Jody Watley Week In Review and Update.

I hope everyone had a great week – a mixture of work and rejuvenation, ready to begin anew each day.

It was a nice time for me, with my son Arie being home for a week. Though his schedule was very busy to see his friends, father and his family we definitely spent quality time before he headed back to NYC to prepare for his fall semester and back to work. We went to our favorite family restaurant with my Mom joining us – and shared a favorite dessert creme brulee’. My daughter Lauren, and son Arie remain the lights and loves of my life! Make sure to make a life and not just a living..that’s how I’ve felt since they were born balancing motherhood and continuing to pursue my own goals and dreams.  Now that they’re young adults now, it still gets me a bit melancholy (I loved raising them and all of those priceless moments that come with little ones) – that said I’m so proud that they turned into such grounded wonderful people. That is any parents wish – health, and happiness and with the will to pursue their goals and dreams. We empower each other.

 

Shalamar Reloaded dropped a new teaser featuring Rosero McCoy for ‘In The Mood’ from our forthcoming new album. Keep up with us on Facebook.com/ShalamarReloaded Instagram/ShalamarReloaded and  Twitter

Shalamar Reloaded also made another positive step forward getting support from WSDI, The People’s Hour Syndicated Show which airs in over 72 countries.

 

I was reminded by a few people on Instagram that August 8 was the 10 year anniversary of my groovy electronic ‘The Makeover’ collection. It was a very forward thinking project from a business perspective as well. From my Facebook page:

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The window August 8, 2016 Virgin Mega-Store Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA. There were displays like this at all of their stores around the country..something that never happened even when I was at my most commercial phase. 

 

 

‪#‎TBT‬. August 8-15 2006. I’ve always been about making moves my own way as an artist, writer and business woman. — Shifting Paradigms. 2006. On Watley’s unique collection “The Makeover” Avitone partnered with music retailer Virgin Megastore, high-end cosmetics company shu uemura and local beauty salons for an exclusive release with special in-store listening booths, prime window display, in-store appearances, fan make-overs, live performances and autograph signing. The partnership was an early successful strategic partnership signaling the continued changing landscape for artists releasing music independently. The Makeover release debuted at #1 for the chain where it remained for 5 weeks without a radio single. Upon release at iTunes, “The Makeover” debuted at #3 Top Electronic Albums and subsequently produced 3 Top 5 Billboard Dance Hits (Borderline #2, A Beautiful Life #5, I Want Your Love #1). The Jody Watley makeover of the CHIC classic “I Want Your Love” also went to #1 Commercial Pop in the U.K. according to Music Week, giving Watley her first UK #1 in 20 years.

Eternal thank you’s and gratitude to the fans in the bay who first gave me the inspiration to make it a record after a concept show I did of songs I like and told stories about the significance..the songwriters for the permission to reimagine these classics with my spin on it — thank you Rodney Lee, my main collaborator and co-producer on this, DJ Spinna Danny Krivit Max Sanna, Aris Kokou from Greece (the wonders of Myspace music connections back then!) and 4Hero (Dego and Marc) and a host of remixers on the 12″ tip thank you Bill Coleman Peace Bisquit for coordinating the remixes that followed, thank you Mike Ruiz photography, Billy B Makeup, Christos Garkinos who connected me with Virgin Mega to make it all happen, Van Roy who supported this project in so many ways to help it all come to fruition, Gerry Etcheverry for connecting me to Shu Uemura — so would could serve glamour with fabulous lash and beauty makeovers, to Wallace Butts at Avid / Avitone, to Doug Blasdell (R.I.P.) ‘Workout’ Bravo and a dear friend he believed in me so much, Ali Mon Atelier and all of my diverse hardcore music journeymen and women like me who just like quality music and the connection we share. ‪#‎itsinthemusic‬ ‪#‎JodyWatley‬‪#‎themakeover‬

I’m not sure if any female artist has ever achieved this..as an independent with her own label..veteran artist, no machine or major label support. 2006. I began Avitone in 1995 and have been able to do a lot of specialized releases, license deals and partnerships and still doing so today. So – though fans don’t hear a lot about me in the media because in over a decade the focus shifted to gossip based stories – who’s dating and marrying who..who’s in trouble..etc. Jody Watley is always handling business.

Virgin Megastore Union Square Celebrates the Release of Jody Watleyís New CD ìThe Makeoverî With A Live Performance and Q&A Session

#1 Best Seller. Jody Watley, Virgin Mega-Store NYC Union Square.

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The Makeover had a makeover for the UK in 2008 after being picked up for license via Avitone. Artwork and Design by Ray Easmon.

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To the now in my week in review, I went to get fitted for another custom hat for my upcoming Hawaii trip of shows with Gladys Tamez at her new studio.

 

Looking forward to our Blue Note Hawaii residency for 4 days! Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. All sorts of hotness going down!

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This was a top quote from my social media..like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram/JodyWatley – check me out on those too. It’s very important to inspire others and to share these reminders.

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A colorful selfie! #JodyWatley

Congratulations to all of the athletes including Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Monica Puig to name a few for making history over in Rio and of course Michael Phelps!! Well done to them all who were dedicated and worked hard enough to make it to the Olympics – and especially those that succeed despite the odds and obstacles they may face!

 

 

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Update.

 

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Here we are just after rehearsal yesterday, refreshing for Saturday night’s concert at Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson WA (July 30).

Make sure to check out and  ‘Like’ our Official Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ShalamarReloaded 

Instagram:  ShalamarReloaded

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShalamarMusic 

New. Jody Watley Art.

From Instagram: 

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Just Announced Blue Note Hawaii

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Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu. It’s on!

 

Just Announced. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Add Hawaii to Summer Dates

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Jody Watley. Photography Albert Sanchez

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Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy.

 

 

Just announced June 25 Jody Watley added to Summer Jam in San Diego Valley View Casino Center

August 17-20 Blue Note Honolulu

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Watch the new O.R.I.G.in.A.L video

 

DANCER. Concept Video

 

Listen on Apple and Spotify. Buy it on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets worldwide.

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Weekend Musings. Friday Rewind.

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Jody Watley. Original. Shalamar 1983 on tour in Belgium. Photo Courtesy of: Etienne Go.

Seeing this photo shared by a Etienne Go on Facebook from a club in Belgium in 1983 while on tour with Shalamar is another reminder of how long I’ve been getting to do some of the things I love and working really hard at it, and always fighting to be myself – through the many ups and challenges, obstacles overcome ..singing, performing, dancing, designing, writing and bringing joy to the people.

Here’s to the now, to the weekend.  It’s OK to take a glimpse back, evaluate, reflect, see how far you’ve come, use the lessons learned and so on – just don’t get stuck there.

Much Love!

 

 

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Rock Harrah’s Atlantic City Again.

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.

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The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

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Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City! 

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Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

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Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.

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Meet and Greet!

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Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.

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Checking in..

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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 

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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.