric McCoy and John "Havic" Gregory backstage Tower Theater 2014

Paul’Michael Bair, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley in metallic eyes T, Eric McCoy and John “Havic” Gregory backstage Tower Theater 2014

 

Jody Watley and vocalist PaulMichael Bair (Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR ™ ) - good vibes.

Jody Watley and vocalist PaulMichael Bair (Jody Watley featuring SHALAMAR ™ ) the ladies and gents are loving him already  – good vibes, young and soulful, fresh energy.

Once arriving home, I was beyond ecstatic to spend a week with my daughter Lauren who was visiting from the bay. Cooking, just hanging out in our lightweights aka pajama’s or comfy clothes  – getting to watch “Scandal” together, talking politics, current events, pop culture..dining out, shopping for makeup at our favorite spot and just overall spending time being together. I’m so happy that we have the relationship we do and that I put the time in from day one to be present – and remain so. I cherish time spent with family and friends. The week was capped off with dinner at our favorite Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with my Mom and one of my nieces. We shared so many laughs – the only person missing was my son Arie, we had a creme brûlée’ for him – this is life!

Skyview, counting my blessings, reflecting on a wonderful trip, looking forward to coming home as always and praying for a safe landing!

Skyview, counting my blessings, reflecting on a wonderful trip, looking forward to coming home as always and praying for a safe landing!

Typical Mom snapping pictures of my baby girl - so regal, beautiful and smart..neither of my children like taking pictures but they always indulge me!

© 2014 Jody Watley I’m just a typical Mom, when I’m not the artist – snapping pictures of my  stunning baby girl always in awe of  HER – so regal, beautiful and smart..neither of my children like taking pictures but they always indulge me. Lauren was having her makeup done at NARS – she rarely wears makeup. We were served champagne, which felt very chic – while we enjoyed the process,, stocked up on new colors and enjoyed mother daughter time.

© 2014 Jody Watley at NARS Melrose with my beautiful daughter Lauren - on a  girls day, Mommie Daughter out!

© 2014 Jody Watley at NARS Melrose with my beautiful daughter Lauren – on a girls day, Mommie  – Daughter out!

Family favorite - Creme Brûlée at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Family favorite – Creme Brûlée at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Celebrating one of my closet friends choreographer, dancer Rosero McCoy was also on this week’s schedule. Dancing with Rosero and friends (including my other best friend Wallace Butts) was another moment to reflect on the meaningful things in life – and the people we have it our lives. There was one moment we were all dancing and I really took it all in – the moment, the joy, the smiles and thought this is what life’s all about. Not fair weathered or superficial people who come and go at a whim but the people you know who will be there for you, appreciate honesty without holding it against you and always ready to roll through life’s ups and downs, not social climbers – just friends. Laughter, music, dancing, good food, quality people and friendship – indeed another slice of paradise.

Rosero McCoy  - a collage can't really capture the years and love onstage and off. Top right: Director Bille Woodruff, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Wallace Butts

Rosero McCoy – a collage can’t really capture the years and love onstage and off. Top right: Director Bille Woodruff, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Wallace Butts

PARADISE candles are nearly sold-out! Get yours today and the music to go with it.jodywatley_Paradise_collage_candles_music

Shop at The Jody Watley Boutique: http://www/jodywatleyboutique.com 

PARADISE iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

UP NEXT 2014:

Cache Creek Resort and Casino with SHALAMAR ™ November 29, 2014

New York Private Event with SHALAMAR ™ Decemer 12, 2014

Manchester, England Charity Private Event December 14, 2014

Billboard Live  Tokyo with SHALAMAR ™ December 28, 2014

Billboard Live Osaka with SHALAMAR ™ December 30-31, 2014

 

 

 

Jody Watley on Take It Out On The Groove.

NEW interview. #itsinthemusic