Jody Watley. Celebrating the Nightlife. Shalamar Reunion at Giorgio’s.

Original lead of Shalamar Gerald Brown finally got to experience the fabulousness that is “Giorgio’s” this past Saturday on Easter weekend. If you’re not totally familiar with Gerald and you call yourself a Shalamar fan – get the knowledge, because “Take That To The Bank” is one of the groups signature hits. We were in the group together when I was a teen. Back then was always protective and someone who tried to teach about this business, contracts, etc. Through the years, he’s come out to support and let me know how proud he is of me. A devoted and loving father, Gerald is in town visiting his daughter whose son is having surgery. Of course I told him “You must come to Giorgio’s!” A major portion of the video was filmed there, so it has an additional significance beyond being my favorite place to go dance and enjoy classic disco and funk. We also were able to celebrate the success of “Nightlife” which made it into the Top 5 Urban UK at #5 and Top 10, at #6 Commercial Pop.  “Nightlife” also made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Singles to begin 2014. A special thank you to Bryan Rabin, Adam Bravin the Giorgio’s family and my best friend Wallace for making the evening extra special. It’s in the music!

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown - two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Nightlife-ized. Jody Watley and Gerald Brown – two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Gerald Brown, Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley - A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Gerald Brown, my best friend and assistant Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin renowned event producer man behind Giorgio’s (along with DJ Adam Bravin) Jody Watley – A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio's. Photo 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio’s. Photo ©  2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the 'Nightlife" at Giorgio's. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the ‘Nightlife” at Giorgio’s. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown. Original Shalamar lead vocalists. Nightlife-ized. Design: Ray Easmon

“Nightlife” featuring Gerald Brown- The Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix.

Shalamar Classic with Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank”

 

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Jody Watley Photo of The Day From Soul Train: The Music, The Dance, The Style of A Generation

Photo: Jody Watley from Soul Train: The Music, The Dance, The Style of a Generation by Questlove

Photo: Jody Watley from Soul Train: The Music, The Dance, The Style of a Generation by Questlove, Soul Train Holdings LLC

I’d changed clothes after performing my first solo #1 single “Looking For A New Love” to perform “Still a Thrill.” I loved that funky top hat which I’d purchased in Japan – my style always represents what I’m feeling. I still rock denim and ankle boots but wear them differently..the bra tops, not so much!

Nightlife Vaults Into The Top Ten in The UK. Life. Self Belief and Faith.

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“Nightlife” will jump into the Top Ten Music Week Urban Chart next week and enter the Pop Top 40 at #40.  I’m never jaded or cynical about this musical journey the way a lot of veteran artists get. I’ve not wanted to surrender myself the easy and often lucrative ‘nostalgia’ circuit and rely solely on my back catalogue. Cultivating  new fans has always been important to me, Being in the ‘Now’ has always been important to me because it’s good for the spirit and keeps close the fact that each day we live is a new opportunity for something good if we want it.

You have no idea how difficult it is to make it as an artist – and it gets harder the older you get no matter how much success you’ve had previously and especially when you’re always wanting to be authentic in a business that works hard to turn artists into what you are not. It’s difficult when you choose to not sell out for the true big money in many cases as well as not wanting to become a parody of your former self, desperate to find relevance in pop culture. It’s difficult being a woman, getting marginalized or resented because you have standards and care about the details of business. Add in being a black woman who would not stay in that box of expectation (be more street, more urban, more this, more that..market a down-trodden story or upbringing to be relatable..as if women if any race aren’t multifaceted and multi-dimrnsional with different tastes, thoughts..)  I don’t have a major label push and haven’t had one since the 90′s nor a big budget or corporate machine or industry ‘gatekeepers’  as they’re called in certain circles in the know. But none of that has discouraged me from continuing to make quality music and to grow as an artist, songwriter and producer. I’ve never had the machine behind me to be honest, yet I’ve always managed to prevail. Why? Among other things thank you to God and the universe -having an endless abundance of determination and passion for what I do, you must have that. Standing always for what I believe in with my art on my path regardless of what others say or believe along the way has always been key. I contemplated retiring from music in 1998 and discovered the rich underground scene and electronica in 1999 – the music and artists in that scene rejuvenated me creatively. It’s in the music and about the music, to entertain, inspire, uplift and create some escape through the music. Being on the charts at a high level in each decade since I began in Shalamar in 1977 – 80′s, 90′s 00′s and now into the 10′s is something to be grateful and appreciative of – it’s rare. What I do has never been for the charts per se, but the joy and happiness I get from doing what I love. Anything worth having is worth fighting and working hard for. Many people have delighted in my stumbles along the way, and Im sure there will be more – but I’m never deterred always positive and motivated. It’s not about how many times you get knocked down – it’s how many times you get up and what’s learned from the experience; living joyfully in that notion.

