Jody Watley News. New Year. New Day Thoughts

Stay excited about life, even on days you feel low. Be thankful to be alive; always ready for new opportunities,  challenges, new ways to improve various elements of your life, career, who you are as a person..you don’t need to make resolutions. Take small steps each day, or simply take time to reflect, relax, rejuvenate, plan and then work to execute whatever it is and repeat. Stay encouraged because sometimes you will just have to go with what comes your way and move on regardless.

Paradise and Sanctuary Candles are back in stock: Jody Watley Boutique, the music is available at digital outlets worldwide (Limited edition CD’s may come around again.)

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Upcoming concerts in February Jody Watley featuring a rebooted millennial SHALAMAR

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New York – 2/18 B.B. Kings

Atlantic City – 2/19 Harrah’s Resort and Casino

Oakland – 2/28 Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Remixes are in the works for the next single from PARADISE: DANCER

Make sure to use your Jody Watley hashtags on social media: #JodyWatley #itsinthemusic #Paradise #Shalamar  – thank you!

Jody Watley News and Upcoming Concert Schedule

As always, I’m really excited about the upcoming concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. These concerts will close out an exciting 2014. I hired a new booking agent this year and it’s already paying off. In the past, I chose not to work so much because I was enjoying being a stay at home Mom raising her children though picking and choosing when to travel – a luxury of being a songwriter to so many hit singles.  I’ll always be discerning about what and when to take jobs but I do feel a new enthusiasm for this part of the business. With the music of PARADISE, mixed in with a range of curated hits from both catalogs of Jody Watley and the new millennial SHALAMAR ™ adding to the set, it’s even more of a party. Rosero McCoy has done a great job creating new choreography for us. The ladies are enjoying Paul’Michael who brings such a fresh young energy and charm along with his own vocal style. The shows will only get better and we’re having a great time together. Check out our Jody Watley / SHALAMAR ™ ‘Backstage’ passes on Youtube by subscribing to both channels. http://www.youtube.com/JodyWatley and http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShalamar

 

December 28 - Tokyo Billboard Live

December 30 - Osaka Billboard Live

December 31 - Osaka Billboard Live

February 18   New York BB Kings

February 19 – Atlantic City Harrah’s Resort and Casino

February 28 – Oakland, Yoshi’s

More dates to be announced.

June 24 – Washington D.C. The Howard Theater

June 27 – London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -Let’s Rock London Festival

Concert Booking Inquiries:

Pyramid Entertainment smichaels@pyramid-ent.com / scohen@pyramid-ent.com msanto@pyramid-ent.com

Jody Watley Conversation with Cyrus Webb: Click HERE to Listen to our inspirational and fun chat.

Get the current release PARADISE available at digital outlets worldwide. Remixes are being done for Avitone with the assistance of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit out of NYC and being reviewed for the next single ‘DANCER.’

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

SHOP the Jody Watley Boutique for limited edition items: HERE

Jody Watley Yoshi’s Concert Review on Huffington Post

 

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“Older, but not old!” Read the quips and review: HERE

Jody Watley Photographs and Musings From Yoshi’s May 2014

There’s nothing like a Jody Watley concert / party – it’s an experience and exchange of positivity, love and good vibes mixed with tons of attitude, spontaneity, heart, soul, laughs, tears..music is life and paradise. Because I never work from a ‘script’ in what I say..in the moment  of being moved by the audience and love..I did forget to dedicate my performance of “When A Man Loves A Woman” to Dr. Maya Angelou. My love of poetry and spoken word was very much influenced by her dating back to when I was in junior high, very much impacted by Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.

We’ve already been asked back for New Years Eve..stay tuned!

Photo: Jeffrey Dean (2014) Yoshi's Oakland; also pictured John 'Havic' Gregory' and Rosero McCoy

Queen of Cool Jody Watley. Photo: Jeffrey Dean (2014) Yoshi’s Oakland; also pictured John ‘Havic’ Gregory’ and Rosero McCoy

 

Pre-Show -- in Vivienne Westwood T, blazer, my favorite hat from Gladys Tamez, shoes by Jerome C. Rousseau, and pants with zippers from Topshop.

Pre-Show — in Vivienne Westwood T, blazer, my favorite hat from Gladys Tamez, glitter pumps by Jerome C. Rousseau, and grey sweat athletic sweat pants with zippers on side from Topshop.

© 2014 Jody Watley, the calm before the love storm VIP Pre Show Meet and Greet at Yoshi's

© 2014 Jody Watley, the calm before the love storm VIP Pre Show Meet and Greet at Yoshi’s

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with D.J. Wainwright

© 2014 Jody Watley Pictured with D.J. Wainwright  from Sacramento at Pre-Show VIP Meet and Greet Yoshi’s May 2014 — when I see him it makes me know it’s going to be a great night. Good vibes.

© 2014 Jody Watley and Patrick Butman who flew in from New York.

