I haven’t had much time to update my tour journal, but I will with loads of additional photo’s and more anecdotes – I made it through as the tour concluded last night sold out in Camden’s plush Gilgamesh. This photo is from Halifax in the dressing room in my custom black sequined jumpsuit as I currently sit in the airport lounge excited and exhausted returning home. I can’t wait to share more of the wild ride that was David Gest Present Legends of Soul Tour 2014.
One of the albums on my tour playlist was Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd Jazz Samba, gnerally playing it on the long rides back to Liverpool form whatever city we were in. love jazz and bosa nova.
A great start to the week to all – BE fabulous, go for amazing -don’t just go through the motions of life on the daily grind of life!
The Soulpersona classic soul remix of “Nightlife” is available at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other select digital outlets around the world. Make sure to add it to your collection. It’s been wonderful to hear so much Soul R&B here in the UK nearly everywhere I’ve gone from boutiques , restaurants and coffee bars – it’s so prevalent from 60’s classic Motown to 90’s R&B from artists like SWV, Aaliyah and more. There’s also no shortage of soul music from now – and I have heard my classic soul mix of “Nightlife” making me smile. It’s been nice to see music channels that play music video’s as well. The genre of soul has continued to take many forms over the years for each era and generation, though today more than ever it seems to have morphed into the EDM craze. What ever happened to diversity of sounds – where did the soul go? It’s there – you just have to look harder and as many do fall back to your favorites I suppose.
In America, it’s a shame that music and artistry are more flavor of the moment and not so much the vast longterm respect and appreciation of artists – they never stop playing ‘the music just as if it’s right now, not a part of a ‘Hits of the..” pick an era. Being on this Legends of Soul Tour has reinvigorated my own appreciation of the genre and the artistry, the stories behind the music, the longevity, the survival.
What’s next will be another single and video before “Paradise” – right now the consensus is it will be titled “Dancer,” another soulful club tune full of attitude, funky beat and a percolating rhythm guitar written and produced by Luminodisco from Italy and myself. Teaser snippet will be posted soon as we evaluate the remixers for the song. Dance music doesn’t have to be soulless -it didn’t use to be.
Jody Watley and ‘NIGHTLIFE’ receive further exposure to a younger demographic as the original mix is currently added to the members only program of retailer Abercrombie & Fitch as a download for a limited time via special music license from Avitone, the single has also been added to Mood Media, so you just may just hear “NIGHTLIFE” in-store while out and about shopping or traveling.
Driving and traveling from one destination to another make sure to take in the scenery and remember it’s the journey, not simply the destination in this life we live. The David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert tour began with a chaotic schedule, for a few days where was no wifi which drove me crazy I’ll admit. It’s the little things right? I had to laugh what did we do before. I filled my downtime instead with writing and some good old fashioned book reading.
The scenic photographs were taken from the front seat of the Mercedes Vito a group of us were in. While the others slept on this just past dawn departure, I was keeping an eye on the scenery and the driver, riding shotgun as they say, to make sure our very handsome driver didn’t fall asleep at the wheel as I was convinced he’d been up all night!
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If anyone had suggested when I was growing up that one day I would tour with and celebrate my birthday with one of the voices of the legendary Temptations whose music I grew up on and love so much – I’d say ‘yeah right!’ and then I would have giggled uncontrollably.
Fast forward, February 3, 2014 – Liverpool, England with Dennis Edwards of The Temptations one of the great male voices in soul music – and music period .. giggled uncontrollably!
It doesn’t have to be this type of thing, but truly anything in life is possible – just keep pushing forward.