A classic rewind snippet of interview with Jody Watley, Eartha Kitt on The RuPaul Show, VH1 in 1998.
Pieces of the Jody Watley music history – 35 years have flown by! Celebrating this 35th Anniversary milestone of my breakout Grammy winning solo debut throughout the month of January. Pre-internet and social media I’m sharing some of the highlights of which there were many. It’s significant as well in that no one expected my success but with with, hard work and a great promotional team effort by MCA Records and PR team that included Juanita Stephens and Gloria Boyce at Rogers & Cowan anchored by great music it was a knockout punch. For me, it’s always a way to remind people to always believe in yourself and to not be afraid to make gutsy decisions . Your life and calling is not a conference call. A lesson I’ve learned in recent years as well is to always tell your own story – too many put out false and misleading info or try to erase or marginalize altogether.
Here’s my first feature in US Weekly. My Dad called it for me as a little girl – I wish he had lived to see my success and his prophecy but I feel he’s always watching over me and know how much I always want to make him proud.
It touches upon the fact it was said women couldn’t sell records, that always struck me as odd since I grew up with Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Donna Summer, Karen Carpenter.. and so many greats. True – men have it easier however women have also been viable despite the obvious sexism, ageism, etc. I confidently made plan for myself while living in London, worked with Musical Youth (uncredited guest vocal on 16) and was a part of the historic Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” My daughter always kept my perspective grounded as to what’s important. It wasn’t easy balancing motherhood with Pop stardom but I tried my best and all turned out well.
Working on a screenplay – yes, fast forward some things take a lot longer, and all things in time!!
Grammy award winning singer, songwriter Jody Watley marks the 35th anniversary of her monumental solo debut single “Looking For A New Love” (released January 6, 1987) and self-titled album with a series of posts of classic images and moments during the month of January across her Instagram and Facebook social media pages.
Be Inspired and Get Your Groove On! Jody Watley “Renderings” “Not A Single Day Goes By” “Whenever” Remix edit – Available at all digital platforms – Download, Stream / Playlist It, Share, Gift It!
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It’s always an upbeat time with Sam Rubin on KTLA 5. I talk about beauty secrets, being a fashion trendsetter and of course my latest release “Renderings”. Watch it now – On KTLA 5
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Thanks to all who tuned in, along with the delightful interview was a special performance for the broadcast.
“Whenever” The Alex Di Ciò Remix from “Renderings” – Out Now!
More video will be on The Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel.
Promoting ‘Affairs Of The Heart’ album.
Echoes Magazine, 1992
Photography Jonny Rozsa
Makeup: Paul Starr
ADLIB Magazine, Japan
I’ was pregnant with my wonderful son Arie and definitely had a more pared down style. Writing songs and conceptualizing for what would become 1993’s “Intimacy” album as my marriage was unraveling and my label had changed ownership – again. “Affairs of The Heart’ was also still being promoted by Universal Music Group Japan.
The A&R and promotions staff had also changed. They didn’t really love my creative direction musically however what has always been important to me is not get stuck in a box if formula and sameness -so to say I was introspective is an understatement.
Being a black girl from Chicago and seeing myself featured on Japanese magazines, British magazines and so on is something that has always been special. Rather than let these benchmarks collect dust in a garage or storage unit – I’m bringing some of them into the digital realm because it’s a part of the Jody Watley history and story that preceded the internet and social media.
I’ll have to locate the full article and feature and not just cover as well as the first time I was on the cover in 1988 for my solo debut.
Jody Watley – Photography by Lara Rossignol
Makeup and Hair: Wendy Osmonson
Styling: Jody Watley
I could totally see one of today’s fashionistas like actress Zendaya or Rihanna rocking this entire look! Totally timeless and classic.