Jody Watley Domo Arigato Japan and Billboard Live With Love.

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© Jody Watley 2014 Photo: Jody Watley Music

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014 Pictured with fans: Hiroaki, Yoshinori, and Shun in Tokyo.

 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It's In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It’s In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley, she was inspired by my makeup, music and style - and presented me with this beautiful piece of art.

© 2014 Jody Watley, (he) lovingly dressed in drag was inspired by my makeup, music and style – and presented me with this perfectly executed piece of art. I appreciate the diversity of my fans and celebrate them all!

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they'd been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they’d been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that. What a blessing to appeal to a younger generation as well!

 

© Jody Watley 2014. Art gift.

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014. Fan Created Art, gift in Tokyo.

 

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – There were always  fans waiting – I signed a lot of vinyl.

Photo: © 2014 with John 'Havic' Gregory and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer) - I LOVE these guys!

Photo: © 2014 with John ‘Havic’ Gregory (dancer/dance teacher) and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer/best friend) – I LOVE these guys!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with artist illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley  - merch.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – some of the merchandise.

 

Photo: © 2014 with my band.

Photo: © 2014 with my band, dancers and backing vocalist/dancer. Pictured: Donnell Spencer Jr., Rodney Lee, Christina Grady, Sam Sims, Adam Hawley, Upper: John ‘Havic’ Grady’, Rosero McCoy 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Real Love Live 2014.

© 2014 Jody Watley. Rocking the house with Real Love Live 2014.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin' it with his freestyle dance on 'Still A Thrill'

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin’ it with his freestyle dance on ‘Still A Thrill’

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she's done youtube video's to my music including 'Nightlife' and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she’s done youtube video’s to my music including ‘Nightlife’ and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Here are some photo’s from my recent Japan Tour in Osaka and Tokyo at Billboard Live. Stellar shows, fans, staff — my favorite place to perform. Fans really watch and participate in the shows – no one is filming or taking pictures, they respect the policies. When I perform a ballad or speak – they listen, no one talking, this as an artist is greatly appreciated so respectful; no distractions.

It’s In The Music!!

I’m going to miss being with them on my UK appearances as a part of David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert Tour. Hopefully, my abbreviated appearances on this tour will kindle the fire to get us all over to do my dynamic show and present the full Jody Watley live concert experience.

Jody Watley Upcoming Tour Dates.

Photography: Mike Ruiz Makeup: Billy B.

Photography: Mike Ruiz Makeup: Billy B.

Jody Watley LIve in Japan:

Billboard Live Osaka, January 18, 2014

Billboard Live Tokyo, January 20 – 21, 2014

David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour:

I’m looking forward to not only performing my current hit single “Nightlife” and a few  classics from my solo and Shalamar days as the original female lead in my short set as a part of David Gest Presents Legends of Soul but continuing to spread the word about my upcoming “Paradise” and other musical ventures on the horizon. To share the stage with acts that I grew up listening to (Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Review (Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Song For You..), Candi Staton (I dance to Young Hearts Run Free at Giorgio’s nearly every Saturday, Sheila Ferguson another original lead of the super group The Three Degrees). Gwen Dickey (Wishing On A Star) and I last crossed paths when she was a member of Rose Royce, and I a member of Shalamar. This is a personal honor for me – an adventure in an ongoing musical journey!

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Nightlife Top Ten Chart Breakdown UK.

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Get iTunes at iTunes, Amazon, Beatport and other select outlets. Limited edition vinyl available in limited quantity.

In America, ‘NIGHTLIFE” is currently #25 View: HERE

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

Jody Watley UK Update.

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“NIGHTLIFE” the new hit single featuring Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown formerly of Shalamar  written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI), Julien and Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers Music BMI) Produced by Count De Money for Peace Bisquite and Jody Watley. Executive Producers Jody Watley and Bill Coleman, Peace Bisquit.

#5 URBAN

#6 COMMERCIAL POP

NIGHTLIFE. Another Top Ten for Jody Watley

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Photography: Albert Sanchez Make-up: Billy B.

Photography: Albert Sanchez Make-up: Billy B.

The UK is really bringing the love for “Nightlife” featuring Gerald Brown on backing vocals as the single goes into a highly competitive Pop Top Ten at #6, after peaking in the Top 5 Urban on Music Week Charts. I’m thrilled!!

On Billboard we continue to gain during this jammed packed 4th quarter that always brings a surge of activity for major labels and artists worldwide. That said, we move from #40  to  #31 on the Hot Dance Club Play Charts. It’s In The Music!

“NIGHTLIFE” video next!

Nightlife On Soulbounce. A Classic Soul Treatment.

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There are so many choices with “Nightlife” from the original to remixes by Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona – all out of the UK, and Luminodisco from Italy.

