Jody Watley. Keeping It Real With TheyCallMeDaymz

 

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Jody Watley-Photography Albert Sanchez

Check out my latest interview, this time with Damon Gonzalez who just arrived in Los Angeles from Brooklyn. You always learn something new..in this case see what my thoughts are about Rihanna, longevity, and tips on dealing with shade. Read it: Here

Random Thoughts. The Simple Things In Life

 

elmersglue_pasteFor some reason when I woke up this morning, one of my first thoughts was being a little girl in elementary school at Thanksgiving time. The smell of school paste felt real (I loved that smell). I could remember myself excited to cut out colorful shapes on  construction paper,  coloring in the templates provided by the teacher. It was with great joy to complete a paper turkey or making autumn leaves to take home – my creation. It really is the simple things in life that can make you smile at any given moment.

 

Jody Watley. CowGirl Realness.

I had a blast in Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana. The people were so nice everywhere we went. Thank you to Frank “Penny” Edwards for making the trip and experience so special and for having me and the new Shalamar with Nate Smith and Rosero be a part of this experience. I’d never been to a rodeo – never been around real cowboys. It was unforgettable – yes, I had no problem getting in the dirt, riding a horse, or even taking a bull by the horns.

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Lt. Don Gibbs (thank you for being so great), Jody Watley, Nate Smith arriving at Shreveport Regional Airport.

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Nothing like a great dinner sharing laughs, good food and good times – and fabulous hospitality . Thank you to the staff at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Shreveport for taking such a great care of us. A+. Wallace Butts (Avid Music Inc.). Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith.

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Jody Watley, Frank “Penny” Edwards and Nate Smith at soundcheck. National Black Rodeo Finals 2015. Century Link Center.

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“I have no problem getting in the dirt!  I embrace life’s journey and have a great time wherever I go.” Jody Watley, soundcheck – on a horse. Century Link Center National Black Rodeo Finals 2015

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Nate Allen Smith of Shalamar® enjoying the journey at Century Link Center with Grambling State Marching Band entertaining the crowd of 11,000.

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Before going onstage at Century Link Center with Shalamar® Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy – pictured with Frank “Penny” Edwards and the world renowned Grambling State Marching Band.

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Taking life and the bull by the horns! – Jody Watley National Black Rodeo Finals 2015. Real Cowboys Association.

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Heading back to Los Angeles, feeling blessed and grateful as always – wiser and stronger at every turn. Thank you Real Cowboys Association / RCA.

Thought of The Day. Bricks To Success

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This continues to be a running undercurrent theme in my life journey. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we respond, rebound or simply keep it pushing forward. Never being discouraged for long – just keep on keeping on.

I was reminded of this on my trip to Louisiana for the Real Cowboys Association National Black Rodeo Finals this weekend. The promoter let me know someone behind the scenes had been badmouthing me – without naming names. They were encouraging him to not book me, not to book the new Shalamar  in favor of another artist – how much trouble I’d be..such a ‘bitch’ to work with, a diva..immediately my people and I knew where this probably came from an association to someone from my past or someone who represents them. That’s the level of people they’re with. This is a shady business full of people throwing bricks at any given time, just for someone out here as I wrote – just living my life. This is to anyone who may be in a similar situation at your job. Hang in there.  As hard as you’re working, you never know when someone else is working just as hard for another not to succeed. Imagine that – someone attempting to block another’s blessings with lies – again. I’m a woman with standards, a total professional – some will always resent that.  Initially I was going to keep this to myself. but it’s important for me to convey the things that go on behind the scenes and some of the obstacles I face just being me; as well as a cautionary tale for other women in business.

The  promoter was so delighted that he’d trusted his own instincts and not listened – he said he wanted to see for himself. That he did.

The result – “You’re nothing like they said you’d be..I just love you girl..this has been one of my best experiences with any artist and can’t wait to work with you and the guys again!”

And the world keeps on spinning. If something is truly for you – no one can take that away..hard as they might try.

Thank God and the universe for another lesson and opportunity.

May the obstacles and bricks lead to more stepping stones to success.

#JodyWatley #Shalamar #ShalamarReloaded #Life #Business #Music

Highlights and Updates. Jody Watley and Shalamar ‘Reloaded’

A visit to K-Earth101 fun times on The Gary Bryan Morning Show with Lisa Stanley in support of the SuperFreeStyle Explosion Concert which took place at The Honda Center in Anaheim 11/14/15/

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Gary Bryan. Jody Watley. Lisa Stanley. K-Earth 101 a quick snapshot after the interview.

Scenes from Honda Center, Anaheim – great night..I loved dancing with all of the kids and dancers which was new for me. Rosero McCoy did an outstanding job putting it together. The girls all rocked classic Jody Watley jumbo hoops with style as a nod to my early solo career and the Real Love video.

Backstage before going onstage to smash the Honda Center Anaheim, CA

Backstage before going onstage to smash the Honda Center Anaheim, CA. Pictured: Nate Allen Smith (Shalamar ‘Reloaded), Jessina Velasquez, John “Havic’ Gregory, Alexander Shulaman, Eric mcCoy, Francesa Romano Ligouri,  Rosero McCoy, Tatiana McQuay, Tahani Anderson with Jody Watley

Video/Photo Collage via Instagram

 

 

Reloaded and Fabulous. Jody Watley and Shalamar®

Reloaded and Fabulous. Jody Watley and Shalamar® for a new era.

Next:

Bossier, Louisiana – Century Link Center 11/21 ‘National Black Rodeo Finals’

Oakland – Yoshi’s Oakland 12/30-31

Oakland – Yoshi’s Oakland 01/01

Tokyo –  Billboard Live 01/18-19

Osaka –  Billboard Live 01/21

Los Angeles –  The Roxy Theater 01/29

San Jose –  SAP Center 02/12 “Valentines Old School Throwback Jam”

Las Vegas –  Orleans Arena 02/13 Love Affair Classic Jam Concert

 

More dates TBA

New Music: Jody Watley ‘DANCER’ REmixed

 

New Music: Shalamar ‘SlowDance’

Jody Watley in The WAVE Lounge.

On air personality Pat Prescott and Jody Watley 94.7 The Wave 11/12/15

On air personality Pat Prescott and Jody Watley 94.7 The Wave 11/12/15

Check out my  latest interview on 94.7 The Wave inside the WAVE Lounge. Here

Concert Updates. Jody Watley and Shalamar.

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November 14, 2015 Anaheim Honda Center

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 ANAHEIM HONDA CENTER- TICKETS: HERE

 

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

November 21, 2015 CenturyLink Center, Bossier, LA

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Jody Watley and Shalamar® November 21, 2015 Century Link Center Bossier LA

NOVEMBER 21, 2015 CENTURYLINK CENTER, BOSSIER, LA NATIONAL BLACK RODEO FINALS WITH GRAMBLING STATE MARCHING BAND –  TICKETS (I have no idea who Ms. Jody is – but that’s not me!)

 

 

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Photography: Christopher Burke.

Dec. 30-31 and January 1 : YOSHI’S OAKLAND, CA  — TICKETS: HERE

Jan. 18 – 19, 2016 – TOKYO, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 21, 2016 – OSAKA, JAPAN BILLBOARD LIVE

Jan. 29, 2016 – THE ROXY THEATRE LOS ANGELES, CA TICKETS: HERE

Feb. 13 – ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb, 26 – MIAMI BANK UNITED CENTER – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

Feb. 27 – ORLANDO CFE ARENA  – SUPER FREESTYLE EXPLOSION TOUR

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.