On this first day of spring, I’ve already been dealing with major allergies. I’m hoping my puffy eyes won’t be as pronounced by this Saturday night’s shows at Yoshi’s Oakland. If not, I have some fabulous shades to wear in true rock star fashion.
The set list is hit packed, including some Shalamar gems I’ve rarely performed mixed in with my own classic hits, sprinkled with some underground, iced with some house, and a new music preview from my 10th album scheduled for release this summer. It promises to be an eclectic night to remember of soul, funk and glam just like a chameleon should do.
Photo: (c): Jody Watley 2013
Current new music includes my recent collaboration with French Horn Rebellion titled ‘Cold Enough.’ I’ll be making a special guest appearance with the electro pop party duo on April 19, 2013 as they begin their residency at the ultra buzzed about Brooklyn Bowl. This is really exciting for me because this is a new audience, young party people. One of the unique things about my musical journey is that it continues to reach a variety of audiences – and I’m comfortable in all the genres and scenario’s. We’ll also preview another collaboration titled ‘Dancing Out’ – another fun song, and I must tell you they’ve done an awesome mash-up on one of my classics ‘Don’t You Want Me’ – it’s going to be a great time. For info and tickets: Brooklyn Bowl – also on the collaboration front I contributed vocals to the forthcoming new album by Dam-Funk coming on Stones Throw (pronounced Dame-Funk aka name is Damon — and he is world renowned in by young music heads as the artist of modern-funk). This is long awaited follow-up to his critically heralded and all around banger Dam-Funk’s classic “Toeachizown” – a must have for the collection. Don’t sleep because there are artists in today’s music scene thriving without an ounce of Top 40 airplay.
Don’t miss ”A Real Fool” from the international musical event I starred in this past fall “Loving The Silent Tears: A New Musical” now available at iTunes. The African inspired groove and song of gratitude is composed by Emmy nominee and Oscar winner Nan Schwartz and Al Kasha with arrangement by Emmy winner Doug Katsaros. The entire soundtrack is gorgeous and spans the globe reflective of the stellar cast of artists including Kay Tse, (China), Heather Park and Brian Joo (Korea), Persian born Siavash Shams, Liel Kolet (Israel), Camellia Abou-Odah (Lebanon), Mark Janicello (Italy), Black Uhuru (Jamaica), Hồ Quỳnh Hương (Vietnam), Fabiana Passoni (Brazil) and more.
On the Jody Watley 10th album front – it’s coming this year for certain. I posted before that I’m not sure if it will still be called ‘Chameleon’ – as the project has evolved along with me..I have other ideas floating in my head with regard to the title and vibe. The state of the music industry and spending time assessing and re-evaluating why I continue to do what I do as an artist are factors. It really is for the love and joy through music — and that’s the feeling I want people to have when listening to it around the world; even if folks are no longer really buying albums – or supporting the veteran acts who continue to progress artistically and beyond the corporate controlled mainstream bubble. That fact has certainly made it less a priority to finish and release however, the music on it so far is too good to not see it all through. It’s feel good music with soul and there’s something still to be said for that. The song I did with Morel was finished last week ‘I Love, Music’ (not the O’Jay’s song, but certainly inspired by that message and era of music. I’ve been dancing around to it since the final mix. ‘Nightlife’ is still sounding as fresh as ever produced by Count De Money out of the UK. The new extended mix will have you pushing rewind. ‘Sanctuary’ is a healing loving song that I’m looking forward to having everyone hear – it’s all about creating an environment of love, I produced that one with my longtime collaborator Rodney Lee. There’s so much more.. forthcoming late spring, summer and fall.
Creativity is a process - not a destination and when allowed runs in and on it’s own time and space. What I do has never been for everyone – it’s just me always carving out my own corner of the universe in my own distinct way. I’m not 70′s Jody, 80′s Jody, 90′s Jody and so on –just and always Jody Watley in the moment.
Yoshi’s Jazz: March 23, 2013
Billboard Live Tokyo Japan, April 10-11, 2013
Billboard Live Osaka, Japan; April 13, 2013
Brooklyn Bowl : Special Guest Appearance with French Horn Rebellion, April 19, 2013
Essence Festival, New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome / Superlounge: July 6, 2013
More ‘select’ dates to be announced.
Jody Watley Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley
My band and I will be rocking the house in our first appearance – for one night only; Saturday March 23, 2013, 2 shows at 8 PM and 10 PM.
You don’t want to miss it! “A Saturday Night Experience of Sophisticated Funk – Greatest Hits, Rare Grooves and Beyond!” There will be a new music preview as well.
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This is what it looked like when we did Yoshi’s San Francisco nearly years ago.