So I say in pushing forward –Believe, work hard, pray, meditate, plan, execute the plan, revise when needed, step away and live life keeping perspective not the perception of others — trust in yourself and your instincts, there is no failure unless you never try– I raised my children to believe that about themselves -surround yourself with a few good people who feel the same and keep pushing. That’s for anyone reading this – artist or simply a human being no matter what your profession or what your reaching for. Go in the cave from time to time when you need to feel on your lone island – pain, frustration, sadness, whatever you need – but come out swinging and rejuvenated! Keep it pushing – forward.

“Nightlife” and “Nightlife Remixed” Available at iTunes and Amazon Now.

Nightlife Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-single/id685862573?uo=4

Nightlife Extended Glamour EP:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-classic-extended/id686594958?uo=4

Nightlife Remixed: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-remixed-ep/id732941079?uo=4

Jody Watley. New Video Interview with Miles Marshall Lewis on Ebony

Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.

Check out the latest delightful video interview with Jody Watley on Ebony Magazine’s website with her sit down with Ebony editor Miles Marshall Lewis.

http://www.ebony.com/video/entertainment-culture/jody-watley-is-still-a-thrill-interview-999#axzz2jMP04lbE

Jody Watley Video Interview on Yahoo Music

Make sure to watch this interview with Billy Johnson on Yahoo Music. We had a great time which is obvious in the clip!

Billy Johnson Jr. and Jody Watley at Yahoo Music, Oct. 1, 2013

Billy Johnson Jr. and Jody Watley at Yahoo Music, Oct. 1, 2013

Why Jody Watley’s New Song Is A Call To Get Fabulous!

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/why-jody-watley-song-call-fabulous-005235527.html

Jody Watley. Nightlife Update For October

Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.

Disco Fabulous! Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.

This month was exciting with new developments as the single continues to build and be well received from the urban base which is where I chose to start the campaign. I completed a whirlwind and jam-packed press trip to New York. I was thrilled it coincided with my son’s birthday week and that we got to spend time together and celebrate his birthday while I was there – between his schedule for work and college.

In the UK “Nightlife” will enter the Music Week Urban Chart at #20 next week (charts are always a week out by date). I’m so happy about this! In the UK, we haven’t begun to go for chart positions on the commercial club end of things, though the single is getting a solid 8 out of 10 with DJ’s who continue to support it with club kids dancing to it. Things are boding well for the dance chart as well. In America, I’ve just hired Maxi-Promotion who my company has worked with on previous singles for “The Makeover” – to great dance floor and chart success. The single will officially go out to U.S. clubs next week. Though we live in a digital age and things seem to move quickly and at times they do, working records independently it’s all about continued word of mouth and building “Nightlife” organically. I’m in no rush as I’ve mentioned previously. This is not a corporate push where music tends to come and go at a rapid pace. It’s been the goal to work this single through years end into the start of 2014 and that’s what’s happening.

The remixes are scheduled for November 4. I must say, “Nightlife Remixed” is one of my favorite remix packages with stellar production from Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona and Luminodisco. There’s also a new bonus Soulpersona Classic Soul Phyllis Remix that I’m excited about that features Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown as a duet. It’s really the closet thing there’s been to a new Shalamar duet record with originals since 1978 – pretty monumental.   The remix is also my way of acknowledging one of music’s great female singers and production teams in the 70′s and 80′s (Reggie Lucas and James Mtume) they were the inspiration for the “Classic Soul Phyllis Remix.” My Yahoo Music interview should be going up any day now, as well as some of the other interviews I’ve done this month including Jet, Essence, Ebony, Eurweb, Hello Beautiful, Urban Daily, Hype Hair, Black Hair Sophisticates and more.

The “Nightlife” video is still being edited and pieced together as it’s not a typical video. I’ve had a few of my friends submit short clips of their “Nightlife” to be included as well. Catch me with Donal Ware on Box to Row 1PM ET/12CT SiriusXM Channel 141 Friday October 25 you can also listen here: http://www.boxtorow.com/lunchonsiriusxm.php Catch me or DVR:  Access Hollywood Live Tuesday October 29, 2013, I’ll be LIVE on air in the UK on JEMM1 Radio October 30 with Phil Marriot 6 PM British Time – stay tuned – more to come!

I’m also excited that I’ll be doing V magazine for their special music issue!

Save a date in late June 2014 – I can’t tell you why, but remember this post. PS. -No, I’m not getting married, lol.

A special thank you to Juanita Stephens PR and all of the early supporters including the fans of “Nightlife” and the forthcoming “Paradise.” “It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley New Article on The SingersRoom

Jody Watley. Nightlife. Photo Courtesy of Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley. Nightlife. Photo Courtesy of Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley Is Back And Talking About Being An Innovator, The Music Industry, Radio, Waacking and More! Read it: HERE

Buy the NEW single: HERE

Nightlife. It’s In the Music. Worldwide.

Here are a few fan made “Nightlife” clips from different parts of the world. I’d been working on this song, performing it live, living with it, reflecting on it for 2 years before finishing, recording, and finally releasing it – probably more than any song I’ve ever written or recorded in my career. I’m glad I chose to do it this way, this time. It inspires me to see young people dancing to my new music and getting to know me through the dance, through ‘waacking’, through time and realizing the importance of patience even in the creative process.

 

New York.

Russia.

Hong Kong.