Early birds. In the green room, waiting to go on air. Rosero, Jody, Nate. Shalamar Reloaded.
Thank you KTLA Morning News Entertainment, Sam Rubin – good vibes.
Woke up around 5 am – to do vocal warm ups, enjoy the still of the morning and prepare for this morning’s performance and interview with Sam Rubin on KTLA Morning News Entertainment. Nate, Rosero and I exchanged texts before the sun came up – we were all pumped and ready. I enjoy being a part of this group.
Now if other show bookers would take notice! We deliver a great performance and always upbeat interview talking about the now and what we have going on.
Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. #JodyWatley #ShalamarReloaded #SRL
Tune in January 27, 2016 to catch me live on air with Shalamar Reloaded and Sam Rubin. I’ll performing a solo classic as well as new music with Nate and Rosero this will be in addition to interview in support of Friday’s concert at The Roxy Theater Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip. We got Sam to dance the last time we were on back in July 2015 – I hope he’s ready for another round of freestyle!
For my second live TV special in Japan – it was exciting to have it be Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded – so it was a first for the group. Exciting for me because I’m never jaded..and exciting for Nate and Rosero. The special was broadcast on Fuji TV Next on January 19 and will re-air.
I’m always so grateful and continue to work hard and keep positive spirits up. When I think of the vitriol and some of the wasted energy some direct my way..I just keep on keeping on and accepting the lessons and blessings of God and the universe. This is my recommendation to anyone in life – just keep on keeping on and never be distracted by people and things that in the long run of life are irrelevant to the journey..though they may also inadvertently inspire you to exceed even your own expectations.
Taping Interview prior to live TV special broadcast for Fuji Next TV, Japan.
In line with always wanting to create the right atmosphere and vibe I’m so proud to announce the addition of my friend and colleague Vikter Duplaix to join Shalamar Reloaded and I live on the Sunset Strip at The Roxy.
Vikter is an accomplished songwriter / producer not to mention a Grammy nominated Urban Alternative artist for his divine “Make a Baby” from his critically heralded ‘The Bold & The Beautiful’ release in 2008. Beyond that he’s also a renowned DJ and lifestyle event producer – a tastemaker of all groovy and good. His Kiss n Grind Events in Los Angeles are legendary in the underground scene always packed with a beautiful music loving crowd – fashionable as well I might add.
Jody Watley with Shalamar Reloaded and Vikter Duplaix promises to be a great night of an eclectic mix of sounds from soul, electronica, dance, hip hop, a splash of classic disco and hip-hop.
Snuck into a private taping of David Bowie when I was a teen on Soul Train. His song ‘Fame’ was out on Young Americans album which I loved. He was so immediately intriguing – and I was gutted when I got kicked out of the taping (my name was not on the list) missing an opportunity to see him in person. Like millions who were fans I am saddened and shocked to hear of his passing – he was so private; something else I admire about him and didn’t know he’d been battling cancer in this age of over media saturation. Original, boldly different and eclectic, Bowie never confined himself to any musical or style box throughout his legendary career up through his just released ‘Black Star’ he kept us guessing and enamored in and out of the mainstream always a chameleon – I admire him so much and anyone who just does their own thing staying true to themselves especially in this business.
Quietly, or not so..he was also a white artist who spoke out against the lack of videos being played at the time by MTV (in the days when it was Music Television) by black artists unless between certain hours when people were less likely to be tuning in. I learned this fact today. Check his interview with Mark Goodman challenging the tepid excuses: here , in that way I owe a debt of gratitude a black artist who found her way into medium to heavy rotation at one time.
Another great one – a legend who leaves an indelible legacy of music, style, performances, innovation and individuality and beyond. Live life – it’s precious..we’re all just passing through.
My condolences and prayers to his wife of 24 years Iman, his children, family and friends who knew him best.
One of my early favorites:
Good-Bye Mr. Lawrence. ( Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto from the film in which David Bowie starred).
We’re already a bit more than a week into 2016 – life continues to move on and what a gift it is to be here and share it with those we love. New adventures, obstacles to overcome and triumphs to enjoy.
We’re all works in progress – be gentle to yourself as much as my Mom says “To thine own self be true.” Work, revise and tweak your goals. Things may not always go your way, but what’s a rainbow and sunshine without some rain – keep on keeping on.
It was extra special to have my Mom and daughter Lauren with me for New Years for the shows in Oakland at Yoshi’s. Watley girls in full effect – three generations. We had a fun time together and my daughter was tickled at ‘Grandma Rose’ getting her groove on an dancing during the shows. I was fighting tears in one show – suddenly overcome with emotion thinking of all of the young people, and those in general who didn’t make it home this year with lives cut too short. I also made sure to acknowledge the untimely passing of Ms. Natalie Cole who leaves behind a great legacy of music and personal triumphs.
As well, I had a blast with Nate and Rosero from Shalamar Reloaded-our shows get better and better each time for us in that portion of the show. It really is a unique and fun concert experience. If you have a chance to see us – don’t miss it!
Wishing everyone the best always. Here are a few photo’s there are more on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial Page. (there was a Jody Watley imposter for the past month friending people with a fake page, asking for donations in exchange for concert tickets, dates..and who knows what – be alert and advised I would never friend anyone I don’t know on Facebook – and there is only one verified page that I communicate through link attached, always report anyone pretending to be Jody Watley no matter how many of my photo’s they poach).
Three generations of beauty, smarts and love! Rose, Jody and Lauren Watley.
Nate Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar Reloaded before meet and greet at Yoshi’s Oakland Dec. 30
Meet and Greet with Lisa Henry. Shalamar Reloaded.
Soundcheck. Donnell Spencer Jr. Geemack, Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero mcCoy, Sam Sims, Rodney Lee, Eric McCoy
New merchandise courtesy of Bob Fierro and Zebra Marketing. I’ve known Bob since my early Shalamar days when he did our merch.
The new T-has glitter lips though on the photo you can’t see that detail. We’ll also be doing a white option.
Love. Me, my Mom and daughter – glammed up and ready for 2016!
Ringing in 2016 onstage – pausing for a selfie as everyone in the audience was doing the same after the balloon drop! Shalamar Reloaded. SRL.
Jody Watley and Dana Lawrence (Rosero’s beautiful sister). Oakland is Rosero’s hometown making it special for him to be with family as well..we also celebrated his son Eric’s birthday. Eric also works with me from time to time as a dancer.
After the final show of the series January 1 -we made it to Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square with family and friends – it’s a tradition now.
Indeed! We all wish we could change something..lose weight, do better in some area in life..I work on this too – love yourself where you are right now a little more and carry on no matter what needs improvement.