“Jody Watley is a name in American music that is widely recognized, yet still not fully appreciated. Her ingenious, stylish videos and multi-threat talents raised the bar not just for dance music, but for women in the business – especially women of color”…Read the full feature: The Shadow League Music, Sports and Culture
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.
May 25 Chicago The Promontory – Tickets
May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Casino and Resort: Tickets
May 27 New York BB Kings : Tickets
June 4 Detroit Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: Tickets
July 8: Alameda County Fair: Tickets
July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theatre Freestyle Concert Presented by 94.7 The Wave: Tickets
More dates to be announced
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Watch it Now! More than a concert, it’s an experience of hits, new music, dance, style and social fellowship rooted in positivity, diversity with a passion for living and life.
As most of you know, my music is always linked with fashion and style. It’s still it’s a blessing to continue to inspire other new talent.
As a note, my entrance into fashion magazines and subsequent layouts born from the style impact of my music video’s and album covers. My debut appearance in Harper’s Bazaar, solo debut 87. Jody Watley 30. My “Real Love” video..I just wanted to be on the runway – thank you David Fincher for making the vision come to life! This video remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated.
Working the runway – 2006 LA Fashion Week with designer Kevan Hall
in 2014 French shoe designer Jerome Rousseau featured a Jody Watley tribute shoe (bootie) in his collection.
I’ve had a top named after me on HSN, Christos Garkinos collection.
Designer Malan Breton, who is not only talented but a total sweetheart, and I consider him a friend. We’ve been exchanging messages through the years via social media. Inspirational messages of encouragement – we can never have enough. Malan is now known for his international elegant couture designs once cited me as an influence and made a custom design for me during his Project Runway era – I’m so proud of his continued evolution . Read the archived Project Runway Blog : Here
His A/W 2017 collection was exquisite opening night of LA Fashion week. I’m happy to finally be able to catch one of his shows always to rave reviews in NYC and Paris.
Last night I sat in awe as new designer Richard Hallmarq (we met many years ago as he reminded me a chance encounter where we talked and as well with some youth he was with at the time). Richard showed his collection at LA Fashion week with a collection inspired by Jody Watley with a remix soundtrack featuring a few of my runway ready classics. It was awesome to be in town to see this.
It’s in The Music! Living life full of gratitude; my inspiration continues to come from living, life, young people or anyone pursuing their dreams, making things happen in life in their own way – no matter the obstacles. To those I’ve touched, they continue to inspire me in return.
You never who know who you can inspire, we all possess the power to do that in one capacity or another. Never forget that.
Read the in-depth conversation with write Quentin Harrison, Albumism: Here
“With her self-titled 1987 debut album, Watley showcased her penchant for artistic reinvention and knack for memorable songcraft..” Read the feature here on;
Save the dates! Los Angeles!!
January 16, 2017 (date change moved up from the 20th because of the inauguration- and really even more special to be on air on MLK Jr. Day). I’ll be on the #1 Morning Show KTLA 5 Morning News withSam Rubin talking my milestone solo debut #JodyWatley and single release of “Looking For A New Love” which turns 30 this year, new music and other upcoming events in Los Angeles like:
January 28, 2017 LIVE IN CONCERT The Roxy Theatre with special guests SRL. Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy for a true Saturday Night Experience!! Get your tickets!! Ticketfly
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