“I’ve always been selective about what I do, how much I do it and tend to not do a lot of traveling earlier in my solo career it was to be present and raise my children, in recent years caring for my Mom then even less with the pandemic. When I do choose to come out, I always make it worthwhile for my fans and not only give a great show in any format, but have them leave feeling empowered and inspired” – Jody Watley “Wattage”
This quote was sent to me by a dear friend to uplift me in this time of grieving the recent passing of my beloved Mom, Miss Rose, Rosebud and my ugly cries (ugly cries water the garden she said)- and then added this poignant and profound piece of inspiration:
“Rose bushes that have been removed from the garden can regrow from the roots left behind.”
Jody Watley ROCKS! The legendary singer, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman is one of the architects of 21st century pop.
EPIX’s original docuseries ‘Women Who Rock’, from John Varvatos and Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment, pays homage to Jody Watley and other trailblazing women pioneers in music who have stormed the stage, wielded their instruments, amplified their voices, and sung the soundtrack of our lives. In their own words, generations of iconic women artists discuss truth, defiance, artistic expression, hard-won success, and most importantly, the insights and tales behind their timeless music.
The four-part music ‘Women Who Rock’ docuseries premiered on Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT and features original interviews with Jody Watley, Nancy Wilson, Shania Twain, Chaka Khan, Pat Benatar, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E., Macy Gray, Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Kate Pierson, Tina Weymouth, St. Vincent, and Nona Hendryx.
In addition to Varvatos and Murray, Jessica Hopper, Jesse James Miller, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, and Rachel Brill serve as executive producers. Hopper directs the docuseries, with additional episodes airing July 17, 24, 31..
Jody Watley is a Grammy-winning trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion and style is celebrated around the world.
In a statement released by Ms. Watley, she said, “I am honored to be recognized as a trailblazer in music, alongside such incredible women.”
Watley continues to be a solid and stellar fixture in entertainment. Her signature vocals and memorable favorites are the soundtrack of our lives and can be heard all over the world.
From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Ms. Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
As a solo artist, the pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and Platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. In 2018, Billboard Magazine included Jody Watley in the Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists of All Time and Top 25 Top Female Dance Artists of All Time. Her timeless series of hit songs such as “Looking for a New Love,” “Real Love,” “Still A Thrill,” “Some Kind of Love,” “Everything,” and “Friends ft. Eric B & Rakim,” are favorite classics still today played on the airwaves. Ms. Watley was also named as First Ambassador in 2021 to the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and in 2022, she received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business.
Wattage thoughts this morning thinking of my Mom. Until we meet again, Rest Peacefully to my beloved Mom, Empress, Miss Rose – my original fashion influence – glamorous and first woman I’d see in dolman sleeves and rhinestone pumps allowing me to play dress up in your clothes and sing to an imaginary audience in your best hairbrush and dream big. Best Grandma to my children Lauren & Arie-an inspiration to those who knew you from your work at Walden House/ Health Rite for almost 20 years, showing it is never too late to have a new beginning.
A tough cookie with a heart of gold, Miss Rose – Aries, everyone who met you always said “she’s such a sweet lady”
Thank you for bringing me into this world. We got through some rough times along the way, you got through some tough times but turned it all around and wrote new chapters for yourself. We shared some amazing and fun times, experiences including when you joined me on The Joan Rivers Show and you were so proud and tickled when she clocked your Chanel purse, Dick Clark from the Hollywood Palladium bringing onstage to help introduce me – you were a good sport when I cast you in my “When A Man Loves A Woman” video we laughed so hard on every take when you kept missing your cue, family trips with Lauren & Arie, Dave Koz jazz cruise, vacations especially Maui, cheering Arie on in all those AAU and school bball tournaments, all of the holidays Xmas, Thanksgiving, Easter all of the traditions, the cooking, (your potato salad will always be the best) .. graduations, school events..the list goes on ..I benefitted from our many talks and conversations from your wisdom, you helped dry my tears always had a sympathetic ear when I got divorced.. up through our recent new tradition of early Sunday morning pancakes and coffee, after your listening to your favorite gospel music and service ..talking NBA sports, life..and so much more-not just my Mom, you were my best friend. I’m happy you got to see me on your favorite show Tamron Hall when I was on in 2021.
I will always hear your voice telling me “ok gurl go let them have it!” with regard to my career up to my recent trips and appearances to Atlanta, Detroit and D.C – it was tough for me to leave your side for those days in June, I followed your encouragement to just go have fun. I’m happy to have always made you proud as a your daughter, a Mom to my kids, Grammy winning Solo artist, songwriter, style icon entrepreneur though always ever present till the wheels fall off child, ride or die, highs and lows for and with you. I am who I am because of you and Dad.
Caring for you these past two years and through the pandemic hasn’t been easy and truly profound in many ways including a reminder of what’s important in this life and who when all is said and done. Showering and bathing you – was truly humbling – I just did what you once did for me – full circle. Losing Dad so many decades ago taught me what to value and who to value in life and to live with as much joy as possible and never take a day and those we love for granted, changed how I live life, this principle will remain.
Watching you continue to fight until the very last breath, further proved you are the most resilient woman I’ve known. Thank you for everything, I’m going to miss you, missing you already-though understanding love is eternal forever and always in the heart and memories – you will always be with me and within me. I love you so much Mom, my heart is broken- you are now free of all ailments and pain. Rest In Heavenly Peace and soar with the angels and ancestors. Your light will always shine. 😔❤️💔🙏🏾🕯🌹🕊✨
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New Jody Watley ‘Behind The Scenes’ video on Youtube. Very chilled out vibe from the Queen of Cool with a favorite Bob Marley classic. With recent Versuz offerings showcasing very little in artistry or the rich history of R&B, Jazz and instead delving and profiting on the degradation of the music and artistry -here’s a nice reminder that respect for music, true artistry with integrity never go out of style in any setting. We liked Versuz in the beginning during the pandemic when it was about discussing the music, the inspiration, the influences, the history – even with technical difficulties the intentions seemed to be totally different now with artists simply getting dragged for being unprepared, unprofessional and devoid of any respect for the craft.