Jody Watley A Monumental Look Back To Still A Thrill

The gears below the Paris Opera House (Le Palais Garnier)

Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.

Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.

This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt).  It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.

You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.

Classic.

Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.

 

Jody Watley’s Latest Music Triumph

Venerable Grammy Award Winning Artist, Style Icon and Trailblazer Jody Watley’s latest music triumph is her stunning jazz turn of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain.” Watley continues to delight and surprise – with decades of hits under her belt in various genres she broke new ground with a Top 10 in the Smooth Jazz field on the heels of being ranked as one of Billboard Magazines Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time.

A truly timeless artist, songwriter and renaissance woman.

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Classic Jody Watley Photo of The Day. Interview Magazine 1987

Jody Watley, Interview Magazine, 1987

Photography: Karen Filter

Makeup: Wendy Osmunson

Jody Watley June 2018 Updates

Spread a little sunshine from the inside out. Never dim your inner light for anyone. Wattage!

Coming this month:

June 5&6 Billboard Live Tokyo

June 8 Billboard Live Osaka

June 16 TBA Oakland

June 20 Morning TV NBC Affiliate WDIV in Detroit

June 20 Chene Park Detroit

New Single and Video “The Passion” Jody Watley & SRL.

Out Now, the Top 10 Smooth Jazz Single “Waiting In Vain”

Stay Tuned!

Waiting In Vain Top 20 With Listeners on SmoothJazz.com

 

 

Jody Watley Waiting In Vain Top 20

Jody Watley’s “Waiting In Vain” is such a beautiful musical companion for spring and summer and it’s nice to see the single being so well received. It’s remained in the Top 10 on the Smooth Jazz Network and was a Top 25 on the Billboard Magazine Smooth Jazz Chart.

“Waiting In Vain” Top 20 with listeners on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio  See the full chart listings, chart includes venerable artists like Boney James, Manhattan Transfer, Najee, new jazz sensation Damien Escobar and more.
https://www.smoothjazz.com/charts/listener 

 

Jody Watley Exclusive Curated Playlist In Celebration Of Upcoming Concerts at Billboard Live Japan

Sunsets and Dancefloor is a small capsule reflecting a bit of my eclectic taste in music from jazz, Soul, dance, classic disco and modern funk. A choice 17.

Listen

Jody Watley. Another Milestone With Waiting In Vain.

The venerable Grammy winning artist Jody Watley achieves another milestone as “Waiting In Vain” eases into the Top 10 after 11 weeks on the Smooth Jazz Network Charts with nearly 600 spins this week. Peaking at 25 on Billboard, Watley says “I do music for the love, and not charts especially at this point in my career..that said it’s nice to still be able to have new benchmarks of achievement and not simply rest on my past accomplishments.”

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Available at digital outlets worldwide.

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Billboard Airplay

KSBR-HD/Los Angeles, CA (Orange County)

WNWV/Cleveland, OH

WFSK/Nashville, TN

KUNV/Las Vegas, NV

WVAS/Montgomery, AL

Smooth Jazz Network (affiliates below)

WCLK/Atlanta, GA

WVST/Richmond, VA

WSBZ/Panama City, FL

WEIB/Springfield, MA

KJLU/Jefferson City, MO

 

Specialty Show Airplay

WWDM/Columbia, SC

CKSJ/St Johns, Canada

WAGH/Columbus, GA

KQXT/San Antonio, TX (Jazz show on A/C station)

WMJY/Biloxi, MS

WCLZ/Portland, ME

KBEM/Minneapolis, MN

WWDM/Columbia, SC

 

Smooth Jazz Airplay

WNAA/Greensboro, NC

 

KOKY/Little Rock, AR
TheVibeSmoothGrooveRadio.weebly.com
BlogTalkRadio.com

JazzBayRadio.com

WCHG/Hot Springs, VA

WOWE/Flint, MI
HTRJazzy.com

Smooth Jazz “In The Mix” Online Radio

SmoothJazzOnTheRocks.net
KYTE/Newport, OR

TheSourceSmoothJazzRadio.com

JazzMoodsRadio.com

RadioSeagull.com

RadioWinchCombe.co.uk

StrawberryJazz.com

SmoothJazz905.com
WWUS/Key West, FL

KBEM/Minneapolis, MN

WSJRDBRadio.com

1000SmoothHits.de

TM Studios

Jazz-City.com

KCSW/Phoenix, AZ

SmoothJazzAndMore.com

Smooth Jazz Florida Plus HD
Love Smooth Jazz
Love Jazz Florida
Love Smooth Jazz Music
Smooth Jazz Mix New York
Smooth Jazz New York

