Jody Watley and Shalamar® Reloaded Film New Video.

Our first video is under our belt for the new single ‘SlowDance.’ It was surreal, and the vibe is funky chic and the locations are epic.  I can’t wait for the finished film directed by Damien Sandoval. For the naysayers and doubters – we continue to move forward with our actions and not words. We are the real deal in this new era – Shalamar ® Reloaded. Here are a few snapshots and selfies.

 

Director Damien Sandoval and Jody Watley on location.

Director Damien Sandoval and Jody Watley on location.

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A reminder of the beautiful planet on which we all live. On location. Photo by: Jody Watley

These guys brought so much enthusiasm and energy - actor and camera whiz Garret Barkstrom is 19 - Damiel Sandoval is 29 - and so passionate about this project. Blessed.

These guys brought so much enthusiasm and energy – actor/filmmaker Garret Backstrom is 19 – Damiel Sandoval is 29 – and so passionate about this project. Blessed. Special and deep thank you’s to all involved including Martin Davis Agency for making this happen; Tre Major (hair and makeup) Jesse J Collections (stylist for Nate and Rosero), Christopher Burke (videographer) and Wallace Butts always holding things down – they all made things flow easily for Nate, Rosero and I.

 

I had to stop and take a photo of this salon in the middle of nowhere. The journey!

I had to stop and take a photo of this salon in the middle of nowhere. The journey!

Slayage. Shalamar® Reloaded with Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley and Rosero 'Tophatro' McCoy.

Slayage. Shalamar® Reloaded with Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley and Rosero ‘Tophatro’ McCoy.

Happy Birthday Tyrone Proctor.

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Tyrone Proctor, Jody Watley, BB Kings NYC 2015

Tyrone Proctor, Jody Watley, BB Kings NYC 2015

I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, August 29, 2015 to not only celebrate Michael Jackson but my longtime friend, one of my favorite people and dancers ever – going back to my teen years – Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train original. Many will also always remember him as my freestyle waacking dance partner in the classic ‘Still a Thrill’ video filmed in Paris, France at the Opera House – the first time any music video or commercial project was filmed there (thank you director Brian Grant for making that dream come true.)

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. Record Mirror UK 1983

Photography: Eugene Adebari, 1983 Record Mirror.

Jody Watley. Photography: Eugene Adebari, 1983 Record Mirror. Shalamar.

 

PreOrders Begin for DANCER Remixed and SlowDance CD Single

Pre-orders started today for “DANCER” Remixed Limited edition / limited quantity CD Digipaks. Don’t miss out. More new merchandise coming just in time for the fall/winter and upcoming holiday season.

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Art Design: Ray Easmon

 

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Jody Watley A Look Back and Prayers. Photo of the Day.

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Jody Watley. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and President Jimmy Carter in the 90’s.

I was honored by the invitation from former President Jimmy Carter and will never forget the kindness and warmth from he and his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to them both after his cancer diagnosis. He’s done many great things in his 90 years, and to my view unheralded for the good he’s done and worked for since leaving office.

 

Jody Watley Music News and Concert Updates.

Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar ® Photography: Viktorija Paschuta All Rights Reserved

Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar ® Photography: Viktorija Paschuta All Rights Reserved

The new Shalamar ® Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy – single is “SlowDance’ available at all digital outlets worldwide.I’m looking forward to the concerts and as well filming our first music video. We’ll be performing in more concerts this fall / winter season. These shows are can’t miss as you get the new Shalamar set and then the Jody Watley set as well – it’s an experience! More shows to be added and announced in America and internationally. For a long time I couldn’t get the Shalamar part of my repertoire to work in my show because I have so many of my own hits and have covered so many genres..even at times my earlier material didn’t work with the electronica – I’m so happy to have finally found a way to make it all work authentically together. ‘Paradise’ was the catalyst and artistic glue to allow it to come together; and with two awesome new guys who sing, dance – stellar and exciting entertainers that the ladies and gents are falling in love with. Nate and Rosero  – great to travel and hang out with as well. You have to check out our ‘Behind the scenes’ clips on Facebook/ShalamarOfficial and Instagram/Shalamarmusic

Jody Watley and SHALAMAR® Ramshead On Stage in Annapolis, MD

Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ® Blues Alley in Washington D.C. November 6-8, 2015.  – with DJ Lisa Moody, it will be a party every show – every night. Nights to Remember.

 

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On Jody Watley solo front, my current release is  ‘P A R A D I S E’ a stellar modern combination of disco-soul, dance,ambient sounds and uplifting songs celebrating life, love, home and being fabulous. With all of the craziness and hatred going on in the world – it’s still good to escape with some quality music. ‘DANCER’ remixes are coming and I unveiled the cover art with design by Ray Easmon and I on my Apple Music Profile today. I’m planning to do a series of video shorts perfect for Instagram celebrating all types of dance.

SuperFreestyle Explosion with Jody Watley dates include:

October 2, Bakersfield , CA Old School Throwback Jam Rabobank Arena

November 14, Anaheim, CA SuperFreestyle Explosion Honda Center

I’ve been added to several dates in February as well   – so look out for those announcements along with more Shalamar® dates!

 

A Night To Remember At Giorgios.Jody Watley and a Reloaded Shalamar ®

Feel that electricity! Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy and I had a blast at our Shalamar Reloaded  debut single release event for “SlowDance” at Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Present: Giorgio’s A Modern Discotheque on the Sunset Strip, July 28, 2015. We worked everyone into an appropriate disco soul funk frenzy in the midst of the glitz, glamour.