Jody Watley – LGBT Music Festival Vanguard Award Honoree 2019

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Gregory Douglas Presents LGBT Music Festival. Fabulous Memorial Day Weekend destination event and Vanguard Award ceremony presented on All White Wear Night – perfect for the oceanside setting.

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Arrival  – hotel lobby.

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Morning arrival

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..and the eagle continues to soar.. love this capture.

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In the distance..a rainbow you just have to pay attention and look – just like life!

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Enjoying an oceanside mimosa – just taking it all in.

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A positive affirmation  – getting morning coffee.

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Jody Watley – Saying hello to contemporary R&B artist Monifah.

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Jody Watley with renowned choreographer (En Vogue, Beyonce, and more) Frank Gatson – we had such a great time talking and hanging out oceanside.

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Met so many wonderful people – and received nothing but love.

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Jody Watley with – Honoree Designer and former stylist Ty Hunter, author and host Patrick L. Riley and Honoree Shanice Wilson ready for evening of fashion.

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Ty Hunter and Jody Watley, LGBT Music, Culture & Arts Festival 2019. Cancun, Mexico.

Fashion and Music Night, snippets of  Frank Gatson’s June’s Diary and Frenchie Davis.

 

Vanguard Awards Night.

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Frank Gatson, Keke Palmer Gregory Douglas Presents, Frenchie Davis, Shanice Wilson, TS Madison, Jody Watley, Ty Hunter, Host and Author Patrick Riley

 

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Two authentic spirited and talented Chicagoans – Honorees Jody Watley and KeKe Palmer after Vanguard Awards.

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Host and Los Angeles Event Producer Ivan Daniel, Jody Watley and Frank Gatson

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Honorees Frank Gatson and Jody Watley

 

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From Monifah who presented my Vanguard Woman of Excellence Award in her Instagram post:  “With the iconic & legendary @jodywatley  What an honor to present her with the 2019 Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award this year! We MUST give OURS their flowers while they can enjoy them in this life!! Musically, she is an integral part of most of my generation’s childhood and teen years! From her intro on the music scene as  one-third of the legendary R&B group Shalamar to becoming a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum selling, cultural style icon solo artist who used her massive platform to shine light on the issues of a marginalized and underrepresented community. She was an advocate for and an ally of the LGBT community, human rights, AIDS awareness when it wasn’t easy or fashionable to do so. Thank you @jodywatley for your indelible contribution to music, fashion & advocacy. We love & honor you!! #lgbtmusicfest #vanguardawards #jodywatley #monifah #cancunmexico ”

 

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I lost my other earring.. but didn’t notice it being in the moment -enjoying to evening breeze.

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Living my life like it’s golden – and always in gratitude!

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Jody Watley “Woman of Excellence” – Honoree Vanguard Award – LGBT Music Festival Cancun 2019

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Video of full speech to come for my YouTube Channel Friday post  – it was truly a night to remember full of real love!

Thanks again to Gregory Douglas and the LGBT Film Festival for the honor, author host Patrick L. Riley, Monifah who presented the award as well and congratulations to all of honorees; as well to the LGBT community who have always been my strongest supporters. As I wrote in the 90’s in my song “Affection” – “..it don’t matter if you’re young or old, it don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved.”

 

“…always find and live in your best light your inner Wattage..and encourage others to do so as well..” – Jody Watley

 

The fight for equality will continue amidst a climate of division and hate, and hate crimes on the LGBT community and often overlooked black LGBT community.

 

Just Announced. Shalamar Reloaded and Jody Watley Ready to Set Sail on Ultimate Disco Cruise.

 

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Shalamar Reloaded ft Jody Watley- Concert Promotional 2019 from SRL on Vimeo.

Jody Watley is a GRAMMY award winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner; recognized as a style icon and one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music.

Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Jody Watley is the original female lead vocalist with an unmistakable sound of the trio Shalamar.

Watley is joined onstage for a cavalcade of non-stop hits with the revitalized brand she helped create as a force in music. As Watley states “This is a complete musical journey from my solo hits and the best of disco soul hits, with ‘Shalamar’ Reloaded for delighted fans.” Shalamar Reloaded featuring Jody Watley has performed to rave reviews and sold out shows worldwide since 2015. This new creative extension has brought features including a two hour broadcast special on SIRIUS XM’s The Groove, television appearances, countless high profile media outlets bringing the glamour back to the disco and soul theme with a fresh infusion of energy with new talent. This is one concert event that is a must see experience, double hits in one show!

Hits Include: Take That To The Bank, The Second Time Around, A Night To Remember, Looking for A New Love, Don’t You Want Me and More!!

 

 

 

 

Learn More as we leave from Miami and sail to the Bahamas:  Ultimate Disco Cruise 2020

Monday Musings and Wattage.

Wishing you all a positive and productive start to the week. Go out and kick some ass!

Get Tickets:

June 22 – Blue Note Napa “An Evening Of Love, Jazz, and Soul” Tickets and Info

July 19 – Staten Island NYC Summerstage Stage Corporal Thompson Park (Free City Sponsored Event)

July 20 – Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club :: Celebrating 30 Years of Real Love

August 17 – Mable House Barnes Amphitheater Atlanta with Jeffrey Osborne

August 31 – Rewind Funk and Soul

Sacramento CA Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater with Morris Day & The Time and more!

September 7 – Blue Note Hawaii Unplugged

October 13 – Detroit, Soundboard Motor City Casino with Tony! Toni! Tone!

More dates TBA!

The current single “Good Good Reason” Brian Power featuring Jody Watley Out Now!

New Music Friday. New Promotional Video ‘Good Good Reason’ Jody Watley

A perfect blend of classic soul disco meeting modern soul.

Fun video visuals by Shawn West featuring vintage footage of me as a teen during my stint on Soul Train.

 

 

Side note: To those who have wondered the BET series American Soul is not my story or Shalamar, they are fictitious characters and story-lines.

Jody Watley – Classic Image of The Day. Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 3.

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Jody Watley with Emmy winning RuPaul – it was fun to be guest on judge Season 3 back in 2011 on RuPaul’s Drag Race before the show really exploded.

Jody Watley Classic Images of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar May 1988 Photography Scavullo

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Jody Watley. Harper’s Bazaar, 1988

Photography the legendary Francesco Scavullo

Makeup: John Evans

Hair: Jeff Woodley

Welcome May.

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Take care of your wellness – make time to replenish your spirit and have balance in your life. Do something good for your mental and physical self each day. Make time. Wattage!

 

This month:

May 3 – I’ll be in Fresno to do a few of my early classic hits alnog with Color Me Badd, The Jets, Digital Underground, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Connie ::  Rewind – Cinco De Mega Presented by Pacific Concerts and Mega 97.9 Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park – Tickets

 

May 26 – Honoree “Woman Of Excellence” Award —  LGBT Arts and Culture Music Festival Cancun Mexico. Info & Tickets

 

Make sure to download my new single Jody Watley with Brian Power “Good Good Reason”

Available at digital outlets and streaming services worldwide.

 

Tickets on Sale for June’s “Jody Watley: An Evening of Love Jazz & Soul”  – Blue Note Napa