March is coming to a close and it’s been productive with writing, recording and other projects. I hope it’s been a good month for you – and if not..be encouraged not discouraged because every day presents a new opportunity to achieve a new goal or to implement a new plan, whatever that may mean to you and your life. It could be budgeting, moving to a new job, eating healthier, losing weight…it’s whatever it is for you. Some days can be blue – full of doubt and disappointment – the next can be filled with hope and enthusiasm. Push yourself. That’s what I do. I don’t always hit my marks, but you can trust and believe I’m always keeping it pushing – doing, trying, getting back up..and as my Mom would say “Change the tape you play in your head.” It’s great advice and so it’s in my heart to put that out there again today as I write this blog. Keep your head up – the beat don’t stop…just keep it moving on and on and on..and..
I’m included in the cast of the new concept show FULL OUT. Created by Rosero’s (of SRL) son Eric McCoy, we can’t say too much about it but we did shoot the pilot for it this weekend. I have a soft spot for kids and this is a lot of fun, terrific concept. They all also adore me..passed along from their parents and also getting to know me and so that makes me feel uplifted as well. Like ripples on a pond. Some have worked with me previously as a part of our universal all age dance squad, and so we are all looking forward to more.
Wrapping table read for Full Out.
Doing a scene with Tahani Anderson, she’s so talented! Full Out. Stay Tuned! I passed up on an acting career many moons ago..it’s never too late!
PRE-ORDER, at Jody Watley Boutique – these will sell out. NEW. Add this to your Jody Watley Collection. This is a limited quantity pressing of Jody Watley “Sanctuary.” The beautifully packaged Digi-pak arrives in time for spring fold out CD Single features:
Written by Jody Watley, Jody Watley Music BMI and Rodney Lee, Dream Planet Music BMI
Original Produced by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee for Innocent Bystander Productions
Sanctuary Original Mix: Bass and Guitar: Andre Cymone, All Other Programming and Keys, Rodney Lee
Sanctuary Original version Mastered by Steve Hall for Future Disc Systems
Sanctuary Raregrooves Soulpersona Mixes: Produced, Arranged, All Instruments and Programming
by Soulpersona Recorded at Soulpersona’s Place, Brighton U.K.
Sleeve Design: Ray Easmon
Photography: Albert Sanchez
“Create an Environment of Love”
Avitone Recordings, 2017
Domestic Release Pricing included USPS Priority Shipping with Delivery Confirmation.
International orders will require and additional 20.00 in shipping fees for standard first class mail.
Will officially go on sale April 10 with digital release – and ship April 20, 2017.
I came up with a lot of hit song ideas, lyrics and melodies on this cassette recorder.
I don’t like to think of time..I’ve said this many times before. It’s when reminded that my mind is like – wow, really. Today is one of those days as my first #1 solo single “Looking For A New Love” was released and launched my solo career in ways that few expected – including me. I thank God and the universe for making this all happen and to align me with the right people at the right time. My only quest was to be happy – post Shalamar. That is true success.
30 years later I’m still here..a little heavier though more in love and comfortable with me – who I am in my own skin not defined by anyone but what I feel and owning that — proud of my tenacity and evolution..smarter, wiser, stronger, feeling fabulous and grateful. My goals are always changing as they should – never complacent or stuck on laurels. The thing that makes me proud looking back is that when I signed my first solo deal – I knew exactly who I wanted to be and the statement I wanted to make. It’s really a song of strength and my imaging was to not be like anyone else – just me. Eclectic. Funky, chic, odd, aloof, fun, stylish – a freestyle girl not wanting to be in a box nor rely on my past as ‘formerly of’.. I went out on a limb – fearless. A lot of people wanted me to fail not realizing I’d already won simply by claiming my power to take control of my life and where I wanted to navigate it..to a place and environment of positivity, respect, love and joy. I remember when the U.S. magazine Black Beat wrote “..Jody Watley’s future is the most in doubt..” after my departure from Shalamar in 1983.
To aspiring artists and songwriters, remember whatever you record or put out..if you intend to have longevity those songs if you’re fortunate enough to have ‘hits’ – keep in mind you’ll be singing those songs down the line. Be true to yourself, you can never regret that no matter what.
Happy Anniversary Looking For A New Love – I still love you!
A special shout out to my co-writer of this Andre Cymone who produced it with David Z. We did that! Thank you to all who worked with me to make it a success, it took a village – Jheryl Busby and Louil Silas Jr(R.I.P.) MCA execs like Glenn Lajeski still a friend till this day, as is Lynn Robb my original art director collaborator Liz Heller Victoria Pearson , Brian Grant who directed the video in London and so on!
Looking For A New Love 30 Video and Mix – Video by Sam Edmonds. Paris, France.
Here’s a snippet of one of my performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra “Best Hits 80’s Meets Symphony..” singing one of my Top Ten hit singles “Everything.”
I wore a red suit and mock turtle neck from Theory as one who usually doesn’t wear the color and funked it up with street-style attitude with new red shades from a new line I stumbled across, nude Louboutin pumps and my signature jumbo hoops with added sparkle. Red in this case represents my passion for living and life..I’d had a custom tux made but it wasn’t ready in time..