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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.”

Quiet Moments. Wattage Thoughts.

Came across this earlier – definitely wanted to share as it may be easier for some than others to be alone with your thoughts during this time.

A Short Walk. Monday Inspiration.

I’ve been sharing a few short wellness videos on my social media to encourage everyone to stay healthy in this self quarantine time – it should be a lifestyle in general however since this time is a resetting of energy it’s a good time to think about these things like your immune system and overall well being.

Things Not Cancelled. Wattage Thoughts.

Amongst things Not cancelled- a quiet morning with coffee or tea

Music/Spotify Playlists (or digital platform of your choice, includes all my music new & current, classics and everything in between)

Going outdoors for a walk (6 ft social distancing as advised)

Reading

Singing (See Italy)

Communication with loved ones

Staying Creative

Laughing

Eating healthy foods

Kindness

Patience

Positive Attitude

Prayer

Hope

etc

Embrace what we have while making the best of all of this.

Wattage!

Music Updates. Jody Watley on Spotify and Other Digital Platforms

While we’re all self quarantining and dealing with the current coronavirus / Covid19 pandemic; I’ll keep the music updates coming, wellness posts and so on – those things are not cancelled!

Jody Watley Spotify 2020

Jody Watley on Spotify

 

Jody Watley on Apple Music

 

Follow my artist pages on the platform of your choice – you’ll find the current releases including “Winter Nights” EP along with the classics and some you may have missed.

 

Quarantine Healthy

Make sure to get your natural vitamin C,  (you get can it from green leafy vegetables as well) – especially now for your immune system.

Stuck at home? Push play- my current “Winter Nights” EP downtempo sophisticated soul with mixes by Alex Di Ciò

You can dance to it and or simply have it on for chill vibes.

This current virus pandemic is a stressful and uncertain time for many in various industries.. in general let’s all do our best to stay healthy – mentally, physically and spiritually.

Jody Watley Schedule Cancellations, Well Wishes Amidst Coronavirus Update.

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Nothing like the live experience with everyone together as one in the music.:::

ALL of my upcoming shows have been cancelled or postponed, no bookings being accepted until further notice – health and wellness are of utmost importance during this pandemic.

Love, good health and positive vibes to all until we see each other again in the live setting. I’ll be writing more, reading more books I’ve been wanting to get to working on projects (Spring EP is done and being mixed..working on Summer w new collaboration with The APX), listening to lots of music, still getting my cardio and workouts at home and hopefully a maintain a healthy lifestyle. What else? Definitely watch some NBA classics, documentaries, continue learning about business, maybe binge watch shows I’ve never seen only heard about .. doing more things I enjoy around the house, maybe I’ll finish my memoir too, get my sketch book out, take more naps and rest  …times like these remind us not to take things for granted, that’s why living in the moment is always important, especially when you’re having a good time, things can change in an instant.

Already a longtime self-isolator so that part won’t be hard. I’ll continue posting and staying connected with you each day.

The impact will be strong for many musicians, independent contractors workers of all types ,families, young students and so on – here’s to all of you making it through ok too.

Ps..stop buying up all the TP (lol) keep a sense of humor.. don’t lose sight of kindness when you’re in the stores stocking up on food and necessities, stay diligent but calm.. and please don’t forget the elderly, donate to programs that will continue to provide for children who may not have food now that there is no school at the moment..

—Always find the light through the darkness. Wattage!

Sneakshot Photography

2.08.20

Washington D.C.

The Howard Theatre

Jody Watley. Health is Wealth.

 

Health is always wealth – no matter what’s going on. Stay diligent everyone no matter what you think about what’s going on currently.

Any upcoming concerts and appearances have been cancelled or postponed to a later date.

Jody Watley. Moving Into The New Week.

A bit of motivation to begin the new week.

Wattage.!

Jody Watley Flashback of The Week. Best New Artist Win March 1988.

 

New York City. Radio City Music Hall, March 2, 1988.

Jody Watley – Best New Artist 1987.

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That same night, U2 won Album of The Year for Joshua Tree, Somewhere Out There won Song of The Year.

