Beyond Classically Beautiful. Questions For a Legend:Jody Watley Talks Her Trendsetting Career As A Performer, Fashion Icon and Her New Music.

 

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Jody Watley. Classic. Photography: Victoria Pearson.

“..it’s a good thing I didn’t catch a case!..” (laughs)..read the full interview on “Beyond Classically Beautiful” a new multimedia platform for women: Here

Thought of The Day. Sparkle and Shine.

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Never let anyone dim your sparkle or shine. Leave some of it everywhere you go! -Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Sanctuary.

One of my favorites of the many songs I’ve written and recorded – and this collaboration with Soulpersona out of the UK (aka Morgan Howell). This is a timely, real and comforting song in often troubled times. As I say when performing it live..your space, your vibe – sanctuary is our home. Take those same vibes into the world..an environment of love and when you close the door..a safe place..for you, your significant others, family, children and so on.

I’ll be releasing this long version as a single – the short edit is available on my “Paradise” EP which is available at digital outlets worldwide. It’s a new era since this millennium (always surprised by those who are still waiting on the old model of the industry – it’s not coming back..)  and you don’t have to wait for commercial radio to make you aware of and/or quality  new music and video. Support independent music and artists. No rants, no controversy, no public romances to exploit ..just quality music.

I’ve been inspired to do a video for it..stay tuned!

Jody Watley Featured in Closer Magazine.

On newsstands now Jody Watley in Closer Magazine. Actually..I’m always who I’ve wanted to be while continuing to grow and evolve..sometimes in interviews things get misconstrued a bit. Overall a good lifestyle piece!

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Just Announced. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Set To Return to New York.

We’ll be going back to another of our favorite music venues – B.B. Kings in Time Square. Good food, good music, good times. Let’s get it IN! Get your tickets early this is another date that usually sells out. By that time the new Shalamar Reloaded ‘Bridges’ collection should be out and as always my show as well as that of SRL is always evolving and changing. As well, our shows have turned into social hookups and mixers with Wattage fanfam crew showing up and connecting in the music and making friendships in real time offline.  It’s not just a concert with two shows in one – it’s an experience. Tickets: Here

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Also On Sale Now:

Riverside Casino, Riverside Iowa Dec. 17, 2016

A Saturday Night Experience!! GoldenVoice Concerts Presents Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded LIVE The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles Jan.28, 2017 Get Tickets: Here

“Jody Watley is serving notice she isn’t resting on her past glories and proved she is still a talented force to be reckoned with.” Harriet Kaplan SoCalMusicToday Concert Review, 2016

Grammy Award Winning Pop/R&B/Dance and Style Icon Jody Watley has the distinction of being named “one of the most prominent visionaries of her era” by Wax Poetics magazine. With millions of albums sold, 13 #1 singles including classics “Don’t You Want Me”, “Looking for a New Love” with it’s signature pop culture phrase “Hasta la Vista Baby” and “Friends” with Eric B & Rakim the groundbreaking single that first catapulted the rap/sung verses into the mainstream). She was also the distinct sound of the group Shalamar as an original member with such hits as “Take That To The Bank and club classic “A Night To Remember.” Watley’s music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, HipHop, Dance/Electronica as well as recent collaborations with modern boogie ambassador Dam-Funk, nu jack duo French Horn Rebellion, venerable jazz and dance musician remixer Mark de-Clive Lowe and folk artist Peter Harper – Jody Watley continues to evolve artistically. Add groundbreaking ad campaigns, and fashion layouts and you’ll understand why Watley remains a venerable force creating the template for other female artists in music today.

It’s also her modus operandi with Shalamar Reloaded “SRL” her new vocal dance trio for the new millennium. “We’re not a group from the past, though there is some obvious inspiration and a nod to that. We are new and now. Our sound is smooth with an edge.. and I bring my unmistakable sound” states Watley. “Our stage show has fresh choreography and state-of-the- art musical beds composed of innovative beats and forward grooves. We are originals – a new group for a new generation. ” Adds Rosero McCoy. “This is not a throw back group, Jody is not a throw back nostalgia artist. This is an experience where classic meets new and it holds up to any contemporary show touring today.”

Joining Watley for Shalamar Reloaded are Oakland born and raised singer/performer/choreographer Rosero McCoy (KekePalmer, Usher, Beyoncé, America’s Next Best Dance Crew, Shake it Up, The Sing Off) and breakout new male lead talent Nate Allen Smith a native of Ohio. With critically acclaimed singles and video (SlowDance, O.R.I.G.IN.A.L.) including the hot new single “The Mood” under their belt; television appearances, a special on SIRIUSXM, rave concert reviews and sold out shows; Jody Watley and SRL are set to release their debut album “Bridges” in 2017.

 

Thought of The Day. Don’t Stress

 

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We never know what each day will bring as we put our best foot forward. Don’t stress over what you can’t control. With the hateful and divisive nature of the election, the results and the aftermath..in a current climate that the doors have been opened wider for those with hate in their hearts..don’t be that person. Like I sang  ‘It All Begins With You’ and wrote ‘The Beat Don’t Stop’ ‘Bed of Roses..get up get out..be strong..”  Be diligent, alert and safe in your surroundings but we all have to keep living life no matter the obstacles and potential barriers. Look out for your neighbors that might not look like you. Let’s all do our part to put love into the universe.