© 2014 Jody Watley and Patrick Butman who flew in from New York.

Jody Watley and Leon Blue who I haven't seen since Shalamar days (he was a stage tech back then  - owns his own tour bus company now) flew in from Florida with his beautiful daughter.

Jody Watley and Leon Blue who I haven’t seen since Shalamar days (he was a stage tech back then – owns his own tour bus company now) flew in from Florida with his beautiful daughter.

With Paul who drove up from Las Vegas, I met him a couple of years ago when I did a special event at The Venetian / Palazzo.

With Paul who drove up from Las Vegas, I met him a couple of years ago when I did a special event at The Venetian / Palazzo.

Lovely lady and longtime fan at VIP Pre-Show Meet and Greet.

Lovely lady and longtime fan at VIP Pre-Show Meet and Greet.

Signing!

Signing!

Love!

Love! Pre-Show VIP Meet and Greet at Yoshi’s.

 

Celebrating their 19th Anniversary of "Real Love" at Yoshi's 2014

Celebrating their 19th Anniversary of “Real Love” at Yoshi’s 2014

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They hadn't seen me since the 80's! I welcomed them with open arms - and told them it's OK, all that matters is you're here tonight!

They hadn’t seen me since the 80’s! I welcomed them with open arms – and told them it’s OK, all that matters is you’re here tonight!

Pre-Show Meet and Greet - the line! I didn't know how I would get to everyone, but I did.

Pre-Show Meet and Greet – the line! I didn’t know how I would get to everyone, but I did.

Dave Higdon from Poptastic Confessions Blog, is always supportive and it was nice to meet him for the first time.

Dave Higdon from Poptastic Confessions Blog, is always supportive and it was nice to meet him for the first time.

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Tommy has such a wonderful spirit, and so generous. He always gives me a gift – this time a gorgeous crystal vase and flowers, which came with a thoughtful card and letter. The vase is home my ‘Sanctuary’ on the piano.

With one of my youngest and dearest fans Iona. Her Mom Yuko is loving and wonderful and flew in with Iona..we first met in Japan several years ago..so I'm getting to watch Iona grow up! She made me a keychain, and Mom brought cupcakes, and gifted me with one of my favorite things - a handheld fan.

With one of my youngest and dearest fans Iona. Her Mom Yuko is loving and wonderful and flew in with Iona..we first met in Japan several years ago..so I’m getting to watch Iona grow up! She made me a keychain, and Mom brought cupcakes, and gifted me with one of my favorite things – a handheld fan.

So much love in this photo - among pictured  friends Bryan Rabin of Giorgio's in Los Angeles and make-up artist and Kathy Jeung who drove up from L.A. Glen Lajeski who was an executive at MCA and so instrumental in the early days of my solo career and another longtime friend along with his partner Benefit executive Gerry Etcheverry ..

So much love in this photo – among pictured friends Bryan Rabin of Giorgio’s in Los Angeles and make-up artist and Kathy Jeung who drove up from L.A. Glen Lajeski who was an executive at MCA and so instrumental in the early days of my solo career and another longtime friend along with his partner Benefit executive Gerry Etcheverry ..

..the night ended with Chicken and Waffles with an invitation from the owner who hooked us up!

..the fabulous night ended with Chicken and Waffles via an invitation from the owner Derrick  and longtime friend of Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer)  who hooked Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc,  John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Christina Grady and I up! I slept like a baby needless to say!

Jody Watley. Yoshi’s Oakland Days Away.

My band, dancers, crew and I are all looking forward to the concert this week. It’s a “Paradise” pre-release (we’ll have new Paradise merchandise and Nightlife vinyl among other items), celebrating the success of my single “Nightlife” which was Top 5 in the UK and Top 20 here in the U.S. Dance. The meet and greet (our chance to say hello face to face) and what will be a wonderful evening of music and love. The VIP Meet and Greet was sold out, but I’ve asked that they extend for a few more. A night to dress up or dress down, but you know I’m all about being fabulous. Take that outfit out from the back of your closet that you’ve been ‘waiting’ for the right occasion to wear – May 29, it’s your time, it will be good for your soul! What’s left of tickets: HERE 

 

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Logo / Graphic Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

 

 

Jody Watley New LIve Concert Video Post.

If you haven’t seen Jody Watley “Live”, you are missing a treat. This is a glimpse of the poignant improvisational  “When A Man Loves A Woman” the controversial spoken word, topical single from the 1991 album “Affairs of The Heart.”

 

Jody Watley will make a rare concert appearance May 29, 2014 at Yoshi’s Oakland, CA. Don’t Miss It.

 

Watch the new upload, and make sure to subscribe!

 

Jody Watley Debuts New Promotional Flyer for Yoshi’s Concert.

The show is going to be great…and the merchandise “Paradise / Nightlife” merchandise is off the chain. Bring extra coins!

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Photography: Albert Sanchez

Make:up: Billy B

Design: Ray Easmon