The shows have been incredible including two sold out shows in Tokyo at Billboard Live. After performing here for decades, it always feels fresh and new – it’s a blessing and I treasure each trip and each moment. Check out more photo’s : Here and also make sure to watch ‘Backstage Pass’ uploaded to my Facebopk page as well, and will add to the Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ Youtube Channels.
Reflecting on the year, it’s one one of entrepreneurial moves with Avitone and the release of PARADISE, which quickly sold-out at my online boutique another venture I focused on this year. We weren’t going to do CD’s but my fans overwhelmingly wanted the option.
I became the legal registered trademark owner of SHALAMAR ™ of which I am an original member. Immediately a new dynamic lineup, which will continue to evolve and get better as a work in progress to my show which is a total high energy affair to the delight of the audiences we’ve played to thus far in 2014.
Here’s to you – discard what didn’t work in 2014 and begin anew…actually I apply that everyday in life in general. Learn from each life lesson, and always keep a positive spin on life.
Thank you to Mervin Malone Jr. for uploading “My Love, Santa Claus.” Recorded exclusively for a Japanese release with Cyber X in 2003. This was the first time I’d done ‘trance’ the various genres I’ve explored over the years.
This is stark contrast to my jazzy chilled out rendition of “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas – my favorite holiday album.
As always, I’m really excited about the upcoming concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. These concerts will close out an exciting 2014. I hired a new booking agent this year and it’s already paying off. In the past, I chose not to work so much because I was enjoying being a stay at home Mom raising her children though picking and choosing when to travel – a luxury of being a songwriter to so many hit singles. I’ll always be discerning about what and when to take jobs but I do feel a new enthusiasm for this part of the business. With the music of PARADISE, mixed in with a range of curated hits from both catalogs of Jody Watley and the new millennial SHALAMAR ™ adding to the set, it’s even more of a party. Rosero McCoy has done a great job creating new choreography for us. The ladies are enjoying Paul’Michael who brings such a fresh young energy and charm along with his own vocal style. The shows will only get better and we’re having a great time together. Check out our Jody Watley / SHALAMAR ™ ‘Backstage’ passes on Youtube by subscribing to both channels. http://www.youtube.com/JodyWatley and http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShalamar
December 28 – Tokyo Billboard Live
December 30 – Osaka Billboard Live
December 31 – Osaka Billboard Live
February 18 New York BB Kings
February 19 – Atlantic City Harrah’s Resort and Casino
February 28 – Oakland, Yoshi’s
More dates to be announced.
June 24 – Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 27 – London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -Let’s Rock London Festival
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Get the current release PARADISE available at digital outlets worldwide. Remixes are being done for Avitone with the assistance of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit out of NYC and being reviewed for the next single ‘DANCER.’
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The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.
The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.
This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.
This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’
This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style. The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.
Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul’Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy