Jody Watley, Grammy Winning, Trendsetting Pioneer Join Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Sheila E, Missy Elliot, MC Lyte, and Many More at 2020 Black Girls Rock! Black Girls Lead Virtual Conference The Incredible Line-up of Panels, Keynotes, Workshops, and Master Classes Featuring Prominent Black Women will be an Unforgettable Event.

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Black Girls Lead! 2020 Speaker Spotlight – Jody Watley.


BLACK GIRLS LEAD! 2020

Speaker Spotlight: Jody Watley

Jody Watley, singer, songwriter, producer and businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of Rap & R&B to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s, Jody Watley (@jodywatley) forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

✨ Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward. She is the founder and CEO of Avitone Recordings of which has released and licensed music to labels around the world including Universal Japan, Ministry of Sound, Sony Special Products, Nintendo, Revlon, and more.

We are excited to welcome the legend Jody Watley BACK to the BLACK GIRLS LEAD stage! // #BGL2020

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Jody Watley joins Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Sheila E, Missy Elliot, MC Lyte and many more.

Wattage Thoughts. Keep Going.

Things can feel bleak at times with the ebbs and flows of life. For many during this pandemic and the uncertainty can be overwhelming. I know it’s a cliche and often easier said than done but believe me you can come through your dark hours to experience better days – keep on keeping on.

Jody Watley Slated As Guest on Roland Martin Unfiltered July 31.

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Grammy Award Winning Musical Icon Jody Watley. Roland Martin Unfiltered.

 

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Jody Watley on Rolling Out AM Wake Up Call

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Be UPlifted. Jody Watley on Black News Scoop.

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Reminder – Jody Watley Live on Facebook and YouTube July 28.

Jody Watley The Brandon Holt Show

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Sweet Sixteen. Jody Watley. Destiny’s Child.

Working on the ‘Flower’ album at the time in 1998, flying up north to work with D’Wayne Wiggins, the idea from this song came to me while waiting to be picked up. I was thinking about girls who try to grow up too fast, teen pregnancy and many of the ramifications that come after, someone I knew was devastated when learning his daughter was pregnant at 15 and that was in my consciousness as well, I also thought about one of my nieces who’d say she couldn’t wait to be grown. Ask her now and she’ll laugh and say I want to be little again!

Humming the melody in my head and praying I didn’t forget the melodies or lyrics (it happens) to ’16”, pre-cell phones to record these types of creative moments. “she was searching for the love she missed yeah..so she ran away..slow down you’re moving way to fast..16 there’s so much of life ahead..sweet 16 do you know where you’re running to..” I named her Jackie in the song for no particular reason though I grew up on songs in rock and folk music.

Luckily by the time arriving at the studio the idea was still in my head and as I began signing it, D’Wayne began playing his acoustic guitar..we recorded the song instantly. Ad it turns out my ‘Flower’ album on Atlantic was a massive let down when they decided to not release it despite two Top 5 dance singles and a very good reception to the very R&B vibe of ‘Off The Hook’ — I’d wanted to make a dance album with Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl, Todd Terry, Masters At Work. The label wanted R&B but wanted Pop success..it didn’t make sense and subsequently the project was held up. I was disillusioned with the music business.

The bright side of the experience was making a few solid connections at the time. D’Wayne was one of them and since the ladies were a discovery of his, he asked if he could play the song and perhaps place it on their album ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’, as a songwriter I was like cool – even though the song was written for myself..it fit this group of young ladies and their audience demographic. They wanted to make a couple of tweaks to the song and added a bridge they wrote and call to it ‘Sweet 16′ rather than ’16.’ Shockingly, initially I was left out of the songwriting credits on the first pressing of the album. I was made aware by one my fans ironically through my website at the time and had to end up having my attorney sort it out and have all parties involved make it right.

Nevertheless, I’m very proud and happy they did the song..and the business, songwriting and publishing was handled in the end.

Their “The Writing’s On The Wall” album was a multi-platinum seller and turns 21 today. 16 is a gem in my songwriting catalog even as an album cut. Lyrically, it’s also such another topically timeless theme and conversation to have with girls wanting rush into adulthood, low self esteem and navigating life in the right direction at a young age    “.. Sweet 16, do you know where you’re running to..”

 

 

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Jody Watley Classic Photo Of The Day – 1987 LA Eyeworks Ad

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Jody Watley

1987

LA Eyeworks Ad

Photography: Greg Gorman

Glasses: Goa

 

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July 28, 2020

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