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Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) 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. Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes like Grace Jones, David Bowie, Diana Ross and jazz great Nancy Wilson – iconoclasts who were always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. Her self-titled 1987 solo debut – a showcase for her vocal chops and songwriting skills – was a beats & grooves tribute to her club kid roots, from the underground spots she frequented as a teenager to her stardom (while still a teen) as one of the most popular dancers in the history of iconic TV show “Soul Train.” It yielded the chart topping hits “Looking for a New Love” (which launched the Jody-penned phrase “Hasta la vista” into popular vernacular, becoming so huge that Arnold Schwarzenegger jacked it for his signature line in the movie The Terminator), “Don’t You Want Me,” “Most of All,” “Some Kind of Lover” and “Still a Thrill,” whose video was the first (and as yet unmatched) time a pop star flexed their skills at waaking, the underground Los Angeles dance that is a sibling to both breakdancing and voguing. 1989’s Larger Than Life, her blockbuster sophomore album, yielded the hits “Real Love” (whose influential music video – nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards – was her second collaboration with acclaimed film director David Fincher, the first being her sleek video for “Most of All”), “Friends,” and the sultry ballad “Everything.” They were all huge hits. Like many artists who top the charts, Ms. Watley soon found herself stymied by the limited vision of her label, who wanted to shoehorn her into formula. The albums Affairs of the Heart (1991) and Intimacy (1993) displayed her deepening songwriting skills and singing prowess, as well as her assured experimentation with layered musical textures, but label support was missing in action. The powerful, beat-driven spoken-word track “When a Man Loves a Woman” from Affairs sparked controversy for addressing AIDS and domestic violence long before they were topics of national conversation, and her skittish label turned its back on the track and album. Though Ms. Watley’s artistry continued to deepen and grow, she was hamstrung by her label’s lack of support and their adherence to the same narrow definitions of success that saw her leave iconic R&B group Shalamar at the height of its popularity in 1983. Her own definition of success centered then and now on artistic growth and freedom, not simply replicating whatever was or is hot at the moment. After breaking from the majors and starting her own label Avitone Recordings in 1995, Ms. Watley began collaborating with a Who’s Who of visionary producers and remixers, many of whom were longtime fans and jumped at the chance to work with her: 4 Hero, King Britt, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez & Little Louie Vega, Mark de Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ron Trent, Moto Blanco, and Alex Di Ciò. Thanks to her non-stop touring, her global fan base remains as fervent as ever and they’ve made chart and club hits of Ms. Watley’s indie albums – Affection (1995), Flower (1998), The Saturday Night Experience (1999), Midnight Lounge (2001), and The Makeover (2006) – and her 2014 EP Paradise. For the past five years, the ever multi-tasking Ms. Watley has focused on both her thriving solo career and the group project “Jody Watley featuring SRL.” Much like Prince had The Revolution, NPG, and Third Eye Girl (among many other projects and aliases) as extensions or branches of his music and creativity, Jody Watley feat. SRL allows Ms. Watley another outlet for her artistic expression. SRL members Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith – gifted singers, dancers, and choreographers in their own right – bring their own cool style and vibe to Ms. Watley’s trademark high-energy, all-love live performances, and the trio’s critically acclaimed concerts draw SRO crowds around the world. With musical influences that include Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, and Little Dragon, they’ve released several chart-topping hit singles in Europe, including the Alex Di Ciò remix of “The Mood.” Their forthcoming album will be a seamless mix of dance grooves, funky beats, deep House, R&B, trap, rock, and ambient ballads accented with guitar flourishes. Also in the works is Jody Watley: The Jazzy Sessions, a longtime dream project finally come to fruition. Fans were given a taste of what to expect from that forthcoming EP on the bossa nova tinged cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” which shot to the top of the jazz charts within weeks of its release. A lilting, gorgeously melancholy take on the classic tune, the track simmers with tension between the longing of the lyrics and the lush, languid music and arrangement. Though some newer fans were pleasantly surprised that Ms. Watley pulled off a jazz tune, longtime fans saw it as simply the artistic thread being pulled forward from Ms. Watley’s show-stopping cover of Cole Porter’s classic song “After You,” from the landmark AIDS benefit recording project Red Hot & Blue, released in1990. What links “Waiting” to the rest of Ms. Watley’s far-ranging and impossible to pigeonhole catalogue (which has seen her hit the charts in every decade of her career, from 1977’s Uptown Festival album with Shalamar to 2018’s “Waiting in Vain” single) is the sincerity and honesty from which it springs. “Everything I’ve ever done has been to be distinctively Jody Watley,” says the pop icon herself, “from my first solo album through right now. Everything that I will ever do always has to be authentic to me, work that I can always be proud of first and foremost. It’s not so much about, ‘Oh, this is going to be popular,’ or ‘Oh, this is going to be a big hit.’ It’s always been so personal to me, everything that I do. And the fans can feel that. They connect with the honesty.”

