With each social media throwback Thursday my desire is to not only share a photo moment from the past – but to perhaps inspire someone by providing what was behind a photo moment in my life on this journey.
From my Facebook Page post”
“Queen Jody! Living in KCMO (from Chicago though) at the time – had run a campaign for President of the school, I think I was the only girl who ran..and lost..kids were clowning me. It was a big disappointment and embarrassing for me – at the loss ..but I wasn’t discouraged in the long run, a theme in my life and career. I learned early on to never give up, keep pushing forward and stay motivated. Though not popular and still reeling from the loss of President..I went after “Miss Explorer Queen of Southeast Jr. High’ – because you never know unless you try right?! The outcome was triumph although I appear quite melancholy and sad in the photo’s (though still dealing with shade – a lot of girls including those who came in second and third weren’t happy as evidenced in the photo – shade is nothing new ) We didn’t have a lot of money but I put together my outfit and if you notice you can see what would become a style signature in my music career – jumbo hoop earrings. Certainly, I experienced far more challenging moments in my life, and even with this photo and moment there is much more to reveal.. however this is one of those touchstone character building moments. #JodyWatley#Shalamar#life#inspiration – Just keep striving and be yourself is what I hope the takeaway is from this, beyond the TBT..” May 7, 2015
Jody Watley Talks New Project, Bogus TV-One Unsung Episode, First To Collaborate, More
“Jody Watley is an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, who continues to shine in music. Watley’s independent-minded and free-spirited personality has earned her the respect from so many people in fashion, style, music, and video production. The Grammy-award winning vocalist broke many musical barriers, especially being the first R&B/Pop singer to collaborate with a rapper on the song, “Friends,” featuring Eric B & Rakim. Known for her funky style in music and dance, Watley pays homage to her roots on her latest EP, Paradise.”…. Read more at : Singersroom
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The shows have been incredible including two sold out shows in Tokyo at Billboard Live. After performing here for decades, it always feels fresh and new – it’s a blessing and I treasure each trip and each moment. Check out more photo’s : Here and also make sure to watch ‘Backstage Pass’ uploaded to my Facebopk page as well, and will add to the Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ Youtube Channels.
Reflecting on the year, it’s one one of entrepreneurial moves with Avitone and the release of PARADISE, which quickly sold-out at my online boutique another venture I focused on this year. We weren’t going to do CD’s but my fans overwhelmingly wanted the option.
I became the legal registered trademark owner of SHALAMAR ™ of which I am an original member. Immediately a new dynamic lineup, which will continue to evolve and get better as a work in progress to my show which is a total high energy affair to the delight of the audiences we’ve played to thus far in 2014.
Here’s to you – discard what didn’t work in 2014 and begin anew…actually I apply that everyday in life in general. Learn from each life lesson, and always keep a positive spin on life.