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Jody Watley is a Grammy Award winning innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer in music, dance, video, fashion and style. With 32 Top Ten Singles and 13 No. 1 Singles in the Pop, R and B and Dance music genres over the past three decades including such classics as “Looking For A New Love,” "Don't You Want Me" and the groundbreaking collaboration with Eric B and Rakim “Friends” the first multi-format crossover single to blend Pop R&B/ and Hip-Hop Rap with the customized 16 bar verses specifically written for the song, and a subsequent popular format in commercial music. Watley remains one of MTV's most nominated artists for her fashion forward "Real Love" directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher. With a a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Magazine, and countless accolades Jody has consistently broken new ground in music, video and fashion and is also one of the first artists in the modern era to be featured in trendsetting ad campaigns and cross marketing paving the way for a future generation of female artists. Visit her website for full bio http://www.jodywatley.net

Jody Watley’s Waiting In Vain Top 10 With Smooth Jazz Global Listeners

This is very exciting news. “Waiting In Vain” after making it into the Smooth Jazz Top 10, Billboard Top 25 remains in rotation on various stations. We go this exciting news today that it’s Top 10 with global listeners.

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Check out the Top 50: Here – Download the single today and please tell a friend! “Waiting In Vain” is the perfect musical companion for a chillaxing summer evening or weekend.

 

 

Jody Watley & SRL Unveil Cover Art for Forthcoming New Single.

Jody Watley & SRL The Passion Revised Final Art AVI272018 copy

Jody Watley & SRL The Passion Alex Di Cio Mix Art 2

 

Jody Watley & SRL unveil the cover art by Los Angeles based artist Martin Lagirdam for the forthcoming new single “The Passion” mixed by legendary Italian remix producer Alex Di Cio  expected to arrive around July 20, 2018 to various digital outlets.

“The artwork is inspired by the sacred heart. As the core of our being, with the theme of the song being a passion for living and life coming alive through the music and our connections – it felt right to have a vibrant and colorful art piece like this to represent the vibe of the song as the music, love and passion descends upon the city. The flames represent setting your soul on fire with the music and the things that make you feel alive. This cover art is something a bit more unexpected and outside the box for us this time – bold and unexpected. I became a fan of Martin’s work after following him on Instagram after he created a custom t-shirt for me. The beauty of his work in particular many themes that reflected the heart really spoke to me for this single…as well is it could be a cool statement tattoo and iconic emblem for the group usually associated with rock bands. The single has some standout guitar work by former Prince & NPG member Levi Seacer.  I’ve connected with some incredible talent through social media and Martin is one. The logo’s were created by my longtime art director and collaborator the U.K. based Ray Easmon.” – Jody Watley

 

 

 

Jody Watley Summer Grooves

Perfect for a chilled out breezy summer evening, The Top 10 Smooth Jazz Hit “Waiting in Vain”, a jazz bossa nova makeover of the original Bob Marley classic.

For the cookout or backyard gathering where your guests might feel the need to do a two step or you feel the need to get your own groove on – Number 1 on various UK stations, Top 2 UK Soul, Number 1 JAMMFM Netherlands  “The Mood” Alex Di Cio Mix. Jody Watley & SRL. New single and video “The Passion” coming soon on my independent label Avitone Recordings – Fueling Quality Music Since 1995.

I’ve been working on a new playlist for my Spotify Artist Page – of course it will be eclectic

All new music available at digital outlets and streaming on services including Spotify, Apple and Tidal.

 

Sunday Inspirational. Instinct.

Jody Watley. Friday Videos on Youtube Channel.

Make sure to subscribe to the Official Jody Watley Youtube Channel for new video releases, behind the scenes, interviews and positive Wattage inspirations for Jody Watley as well as Jody Watley & SRL fans. Each week I’m going to make it a goal to publish something new. As outlets like Facebook and Instagram rely more and more on algorithms as to what you may see in your feed, i.e. the most popular or trending subjects – it’s increasingly important to find ways to connect with my niche base.

Competing with gossip sites and artists with millions of followers is futile, as well as what these sites choosing what fans see from music, design, art, business pages etc. can be very frustrating.

As an independent I’ll continue to use my platforms as best as I can and hope those interested will discover, keep up and share.  Just click ‘Subscribe’: Jody Watley Youtube

 

Jody Watley July Happenings

Catch me live in concert with SRL :

July 21 – Cache Creek Resort & Casino Northern California : Cache Creek Tickets

July 28 – Merchant Street Music Festival Kankakee, IL

A new single and video from Jody Watley & SRL “The Passion”

Still percolating the spring surprise Smooth Jazz Top 10 “Waiting In Vain”

In the U.K. the winter/spring UK Soul Hit “The Mood”

Live Life!

Jody Watley. Independence Day. Shalamar.

Dead Giveaway.

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday.

The 4th of July is a pivotal day in my life because it’s the day I quit and declared my independence from Shalamar. An original member, my often tumultuous journey with the group started in 1977 with the group along with Gary Mumford and Jeffrey Daniel promoting Uptown Festival.

Shalamar. Gary Mumford, Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel

The second phase came while still in my teens with Gerald Brown and Jeffrey Daniel on our recordings “Shalamar Disco Gardens” album and hit “Take That To The Bank”

Shalamar with Gerald Brown, Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley

And finally with Howard Hewett for the final 4 years.

Shalamar with Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Howard Hewett after 4 tumultuous years.

Dead Giveaway- a side eye..

I wanted freedom from a myriad of things which had nothing to do with singing :: … it all came to a head the day we filmed this video “Dead Giveaway” in the UK back in 1983.

I’m only in the mask at the every end of the video for the reveal and of course the performance scenes. I didn’t want to do the video at all after a heated near physical altercation as we were about to depart for the shoot. It was the last straw for me and such a situation to never have again. Here’s to using personal freedoms to be happy to live your best life in how “you” see fit. To all of the young women and women in general in music, life, relationships, the workplace whatever it may be – who often feel powerless – reclaim your power. Own it. No one can decide that for you, though many may judge you, be willing to walk away and sacrifice if need be.

Removing yourself from unhealthy, or abusive situations and above all not being afraid to make bold choices for yourself is an empowering thing – yes it can also be easier said than done – I want you to know it can be done. My choice back then and still today is always happiness, peace of mind first and foremost-life is short so don’t waste it being miserable, mistreated, whatever it may be. Those are two principles to always live by to this day, happiness and peace of mind. Never regret or be afraid of having the balls to live your own life with joy and to stand up for yourself. Even in my younger age, no amount of threats or intimidation could have changed my mind. I left with a weight lifted and wishing everyone well.

That said — I’m also eternally grateful for the experience in those years and the ending to all of that – as well all I learned from it, along with the confidence, strength and wisdom I gained – wouldn’t change it…35 years later is a lifetime ago-blessed with so much achievement i would have never known. Most importantly in still doing me in variety of ways through the decades – add healthy, happy and with peace of mind.

Happy Independence Day!