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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.”

NEW on The Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel. Jody Watley Transcendent Onstage 2021.

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Wattage Thoughts. Your Calling. Live Your Life.

People always chiming in on what other people should be doing..if you are living your life’s passion and dreams, pursuing your personal goals it’s not for others to understand as this quote says. Keep going – do you. I’m reshaping this.. can’t say it enough.

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. British Pop Music Magazine Record Mirror.

Jody Watley.

Photographer – Tony Costa

Makeup – Paul Starr

Hair – Peter Savic

Custom Bespoke Suit – Richard Tyler

Stylng – Jody Watley

“Precious Love” Review by Kevin Aston – showing some love for the remix by Soul II Soul’s keyboard wiz Simon Law – this is one of my favorite remixes in the ongoing catalog!

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Jody Watley Rocks The House At Footprint Arena in Phoenix – Photo Recap

Backstage – Selfie. Jody Watley – Wattage!
Ready to rock!
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Lights of Love! Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Real Love – Runway Strut! Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington
Pose. Jody Watley. Footprint Arena. Mega 104.3 – 20th Anniversary Concert Bash – Photography by Anna Wellington

The Mega 104.3 20th Anniversary Concert Bash was a nonstop party on the bill with other vets like Candyman, Tag Team. Rob Base, Montell Jordan, Midnight Starr, Lisa Lisa, Zapp. The atmosphere was electric – a great time was had by all.

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Jody Watley Brings Heart and Soul To The Concert Stage. New Live Video.

Jody Watley. Live. Everything.

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Just Announced. Winter White Party. Jody Watley Joins Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Isley Brothers In Concert.

December 11, 2021

Presented by AEG Concerts

Texas Trust CU Theatre, Grand Prairie Texas

Tickets Go On Sale Sept. 10.

Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley Wows In Concert At Morongo. Sheen Magazine Review

Jody Watley LIVE 2021.

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NEW Upload on Official Jody Watley Youtube Channel and You Can Take That To The Bank

Going away back in my career – this an early Shalamar classic performed with original lead Gerald Brown.

A great time we had on 8.19. 21 at Morongo!! Shout out to my friend Gerald Brown for being a fabulous special guest as always sounding great and bringing the good energy and vibes. Though we only worked together for barely a year in Shalamar back in 1978 our friendship and bond has remained strong for 43 years -since I was a teen!

Thank you to my amazing rhythm section – Kerry, Keith, Roland and Hubie keeping it funky – and a fantastic loving enthusiastic full house! Big shout out to my Wattage Dance Crew longtime member the awesome and talented John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Joseph Szekula, Kayla Henry, Tevyn Cole, Jasmine Boyes.

Watch the full video performance of Take That To The Bank on my YouTube Channel – Click Like and Share! Watch it Now! https://youtu.be/NrbITbkdsaU

Jody Watley Electrifies Singing The National Anthem

Los Angeles, CA – August 21: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

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Music Style Icon Jody Watley Classic Images Of The Day. DETOUR Magazine 1990

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Black ail rose bolero by Rachel London.

Photography: Jake Crain

Makeup: Paul Starr