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..
We brought our new show to Harrah’s Atlantic City and really took things up a notch. It was another stellar experience, nothing but love from the crowd. Undeniably, our favorite moment of the show was a toss up between ‘Full of Fire’ which turned into a tribute to Prince..Levi really had the audience nearly in tears with his beautiful solo and impromptu playing..the spirit just took us there. We’d planned to extend ‘Still a Thrill’ and go into a few jams like DMSR, Erotic City, Sexy Dancer, Cool..just vibe it..but we ran out of time when it felt like we were just getting warmed up at 90 minutes!
‘Dancer’..you really have to be at one of the concerts to be a part of it. To get everyone moving and grooving so much fun and a blessing. The Shalamar Reloaded was enthusiastically received as well which of course is what we wanted. We are moving forward..that’s what life is about. Learn your lessons. take control of your choices and life and keep it pushing no matter what people have to say.
Here are some behind the scenes photo’s.
The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.
Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016
Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City!
Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.
Meet and Greet!
Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.
This connection came through social media, Matthew tweeted he’d proposed to his longtime sweetheart ..because she was longtime fan of mine he’d bought tickets to the show as a surprise. I invited them to the VIP Meet and Greet so I could meet them both and congratulate them. #RealLove
Always ready to slay. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Two hot sets of hits, new music and more – in one hot show. It’s an experience.
Levi Seacer Jr. our guitarist and former Prince and the NPG member, says it perfectly at the end of the short clip.