Jody Watley. Paradise Returns.

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The critically acclaimed “Paradise” EP has returned to digital outlets like iTunes, Apple, Spotify, and so forth. If you had it before, please rate it again and leave another review!

Here’s the original Press Release:

JODY WATLEY RELEASES NEW ALBUM AND MAKES EACH MUSICAL MOMENT

 ‘PARADISE’

 Limited Edition CD Pre-Orders Sells Out In Less Than One Week

 Established as one of the most prominent visionaries of her era, whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music, Grammy Award winner,

Jody Watley returns with her retro-futuristic, PARADISE – a state of now dance floor scorcher whose lush upbeat, soulful production and life affirming lyrics are steeped in classic disco/R&B aesthetics (think Chic, Shalamar, Change, Barry White, Larry Levan) while being firmly rooted in the her and now. As executive producer at the helm of her own label, Avitone, Watley continues to convey her commitment as a savvy entrepreneur. Proving that quality rules over quantity, pre-orders for the 6 track album sold out in less than one week. PARDISE is available world-wide on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music outlets. A limited edition CD which was encouraged by her devoted fans, that includes the bonus track Everlasting, is available exclusively on Jody Watley’s online boutique (www.jodywatley.net).

The singer, songwriter, producer sighted the lack of attention spans in today’s society which prompted her to take a classic approach in recording PARADISE. She was reminded that many timeless albums were recorded in the 70’s and early 80’s that had as few as 7 songs on an album, and with Isaac Hayes’ ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ having only 4.

“It’s about quality, not quantity,” says Jody. “I think that albums with a lot of songs are out of touch with the times we live in and today’s record buyer – many artists and companies are holding on to outdated practices. Perhaps I’ll be the first to encourage other artists to make shorter albums, with better songs and a greater music impact.”

Inspired by her well documented roots in disco, soul, pop, dance and electronica music, Watley, who has mastered a career in keeping dance and R&B music relevant to today, continues her legacy on PARADISE. Jody continues to put genuine artistry and quality into everything she does, making each musical moment into a quality experience. The album incorporates live instruments meshed with the EDM direction she’s successfully delivered for more than a decade.

Former Prince NPG guitarist Levi Seacer plays on the thumper The Dawn, with live strings courtesy of the critically acclaimed Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and avant-garde dance jazz impresario, Mark DeClive-Lowe (The Dawn, Paradise, Tonight’s The Night). Other producers featured on PARADISE include Italy’s Luminodisco (Dancer), France’s Count de Money (Nightlife) and the U.K.’s hot producers, Soulpersona (Sanctuary).

 

Paradise Track Listing

Nightlife

Dancer

The Dawn

Tonight’s The Night

Paradise

Sanctuary

LISTEN:

 

UPCOMING CONCERTS: (MORE TBA SOON!)

SAN DIEGO, CA – JUNE 25, VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER – FREESTYLE EXPLOSION

JACKSON, MS – JULY 8  – BLACK RODEO JACKSON, MS FAIRGROUND

MANSON, WA – JULY 30 – DEEP WATER AMPHITHEATER MILL BAY CASINO

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 27 – WELLS FARGO CENTER – FREESTYLE EXPLOSION

 

 

 

Thought of The Day. Allowance.

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In life, you must allow for the reality that people outgrow each other in many aspects of life personally and professionally. It may be a difficult realization but that’s OK. Don’t fight it.

Shalamar Reloaded. New Video Alert.

Watch it Again. #WatchMeWalkOut #FashionWalkOut

We all had a hand in writing this proclamation – total group effort, music and video. Own who you are no matter what people say – is really what it’s about.

 

 

Fan Made.

Jody Watley. Classic Thursday.

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For this #TBT – a look back at my #1 workout tape “Dance to Fitness.” A first for a woman of color, my motivation was that there were no fitness tapes with black women a fact that baffled me. It was the era of Jane Fonda and Denise Austin..and then me! Light cardio dancing, it was an awesome opportunity and moment in my journey. It’s in the Music!

