Be a light 💡🕯☀️
Be a light 💡🕯☀️
Everyday – Be You.. aspire toward a better version, that way you won’t get stuck and you won’t compare yourself to anyone – YOU are your only measuring stick – in being YOU.
Someone admonished me the other day on one of my social media pages – “Get your teeth fixed, you have the money.” It was not only rude (some say things and troll public figures as if we are not human beings) but I found it an example of how others judge what others might be comfortable with. I actually embrace my bottom teeth being crooked – there is beauty in imperfection to me. When I was in People Magazine 50 Most Beautiful I mentioned those very crooked teeth which have not impeded my music career or success in any way .. and if so as this person said .. if I’m judged on something as superficial as a few crooked bottom teeth – I’m still fine with me and who I am beyond my looks. We should all learn to love ourselves and yes if you want to fix something, do it not to conform to what society thinks or others- do it because you want to, or not.
Last weeks performance of one of my solo Pop/R&B classic hits was one of the best of the countless times I’ve performed it over the decades. My voice still retains it’s unique resonance and tone – though time has given it more depth. In soundcheck, I usually like to break the songs down to either piano and vocals, acoustic and so on before we bring all of the instruments in. There’s something more intimate that happens when the listener is just with voice and a lone instrument. No frills, vocal gymnastics and distractions – just the lyric and delivery to really touch a person in a different way.
Here’s a snippet from soundcheck of “Everything.” Make sure to subscribe to the Official Jody Watley YouTube channel : Subscribe
Coming up in August a variety of concerts and appearances – two with my full band and show August 16 New York, Sony Hall August 17 opening for Jeffrey Osborne in Atlanta Mable House Barnes Amphitheater.
As well if you’re in Honolulu September 7 – don’t miss a very special Jody Watley ‘Unplugged.’
Get tickets early for this fantastic holiday show featuring Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Ben Vereen and yours truly Jody Watley. Yes, it’s summer but it’s cool to plan ahead. We sing duets together, as a group and select solo selections.
Dec 13 – McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA
Dec 14 – Cerritos Performing Arts Centre, Cerritos, CA
Dec 15 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA
Photography: Victoria Pearson ‘Don’t You Want Me’ — funky, trendsetting style. 1987-88 Classic.
Photography: Jon Ragel for Us Magazine – Elegance. 1993 Intimacy era.
I’m me with each project..I’m also a different me with new goals, emotions and inspirations as life dictates my soul and spirit to reflect through my art and music – never wanting to be a pop star.. just an artist and a woman at peace within herself for the choices I make at any given time…always evolving.
Very excited to have the opportunity to do a full ‘Unplugged’ performance – hits and stories to share! Be there: Tickets
Versatile Wattage and Artistry.
Friday July 19 on Staten Island was super hot, nearly 100 degrees in the shade at City Parks Presents Summerstage Corporal Thompson Park. Thanks to all the braved the sweltering temperature to enjoy classic disco vinyl spun by Joey Carvello from Mobile Monday’s and international Queen Of Waacking Princess Lockeroo who gave lessons on how to werk it.
Jody Watley & SRL
Jody Watley – 2019 Summerstage Staten Island. Photography by Sean Jamar.
After slaying a set that leaned more heavily on the disco theme which meant a bit more of my Shalamar repertoire than usual we had an early start to Bethesda. Loved the train ride.. always nice to have a moment of pause looking out at the scenery.
Traveling band..it makes all the difference to enjoy the company you keep while on the road handing business.
The setlist featured a few deep cuts like Skin Deep from the critically acclaimed “Midnight Lounge” full length, “Precious Love” “Nightlife” the classic soul Soulpersona mix with a nod to the late great Phyllis Hyman. Also on the set was current single collaboration with Brian Power “Good Good Reason.”
Up next – Summer 2019::
August 10 – TBA
August 16 – New York, NY Sony Hall – Jody Watley Sony Hall NYC Tickets
August 17 – Atlanta, GA Mable House Barnes Amphitheater with Jeffrey Osborne
August 24 – Bakersfield, CA – Groove 99.3 and Pacific Concert Group Presents Summer Bash – Tickets
August 31 – Lincoln, CA World One Presents Rewind Funk & Soul Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheater with Morris Day & The Time and more! Tickets
September 7 – Honolulu, Hawaii Blue Note : Jody Watley – Unplugged
Get Your Tickets! A Summer Of Soul, Music and Style.
Support the current releases “Good Good Reason”, “The Passion” “The Mood” and other Jody Watley, Jody Watley & SRL music gems available at all digital outlets.
Next Friday July 19 it’s a disco themed Jody Watley LIVE at New York’s legendary Summerstage concert series – I’ll be taking the stage in Staten Island, a first the location is Corporal Thompson Park. City Parks put on first class events so this will be no different with Deejay Joey Carvello from Mobile Monday’s spinning classic disco vinyl, dance lessons from world renowned Waacking Queen Princess Lockeroo as well. Look for a bit more Shalamar than I normally do with SRL and of course some choice cuts from my own eclectic solo repertoire including the current single “Good Good Reason” nu-disco soul vibes.
On Saturday night the party lands in Bethesda, Maryland at Bethesda Blues and Jazz “Celebrating 30 Years Of Real Love” and beyond. I’m full of gratitude to continue to be blessed to do what I love and share the gift of music and still be fabulous.
The set list will be different because of the theme, expect it to be full of love – funky and sexy .. yes those can go together. See you there! Get tickets now! Tickets Instant Seats