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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 Confirmed for Chicago Morning Television. April Updates.

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At Nate’s home for a creative session for “Bridges.”

No illusions or delusions – doing me in the now and grateful to still be doing what I love in ways that bring rejuvenation to us all.

April has remained a month of creativity, writing – stepping away, gathering thoughts and coming back to new ideas for my solo work as well as SRL’s “Bridges.” I can say the collaborative give and take in the process of making this record is cool. We don’t agree upon everything, but always come to a meeting of the minds and always end up in a really good place – we’re a real group.. the awesome thing is in our differences (i.e. I think this song could be stronger, or I think we should do.. whatever it is) the respect of each other and the laughter that comes out of it all in the end is something we’re really enjoying. One of the things that came out of the last session is both Rosero and Nate saying “you sometimes downplay yourself too much..you’re  J O D Y W A T L E Y and maybe because maybe in the past you’ve been around people who haven’t always respected or lifted you up..we do.” That meant so much and they were right. These men are awesome and such a gift on this journey. It was fun as well because Nate really laid out the food situation..when we’re at Rosero’s it’s a running joke he never has any food.

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In May and throughout the summer into fall will see more concerts, music and good vibes.

Just added May 25, a performance and interview on Chicago’s WCIU “You and Me” as well as “Decades.” Save the date!

 

May 21 – Long Beach Pride

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears

May 27 BB Kings NYC

June 4, 2017  Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Chevrolet Motor City Casino

June 23 Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA

July 8, 2017 Alameda County Fair

July 21  (date tba)

July 22 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles (package date freestyle explosion live with band)

More dates TBA!!!

Jody Watley and Sanctuary Arrive At Digital Outlets.

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Spring is in the air. Music therapy is needed in these troubled times. Download it today: Apple

 

Limited edition digipaks arrive this week. Thanks to all who reserved your copies!

 

On calendar and announced concerts:

May 21, Long Beach Pride

May 25, Chicago The Promontory

May 26, Niagra Falls Seneca Resort and Casino Bears Den

May 27 New York BB Kings

June 4 Detroit, Chevrolet Grand Prix

June 23, Danvers Massachusetts Special event

July 8 Alameda County Fair

July 21, San Diego date tba

July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theater Freestyle Explosion Concert

Nov 11- 18 80’s Domenican Republic, 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Breathless Resort and Spa

More dates TBA

Peter Harper Duet With Jody Watley Available Now

With the release of this new project “Break The Cycle” traditional folk artist Peter Harper who also happens to be the brother of Ben Harper; unveiled his new project which also features the poignant duet “A Million Miles” with Jody Watley. You can now add folk to her vast resume of soundscapes.

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Peter Harper and Jody Watley

Listen to “A Million Miles”:  Here

 

TSL. Women’s History Month Honors Jody Watley.

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Jody Watley by Michel Comte

“Jody Watley is a name in American music that is widely recognized, yet still not fully appreciated. Her ingenious, stylish videos and multi-threat talents raised the bar not just for dance music, but for women in the business – especially women of color”…Read the full feature: The Shadow League Music, Sports and Culture

Jody Watley and SRL Set To Headline Long Beach Pride

 

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It was just announced that Jody Watley ft. SRL will close out Long Beach Pride Festival Weekend on Sunday May 21, 2017. Saturday night will be the funk of Chaka Khan. Learn more and get tickets: Here 

 

Other May concerts include:

May 25 Chicago The Promontory : Tickets 

May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Resort and Casino Bears Den : Tickets

May 27 New York BB Kings : Tickets

Jody Watley and SRL Set To Perform at Alameda County Fair.

Join in the family fun, nothing like a county fair – music, food, rides and other activities for family and friends. We performed at two fairs last year and really enjoyed the experiences. Here’s one of the reviews: Here

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Save the date, get your tickets for – July 8 – Jody Watley ft. SRL. More info: Alameda County Fair

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Jody Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

Thought of The Day. Go Where The Love Is.

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Had to pass this one along via my Facebook page.