Monday Wattage Thoughts. New Moon Self Care.

Passing this along..always good tips for living.

Remembering Kobe Bryant

Anyone who really knows me is aware of my love of the NBA and sports in general one of the many special things I share with my son Arie.

Post from January 26, 2020

I’m at a loss for words Rest In Peace international basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at only 13 rest with angels .. I just can’t believe it – one of my favorite NBA players and my sons as well always leaving it out of the court, my son attended many of his camps, Kobe was great with the kids and so personable, having opportunity to meet him, going to games, my son being so excited about his first pair of Kobe sneakers .. the list goes on – so many fond memories, was excited to see what he’d do with his Mamba academy, teaching the Mamba mentality of excellence, championing women’s athletics and with his children books so much ahead .. such a tragic day for all of the two families, and millions of fans around the world. I have no words .. this is surreal shedding tears over this. Prayers and strength to his wife Vanessa and family as well as condolences to the families of Christina Mauser, Sarah and Payton Chester; Keri and Alyssa Altobelli ; Ara Zobayan John Altobeli. This is just a devastating tragedy.

Cherish each day and those you love…

Jody Watley Upcoming Concerts – Winter Nights EP and Weekly Streaming Updates and More.

Jody Watley – Winter Nights EP due mid February. The first in a series of seasonal releases. Short, sexy and sweet with remixed by Alex Di Cio’ and a new song featuring SRL.

Jody Watley Winter Nights Cover Art Final copy

 

 

Upcoming confirmed concerts:

January 31 : Westbury, NY : Theatre at Westbury with Taylor Dayne and Lisa Lisa

February 1 : Atlantic City, NJ: Tropicana Showroom with Taylor Dayne and Lisa Lisa

February 8 :  Washington, D.C. The Howard Theatre – Tickets

February 10 – 15 : The Ultimate Disco Cruise

February 21: Stockton, CA The Bob Hope Theatre with Taylor Dayne and Lisa Lisa

March 27: Lake Charles, MS Golden Nugget with Taylor Dayne and Lisa Lisa

April 11: Date TBA

More dates TBA.

 

Top 10 Tracks  January 17 – 23 :: Streaming with Spotify still tops for Jody Watley listeners

  1. Nightlife
  2. The Mood – ft SRL Alex Di Cio’ Remix
  3. I Want Your Love – DJ Spinna Remix
  4. A Beautiful Life
  5. Borderline
  6. Saturday Night Experience – Ron Trent Remix
  7. Sanctuary – Soulpersona Mix
  8. I Love to Love
  9. The Passion ft SRL – Brian Power Remix

Top 10 Releases January 17 – 23

  1. The Makeover – Album
  2. Midnight Lounge – Album
  3. Nightlife – Classic Soul Mix
  4. The Mood ft SRL
  5. Nightlife Remixed
  6. Paradise – EP
  7. The Passion ft SRL – Brian Power Remix
  8. I Want Your Love Remixes
  9. Dancer – Remixed
  10. Sanctuary Remxed

 

Top 5 Classics January 17 – 23

  1. Don’t You Want Me
  2. Looking For A New Love
  3. Real Love
  4. Friends
  5. Everything

 

 

 

Ladies Tour with Jody Watley, Lisa Lisa and Taylor Dayne Kicks Off in Gulfport At Island View Casino

Jody Watley, Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa

The first night of the Ladies Tour kicked off in Gulfport, Mississippi at Island View Casino Resort – packed house, party vibes; all love.

Up next

January 31 :: Westbury NY, Theatre at Westbury

February 1 :: Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Showroom

February 21:: Stockton CA, Bob Hope Theatre

March 27 :: Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget

More dates TBA

I will not be on the bill February 13 in Connecticut Mohegan Sun due to prior commitment.

Rewind. Live Performance of ‘It All Begins With You.’

 

I posted this yesterday on my social media in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This performance was while pregnant with my son on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992 while promoting my “Affairs Of The Heart” album -also performed that night was my single “I’m The One You Need.’ The Arsenio Hall Show was always a great place to showcase music for black artists simply on a merit basis – long before the  “what are the social media numbers, how many followers?” The gatekeepers of today would never allow a show like this.

Around this time I’d performed this single on Good Morning America on MLK Day. My performance earned me an invitation to The White House as the President and First Lady were so moved. It’s an honor I’ll never forget. I also used the opportunity to speak about equality, and support for public education – investing in our youth; definitely inspired by Dr. King. Many know I also recorded this song in honor my my father Rev. John Watley Jr.

