It was another unbelievable night of good vibes and loved delivered and shared with a sold-out rapturous and diverse crowd at legendary The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA on the Sunset Strip.
Local house music DJ Ben set the mood.
A lot of songs from my debut of were performed of course, and as well I mixed it up with hits and gems from other albums including the current “Paradise” – but the night was really a celebration of my Grammy nominated debut single “Looking for a New Love” and Grammy winning introduction as a solo artist, as well as it being my birthday weekend and having the opportunity to share with my fans. My style vibe accented the night with some pieces from the Marc Jacobs classic MTV inspired 2017 Fall Capsule Collection, as well as a custom lace tux by designer Kevan Hall for ‘Real Love’ finale. Levi Seacer Jr. my new music director did an incredible job updating some of the arrangements giving the band an overall funkier feel.
Because pop icon George Michael was also a part of my first record, an acoustic tribute to him , performing one of my fav’s of his ‘Waiting For That Day’ was also a part of the evening of music. My emotions ran high.
One of my favorite elements of the new show for Los Angeles was adding little kids to the dance squad – a nod to my ‘Dancer’ video. It’s about diversity and that means a variety of ages onstage as well.
SRL. devoted our set to new music including a preview of our song called ‘What’ which will be on the forthcoming “Bridges.”
Squad. Sir Charles, Emma Wages, John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Gabe De Guzman, Will Smith II, JoeJoeGrooves, Tahani Anderson, Lyric Heck with Jody Watley and SRL.
SRL. Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy.
Photography by Duane Abner. All rights reserved.
Love. Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017
SRL. Jody Watley with Rosero McCoy. LIVE at The Roxy. What. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017
SRL. Photography by Duane Abner. (c) 2017
A great spontaneous moment at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c)2017
“Anyone want to freestyle with us?!” The answer was yes! Two original Soul Train dancers were in the house and turned it out..even gave us a classic hustle that was everything!
Jody Watley “Looking for a New Love” 30. Photography (c) 2017 Duane Abner
Jody Watley ‘Waiting for That Day.” Tribute to George Michael Live at The Roxy.
Nate Allen Smith. SRL. Levi Seacer Jr. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017
Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 30. The Roxy limited edition poster.
Three generations. America’s Next Top Model winner and designer Naima Mora, with her Mom and sister. Limited edition T’s at The Roxy.
Naima Mora – Check out her boutique! I’ve worn one of the designs from her collection, I’m such a fan of hers and met her recently – total sweetheart.
A great night! Jody Watley ft. SRL Photo by Wallace Butts, Avid Music Inc.
Jody Watley. Photography by Albert Sanchez. Makeup: Billy B.
Tune in! I’ll be performing and doing a brief interview in support of this weekend’s concert at The Roxy Theatre 1.28.17 LIVE on the Sunset Strip with SRL who make guest appearance doing my show…we also have a sneak peek of something from our forthcoming ‘Bridges.’
This wisdom from Maya Angelou is a great life lesson -personally or professionally, in our leaders, pretty much around the board. No matter how many times, second, third chances you may give, it often comes back to that principle.
I learned this again this week in a business related situation, no more chances now..and then the other wisdom came to mind ‘You teach people how to treat you” – both go hand in hand. Think about it – walk away, do better now that you absolutely know the situation isn’t right and you may not getting what you want out of something or the respect you deserve. Heed the lesson and keep it pushing forward.
Save the dates! Los Angeles!! January 16, 2017 (date change moved up from the 20th because of the inauguration- and really even more special to be on air on MLK Jr. Day). I’ll be on the #1 Morning Show KTLA 5 Morning News withSam Rubin talking my milestone solo debut #JodyWatley and single release of “Looking For A New Love” which turns 30 this year, new music and other upcoming events in Los Angeles like: January 28, 2017 LIVE IN CONCERT The Roxy Theatre with special guests SRL. Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy for a true Saturday Night Experience!! Get your tickets!! Ticketfly
I came up with a lot of hit song ideas, lyrics and melodies on this cassette recorder.
I don’t like to think of time..I’ve said this many times before. It’s when reminded that my mind is like – wow, really. Today is one of those days as my first #1 solo single “Looking For A New Love” was released and launched my solo career in ways that few expected – including me. I thank God and the universe for making this all happen and to align me with the right people at the right time. My only quest was to be happy – post Shalamar. That is true success.
30 years later I’m still here..a little heavier though more in love and comfortable with me – who I am in my own skin not defined by anyone but what I feel and owning that — proud of my tenacity and evolution..smarter, wiser, stronger, feeling fabulous and grateful. My goals are always changing as they should – never complacent or stuck on laurels. The thing that makes me proud looking back is that when I signed my first solo deal – I knew exactly who I wanted to be and the statement I wanted to make. It’s really a song of strength and my imaging was to not be like anyone else – just me. Eclectic. Funky, chic, odd, aloof, fun, stylish – a freestyle girl not wanting to be in a box nor rely on my past as ‘formerly of’.. I went out on a limb – fearless. A lot of people wanted me to fail not realizing I’d already won simply by claiming my power to take control of my life and where I wanted to navigate it..to a place and environment of positivity, respect, love and joy. I remember when the U.S. magazine Black Beat wrote “..Jody Watley’s future is the most in doubt..” after my departure from Shalamar in 1983.
To aspiring artists and songwriters, remember whatever you record or put out..if you intend to have longevity those songs if you’re fortunate enough to have ‘hits’ – keep in mind you’ll be singing those songs down the line. Be true to yourself, you can never regret that no matter what.
Happy Anniversary Looking For A New Love – I still love you!
A special shout out to my co-writer of this Andre Cymone who produced it with David Z. We did that! Thank you to all who worked with me to make it a success, it took a village – Jheryl Busby and Louil Silas Jr(R.I.P.) MCA execs like Glenn Lajeski still a friend till this day, as is Lynn Robb my original art director collaborator Liz Heller Victoria Pearson , Brian Grant who directed the video in London and so on!
Looking For A New Love 30 Video and Mix – Video by Sam Edmonds. Paris, France.