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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.”

Jody Watley A Very Merry Christmas At SoFi Stadium Behind The Scenes

Jody Watley. WATCH -Behind The Scenes of National Anthem Performance Christmas Day SoFi Stadium.
For my Mom and Dad who watch over me and I hope to always make proud.

“It was a Merry Christmas at SoFi Stadium. Having the opportunity to perform the National Anthem for the Super Bowl Champions LA Rams is definitely a top highlight of 2022 and in my career. ” – Jody Watley

Garcelle Beauvais and Jody Watley

Jody Watley Anthem Performance Brings The Cheers At SoFi On Christmas Day

Jody Watley National Anthem. SoFi Stadium December 25, 2022 LA Rams v Denver Broncos

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Grammy Award winning iconic artist Jody Watley nailed the national anthem at Sofi Stadium on Christmas Day! The 2022 Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams vs Denver Broncos game kicked off with the beloved icon singing the national anthem.

The ageless singer and songwriter reawakened everyone’s patriotic side with a live acapella rendition of the national anthem. She got it right and received cheers throughout and rousing standing ovation. Click here to watch!

Jody Watley has a proven record of well received anthem performances for other championship Los Angeles franchises: LA Lakers, LA Chargers, LA Dodgers and LA Galaxy

As a solo artist, the versatile Pop and R&B songstress has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards, also named as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in an ongoing distinguished solo career.

Jody Watley is listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 25 Female Dance Music Artists of All Time and Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists. Jody Watley was also a part of the supergroup Band Aid for the historic “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

She recently released her new critically acclaimed jazzy holiday single, “Christmas Time Is Here,Top 12 Most Recommended New Holiday Releases (NY Post) available on all digital media platforms via the Avitone Recordings label imprint.

Jody Watley Surprises With Electrifying Performance At Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys

Jody Watley In Full Wattage Mode.

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(LOS ANGELES) December 19, 2022 – The audience at Stevie Wonder’s 24th House Full of Toys concert received a REAL treat when Grammy winning iconic artist Jody Watley stepped out on stage and gave a surprised performance at the show on Saturday, December 17th in the Microsoft Theater.

Watley rocked the stage in a beautiful sequin dress, performing her classic blockbuster hit, “Real Love,” and critically acclaimed new jazzy holiday single, “Christmas Time Is Here. Click here and check out Jody Watley performance.

The celebrated singer and songwriter received a standing ovation, full of love from the audience following her performance.

Stevie Wonder’s musical director/longtime friend Rickey Minor and background singers and musicians for the evening’s concert were amazing. 

Wonder’s guests along with Jody Watley included Gregory Porter and Trombone Shorty. And, the one and only Stevie Wonder who took centerstage was superb from beginning to end and delivered a non-stop hit after hit performance.

Jody Watley tweeted after the sold-out concert…

Thank you to Stevie Wonder… 

It was an honor to be onstage with him last night at House Full of Toys Benefit Concert, 12.17.22 – Microsoft Theatre LA. The last time I worked with him was 1988 for his MTV Special. Phenomenal experiences. Wattage! 

Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys benefit children, people with disabilities and families in need. Concertgoers brought unwrapped toys and unwrapped gifts of joy to the concert. Wonder’s We Are You Foundation is a nonprofit organization, IRC501(c)(3).

Watley was quoted as saying, “When Stevie Wonder, the most celebrated music icon of all time calls, you answer,” says Watley. “He is a wonderful and true humanitarian. I am truly honored to be a part of his House Full of Toys concert.” 

Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, having received numerous awards and honors including 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. His humanitarian efforts are world known.

He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities.

Jody Watley and Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys Benefit Concert, Microsoft Theatre December 17, 2022) Photo Courtesy of Pamela Broussard BN Motion Management and PR Group.

“Christmas Time Is Here” In Top 12 New Holiday Releases In NY Post

The Grammy winning singer gives plenty of real love to the Peanuts on this jazzy take on the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” classic.

The list includes Lizzo, Alicia Keyes, Camilla Cabello and more.

See full list : https://nypost.com/2022/12/01/the-12-best-new-christmas-songs-of-2022/

Jody Watley Added As Special Guest To Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys

(LOS ANGELES) December 12, 2022 – Grammy winning artist Jody Watley has confirmed to perform at music icon and superstar, STEVIE WONDER’s 24th House Full of Toys Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 17, 2022 – Microsoft Theater.

“Today, more than ever throughout the world, we are challenged with many issues… social, political, economic, spiritual, but that must not stop our opportunity to give and share in the spirit and reason for the season. I am as always overjoyed to again present the celebration House Full of Toys,” says Stevie.

House Full of Toys will benefit children, people with disabilities and families in need. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift of joy. Your charitable gift is 100% tax deductible since no goods or services will be provided in consideration for your gift. Wonder’s We Are You Foundation m is a nonprofit organization, IRC501(c)(3).