“..the more of life I live to see, I feel more like a child – the lessons that I have to learn, I know will take a while – and if it takes eternity I hope your plans for me, surround me with a gift of joy and make my days complete..embrace me with your love and help me rise above – show me the way to keep the faith so I won’t forget to say that it all begins with you..”

We all have the ability to bring positive changes in our lives and in the world each day not to mention the ability to keep the faith and get through barriers and obstacles. You don’t have to be religious (I’m not) to believe in a higher power than all of us and the inner will we have when we keep the faith.

Wattage!

7 Habits for Success. Wattage Thoughts.

Passing along these reminders I came across.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Digital Update January 3 – 9.

Jody Watley Spotify 2020

Jody Watley contemporary music Top Tracks and Releases, Spotify still top streaming service for Jody Watley listeners.

Top Tracks January 3 – 9.

  1. Nightlife – Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix
  2. The Mood ft SRL
  3. Nightlife – Original mix
  4. Slowdance
  5. A Beautiful Life
  6. I Want Your Love – DJ Spinna Remix
  7. Sanctuary
  8. Dancer
  9. Midnight Lounge
  10. Saturday Night Experience – Ron Trent Remix

 

To Releases January 3 – 9.

  1. Midnight Lounge – Album
  2. Nightlife – (Classic Soul Mix) – Single
  3. The Makeover – Album
  4. The Mood ft SRL (Single Alex Di Cio’ Remix)
  5. Nightlife – Single
  6. Paradise – EP
  7. Paradise
  8. Slowdance – Single
  9. The Passion ft SRL – Brian Power Remix
  10. Dancer Remixed – Album

 

Top 5 Classics January 3 – 9.

  1. Don’t You Want Me
  2. Looking For A New Love
  3. Everything
  4. Looking for A New Love – Extended Mix
  5. Real Love

Jody Watley in Issey Miyake-Classic Image Of The Day.

Jody Watley. Blue Issey Miyake Plastic Body Mold. Performing on Soul Train 1988. I had red as well as black though I believe I had the red customized to black.

I originally wore the Issey Miyake plastic bodice on my U.K. solo single in 1984. The label didn’t believe in the project or my direction so things never got off the ground—until I returned to USA

In 1984 – London ironically not fitting their image and box of “R&B artist” the UK label wanted me to just be the girl from Shalamar and to do something similar .. I had other plans. “You have to have a vision and believe in it. It paid off for me ultimately” – Jody Watley

I was tagged in a post with the very fashion forward Zendaya rocking a Tom Ford plastic bodice this week. Gorgeous.

Jody Watley. Winter Nights.

 

Jody Watley Winter Nights Cover Art Final copy

 

Finding a variety of ways to release my music remains important. When releasing “Paradise” EP in 2013 I discussed in many interviews that with short attention spans, albums not being the same experience with fans being able to pick and choose which songs to add to their own playlists EP’s would probably be the way to go.

In that spirit, I’ve decided to do a series of seasonal themed EP’s for my Avitone imprint starting with “Winter Nights” coming in February.

The EP will feature a new Jody Watley & SRL single, the ambient “Weigh On Me Pt 1” Alex Di Cio’ Remix along with two additional songs from my catalog, overlooked gems that we think deserve a fresh look getting the Di Cio’ Remix treatment perfect for cozy winter nights to warm you up. The vibe is intended to be a listen from start to finish in this concept running just 15:37.

“Winter Nights” will be beautifully book-ended with the title song instrumental. Short, sweet, soulful and sexy ambience.

Limited edition digi-paks for “Winter Nights” as well are in the works along with seasonal themed titles for Spring, Summer and Fall to follow, a new way to add new songs and remixes. Collect them all.

The tempos will increase and by the time we hit summer – it will be dance party time with some of my deep cut remixes, and more new Jody Watley solo material.

More details to come. Winter Nights, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Wattage!

 

Artwork by Shawn West

Art Direction: Jody Watley and Shawn West

Jody Watley. Weekend Greetings January and February Concert Updates.

Don’t let the world and life get you down. We can only change that within our reach so don’t oversaturate your mind with bad news. Live life and cherish each day. Wattage!

Up next January – February, back to the music.

January 24- Gulfport,MS :: Island View Casino Special Guest with Lisa Lisa and Taylor Dayne

January 31-Westbury, NY :: Theatre at Westbury Special Guest with Lisa Lisa and Taylor Dayne

February 1 – Atlantic City:: Tropicana Showroom Special Guest with Lisa Lisa and Taylor Dayne

February 8 – Washington, D.C. :: The Howard Theatre

February 10-15 :: Ultimate Disco Cruise with SRL

I hope to see you!