Music Therapy. Jody Watley. SRL. Yoshi’s Oakland.

Needless to say this week and election season was emotionally draining and yes for millions a massive disappointment as thousands took to the street in protest. I always pray and meditate on thoughts of love, togetherness and equality in an often divisive and hateful world. Music is a healer, and can take us away into imagination, dreams, inspire become a vessel for catharsis.

Going into Friday night’s sold-out concerts at Yoshi’s Oakland in my heart more than ever was to not only give a great show but to send them into the night, to their living spaces full of love, faith and hope or at least in gratitude for being alive no matter the obstacles and uncertainty. Even some of the Yoshi’s staff were emotional and told me after the show how I’d made them feel better too. As I like to say – It’s In The Music! No matter what keep it movin’ forward. Stay alert, woke, spread love, kindness and look out for others, pay attention to your surroundings..everyone is not on that ‘love’  page.

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Soundcheck. Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded (SRL), Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Band: Levi Seacer Jr., Kerry Griffin, Prince Damons, Michael ‘Tiny’ Lindsey, John ‘Havic Gregory, Eric McCoy, Michelle ‘Soulchild’ Garman, Clarissa McElroy

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Showtime. Jody Watley featuring SRL.

 

Up Next:

Dec. 17  Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

January 28, 2017 – GoldenVoice Presents Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded LIVE at The Roxy Theatre  – West Hollywood, CA

Get your tickets Now HERE – this will sell out again..it’s also my birthday concert celebration!

Feb. 6-7, 2017  –  Billboard LIVE Tokyo

Feb. 9, 2017 –  Billboard LIVE Osaka

 

Jody Watley. November Update.

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In case you’ve missed posts – out now is the new single and video “The Mood” from my new group SRL – Shalamar Reloaded featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. We formed in 2015 and have performed countless sold-out concerts in the USA to rave reviews, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), Brazil, London (Let’s Rock London, Happy Day Music Festival), Netherlands (Amsterdam’s Melkweg). We just did 2 TV shows in Washington DC as a group (WUSA9 and Roland Martin NewsOneNow), I did 2 solo TV appearances (Fox5DC and ABC7 Good Day Washington). There are numerous blog reviews and interviews like this one on ABCNews RadioOnline, and our second special aired on SIRIUSXM ‘The Groove’ with BK Kirkland October 29. Get in The Mood – iTunes

My most recent solo release is the critically acclaimed “Paradise” as well as ‘Dancer’ Remixes available at digital outlets worldwide. I’d still like to do a video for ‘Sanctuary’ and or ‘The Dawn.’ In this era there really are no rules with regard to releasing music and how long a project lives in the social realm. Youtube is the place for video releases no more waiting for networks to play it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Here I’m still amazed at how behind the times some fans remain in how they discover and keep up with artists they like – speaking of veteran artists like me primarily. We live in an information age..but some don’t use tools of reading and research no matter the topic to keep up or simply get informed.

After performing with Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony I’m inspired to make my next solo release symphonic. It will take time and I’ll probably do a crowd-funding for it due to the nature of recording a project like that. Stay tuned. As well, check out my recent collaborations with Dam-Funk from his ‘Invite The Light’ collection (Virtuous Progression) and French Horn Rebellion (Dancing Out, Cold Enough)..and I’ll keep you posted on my recent recorded duet ‘A Million Miles” with folk artist and sculptor Peter Harper (brother of Ben Harper).

 

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DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Get taken away to PARADISE: iTunes DANCER Concept Video: Watch it Here

Up Next:

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November 11 Yoshi’s Oakland  it’s a new show from the last time we were there one of the exciting changes is the SRL set is now more focused on our own new music and my solo set has also changed -it’s hotter than ever. Tickets

Dec. 17, 2016 – Riverside Casino & Gold Resort Riverside Iowa

January 28. Golden Voice Presents Jody Watley and SRL  Tickets Now on Sale for my return to The Roxy Theatre for another birthday concert party – Tickets

Billboard Live Tokyo Feb. 6 – 7 , 2017

Billboard Live Osaka Feb. 9, 2017

 

Keep it movin’ forward!

Jody Watley. Rock The Vote.

Someone unearthed this Rock The Vote PSA I did back in 1992 for MTV (when it was Music Television). Still true!

Jody Watley Performs a Solo Classic with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

Here’s a snippet of one of my performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra “Best Hits 80’s Meets Symphony..” singing one of my Top Ten hit singles “Everything.”

I wore a red suit and mock turtle neck from Theory as one who usually doesn’t wear the color and funked it up with street-style attitude with new red shades from a new line I stumbled across, nude Louboutin pumps and my signature jumbo hoops with added sparkle. Red in this case represents my passion for living and life..I’d had a custom tux made but it wasn’t ready in time..

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