Jody Watley June Wattage

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The summer has gotten off to a wonderful start with concerts in Japan and stateside. If you’ve missed posts check out some of the older posts on my site.

On the heels of the success of the spring Smooth Jazz Top 10 “Waiting In Vain”, finishing the video for the forthcoming new single from my Jody Watley & SRL collective apart from my solo works – I look forward to what’s next. Like with anything in life, there are obstacles to be faced and bumps in the road to navigate, those those never dampen my grit, determination, optimism and gratitude to continue doing what I love on my own terms.

The Top 10 “Waiting In Vain” Available at All Digital Outlets and still in the Top 100 to close out June Top 100 Smooth Jazz Network

Concerts for July:

July 21 – Cache Creek Casino and Resort – Northern California

July 28 – Merchant Street Music Festival – Kankakee, IL

August:

August 4 –  Florian Hall, Dorchester MA

August 11 –  TBA – Austin, TX

October

October 20 – A Taste of Soul Los Angeles

November

November 7 – 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Stay Tuned for exciting news about the release date for Jody Watley & SRL “The Passion” – in the meantime, enjoy the U.K. Top 2 Soul Single  “The Mood”  Alex Di Cio Mix.

Jody Watley A Monumental Look Back To Still A Thrill

The gears below the Paris Opera House (Le Palais Garnier)

Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.

Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.

This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt).  It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.

You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.

Classic.

Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.

 

Today’s Inspiration. Quote and Motivation.

Meet The DJ and Remix Producer Behind Jody Watley & SRL’s U.K. Hit The Mood

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Great feature on Alex Di Cio “Man of The Moment” Historic Italian DJ Producer & Remixer since the end of the 70’s he began to collect vinyl..in the mid-80’s Alex was a pioneer of primordial House Music and in the late 80’s he was a precursor to the Acid Jazz movement : Read The Full Article 

 

Jody Watley Chene Park Detroit 2018 Recap

Early Morning Television Performance and Interview on Local NBC affiliate WDIV 4’s “Live In The D”

The building was abuzz with a lot of love from the staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundcheck

Taking in the beautiful view.

Showtime.

Jody Watley. About to smash the stage.

Jody Watley and some of the band and squad.

Stage view – performing “Everything” piano and vocals only. Photo by Nazim Chambi.

Disco fabulous in the Shalamar section of my show joined by Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy from SRL.

It was night to remember!

Modern Disco Fabulous In Metallic Trench

A really cool fan selfie.

Meet and greet

Rochelle Darlene said I was her idol growing up, very sweet moment full of love.

With WDET’s Chris Campbell Host Of The Progressive Underground

With veteran Detroit on air personality Kelly Holmes

Love this! Jody Watley Jumbo Hoops Wattage Crew

Check out the brief interview on iHeartRadio On The Go With Tiffany Patton Podcast

Feeling blessed as always and full of gratitude for a fantastic Detroit experience

Some of the squad- a wonderful time was had by all.

A Jody Watley At Chene Park Celebratory Mix by Chris Campbell aka DJ Cambeaux

For the deep cuts music appreciators – you’ll enjoy this compilation put together by Detroit’s The Progressive Underground’s Chris Campbell in celebration and support of my highly anticipated concert at the beautiful Chene Park Detroit.

Just push play:

Jody Watley Set to Perform at Chene Park Detroit and Appear on Live In The D

In celebration of the Jody Watley and SRL June 20 concert at Detroit’s Chene Park, designer and illustrator Shawn West created this spectacular montage.

Watley will appear on NBC affiliate WDIV “Live in The D” for interview and performance of her Top 10 Smooth Jazz Hit “Waiting In Vain.”

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