“When Stevie Wonder, the most celebrated music icon of all time calls, you answer,” says Watley. “He is a wonderful and true humanitarian. I am truly honored to be a part of his House Full of Toys concert.” 

Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, having received numerous awards and honors including 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. His humanitarian efforts are world known.

He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Friday, November 4 at 10 am (PDT) via AXS.com

‘Christmas Time Is Here’ and Jody Watley Gives Fans The Perfect Gift

New on Soulbounce “OG diva Jody Watley has given us one of the best gifts this holiday season: New music!” Read the full review on Soulbounce: Here

“Christmas Time Is Here” is available at all digital streaming platforms on Jody Watley Artist Pages. Download, stream, playlist, share. Happy Holidays!!

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and Ruben Studdard Bring Holiday Cheer To San Francisco

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Ruben Studdard, Peabo Bryson perform holiday classics and hits with San Francisco Symphony “The Colors Of Christmas” concert at Davies Symphony Hall.
Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams backstage at Davies Symphony Hall (December 7. 2022)

Grammy winners- Jody Watley & Peabo Bryson performing classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

It was an honor and pleasure to perform again with these gifted and kind people-my friends Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and the silky soulful Ruben Studdard.

“The Colors Of Christmas” Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Colors of Christmas band, and fantastic director conductor Gail Deadrick. We performed holiday classics as duets, trio, and quartet and some of our own hits bringing the spirit of love and joy to all in attendance in the return to San Francisco Symphony after several years.


It was a magnificent, joyful and blessed experience (December 6-7, 2022). More photos and video to come!

Jody Watley. A Must Have Christmas Release.

Wonderful review from Greatest Hits and More!

We start our holiday music journey with Ms. Jody Watley and her stunning rendition of Christmas Time Is Here.
The trip-hop and jazz take is sexy, dreamy, and cozy. It’s giving us all the feels and will be on our holiday playlist for years and years to come. It really begs for one to make a Christmas wish for an entire holiday album from the incredible Jody Watley.

Check this out, add it to your list, purchase it, and stream it. You will be glad you have and we know you will play it a few times over after the first listen. It’s that good!
Bravo, Jody, Bravo!

Jody Watley Invites You To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

You can download, stream it, playlist it on your Spotify page if you subscribe -a perfect low key groove to get into the spirit or simply unwind at the end of the evening during the holiday season with a glass or cup of your favorite beverage.

Jody Watley On Anniversary of The Historic Band Aid Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Bananarama, Jody Watley, Francis Rossi (Staus Quo)

The Historic Supergroup -“Band Aid” Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

November 25,1984

While living in London after my departure from Shalamar in 1983, I’d signed a spec Solo deal with Phonogram/Mercury Records in 1984.

Jody Watley in 1984. Photography by Steve Rappaport

I received a call from Mariella Frostrup, who was the publicist for Phonogram Records U.K. at the time. Mariella didn’t give a lot of details about the session, just that I really needed to be there at request of Sir Bob Geldof as well who was organizing a recording session.

None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, we all turned up casually – some of the artists would joke they were coming from the pub or clubbing the night before.. it was all very low key when invited. One of the things that makes it so organic looking is no one was really done up for the cameras so to speak.

The result was “Do The Know It’s Christmas” the name of the group – Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK along with a powerful documentary and it has been played during the holiday season since. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” remains one of the biggest singles of all time in the U.K. and mega seller worldwide.

It’s an experience none of us involved will ever forget and a song that made a huge difference, setting the bar for other charity singles to follow.

I’ve said through the years, meeting George Michael and asking if he’d do a duet with me – which he did when I returned to America and signed with MCA Records recording my proper solo debut and looking back on it, it’s also notable I am the only black female artist and only 1 of 4 women in total. To be a part of this historic recording as my first solo endeavor is truly a astounding.

Some artists declined including other female from what I was told back then. To be a part of a historic single as the first thing I did after leaving and post Shalamar is such a gift.

The single went straight to Number 1, was front page news and has raised millions of dollars for famine relief and remains a milestone Christmas single despite a regrettable lyric (tonight thank God it’s them instead of you) created in the moment by the writers of the song as they have later acknowledged – the intent of the song is so very positive. Feed The World – Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time Again. That message and sentiment will always remain, help those in need.

Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well you can find it on Youtube along with original video.

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After Band Aid two 12″ singles (Where The Boys Are and Girls Night Out) were released in 1984 and 1985 as JODY. I already had a vision in style (edgy and fashion forward) hard hitting dance music with an eye of not being labeled or marketed as ‘formerly of’. I was intent to establish my own identity solo with a decidedly more funky dance pop vibe as a debut. I’d written with Bruce Woolley of The Buggles and produced by The Art Of Noise before they were The Art Of Noise (Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeckzalik) with engineer Gary Langan. Ultimately, the label and I weren’t on same page and eventually I moved back to America, signed a new deal with MCA – the rest is solo history!

Jody Watley in 1984.