Little Richard made it one of TV’s most iconic moments in Grammy history – in an impromptu rant (a fun but true one) in that he’d never been recognized nor received any awards as The Architect of Rock & Roll. It lasted nearly 5 minutes – while all of the nominees waited in angst to hopefully hear their name.

Michael Jackson performed a rousing ‘The Way You Make Me Feel/Man In The Mirror’ and was the first person to greet me as I exited the stage in tears – he emerged with a big smile, hug and kiss saying “I’m so happy for you.” That made the night even more special..especially since there was a time in my youth I was writing him fan mail!

I shocked everyone – including me – by winning Best New Artist and have said I could have retired that night on that album in terms of a statement debut that no one predicted and to everyone who told me I’d never succeed and would regret leaving Shalamar — That day has never and will never come. I’m full of gratitude and know that regardless of the outcome of the awards ceremony I’d already won by choosing to live the life I wanted – happy no matter the obstacles.

Continuing to do the best work with as much joy and integrity possible in a challenging industry, always fearless, changing and growing as I vowed to do decades ago and to get better with time.. not to be the most popular, just to be the best I can be for me as an artist, writer, producer and human being. That year – I kicked ass, set some style trends and kept it moving on to the next and still doing the damn thing – my way.

 

 

Jody Watley – Winter Nights. UK Radio List.

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Thanks to all of the UK and European Soul Radio Stations spinning songs from “Winter Nights’ EP! To those in America who are wondering – this project nor any recent ones have been serviced to American radio — no pay for play, I don’t do rap and I a woman over 35.. so it would be a waste of resources. The music is here for all to support by use of social media and digital outlets. It’s a choice not to invest in a PR campaign here in USA why? Unlike many moons ago and the old model that most commercial minded fans think still exist where shows would have you on just to talk about your latest music project  – that model went out in the late 90’s. I began my indie label Avitone in the 90’s one of the first women, former major label artists to do so – no headlines.

Most high profile TV shows now despite hit records and a vast list of accolades to get booked they want gossip and sensationalism. I don’t wish to discuss my private life, there’s no have a health issue or high profile romance to publicize, have not been to rehab..have not had a baby lately (smile) and so on. I’m just here for the music and appreciate those who are here for it too! The world exists far beyond this American bubble – and it’s an incredible feat to still be charting records anywhere – not many veteran artists especially black female artists can say that – on top of that to be self released on my own label. Thanks to a great small team who continue to work with so much passion on my behalf. Some will of course try to dismiss this latest milestone –  keep doubting as I continue to proceed and succeed on my own terms.

Jody Watley Winter Nights – Tracks Receiving Airplay are (Weigh on Me ft SRL, Skin Deep and Candlelight).

Solar Radio

Starpoint Radio

Cheeky Radio

DeLite Radio

Mi-Soul Radio

BBC Radio London

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Jersey

BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Bristol

BBC Radio Guernsey

BBC Radio Essex

BBC Radio Surrey

BBC Radio Berkshire

BBC Radio Solent

BBC Radio Somerset

 

BcFM 93.2

African FM

Blast 1386, Reading UK

Boogie Bunker Radio, Kent UK

Radio Sunlight, Kent

Fuzion Live

Mersey Radio, Liverpool

More Music Radio

FlorRadio

Gloucester Radio FM (GFM)

Gateway 97.8  Basildon

MRS Radio

New Big City Radio

Oz Urban Radio, Perth Australia

Brisbane Youth Radio, Brisbane Australia

Ramjam Radio

In2Beats 106.5 FM

Jamm FM Netherlands

London Soul Radio

Harderwijk

Crackers Fresh

One Luv FM

AfroDisiac Radio, Bournemouth

SoulCity The Beat

JFS Radio, London

Radio Conceito

Radio Festival

Swindon 105.5

The Soul of Grenada

Urban Movement Radio, Brisbane

Veluwe FM

WNAA FM, The Voice

Stomp Radio, London

 

Download it, Stream It. Tell A Friend. Post on Your Social Media – You Are The New Media – Your Phone IS The Device that connects it all. Use IT don’t let it Use YOU, everything is accessible..you can also listen to most of these stations worldwide, listen anytime on streaming, those add up to chart numbers, listen as well via Youtube