“..remember love lives in you – happiness and peace of mind, the essence of being – the essence of life..positive living, worth remembering..” The Essence.
I wrote the original with King Britt out of Philadelphia – lyrics and melody, he produced it and there’s an alternate GB Mix on “Midnight Lounge.”
Empowering lyrics don’t always get shine though that fact has never discouraged me from being true to myself.
Focused on posting more music for those not in the know – my catalog is vast, diverse and full of substance along with the fun. While revisiting my own work, I’m discovering new music..not sure why this isn’t the case for some..again I think people see as much as they want to see. To any artist of any form who may see this..never feel your canvas has to be the same or you must use the same colors with each creation.
The is the fabulous DJ Yellow (from France) Remix.
Stretch to retain flexibility..it’s also a good metaphor for living life.
Try to go without meat each Monday if you’re not already vegetarian or vegan. It’s good for you physically as well as helps you do a small part to help the environment. There are so many healthy options vegetables (I love roasted brussel sprouts, with garlic, prepared with olive oil, your herb of choice, black pepper, a splash of lemon juice and for extra kick I use a few red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper..you can also add sweet potatoes or any of your choice), there are many kale dishes or if you like southern cuisine sauteed collards are good and full of nutrients. Look into bean dishes and soups, quinoa and so on. I’m always surprised as well when people say they don’t like water..add lemon, cucumber, lime etc..but water is also good for you and helps flush those kidneys.
As we head into 2020, I’m very much more focused wellness and putting others in that frame of mind. Through the years, I’ve always spoken about this in one way or another..released a best selling fitness video in the 90’s and fast forward to my single ‘Sanctuary’ all about creating personal spaces to promote peace and joy – too many walking around carrying stress. This is a way I’ll be using more of my social platform for – especially this blog.
This specially curated playlist will get you moving..even if you’re simply in your kitchen prepping that healthy dish. Wattage!
A variety of eclectic collaborations to date including this duet with Peter Harper – soulful folk music from his 2017 release “Break The Cycle.” Whenever casual listeners who have not kept up ask about my music I let them know there is a vast amount of Jody Watley music and collaborations on all digital outlets. What I continue to learn is people see what they want to see, and hear what they want to hear. Phones are basically not just a device .. they serve as a vessel for music, podcasts, sports, streaming TV, movies, blogs, fashion, cooking, health, the list goes on .. research of any thing you might be looking for very much a portable encyclopedia – and especially make it easy to keep up, discover or catch up with artists and our music. To those who had in mind which box I was to be placed in as an artist, no doubt there will always be indifference and a lack of interest if the music doesn’t fit what you want to hear. My music crosses genres beyond the 80’s, though I love that music too it’s not the sum of all my parts. As I’ve said, I’m an artist, songwriter much like a painter who steps to the canvas always wanting to paint with different colors and create new pieces.
With that in mind, I’ll be posting more music…even though some will still see what they want based on their perception of where they are.
A positive and pro-active start to the week to all! ‘Break The Cycle’ of being lazy in how you use your phones!
A fan shared this video snippet on Instagram last night – it’s a fond memory to be there as nominee and presenter in 1988. On this night the recipients of the award I presented with Patrick Swayze was Anita Baker for ‘Rapture’ – an R&B classic album. It’s beautiful to be reminded I was a part of her celebration that night.
In the 90’s I returned as a presenter 3 times.
I really try not to put down the commercial music of this era because there is some good and of course each generation of youth has their music they will look back and reflect on their high school years..I don’t even really watch awards shows anymore to be honest. Most music fans gravitate to their high school years and why the music business will always be primarily targeted to youth.
What I’ve learned is awards and accolades are a cool thing to experience and industry politics aside – it is the artistry and the quality of music and doing what you love that is the most enduring. So to any veteran or aspiring artist – just keep being yourself, taking risks and being true to your craft..that’s often different from being a pop star…not always but often.
Rest in Peace Patrick Swayze, he was super nice that evening and left behind memorable film moments.
Jazzy bossa nova vibes produced this one with Rodney Lee (Midnight Lounge album, The Makeover, Saturday Night Experience Vol.1) – film noir directed by Damien Sandoval. My music spans decades, not all of it super commercial but all of it quality, authentic and full of heart, soul and Ms. Jody Watley Wattage! This one managed to reach the Top 10 on Smooth Jazz and Top 25 Billboard Jazz Single for those who count those types of stats. Far removed from my Pop days but very connected to my continued artistry.
All Jody Watley music is available at all digital outlets..for anyone looking for my music, it’s all there, to listen, discover or revisit.
Trying to keep you motivated and in tune to your wellness and health. One of the things I enjoy is a morning run or power walk and this playlist came out of what I was listening to personally. Being consistent on my workouts, eating healthy which has always been a part of my lifestyle. I’ve made adjustments with that as well and finally I’ve been able to shed some very stubborn lbs. from the past few years once my hormones took a shift. As always my desire is to inspire others through my own actions, creating this ‘Jody Watley – Workout Playlist’ is another way to pass a bit of motivation along. Even if you have 10 minutes a day to devote to your wellness — two songs, one remix, it’s a start and better than not doing anything. It was almost two decades ago when I released the Number 1 fitness video ‘Dance To Fitness’ – dance music is always a fantastic way to get your heart rate up and make any workout less arduous. Let’s get it.
New Jody Watley Spotify Playlist:
The playlist is also good for your holiday gatherings as well.
This was a big deal for me at the time in another of firsts.. my former group Shalamar had never been featured in a magazine like this. Everything about my solo debut is significant because no one predicted it or expected it.
Looking back, I see a determined, authentic and self-assured young woman no matter those who were against me and expected my demise…I’ve always believed in myself and tenacious about living my own life and being happy as much as I can.
Trendsetting style and attitude, letting black girls know we could be eclectic, ‘weird’, offbeat..whatever box you want to check off too.