Watch a clip:

Thought of The Day. Forward.

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Love this! Keep moving forward to where you’d like to go..the permission of other’s isn’t required.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Giving Them Something To Talk About.

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded continue to knock it out of the park pushing the needle forward. It was the second time around at Harrah’s Atlantic City with one of the most dynamic shows out touring. The audience gets favorites spanning decades and genres as diverse as disco R&B, Funk, Pop, Hip hop, Adult contemporary and Dance as well as new music. A near full house at Harrah’s were treated to an emotional tribute to music legend Prince led by group guitarist Levi Seacer Jr., former member of Prince’s NPG.

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy) pictured with  Regional Talent Supervisor of Caesar’s Entertainment Warren Bader.

The new single and video O.R.I.G.in.A.L. available at digital retailers worldwide through Avitone Recordings has surpassed 100k views on Facebook and approaching 90K on Youtube with spotlight features on music blogs (Singersroom, Eurweb, Poptastic Confessions, Essence and more) – solid numbers for the new era music and social media business.
Watch it Again O.R.I.G.in.A.L:  Youtube
NEW on Essence Magazine: Here
For serious booking inquiries, fill out booking form.
Up Next:
June 25 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego – Freestyle Explosion Tour
July 9 – Black Rodeo Jackson Mississippi Fairground
July 30 – Mill Valley Casino, Deep Water Amphitheatre
August 27 – Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center – Freestyle Explosion
More dates TBA.

 

O.R.I.G.in.A.L on Poptastic Confessions

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See what Poptastic Confessions has to say about the new single and video: Poptastic Confessions

 

Thought of The Day. Your Worth.

Share, remind someone..that’s what this inspired me to do. Know your worth – don’t let anyone mark you down and most of all not yourself.

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Rock Harrah’s Atlantic City Again.

We brought our new show to Harrah’s Atlantic City and really took things up a notch. It was another stellar experience, nothing but love from the crowd. Undeniably, our favorite moment of the show was a toss up between ‘Full of Fire’ which turned into a tribute to Prince..Levi really had the audience nearly in tears with his beautiful solo and impromptu playing..the spirit just took us there. We’d planned to extend ‘Still a Thrill’ and go into a few jams like DMSR, Erotic City, Sexy Dancer, Cool..just vibe it..but we ran out of time when it felt like we were just getting warmed up at 90 minutes!

‘Dancer’..you really have to be at one of the concerts to be a part of it. To get everyone moving and grooving so much fun and a blessing. The Shalamar Reloaded was enthusiastically received as well which of course is what we wanted. We are moving forward..that’s what life is about. Learn your lessons. take control of your choices and life and keep it pushing no matter what people have to say.

Here are some behind the scenes photo’s.

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The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

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Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City! 

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Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

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Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.

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Meet and Greet!

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Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.

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Checking in..

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This connection came through social media, Matthew tweeted he’d proposed to his longtime sweetheart ..because she was longtime fan of mine he’d bought tickets to the show as a surprise. I invited them to the VIP Meet and Greet so I could meet them both and congratulate them. #RealLove 

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Always ready to slay. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Two hot sets of hits, new music and more – in one hot show. It’s an experience.

Levi Seacer Jr. our guitarist and former Prince and the NPG member, says it perfectly at the end of the short clip.

 

 

 

Paradise Returns.

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The critically acclaimed 2014 “Paradise” EP has returned to digital outlets worldwide. The physical CD quickly sold out via the Jody Watley Boutique.  Get this modern disco soul ambient electronica gem. “Paradise” features the Top 5 UK Commercial Pop Single “Nightlife” which also appeared in the Billboard Dance Top 20. If you rated or left a review, make sure to do so again because all of the data went when my label Avitone took it down by choice. “Paradise” also includes what has become a favorite live in concert life and celebration of home and an environment of love, “Sanctuary” produced by Soulpersona out of the UK as well as the original of the hot dance single and popular viral video “Dancer” another in concert fan favorite.

 

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