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“Still, Today She Continues to Fuel Quality Music Over the Decades and Into the New Millennium
Jody Watley is the gold standard of artistry. A brilliant songwriter, artist, entrepreneur, producer, and visionary. When you visit Jody Watley YouTube Channel, experience All Things Jody Watley, including concert features, interviews of the Grammy Award-winning artist and more.” – Read the full feature:
September 24, 2022 – Jody Watley Phoenix (Tempe Park, Bobby Dee Presents :: Freestyle Festival ) 100 degrees and thousands of party people. We had a blast and I met some wonderful longtime fans.
Thank you to the team Kayla, Jasmine & Pamela Broussard (making sure everything went smoothly) and all fans who support by buying the tickets, the merch, being in the heat like yesterday, singing along bringing the energies of love and having a great time, gracias!
Custom Skirt by Dope Tavio.
On my way to venue – stage ready, took time with fans first- all love and reciprocal appreciation.
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#OTD September 20, 2008
The empowering “A Beautiful Life” Debuted on Billboard’s Dance chart. It would reach #5.
Written & Produced by: Jody Watley, Rodney Lee
From critically acclaimed 2006 Top 10 Billboard Dance/Electronic album “The Makeover.” in case you missed it
Available at all digital outlets. View full Jody Watley Discography and Chart History : Here
Video by Mike Ruiz
Makeup by Billy B.
Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Jody Watley made an appearance at Naper Pride Fest in Naperville, Illinois. With a mission to create equal treatment of all gender expressions and any member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the second festival was another step forward. The Naper Pride Organization has a mission statement that “Everyone deserves to feel valued and included.” As Watley wrote in her 1995 hit “Affection “Doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved.” the message of love and equality is timeless and very much needed now more than ever. The style icon brought the energy to the stage in a power packed party diverse set list, ending the set with a poignant speech to the crowd and thanking Naper Pride.
Photography by Eva Genevieve-Scarborough
Set List: A nonstop party blend of classic Pop/R&B/Hip Hop and contemporary Dance hits
Some Kind Of Lover (short edit)
Nightlife (Jodie Harsh House Mix)
Dancer (Craig C Deep House Mix)
I Want Your Love (DJ Spinna Mix)/ Your Love Keeps Working On Me / I Want You / Affection Medley)
Still A Thrill
Don’t You Want Me (Francois K. Remix edit)
Looking For A New Love
The Grammy winning Solo career and songwriting catalog of Jody Watley includes blockbuster classics like (“Looking For A New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Real Love”, “Friends” the groundbreaking hit ft Eric B & Rakim) to name a few and countless other gems in an ongoing career with over 100 songwriting credits to her Jody Watley Music, BMI catalog). Jody Watley’s “Sweet 16” was recorded by Destiny’s Child on their multiple platinum album “Writings On The Wall” as well as compositions from platinum artist Jermaine Stewart (“Say It Again” album.
Jody Watley received the BMI songwriter award “Medal Of Honor” in 1993 for over a million plays of songs in her songwriting catalog.
The Jody Watley songwriting catalog dates back to her Shalamar days co-writing songs and penning lyrics and melodies to “Full of Fire” & “Work It Out” (3 for Love album 1980) “Help Me” & “Playing To Win” (Friends album 1982).
Her deep pen continues today with more uplifting solo gems like “Sanctuary”, “The Essence”, “The Healing” “Skin Deep” “A Beautiful Life” and more with her broad repertoire that spans R&B, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, House Music, Jazz, Drum & Bass, Ambient Chill Electronica, Spoken word (can we discuss the depth of “When A Man Loves A Woman, Affection”) & Inspirational. The recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at Jody Watley Day at Georgia State Capitol this year, an honorary doctorate recipient in humanitarian endeavors, business & entrepreneurship, we celebrate and honor the Icon in and her legacy in music and Songwriting Dr.Jody Watley.” –
Women Songwriters Hall Of Fame August 27, 2022.
Other notable inductees include Marilyn Bergman (posthumous), Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, Indigo Girls, Loretta Lynn at the second year of the ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
I was unable to attend unfortunately due to being sick for two weeks with Covid, and also still taking time to rest while mourning the passing of my Mom and handling her affairs, a video recording of my acceptance speech was playing. This is a very high honor for me to be recognized and in such as esteemed class of other women songwriters.