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
Media Inquires: Tom Estey PR.
Things are always changing and evolving – while certain elements remain. Interesting to watch this interview filmed but never saw the light of day until now..nearly 7 years later.
Despite the lapse in time, there are some great pearls here and really firmly representative of who I am at the core as a person, artist and entrepreneur – still. This consistency goes back to the beginning of my career doing interviews, there is always substance – generally not expected from others. I’ve never wanted to be just some eye candy, put on a dress and do what you’re told.
As a woman in music on this path less traveled and as a human being most of all, it’s cool this interview was finally uploaded. Hopefully, it will inspire others no matter what career path..but especially for young girls wanting to get into the music industry. You have to know yourself, learn who you want to be and never let that be taken from you.
I reference ‘Chameleon’ – which I ended up changing the concept which became ‘Paradise’ – but it’s made me want to upload the title song I wrote for it..
It was an honor to be included in the historic “The Black Issue” of my favorite fashion magazine VOGUE Italia in 2008.
Rest in peace Franca Sozzani, Editor in Chief Vogue Italia a true visionary. The layouts were always second to none and forward thinking. The Black Issue was her way of trying to address the lack of diversity in fashion.
I’m eternally grateful that Ms. Sozzani chose for me to be a part of this bit of fashion history. My condolences to her family, her son and friends who knew her best.