BE Fabulous 2014! Keep it movin’ forward no matter the obstacles.
It’s been a great year and nothing is going to put a damper on that – performing at Essence Fest, China Night of Fortune Grammy All-Stars Concert, Essence Fest, the historic Howard Theatre concert and of course “Nightlife” a #5 Urban and #6 Commercial Pop single in the UK, ending the year at #20 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts and many other memorable events throughout the year – scroll my website, it’s all here. I’m full of joy and gratitude – nothing is going to distract from a year that was a banner year for me in a continued multiple decades long journey. I’m not resting on my laurels – reveling in past achievement … always keeping it moving.
Some people will ALWAYS wish ill will and hold it against, try to marginalize or diminish my happiness and success because I’m my own person and always excel against the odds. I’m sure many can relate now matter your profession. Haters or those who will never wish you well are out there. I was going to do a post about haters who frequent my various social media and those from my past who continue to dwell in animosity and shady business..based on recent exchanges on my Facebook. That’s all a negative distraction and I decided not to put any further energy to it. I stand by my comments in this interview with Amalgamation with regard to false ads as well as my perspective shared briefly on black reunion tours: Here
Live your lives. I’m living mine.
You can also read this post of thanks. For now – I just want to say how grateful I am and I’m looking forward to 2014 – it’s in the music!
See the recipe here on Ebony
The hit single Jody Watley ‘NIGHTLIFE” available at iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Traxsource and other digital outlets. Also available on limited 12″ vinyl. Currently #20 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. Peaked #5 Urban, Music Week UK. #6 Commercial Pop Music Week UK.
Extended Classic Glamour EP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-classic-extended/id686594958?uo=4
Jody Watley LIve in Japan:
Billboard Live Osaka, January 18, 2014
Billboard Live Tokyo, January 20 – 21, 2014
David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour:
I’m looking forward to not only performing my current hit single “Nightlife” and a few classics from my solo and Shalamar days as the original female lead in my short set as a part of David Gest Presents Legends of Soul but continuing to spread the word about my upcoming “Paradise” and other musical ventures on the horizon. To share the stage with acts that I grew up listening to (Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Review (Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Song For You..), Candi Staton (I dance to Young Hearts Run Free at Giorgio’s nearly every Saturday, Sheila Ferguson another original lead of the super group The Three Degrees). Gwen Dickey (Wishing On A Star) and I last crossed paths when she was a member of Rose Royce, and I a member of Shalamar. This is a personal honor for me – an adventure in an ongoing musical journey!
From Essence Magazine: “Nightlife” Queen Jody Watley Top 10 NYE Picks:
It began with a phone call. I’d been living on London with my best friend Jermaine Stewart after leaving my post as the original female lead vocalist of Shalamar on the 4th of July in 1983. The phone call came from Mariella Frostup, who at the time was the publicist for Phonogram Records. I’m told this was at the behest of organizer Sir Bob Geldof who was assembling some of the greatest pop and rock artists of the time and Shalamar had been blazing hot in the UK in this era. The only other American act included were members of Kool and the Gang with lead vocalist J.T. Taylor who were touring the UK at the time with a string of hits as well.
As a side note, Phonogram was very keen to sign me as a solo artist at the time at the helm of executive Chris Briggs – I feel so blessed to have been a part of this historic musical charity event helping to raise millions of dollars which also subsequently inspired USA For Africa.
This Official Band Aid Magazine with it’s 40 pages was sold in local newsstands and convenience stores selling-out quickly for 1.25 p. Imagine if we’d all had smartphones, iPhones, etc. with cameras and video back then to capture the recording and the total camaraderie and slight chaos that went on that day. At the time I thought Bananarama blowing cigarette smoke my way were unfriendly but we had a good laugh about it recently at Giorgio’s dancing the night away. The Mr. Marilyn keep the atmosphere light with his quick wit and exchanges with Boy George and everyone.
As I’ve said in interviews, it was at this recording that I asked George Michael, if I signed a deal would he duet with me – and he kept his word on my solo debut in 1987. There was some friendly flirting directed my way from John Taylor of Duran Duran and Paul Young as well. This was another blessed and memorable experience I was fortunate to be a part of.
Wishing everyone the comfort, warmth, joy and blessings of the holiday season and time of year when many are stressed, lonely and depressed – as much as many of us are filled with happiness, enjoying family and the often magically beautiful spirit of the season. Give love.
Get iTunes at iTunes, Amazon, Beatport and other select outlets. Limited edition vinyl available in limited quantity.
In America, ‘NIGHTLIFE” is currently #25 View: HERE
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde