I’m not generally an artist that gets hyped on views and that sort of thing..but I must say it’s a great feeling to see how quickly ‘Dancer’ has spread throughout Facebook – with over 200,000 views in 5 days. For a veteran artist..this must be some sort of record. The thing that made me happiest as well was the mother from Australia who’s 7 year old son Ollie or as he wants to be called “Bboy Elite” saw the video…and then watched over and over leading to him wanted her to film him dancing to the music of ‘Dancer’ so I could see it (watch it on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial). That is what the song is about, the concept of the video – lose yourself – get IN the music.
It’s pretty cool to see this feature on popular music blog NewNowNext – see what they have to say: Here
The new thing..the next thing are concept video’s which are shorter for this generation. The concept in this case being all about the celebration of dance – showing the music and with the confidence this brings. Music and movement get you out of your shell. It’s been at the core of my life and this was a way to bring it all full circle and to give dancers of all ages, the kids with dreams in class…an anthem about them. It’s you – it’s me.
With Rosero McCoy’s creative collaboration, a host of enthusiastic dancers of and Q Burdette on the lens we were able to make this happen. Note the cameo appearance by my Shalamar Reloaded Shalamates Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith.
This is for the dancer in all of us. Freestyle. Werk iT!
This journey with Nate Smith and Rosero began prompted by trying to correct misuse and false ads, and undoubtedly turned into something else fueled by God and the universe. As the year progressed, and as it goes with the journey of life we cleared hurdles, were dealt many challenges to overcome and an initial flood of naysayers — but I remained steadfast ad did Nate and Rosero who continued to have my back. In that – we really became a group, not fueled by cashing checks but with a similar passion for music, dance and having a good time. Our goals and objectives changed as the year went along. Here’s to the unexpected, new goals, new challenges to be overcome, new inspirations and 2016. Togetherness and teamwork.
The remix is produced by Jamie Von De / Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit
Rosero McCoy and I had been talking about doing a dance video for a while, and I’m happy to say we finally made it happen. As he’s been doing with recent ‘concept’ dance videos (shortened video’s for a new generation) – Rosero made it all come together.
I’ve only used a lot of dancers once in a video (I Want Your Love) and it wasn’t the best experience. It’s such a gift of life to have other opportunities for a different outcome. This was magic. The energy, the kids, the parents there supporting their kids and their passion, the director Q, Nate from Shalamar Reloaded and the variety of dancers in various genres including of course waacking – everyone who was there made it a special night in celebration of dance, diverse cultures, confidence and going for your dreams. As inspired as I was – when the video is done, it’s my desire that others will be inspired too.
There was a dancer named Dor, fresh from Israel in America to pursue his dreams of being a professional here. I met him by chance while rehearsing with Rosero, and we reeling him in..he was looking lost and had gotten the schedule wrong for a class.
There was also little Jaxton in the video working his first job – at 7, just going for it. It was an inspirational night – they are me and I am them.
Dancing is where I first found a sense of escape and confidence, it was my field of dreams..the music, the creativity.
I believe a dancer lives in all of us – the drive, the passion, the learning of confidence and the feeling you were born to shine no matter what your circumstance, passion or job is. We are all navigating. DANCER.
Love these two little one! Tati and Tahani. This is our second time working together – I’m in awe of them. Next generation!! Clock the hoop earrings! Photo via: Michelle McQuay/Instagram (Tati’s Mom)
DANCER. After wrapping the video. Photo: Michele Soulchild / Instagram
Dor from Israel and Jody Watley. DANCER. Follow your dreams!
Nate Allen Smith from Shalamar Reloaded, The Waackers, Jody Watley and Gene Tapia. DANCER.
Jody Watley. DANCER. Selfie (during month of December use #DonateASelfie) on Instagram meals will be donated #FeedingAmerica
Jaxton and Jody Watley. DANCER.
Hip hop, locking..freestyle. “Get In The Music! “Good vibes. DANCER.
DANCER. The kids getting it in! “Clock this confidence..lose yourself..”
Rosero McCoy (Rosero Inc) choreographer, dancer, artistic director, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar Reloaded. We are all have a common bond as dancers. DANCER.
It’s been a while since I had a girl’s night out with my longtime friend Jeannine Braden. Jeannine is a stylist, designer and entrepreneur (she once owned one two of the hottest boutiques in Los Angeles, Flair in Fred Segal) as well as other businesses and ventures. Her recent venture is called ‘Say The Sun’ going to her Venice Beach, California roots with a line of chic and whimsical flipflops.
She invited me to attend Cindy Crawfords ‘Becoming’ book celebration party. The book is full of classic and never seen images and insightful anecdotes. It was a gorgeous setting and event. Hosted by Eric Buterbaugh Florals and Guthy Renker’s Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford.
Cindy was so kind and approachable; engaging with all of the guests along with her two children and husband, businessman Randy Gerber. It was a family affair. I might add her daughter Kaia is truly uncannily a twin of her legendary model Mom.
While there, it was nice to reconnect with Peter Savic, one of fashion’s most brilliant and respected hair guru’s. Peter and I collaborated on several notable style moments along my journey a while ago including the iconic image from GAP; a trendsetting celebrity ad campaign in 89. It was actually Peter’s idea to go short for this campaign..I wanted a change and didn’t want to be trapped by long hair. “Darling, we must go short, very short..” in his distinct accent and tone..I loved it. I was so happy to see him after so many years.
The journey is never long in the company of good friends and colleagues. It’s nice when you’re happy to see people!
Two self motivated renaissance women and entrepreneurs: Jeannine Braden and Jody Watley.
Photo by: Jeannine Braden. It’s all about love – always!
Style Pioneers. Hair Guru:Peter Savic and Grammy Winner Jody Watley.
Classic Image. Jody Watley for VOGUE Italia by Herb Ritts. Hair: Peter Savic Makeup: Paul Starr.
Don’t be afraid to change it up on your journey. It’s your life. Although there’s a higher power to all of us as a guiding force – it’s what we do with the knowledge, instinct, lesson..are you listening to your life? Are you making the necessary changes if you feel they’re needed? Have you become stagnant – to a point where you feel restless? Are you pushing yourself? “..those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
It’s going to be a celebration for a great year of music, travel and camaraderie that we’ve shared with each other throughout the year and with fans from coast to coast and of course Japan, Brazil, Netherlands and the UK. Yoshi’s has welcomed us back to end the year (we sold out in February and March to kick off 2015). It’s only fitting we close out 2015 upbeat, high energy, up close and personal in the bay and take it into 2016. Half of the concert is Shalamar Reloaded and then it goes into Jody Watley world! It’s not just a concert, it’s an experience. Get your tickets before they sell out – it will also make a great music gift! Buy Here