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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.”

Monday Morning Wattage Thoughts.

The best of the new day and week to all!
Embrace Your Wattage! Let’s Go!

Sunday Gratitude. Morning Walk.

Back to my morning walks this week as a part of my daily routine. It always feels great to get steps in – make sure you do too. Heart health is important even more so with the Covid-19 pandemic. Daily walks are great for lowering blood pressure and an instant mood booster. A lot of people were out so of course facial covering in full effect. Careful in my steps so I don’t trip and fall though! I didn’t wear my sling today for my cast.

A moment of pause.
Always look up – in gratitude.

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Stay healthy and safe-Wattage!!

Wattage Thoughts. Prosperity Within.

“Prosperity is within us.”

An inspirational message and honey turmeric tea in my favorite mug I was in heaven when I saw these leopard print napkins at the store – had to get! It’s the little things in life that can bring the greatest joy!

Wattage!

Jody Watley Classic Image Of The Day. VOGUE 1987.

Jody Watley. VOGUE.

An honor and solo achievement to be in the pages of VOGUE September 1987.

Photography: Lara Rossignol

Hair & Wardrobe Styling : Jody Watley

Makeup: Wendy Osmonson

Jody Watley Merchandise Update. Youth Sizes Added.

Youth sizes have been added to the online store of the Jody Watley Signature Hoop Earrings Logo shown here in black.

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Wattage Thoughts. Mindset and Actions

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Jody Watley Broken Bones. The Healing – Life And Music.

Jody Watley 2020 — in a cast.

To those who’ve asked on my social media FB / IG .. I’m on the mend since my recent slip and fall. My attitude is always upbeat and positive. I’m doing great bones in shattered wrist are healing just fine, still a bit of pain but not like the agony I felt when it happened and these past two weeks as well as when I had to have my wrist bones pushed into place and reset for cast last week .. chile listen – it’s no joke.

My back also still hurts a bit. I’ve since ordered a ton of socks “with grip” to wear in the house lol. Lesson learned.

Sleeping is difficult because of the cast and being uncomfortable as are most small tasks around the house, getting dressed, brushing my hair, the list goes on giving me an even greater respect to those who manage and adapt just fine with loss of limbs or being born without them at all keeping things in perspective.

Declined surgery so I’ll be in cast another 3 to 4 weeks, use of my left hand only every task is a challenge but I’m managing, have continued wrapping up promotions for my latest release “The Healing” and just released The APX Music Remix.

Join me live later today with michael_colyar page 6 PM PST talking “The Healing” – healing, life and more! #jodywatley #life #music – no matter what you’re going through, keep your Wattage!

My orthopedic specialist is really great and has one of those up beat demeanors which has helped during this process, he’s been very reassuring as well as a pleasant staff- these things make a difference.

Spending so much time at home, household mishaps can be more likely.

Jody Watley Talks With Comedian and Actor Michael Colyar on Instagram Live

In the now the traditional outlets are no longer the only medium for interviews or information in the dominance of social media. In creating awareness for my latest release “The Healing” I’ve definitely reached a variety of people – I’m sure this IG Live with be no exception. As always any interview is a fresh and unpredictable experience, so tune in!

Michael Colyar IG LIVE

6 PM PST

September 16, 2020.

Tune In – Join Us.

Wattage Thoughts. Seeds.

Rise and shine! Spread seeds of love, happiness and hope.
Feeling discouraged? Keep going, life has many chapters.

Wattage!

Meatless Monday and Music. Vegan Black Eyed Peas

1 cup black eyed peas

1 cup chopped mixed veggies (broccoli, green and red bell pepper, carrots)

1/2 cup chopped celery, onion and garlic

2 cups veggie broth

Garlic powder, black pepper, crushed pepper, pink Himalayan salt or kosher salt to taste

You can add a bay leaf as well.

Sautée chopped onion, celery, garlic with olive oil medium heat in same pot to cook peas until clear – you can substitute with any type of beans.

Add peas, and broth – seasonings. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, add chopped veggies – Cover, season to taste – continue to simmer on low heat until tender. Cook with love dance around to your favorite feel good music. My soundtrack today included “The Healing.”

Make your favorite mixed green or kale salad – homemade salad dressing or simple olive oil and a balsamic vinaigrette with squeeze of fresh lemon juice is best with fresh cracked pepper. Lay off the croutons – add a few almonds or pecans if no allergies for crunch.

Going without meat gives your body and the environment break. Try it!