I received so much love today on my Facebook and Twitter feeds from fans and various media outlets – it’s overwhelming in a way because I wish it was possible to give each person a thank you hug of appreciation. These acts of kindness and affection toward me are never taken for granted. It gives strength to my wings that are always being challenged in one way or another (like anyone else) and reminds how music touches so many people.
Continuing to grow, evolve and appreciate the blessing and gift of life, health, love, motherhood, true friendship, music, career and so much more is what I’m about.
It’s strange how some will always see a person as they were – and not who they’ve grown into isn’t it? I also encounter this from time to time. I never think of age until others bring it up – it keeps my spirit young to let go of things and to not worry about getting ‘older.’ The only thing that gets me melancholy is missing my children being little – but reveling in the moment of the beauty of our relationship and closeness that remains solid. We gain a few pounds..our hormones and priorities shift..when you realize how much life is behind you – and really makes you appreciate and become even more selfish thinking of the life ahead of you – the now. Who you’re with, new goals, new dreams..new directions forward..what you’re working toward..it all becomes clearer with age.
I spoke to someone recently who I have not talked to in decades and was fine with that. It stood out how stuck in the past they were, delusional – even. I listened quietly not relating; but wishing them well. Life and time marches on. Celebrate today’s life, embrace your journey – we’re all travelers just passing through. Make it count no matter how large or small. Here’s to all that is most important in life..in our lives..in our lifetime!
I learned this yet again – in business. It’s such a disappointment to discover you’re dealing with shady people. Someone on my team..was working not in my interests. Life is always keeping us on our toes – stay woke, keep a backbone, you’ll need it..and a sense of humor.
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
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
6/27 Let’s Rock London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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!
Jody Watley Classic Image. Hair and Beauty Feature, 1978, Right On Magazine USA
Look back to remember what you’ve enjoyed and appreciate of your younger self – but also what you’ve learned. Look at how far you’ve come while continuing to move forward from where you are today. – Jody Watley
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
The Japan Tour was a great success. Of the many times I’ve performed a lot of the fans said this was their favorite show and all were surprised there was so much dancing between the SHALAMAR ™ set and my own solo set. It’s in the music!
Photography Michiko Matsura, Donnell Spencer Jr. Photography (c) 2014