I kept hearing Phyllis Hyman and the Philly Soul vibe in my head and wanted to hear “Nightlife” mashed up with it. Morgan aka Soulpersona, whose classic disco mix is already getting a lot of love; was down to help turn the vision to reality. The “Phyllis Classic Soul Mix”, no samples used by the way and turns the room changing things up as a duet with Gerald Brown, another Shalamar original and I- see what they have to say on Soulbounce and have a listen to the mix as well: HERE

 

Jody Watley With Shulman Says. Nightlife and Beyond.

Each interview brings a different tone, check my latest with Michael Shulman Presents Shulman Says” – here’s the three parter from the delightful conversation we had.

Talking my groundbreaking “Friends” and more:

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1989 -Cover Photography: Steven Meisel. Make-up Francois Nars Design: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley

 

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-1/

Talking Nightlife and Disco and Soul Fabulousness Inspirations

Photography: Albert Sanchez  Makeup: Billy B

Photography: Albert Sanchez Makeup: Billy B

 

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-2/

Talking the forthcoming “Paradise” and Giorgio’s

http://www.shulmansays.com/archives/BOSVIEW/Talking-NIGHTLIFE-with-Jody-Watley—Part-3/

Jody Watley Nightlife Remixed on Poptastic Confessions

 

See what Dave Higdon has to say about the various versions available on “Nightlife Remixed”

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/11/nightlife-remixed-by-jody-watley.html

Make sure to download it today!

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

 

Jody Watley – Nightlife Official Press Release

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, SONGWRITER AND POP/R&B PIONEER

JODY WATLEY

BRINGS BACK THE FUN AND GLAMOUR WITH FUNKY NEW SINGLE, 

“NIGHTLIFE”

DANCE FLOOR TRACK FEATURES ORIGINAL SHALAMAR LEAD 

GERALD BROWN

 NEW ALBUM, PARADISE, SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN 2014

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Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2013: Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Jody Watley, one of  Pop/R&B and dance music’s most enduring and stylish trailblazers, returns with her new single “Nightlife.”

Ms. Watley, who has mastered a career in keeping a career in dance and R&B music going, continues her legacy on the shimmering dance floor classic, inspired by her well documented roots in funk and soul music. The veteran song stylist has created an energetic dance floor anthem that is innovative, while also paying homage to her many influences. “Nightlife” is available on iTunes and select digital outlets and limited edition 12″ vinyl. The single also features fellow original Shalamar lead singer Gerald Brown. Watley’s soulfully spirited, up-tempo album  Paradise is scheduled for release in early 2014 on her longtime imprint Avitone http://jodywatley.net/avitone/ 

“People love to dance to feel the groove,” says Jody. “I wanted ‘Nightlife’ to capture the spirit of vintage soul and deliver a song that people could play at either a house party, getting ready for a night on the town, at clubs, to get the dancers on the floor, or simply make people feel inspired to be fabulous. Everyone feels better dressed up, especially in difficult times.  From the song’s intro, to the energy on the track, we worked to make the music come alive,” adds Jody. Serving again as both performer, co-writer and co-producer on “Nightlife,” she collaborated with the emerging production duo Count de Money from the UK. “I’ve always been about the style of music. I wanted to paint a picture with the music and evoke an uplifting emotion. I find this missing in a lot of music today. Soul music is not just ballads, it has also always been about a quality rhythm with a message as well.  

Jody‘s career as a chart-topping hit maker has surpassed more than three decades in her successful career. Her last album The Makeover  was a #1 Top Electronic Albums on iTunes and produced three Top Ten Dance Singles.  Jody has achieved thirteen #1 singles in Dance and R&B, six Top Ten Hot 100 Singles, (including the influential and ground-breaking “Friends” featuring Eric B. and Rakim)  and fifteen R&B Top 40 records. Jody’s diversity in her music and continued embrace of being on the cutting edge is apparent on her collaborations with the young electro duo French Horn Rebellion and on their summer 2013 song “Dancing Out,” with a video premiere on Billboard. Additionally, she has collaborated with Stone Throw Records’ Boogie Funk Ambassador Dam-Funk, the UK’s Mercury Prize winners 4Hero, DJ Spinna and other cream of the crop soulful dance music producer/musicians.

Ms. Watley, who continues to groove on stages and clubs all over the globe, including an appearance at the 2013 Essence Festival, is no stranger to the world of dance music.  In 1987 she released her groundbreaking self-titled album which featured the hit single “Looking For A New Love.” The song became a pop/soul sensation that garnered her the coveted Grammy Award for Best New Artist and pioneered her career into fame to become an international star. Jody’s dose of her own distinct sense of style, fashion and individuality in her music and video from the song captured the attention of fans around the world. She became a trendsetting sensation, gracing the covers of some of the most prominent magazines, fashion layouts and early celebrity ad campaigns throughout the United States, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Her influence can still be seen and heard in younger female artists today.

Jody Watley continues to put genuine artistry and quality into everything she does, making each musical moment into a wonderful experience. There is no better way to wait for Paradise than to dance and enjoy the “Nightlife.”

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