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#OTD September 20, 2008
The empowering “A Beautiful Life” Debuted on Billboard’s Dance chart. It would reach #5.
Written & Produced by: Jody Watley, Rodney Lee
From critically acclaimed 2006 Top 10 Billboard Dance/Electronic album “The Makeover.” in case you missed it
Available at all digital outlets. View full Jody Watley Discography and Chart History : Here
Video by Mike Ruiz
Makeup by Billy B.
Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Jody Watley made an appearance at Naper Pride Fest in Naperville, Illinois. With a mission to create equal treatment of all gender expressions and any member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the second festival was another step forward. The Naper Pride Organization has a mission statement that “Everyone deserves to feel valued and included.” As Watley wrote in her 1995 hit “Affection “Doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved.” the message of love and equality is timeless and very much needed now more than ever. The style icon brought the energy to the stage in a power packed party diverse set list, ending the set with a poignant speech to the crowd and thanking Naper Pride.
Photography by Eva Genevieve-Scarborough
Set List: A nonstop party blend of classic Pop/R&B/Hip Hop and contemporary Dance hits
Some Kind Of Lover (short edit)
Nightlife (Jodie Harsh House Mix)
Dancer (Craig C Deep House Mix)
I Want Your Love (DJ Spinna Mix)/ Your Love Keeps Working On Me / I Want You / Affection Medley)
Still A Thrill
Don’t You Want Me (Francois K. Remix edit)
Looking For A New Love
The Grammy winning Solo career and songwriting catalog of Jody Watley includes blockbuster classics like (“Looking For A New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Real Love”, “Friends” the groundbreaking hit ft Eric B & Rakim) to name a few and countless other gems in an ongoing career with over 100 songwriting credits to her Jody Watley Music, BMI catalog). Jody Watley’s “Sweet 16” was recorded by Destiny’s Child on their multiple platinum album “Writings On The Wall” as well as compositions from platinum artist Jermaine Stewart (“Say It Again” album.
Jody Watley received the BMI songwriter award “Medal Of Honor” in 1993 for over a million plays of songs in her songwriting catalog.
The Jody Watley songwriting catalog dates back to her Shalamar days co-writing songs and penning lyrics and melodies to “Full of Fire” & “Work It Out” (3 for Love album 1980) “Help Me” & “Playing To Win” (Friends album 1982).
Her deep pen continues today with more uplifting solo gems like “Sanctuary”, “The Essence”, “The Healing” “Skin Deep” “A Beautiful Life” and more with her broad repertoire that spans R&B, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, House Music, Jazz, Drum & Bass, Ambient Chill Electronica, Spoken word (can we discuss the depth of “When A Man Loves A Woman, Affection”) & Inspirational. The recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at Jody Watley Day at Georgia State Capitol this year, an honorary doctorate recipient in humanitarian endeavors, business & entrepreneurship, we celebrate and honor the Icon in and her legacy in music and Songwriting Dr.Jody Watley.” –
Women Songwriters Hall Of Fame August 27, 2022.
Other notable inductees include Marilyn Bergman (posthumous), Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, Indigo Girls, Loretta Lynn at the second year of the ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
I was unable to attend unfortunately due to being sick for two weeks with Covid, and also still taking time to rest while mourning the passing of my Mom and handling her affairs, a video recording of my acceptance speech was playing. This is a very high honor for me to be recognized and in such as esteemed class of other women songwriters.
Inducted into Women Songwriters Hall Of Fame last night, though I couldn’t attend due tobeing under the weather it means the world to be recognized as a songwriter and knowing I’ve written many that are a part of the sound of peoples lives, crafting hooks that you can sing along to, and stories that resonate or have meaningful intent. Gospel royalty Keyondra Lockett accepted on my behalf after a rousing tribute performance of “It All Begins With You.”
“The Jody Watley songwriting catalog dates back to her Shalamar days co-writing songs like penning lyrics and melodies to (Full of Fire, Work It Out, Help Me, Playing To Win) and most significantly into her esteemed Grammy winning Solo career of blockbuster classics like (Looking For A New Love, Don’t You Want Me, Real Love, Friends to name a few and countless other gems in an ongoing career with over 100 songwriting credits to her name), that also includes the poignant “16” recorded by Destiny’s Child. Jody Watley received the BMI songwriter award “Medal Of Honor” in 1993 for over a million plays of songs in her songwriting catalog.”
September 10, 2022
Grammy Winning Music Icon Jody Watley
Naperville Settlement Outdoor Park – Chicago suburb
Naperville Pride Fest
Music Icon and Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley is being inducted in the 2022 Women Songwriters Hall of Fame. Congratulations are in order.
Gospel royalty Keyondra Lockett will give a special tribute performance to Jody Watley Grammy Music Icon in Washington D.C – 8/27.
Watley’s songwriting catalog spans over 40 years and includes classic hits such as “Looking For A New Love” “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim, Don’t You Want Me and more. Watley was recognized by songwriting society BMI in 1991.
Jody Watley & Keith Sweat
A nice hot summer evening of classic hits with 3 veteran R&B / Pop music legends in the game.
Photography All Rights Reserved – Copyright Andrew D. Bernstein & Juan Ocampo
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