Jody Watley from her monster solo debut in one of her signature looks featuring jumbo “Jody Watley Hoops” aka jumbo silver hoop earrings, black everything – petticoat, studded ankle boots, concha belts, rubber bustier – and soft waved long hairstyle.
Disco Fabulous! Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez. Make-Up: Billy B.
This month was exciting with new developments as the single continues to build and be well received from the urban base which is where I chose to start the campaign. I completed a whirlwind and jam-packed press trip to New York. I was thrilled it coincided with my son’s birthday week and that we got to spend time together and celebrate his birthday while I was there – between his schedule for work and college.
In the UK “Nightlife” will enter the Music Week Urban Chart at #20 next week (charts are always a week out by date). I’m so happy about this! In the UK, we haven’t begun to go for chart positions on the commercial club end of things, though the single is getting a solid 8 out of 10 with DJ’s who continue to support it with club kids dancing to it. Things are boding well for the dance chart as well. In America, I’ve just hired Maxi-Promotion who my company has worked with on previous singles for “The Makeover” – to great dance floor and chart success. The single will officially go out to U.S. clubs next week. Though we live in a digital age and things seem to move quickly and at times they do, working records independently it’s all about continued word of mouth and building “Nightlife” organically. I’m in no rush as I’ve mentioned previously. This is not a corporate push where music tends to come and go at a rapid pace. It’s been the goal to work this single through years end into the start of 2014 and that’s what’s happening.
The remixes are scheduled for November 4. I must say, “Nightlife Remixed” is one of my favorite remix packages with stellar production from Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona and Luminodisco. There’s also a new bonus Soulpersona Classic Soul Phyllis Remix that I’m excited about that features Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown as a duet. It’s really the closet thing there’s been to a new Shalamar duet record with originals since 1978 – pretty monumental. The remix is also my way of acknowledging one of music’s great female singers and production teams in the 70’s and 80’s (Reggie Lucas and James Mtume) they were the inspiration for the “Classic Soul Phyllis Remix.” My Yahoo Music interview should be going up any day now, as well as some of the other interviews I’ve done this month including Jet, Essence, Ebony, Eurweb, Hello Beautiful, Urban Daily, Hype Hair, Black Hair Sophisticates and more.
The “Nightlife” video is still being edited and pieced together as it’s not a typical video. I’ve had a few of my friends submit short clips of their “Nightlife” to be included as well. Catch me with Donal Ware on Box to Row 1PM ET/12CT SiriusXM Channel 141 Friday October 25 you can also listen here: http://www.boxtorow.com/lunchonsiriusxm.php Catch me or DVR: Access Hollywood Live Tuesday October 29, 2013, I’ll be LIVE on air in the UK on JEMM1 Radio October 30 with Phil Marriot 6 PM British Time — stay tuned – more to come!
I’m also excited that I’ll be doing V magazine for their special music issue!
Save a date in late June 2014 – I can’t tell you why, but remember this post. PS. -No, I’m not getting married, lol.
A special thank you to Juanita Stephens PR and all of the early supporters including the fans of “Nightlife” and the forthcoming “Paradise.” “It’s In The Music!
On Wednesday October 16, 2013 I did a day of press at a few outlets as well as meet and greets – lots of good vibes and enthusiasm which is always nice. I’m also in New York to celebrate and spend time with my son who turns 21 today. Words can’t express my love my for son and daughter – music is great but they are the core, meaning and balance of my life as “Mom.”
I Love New York! Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley
At SiriusXM with longtime supporters and host of The Morning JOLT Larry Flick, comedian Keith Cobb, and Director of Talent & Industry Relations Tracey Jordan (formerly of MCA back during my solo debut – always full of love and support).
With Arts & Culture Editor Miles Marshall Lewis at Ebony Magazine offices
Selfie, waiting in reception area, my first time at Essence offices! (c) 2013 Jody Watley
Jody Watley with staff of Ebony Magazine at offices in New York.
Photo (c) 2013 Jody Watley
With Editor in Chief Emil Wilbekin and Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass at Essence Magazine
Giving you hair! Jody Watley with Celia Smith, Fashion Editor of Essence Magazine
Jody Watley and Essence Magazine staff. (c) 2013
– and after a long day of press and promotion – a pre-birthday pizza with my son, spending quality time together.
Limited edition vinyl is being manufactured of original mixes, delivery is approximately 8 weeks out. Remixes are due November 4, original and extended mixes available now at iTunes and select digital outlets.