Smooth Jazz NYC

Smooth Jazz Planet

Smooth Jazz Zone

A1 Smooth Jazz

Smooth Jazz Oasis

Smooth Jazz Smooth Wave

South Florida Smooth Jazz

Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay

Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York

KKFI/Kansas City, MO

CoolNights.co.uk

GrooveSuite.com

KRWV/Phoenix, AZ

CJazzChannel.com

WHCJ/Savannah, GA

WTCC/Springfield, MA

WRTC/Hartford, CT

WQTQ/Hartford, CT

AccuRadio.com (Smooth Jazz Chicago)

Smooth Grooves Radio/UK

SmoothJazzFlorida.com

SmoothJazz.com

WUSB/Long Island, NY
WJAB/Huntsville, AL

WSNC/Winston-Salem, NC
KUR/Reading, PA

KSHK/Kauai, HI

 

Smooth Jazz Network Airplay

iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
WAEG-FM North Augusta, GA
WCHD-HD2 Dayton, OH
KWDR-FM Kennewick, WA
WKSC HD-2 Chicago, IL
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines, IO
KSOF HD-2 Fresno, CA
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids, MI
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro, NC
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne, FL
WUBT-HD2 Nashville, TN
WMGF-HD2 Orlando, CA
KKCW HD-2 Portland, OR
WSNE HD-2 Providence, RI
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond, VA
KFBK-HD2 Sacramento, CA
KMJM HD-2 St. Louis, MO
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City, UT
KISC-HD2 Spokane, WA
COOL-FM Panama
KCCB-AM Corning, AR
WVSU-FM Birmingham, AL
KKLI-FM Colorado Springs, CO
WAJD-FM Gainesville, FL
WBHQ-FM Beverly Beach, FL
WSBZ-FM Walton Beach, FL
WUCR-FM Butler, FL
WCLZ-FM Portland, ME
WRMO-FM Bangor, ME
WHFC-FM Bel Air, MD
WLDR-FM Traverse City, MI
WVLY-FM Sundbury, PA
KQXT-FM San Antonio, TX
SmoothJazzFlorida.com
Smooth Jazz Florida Plus HD
Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay
Smooth Jazz Nox Miami
Smooth Jazz Tampa
Smooth Jazz Wave Boca Raton
Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York
Smooth Jazz Mix New York
Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
Aramco Saudi Arabia
CJCV-FM Winnipeg
Boracay Beach Radio – 97.3 FM Philippines

 

Smooth Jazz Top 20 Show Airplay
iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
CD101.9 New York
KCCB 1260AM Corning, AR
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines
KKCW HD-2 Portland
KKLI 106.3 FM Colorado Springs
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City
KSOF HD-2 Fresno
KWDR-FM  93.5 and 102.3 Kennewick, WA
KZIZ-AM 1560 AM Seattle, WA
Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
WAEG-FM 92.3 North Augusta, GA
WBHQ-HD-3 Beverly Beach, FL
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond
WCHB 1200 AM/ 99.9 FM  Detroit, MI
WCLZ 98.9 FM Portland, Maine
WHFC91.1 FM Bel Air, Maryland
WKSC HD-2 Chicago
WLDR HD-2 Traverse City, MI
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro
WMJM HD-2 St. Louis
WRMO 93.7 FM Bangor Maine
WSJF-DB  Smooth Jazz Florida
WSNE HD-2 Providence
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids
WUCR 107.9 FM Lake Butler, Florida
WVLY 100.9 FM Sundbury/Selinsgrove, PA
WXCT 98.3 FM Grand Rapids, MI
ARAMCO Saudi Arabia
Boracay Beach Radio-97.3 FM Philippines
CJCV 99.1 FM Winnipeg, Canada
COOL-FM Panama

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^ 37 42 MICHAEL FIELDS JR-Lovette Road (Water From The Rock) 30     27     +3    

^ 38 36 TAKE 6-Change The World (SoNo Recording Group) 30     30     0     

^ 39 61 GROOVE FREQUENCIES-Imagine This (B2J) 29     19     +10   

  40 19 SADE-Flower Of The Universe (Epic) 29     41     -12   

^ 41 30 MICHAEL J. THOMAS-My Love (Harbor Breeze) 28     8      +20   

^ 42 58 D’LAURENT SMITH-Hand In Hand f/Boney James (—) 28     21     +7    

^ 43 54 GREG ADAMS/EAST BAY SOUL-Look Book (Ripa) 28     22     +6    

^ 44 43 MADOCA-Surrender (City Sketches Inc) 27     26     +1    

^ 45 41 DONALD HAYES-What Dreams May Come (Grindhouse Music) 27     27     0     

^ 46 40 NAJEE-Song For The Ladies (—) 27     27     0     

  47 39 BLAIR BRYANT-Sun Chaser f/Darren Rahn (Innervision) 27     28     -1     

  48 38 ROBERTO VALLY-Birdland (Woodward Avenue ) 27     29     -2    

^ 49 86 NICK COLIONNE-Be Urself (—) 26     14     +12   

^ 50 50 JERMAINE MONDAINE-Going Higher (Water From The Rock) 26     23     +3