Jody Watley. Genesee Theater Concert Recap.

It was nice to be in Illinois and have a break from the heatwave we were having in Los Angeles.

The concert at The Genesee Theater with Lisa Lisa and Debbie Gibson was billed as “Ladies of the 80’s” which I don’t see myself as at all with music still ongoing and a catalog that continues – 70’s (starting with Shalamar) 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s-I always say and stay timeless while understanding the appeal of certain themed marketing. A night of hits it was for sure by all of us.

The fans were very excited for the bill and the theater was packed. It was disappointing to learn via social media that a few of my fans missed my performance assuming I’d be last and were shocked that I came on first and had totally missed my short set. Always be early and you will never be late!

It was a fun night and my job was to get the party going – that’s what I did.

Soundcheck time. As a note this is not Jody Watley and SRL.. this was a total Jody Watley music short set.

It was lit! People love “Dancer” Cut Correct and Rhe Remix – even if they have never heard it – the reaction is always mega excitement – get IN the music and lose yourself.

Ready to rock! They don’t call me the “Queen of Cool” for nothing and I always come to slay.

Tonight’s show was with my drummer Kerry Griffin and the Lisa Lisa rhythm section to help with set changes and time. We were joined by two Chicago based dancers Joseph and Miguel – Rosero and Havic had them on point! Squad. Make it WerK!

Pop, Dance Funk Goddess and squad!

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Much love!

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day.

Channeling the great Josephine Baker in Essence Magazine in 1989.

Photography: Adrian Buckmaster

Happy Halloween!

Jody Watley. NEW Video on Youtube.

Each venue and stage is different..and so as an artist you have to not only soundcheck but get the vibe and feel of the stage and venue.  This is from Saturday night in Waukegan IL at the Genesee Theater on the bill with Lisa Lisa and Debbie Gibson.

You can’t just go through the motions and life even in rehearsal..be in the mindset of being the best. Often, especially for up and comers, how you practice is how you perform.

Jody Watley. Classic Thursday.

#tbt 1990 Singing “After You, Who” Cole Porter jazz at the first Elizabeth Taylor Amfar Event(later became one of the biggest yearly events and fundraisers for HIV\Aids). I cherish the handwritten note she sent me with a bouquet of flowers after.A real deal Icon, film legend and activist so honored to be

I think I’ll be adding to set list Blue Note Napa concerts in January- my love and appreciation of jazz comes from my parents who played it all the time when I was little – more than any other music in the house. My daughter loved to do her homework to Ella Fitzgerald and Stan Getz when she was in junior high … often when playing jazz in the car with other children- other kids were like “what kind of music is THAT?!” Lol – my way of also planting the seed of the various genres of music..

Here’s a video of my performance Live on Arsenio Hall that same year!

https://youtu.be/z0xYaraExh0

Thought of The Day. You Are An Asset

Your vision of who you are and where you want to be in life is a great asset-value yourself – bring and add value in whatever you do – no matter how others may view you. Wishing everyone a great day!!

Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Recap.

We went to Columbia, South Carolina not really knowing what to expect especially in light of the current divisiveness and climate of hate in the country.

What I came away with is as always once you get out and about most people are pleasantly just living their lives and not what is so often highlighted.

On the Famously Hot Pride Facebook page they announced it was a record attendance over the two day festival (the first time they added the second day) of 75,000 in attendance.

Here are some photos and video!

Headed to soundcheck with Rosero Mccoy and John “Havic” Gregory- they’ve been dancing and working with me for almost 20 years are truly like my brothers.

Early morning soundcheck.

With Organizer Jeffrey March – outstanding job , staff and event.

Meet and Greet

Showtime.

Dancer Freestyle battle is always epic and full of surprises! SC’s Wayne Brody went off!!

Great night!

Then..

After the concert – it’s a tradition!

Thought of The Day. Vibrations of Gratitude.

Greetings and love to all. Remember that gratitude is a vibration of energy that can change your life and mood no matter what – the moment you wake up – here and present you’re already blessed.

Jody Watley Classic Image and Thought of The Day.

Mirrors.

Don’t ever dim your shine to make others feel better. Shine on from the inside -out. Like my Dad always said as well be a person of substance and always value yourself. ✨

Here’s a #TBT 2008 VOGUE Italia the historic “The Black Issue”

Being included in this issue is another benchmark in my ongoing solo career that I’m very proud of because of the music artistry – a childhood dream that became a reality.

Work hard – keep shining.

Photography by Herb Rita

Makeup JoAnne Gair

Hair by Peter Savic

Upcoming Concerts:

October 21 Famously Hot South Carolina Pride, Columbia

SC Showtime 6 PM

Oct 28 Genesee Theater with Debbie Gibson and Lisa Lisa

Nov 11 -18 80s in The Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Dec 3 – Westbury NY — NYCB Theater

Dec 5 – New Brunswick, NJ – – State Theater New Jersey

Dec 6 – Broward, FL — Broward Center Au Rene Theater

Dec 7 – Chandler, AZ — Wild Pass Hotel and Casino

Dec 8 – Palm Desert, CA — McCallum Theater

Dec 9 – Cerritos, CA — Cerritos Center for Performing Arts

Dec 14 – Milwaukee, WI — Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Dec 15 – Joliet, IL — Rialto Square Theater

Dec 16 – St. Charles, MO — Scheidegger Center

Dec 17 – Dallas, TX — Majestic Theater

January 27 – Napa, CA — Blue Note Napa “Timeless”

Birthday Celebration Concerts

More dates TBA

NEW — What’s The Tee With Rupaul and Michelle Visage

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Jody Watley Colors of Christmas New Promotional Photo.

Colors of Christmas- America’s Favorite Holiday Show!

I look forward to singing duets, ensembles and a couple of my solo hits in this years show also featuring Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis.

For more information and tickets: The Colors of Christmas Tour

Jody Watley. A Special Day and Young Man-My Son Arie

Posted on my social media pages yesterday for his birthday!

Today is a blessed day in my life – the birth of my son Arie, the best son in the world to me!

Arie is one of the lights in my life and I know I am in his Raising Arie and his sister Lauren has and continues to enrich my life. I’m so proud of the young man he has become and the man I know he will continue to be.