Jody Watley Update. SHALAMAR ™ and PARADISE

The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.

The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it  is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.

This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.

This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’

This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style.  The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul'Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul’Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

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Just ADDED the massive UK Festival: LET’S ROCK LONDON June 27, 2015 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

http://www.letsrocklondon.com

Confirmed: 12/12 NYC Private Event

12/28 Tokyo Billboard Live

12/30-31 Osaka Billboard Live

More dates to be announced in 2015. Track Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ on Bandsintown : Here

ANNOUNCED FOR 2015: 6/27  Magic Presents: LET’S ROCK LONDON, United Kingdom  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SHALAMAR ™  http://www.letsrocklondon.com

 

 

PARADISE – Candles are sold-out but will be restocked SHOP http://www.jodywatleyboutique.com

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Francess mother of designer/prodcuer/art director gives loving seal of approval – especially the warm citrus notes of PARADise

 

 

Patrick Butman loves his PARADISE candles!

 

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio's shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery - perfect chic style.

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio’s shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery – perfect chic style.

Get the PARADISE collection:

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

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

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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 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

Jody Watley Unveils a Millennial Shalamar in New Concert Set

With the inspiration for the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE’ and subsequent “PARADISE” rooted in classic disco soul fused with a contemporary take the new hit packed medley of Shalamar works perfectly. Along for the party are millennials PaulMichael Bair (sounding and looking a bit like a young El DeBarge) and Markus Shields (dancer-choreographer who is a beast on the dance-floor). We did our first show on Oct.25, 2014 in Washington D.C. at a private event. Of course I know diehard music group  SHALAMAR  ™  fans hope to see me reunited with the classic 3 lineup at least one more time on tour. Perhaps that will happen at some point if we can ever agree on business and creative terms.  This however is a different concept and experience that does honor the energy style and spirit of the past. I’ve added a modern house touch to signature tunes like ‘Take That To The Bank’ and ‘Right In The Socket’ kong others. To a younger audience who may not be familiar with Shalamar it’s a nice introduction meshed into my own eclectic hit solo repertoire. It’s in the music!

Paulmicheal Bair, Jody Watley and Markus Shields © 2014 Jody Watley

Paulmicheal Bair, Jody Watley and Markus Shields © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley Getting Ready For Upcoming Concerts.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc. Choreography by Rosero McCoy

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley / Avid Music Inc. – Choreography by Rosero McCoy

Inspired by the disco soul of “PARADISE” we are bringing a full high energy experience of hits including “A Night To Remember”, “Take That To The Bank”, “The Second Time Around”, and progressing with choice Jody Watley classics including “Looking For A New Love”, “Don’t You Want Me” as well as new music.

 

Upcoming Concerts:

Oct. 25, 2014 –  Washington D.C. DC Chamber Gala & Awards Private Event (Shalamar preview)

Nov. 15, 2014 – The Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA “A Night of Timeless R&B” with Lillo Thomas and The System

Nov. 29, 2014 with Shalamar Cache Creek Casino & Resort

Dec. 29, 2014 with Shalamar Billboard Live Tokyo

Dec. 30-31, 2014 with Shalamar Billboard Live Osaka

Jody Watley Upcoming Concerts 2014.

 

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UPCOMING JODY WATLEY LIVE CONCERT DATES:

October 25, 2014 : Washington D.C. DC Chamber Gala & Awards

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – TOWER THEATER “A NIGHT OF TIMELESS R&B FEATURING LILLO THOMAS AND THE SYSTEM Tickets: Here

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NOVEMBER 29, 2014 – CACHE CREEK CASINO, SACRAMENTO, CA SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets: Here

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DECEMBER 29, 2014  – Disco Nights – BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY Tickets:  Here

DECEMBER 30 – 31, 2014 Disco Nights –  BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA, SHALAMAR FEATURING JODY WATLEY  Tickets: Here 

 

 

Booking Contact: msanto@pyramid-ent.com

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Jody Watley and A Rebooted Shalamar Come to Cache Creek Casino.

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Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley Photographed by Albert Sanchez

In an interview with writer / author Ernest Hardy:

“The past is to be celebrated, of course, but it’s mainly there for us to build on. We’re not meant to get stuck in it,” says Jody Watley about her own rich artistic legacy. In the show & prove style that fans have admired for over three decades, the Grammy-winning hyphenate (singer / songwriter / producer / businesswoman / OG fashionista) is pulling out all the stops in support of her retro-futuristic new album PARADISE. Upcoming tour dates will not only feature inspired overhauls of classic hits and fan favorites, but will showcase the diva’s current creative streak with selections from Paradise – a state-of-now dance-floor scorcher whose lush, upbeat, soulful production and life affirming lyrics are steeped in classic disco/R&B aesthetics (think Chic, Change, Barry White, Larry Levan) while being firmly rooted in the here and now. (The fierce, beat-heavy MdCL remix of “Tonight’s the Night” is the future soundtrack of runways, drag balls and dance-floors alike.) Of the collection’s taut seven tracks she observes, “Long albums, to me, are out of step with the times. Many classic albums of the 80’s had as few as six songs. Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul had four, though they were all ten minutes or more. It was really about the quality, and as always that’s where I’m coming from.”
Quality defines Ms. Watley’s multi-media empire, which includes her record label, music publishing company, several TV production deals currently in the pipeline – and ownership of the Shalamar trademark. Being at the helm of the Shalamar brand allows her to give fans what they’ve been clamoring for since she left the iconic R&B/pop trio. Shalamar was formed in 1977 as a vocal dance trio by Don Cornelius of the Soul Train television show and shortly became a top group with soulful disco sounds. She’s rebooting some of their songs as part of her new set-list, fusing the group’s patented sound (rich harmonies, soulful melodies, funky musical beds and high style) with her penchant for current sounds and underground club movements. Longtime fans will especially appreciate that she’ll be teaming up with Gerald Brown, Shalamar’s original lead male vocalist, for the makeover. (That’s his powerhouse voice on the group’s first hit “Take that to the Bank.”)  “This won’t be some oldies revue, though, where we holler out do you remember this?” she laughs. “What we’re doing is about the here and now, about fresh sounds and positive energy. The songs will be classic favorites like ‘Take That to the Bank,’ ‘The Second Time Around,’ and ‘A Night To Remember,’ recent global hit single “Nightlife’ fused with some of the Jody Watley catalogue – but the vision is definitely forward. A show to remember.

Tickets Shalamar featuring Jody Watley and Gerald Brown, November 29, 2014 Cache Creek Casino and Resort: Here

Look for dates to be announced soon for Japan’s Billboard Live to close out 2014!