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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

An Epic Night. Jody Watley Black Music Honors

It was an epic night in Nashville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center as I was the recipient of the Crossover Music Icon Award. I’ll be doing a more extensive post but wanted to share a few photos.

En route in a custom couture lace tux by Kevan Hall.

Red carpet and a post show exchange with host Rickey Smiley about a “workers of inequity” inspirational video he posted last year that was very timely.

Dancers ready to back up Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green in the Jody Watley tribute.

Front row baby! Looking forward to a great show and nervous about what I was going to say because I didn’t write a speech, just wanted to be in moment and enjoy the night.

With Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green after the tribute- they were so awesome and kind wanting to do me proud – they did.

My dear friend , SRL mate and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy had all dancers on point for the night – and for moral support too!

With Teddy Riley and Damian Hall from Guy.

With my best friend Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc – friend through thick and thin.

Got a big hug from Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award – great to see them honored – overdue and well deserved.

They have pivotal moments in my life-making this night even more special.

You’ve got to be willing to be ridiculed to open the door wider for the next generation in life, music, politics – all of it.

I intended to make that point in my speech but ended up in another direction. It means everything to receive this recognition.

With renowned Hip hop /rap artist DaBrat.

With the incomparable Oleta Adams – she’s such a loving person too! I did the Colors of Christmas Tour with her several years ago and it was such a pleasure to sing with her – we also share a publicist and friend Tom Estey.

Backstage after the receiving my award for Crossover Music Icon. The statuette itself is so regal. I dedicated my award to my parents.

Rickey Smiley was a great host along with LeToya Luckett – I was doubled over in laughter.

Hanging out post show with LeToya Luckett- so kind. LeToya gave me the most exquisite perfume after I complimented how good she smelled (like gardenia and roses).

LeeLee from SWV always beautiful , effervescent and keeps it 100 – love and those ladies.

Watch the full clip.. I’m asked about Unsung..

One of the great nights of my life – this summer has truly been awesome despite all the ugliness of the world. I thank all past and present-and as always I look forward to keeping it moving to the next.

Thanks again Central City Productions, Don Jackson and Black Music Honors for truly making it a night to remember!

Airing Sept.2 syndicated television channels around the club and throughout October on Bounce network.

This show is also in support of funding for National African American Museum of Music.

Jody Watley. August Updates and Transmissions of Love

As the world continues to turn for all of the bad and good..life keeps ticking. I choose to focus of the energy of always being the change I want to see and encouraging others – love is the message.

Diligence.

I’m Nashville as honoree “Crossover Music Icon” for my contributions to soul and pop music as trendsetter and Icon – it’s really even more special to be honored on same night as The Jacksons (rest in peace King of Pop Michael Jackson)..they were such an inspiration to me growing up as I’ve said along the way of my career and life journey- my Mom could tell you that! Music is such a powerful force in life. Heals, inspires, motivates, gives hope..and so much more. I’m so thankful to continue to spread joy and to also continue to inspire others to be yourself, stay strong and do you — no matter what people have to say.

The taping is this evening and will be televised in September and October.

This!

We still have a long way to go as human beings on planet earth…

In Nashville, I came across the reminder of how those who fight for change with the system being as it is are often penalized. Hats off to fighters for civil and human rights then and now.

What the commemorative sign reads : “On February 13, 1960 124 students from Nashville’s historically black colleges and universities walked into Woolworth’s, Kress and McClellan’s and sat down at the lunch counters and asked to be served to no avail. The students also targeted Walgreens, W.T. Grant as well as Harvey’s, and Cain Sloan Department stores. Their goal was to desegregate Nashville lunch counters. The student protesters experienced no violence until February 27. On that day at Woolworth’s and McClellan’s white resisters threw the students from their seats, punched, kicked and spat upon them. Nashville police only arrested the student protesters. 81 students were arrested and charged with loitering and disorderly conduct. Two days later, the court fined each student 50.00. They took a principled stand and refused to pay the bail and spent 33 1/3 days in jail. ” let that sink in and fast forward to 2017

Music Honors, Rosero McCoy (SRL) choreographer for the Jody Watley Tribute and other artists in the show snapped this photo.

Learn more and be a part of the taping Tickets

Current single “Sanctuary” – peace of mind and happy times..create an environment of love – cherish the time.

Video. Watch it Now

Classic Jody. Crossover Music and Style Icon

Upcoming concerts:

Sept.2,2017 Jody Watley ft SRL. Yoshi’s Oakland (I’ll be doing a tribute to George Michael) and celebrating Jody Watley 30! As well SRL on the show and we will be previewing two new songs.

Tickets

Oct 6 Palm Springs Private Event – Jody Watley solo

Oct 21 Columbia “Famously Hot South Carolina Pride”

Info – Jody Watley

Nov 11-18 – 80’s in the Sand Punta Cana Resort Dominican Republic – Jody Watley

Colors of Christmas Tour December 2018 : Cities and Tickets – Jody Watley

More to come Jody Watley AND Jody Watley ft. SRL.

Summer Concert Highlights!!!

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Jody Watley To Be Recognized on Black Music Honors

Learn more details on-

The Urban Music Scene

Thought of the Day. Magnolias and Mayhem

Jody Watley ft. SRL Summer On The Plaza Recap

Fantastic experience, first time in Albany with some fans saying they’d waited 30 years to see me perform live.

SRL and I even filmed a short video for “The Mood” taking advantage of the beautiful location.

We started with an early breakfast at Los Angeles International Airport the day before show day heading east.
I had a few unexpected changes in the band this week people always show you who they are, believe them the first time – the show goes and and like I wrote many moons ago .. The Beat Don’t Stop.



The Renaissance Hotel Albany was stunning. Loved this “What Inspires You” art installation.

Make your life’s canvas your own masterpiece.

Soundcheck — always taking advantage of a great location. The day started off overcast, a storm came through and the sun came out again – a life metaphor.

 

 

The “Dancer” stage rush was definitely another one to remember from special needs kids, little ones, and just overall human beings getting their groove on – “Lose Yourself – WerK It!”

 

Up next

Jody Watley Aug 12
Market Days Northalsted

Black Music Honors Aug 18
Honoree Crossover Pop Icon Award

Jody Watley ft SRL Sept 2
Yoshi’s Oakland

Colors of Christmas Tour

Jody Watley Honoree 2017 Black Music Honors

Read about it on UrbanBridgez

Pick Of The Week. Jody Watley ft. SRL.

 

Jody Watley feat SRL Official 2017 w new logo

This is pretty cool!

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (we are now called SRL.)  to headline the Black Arts & Cultural Festival, read the feature: Pick of  The Week at  Spotlight News