Jody Watley Sony Hall New York and Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre Recap.

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Jody Watley. Sony Hall. Sold-out. (fan photo).

Sony Hall New York, August 16, 2019 was phenomenal. New York is always a special place, my Mom is from Harlem,my son graduated college there and lives there. It’s also extra special to see him when I go there to work too.

I won my Best New Artist Grammy in New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall, been inspired to write songs from the vibes of New York, filmed my ‘Friends’ video there to capture that real authentic vibe with Eric B & Rakim, club kids and beyond, trendsetting fashion shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, Saks – cover of Essence Magazine back in the day..you name it. I’ve performed in the Big Apple countless times over the span of my over 3 decade solo career and counting..this ranks as the best.

There are so many rave reviews pics and video on social media (especially Instagram) – here are two that really say it all!

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Via Instagram

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Via Twitter. Love!

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Jody Watley. Photography by Trudy Giordano

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Jody Watley. Photography by Trudy Giordano

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Jody Watley. Photography: Dara Seans

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Jody Watley and John ‘Havic’ Gregory – SRL.

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Jody Watley – A Music Journey, performing a few of my Shalamar classics with SRL.

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Fan photo capturing a moment, Sony Hall 2019.

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Real Love. Striking a pose.

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I  had not planned to do ‘Still A Thrill’ in this show. The setlist included rare gems like ‘Nightlife’ Soulpersonal Classic Soul mix, Saturday Night Experience, the current SRL hits, ‘Precious Love’ soul mix, ‘Skin Deep’ from ‘Midnight Lounge’ a piano and vocal only ‘Everything’, the jazz bossa nova of ‘Waiting In Vain’ and more along with classic hit staples. I ended up taking a few spontaneous requests resulting in a spirited a cappella section.  Video capture by Trudy Giordano.

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Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Photography Trudy Giordano. Sony Hall 8.16.19

 

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Multi-talented Nate Allen Smith, male lead – SRL. Singer, songwriter, dancer, model.

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The soul collective. Jody Watley & SRL.

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Jody Watley. Wattage!

 

Thank you to the wattage crew and everyone who came, sold-out the venue (this means so much) and made it truly a magical night of music – a night to remember full of precious love.

 

After New York, we were off to Atlanta for the concert with Jeffrey Osborne.

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JFK Airport.

Beautiful outdoor setting. Older more reserved crowd than I’m accustomed to and as the case with older R&B audiences –  there’s always an initial sense of  sitting in judgment maybe skeptical of what Jody Watley was going to bring to the evening. My perception is this age demo are more of the upset I’m not longer with Shalamar though it’s been nearly 4 decades and I’ve been successfully putting it down solo for over three decades and counting – always evolving and getting better with time.

The skeptics always learn..I bring a first class, high quality soulful show with lots of style, heart and my brand of soul, full of positive messages and hits – including a couple from my Shalamar days.

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Jody Watley. Photo by Bill Coker.

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Photography: Norman ‘NV’ Johnson

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Jody Watley – Photography: Norman ‘NV’ Johnson

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Jody Watley & SRL. Mable House Barnes Amphitheater.

 

 

Up next and closing out summer 2019:

Saturday August 24, 2019 – Groove 99.3 and Pacific Concert Group Present – Summer Bash, Bakersfield, CA Stramler Park (multiple acts)  – Tickets

August 31, 2019 – WorldOne Concerts Presents Rewind Funk & Soul – Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheater – Tickets (Multiple acts)

September 7, 2019 – Blue Note Hawaii – Jody Watley ‘UnPlugged’ – Tickets

Wattage Thoughts. Keep On.

Keep…

Jody Watley Classic Images of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar Times Square 1991.

Jody Watley on location Times Square 1991 promoting “Affairs of The Heart.”

Tonight I’ll be in Times Square Sony Hall sharing the ongoing gift of music – Heart, Soul and Style.

See you there!

Wattage Thoughts. Your Value.

Never allow yourself to be de-valued. There will always be those who will try to do that, its best to remove yourself from those situations.

Jody Watley- ‘Everything’ on Pose FX

The third single from my second second album “Everything” a Top 5 Hot 100 and R&B hit was featured on Pose FX last night! It’s the third of my solo classics (Don’t You Want Me, Looking For A New Love ) to be included on the groundbreaking Emmy nominated show.

Monday Wattage Thoughts. 3 Things.

The first step to anything is taking positive action. Maybe you need a nudge, so here’s a reminder.

Jody Watley. Austin Pride 2019 Photos and Video.

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Travel vibes enroute to Austin, Texas.

It’s always special to be a part of Pride Events giving the LGBTQ community a day to celebrate who they are, being yourself, equality and love. The second time was the charm for Austin Pride – last year my performance was cancelled due to lightning storm and torrential rain.

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Arrived safely, on way to hotel..comfy Mercedes Sprinter with talented dancers Kayla Simone and Jasmine Boyes. Wattage crew!

Morning Coffee. Tranquil morning, enjoying coffee and while looking up at the sky I thought of my song “Clouds” from “Midnight Lounge.” There are many messages and questions within the life song and changes we may go through and feel from time to time.

Many of us have naysayers and haters in our lives could be family relatives, so called friends, co-workers who don’t support you and don’t want to see you happy or succeeding. Wasting energy on someone else’s life. For public figures like me people hover not wishing you well, trolling your social media and so on, you ignore it but know it’s always there. Within my gratitude to continue to do what I love – the clouds moved along followed by the sun. That’s life. ‘In time dark clouds just fade away..’ we can’t have rainbows without clouds and rain.

I was inspired to do this short ‘morning voice’ a cappella. Imperfections make us who we are. ‘Midnight Lounge’ though not commercially successful – is the best reviewed album of my career and for me my best. Groovy, ambient and thought provoking. Check out the album on the digital service of your choice.

This might touch you in some way.. check it out.

Show Day.

 

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Finding my light..natural sunlight in my hotel room..and from what I feel inside. Joy!

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Ready to slay!

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Photo courtesy of Brian Morris.

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“Hair done, nails done..” Wattage! It’s in the Music!

The primarily young crowd was receptive and showed a lot of love to all of the acts of the day – including for me, the veteran artist of the day.  When I mentioned the Emmy nominated POSE and how two of my classic hits ‘Looking for A New Love’ (Season 1) and ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (Season 2 Episode 2  opening scene) had been featured, the kids the millennial kids definitely loved it and I was happy I’d included a short scene to intro “Don’t You Want Me.” I also performed “Nightlife” Moto Blanco Mix the  from 2014 Nightlife Remixed EP – the lyrics ..’hair done, nails done, I’m gonna get my drag on..’ felt right, it’s a festive and fun song. We gave out a few signature Jody Watley hoop earrings toward the end as I began “Looking for A New Love.”

A fun time and day of togetherness was had by all. I can’t imagine life without music or equality for all people.

Love to all!

 

A few video snippets to come. Follow me on Instagram.