Jody Watley. Classic Image of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar 1988 Photography by Legendary Francesco Scavullo

Jody Watley Harper's Bazaar 1988 by Francesco Scavullo

Jody Watley 1988 in May’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar photographed by Francesco Scavullo wearing Angel Estrada, hair by Jeff Woodley, make up by John Evans.

I’ve told the story before, but here it is again in a quick snapshot. When my publicist notified that Harper’s Bazaar wanted to feature me in the magazine with photo session in New York by the legendary fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo who has lensed some iconic images over the decades. They had no idea who he was or the additional significance.

this wasn’t a common occurrence in the music business at that time. My label did not agree to fly me to New York for this major opportunity asking me what did being in a fashion magazine have to do with selling records – forget the major exposure, the broadening of the audience, establishing me beyond music as a budding fashion icon and brand or however one wishes to look at things. I didn’t want to miss out and so I paid for my own flights and hotel to do this. Always invest in yourself if you have the means to do so.

Eventually of course major labels embraced the concept and additional prestigious PR and it became commonplace -and of course went even further with black superstar women in music like Rihanna, Beyonce, and more (Ciara, Alicia Keys) gracing the cover of high fashion magazines.

My solo debut was so monumental in a variety of ways beyond the Grammy nominations, winning Best New Artist, the hit singles and more. Always believe in yourself.

 

Wattage!

Experience The Colors Of Christmas With Jody Watley, Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen

Tickets on sale now for the holiday show of the season- The Colors Of Christmas. This is a classy evening of Christmas music with a few hits sprinkled in and the only time you get to see these types of onstage duets and choral performances.

The Colors of Christmas Tix and Info

Jody Watley. Detroit Sound Board with Tony Tone Toni Recap.

Jody Watley with Tony! Toni! Tone! for the second time, for another funky fabulous and stylish evening.

Loved the venue, totally state of the art! Lots of positive feedback on my various social media pages and as always I appreciate those who come out and support the live music experience. The audience was reserved at first, a sense of ‘judgement’ is always in the air especially with a certain demographic.. some people who come to judge me (what’s she giving? is she any good? what does she look like…. and of course SRL who join me on a couple of my Shalamar classics before we move on. Nate is also a show man and the combination of Nate with John ‘Havic’ Gregory is a hit with fans loving the new vibes.. in the end they always end up having a good time, and receiving the positive vibes. Visit my Instagram and Facebook pages for more some of the fan videos I’ve shared.

Admittedly, I have a certain dislike for people being on their phones and filming the show..short snippets are ok, good angles preferred. In this case many did capture the full stage rather than zooming in on just me. What I know is most are always surprised I don’t just come out and sing my hits..I bring a level of production, glamour, spontaneity and a lot of heart and some inspiration added in.

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Pre-Show with D’wayne Wiggins & Tony! Toni! Tone!

Jody Watley Sound Board 2019

Ready to take the stage – Wattage!

Jody Watley & SRL Sound Board 2019

Jody Watley & SRL 2019. Detroit. Sound Board, ready to bring the heat!

Nate Allen Smith - John Gregory SRL

Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory. SRL 2019. 

Jody Watley SRL and Band

Wonderful and stylish band. Roland Hamilton, Wallace Butts, John ‘Havic Gregory (SRL), Nate Allen Smith (SRL), Naz Chambi, Keith Eaddy, Kerry Griffin all a part of the collective.

 

Jody Watley Backdrop Sound Board Detroit

 

Jody Watley Sound Board Detroit 2019

 

Jody Watley 2019 Live Capture Sound Board Detroit

Jody Watley and SRL Sound Board Detroit

Disco fabulous soul (joining me for a couple of my Shalamar hits) and contemporary new soul with SRL our UK Soul hits (The Mood, The Passion Alex Di Cio Mixes)

 

Jody Watley Live Stage with Logo

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Singing one of my classic hits ‘Everything’ after receiving beautiful roses.

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Not just a solo debut.. a multiple Grammy nominee, Grammy winning solo debut – so I always have to do it justice..this show does it best.. timeless imagery.

Jody Watley Solo Debut Intro Sound Board Live 2019

Delivering – Classic Jody Watley with a modern edge as always.

Jody Watley Naz Chambi Sound Board

Jody Watley Stage 2019 Soind Board Detroit

Jody Watley Roses Sound Board After show

Taking time to smell the roses after the concert.

Up next San Antonio, Texas – Jo Long Theatre at The Carver; it will be our last show of 2019, though I will be doing 3 California holiday performances in ‘The Colors of Christmas” with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen.

Jody Watley & SRL will pick it up again as a collective in 2020.

Jody Watley in Ebony Magazine Top 25 Black Music Style Icons

Ebony Top 25 Black Music Style Trendsetters

Jody Watley Trendsetter - Ebony Magazine List

I want to thank Ebony Magazine for the acknowledgement and inclusion on this esteemed list.

25 Black Music Style Icons : Ebony Magazine

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Us Weekly.

Jody Watley US Weekly 1993Sharing this from the fan page jodywatleystyle on Instagram – Jody Watley;  1993 Us Weekly. Photography Jon Ragel. Make-up by Collier Strong. Styling Jeannine Braden and Jody Watley. Hair by Jody Watley.

‘Soul Survivor’ interview feature talking about my ‘Affairs of The Heart’ –when magazines were interested in what you had to say about your music, writers cared enough to do their homework.. and focus was not celebrity gossip or how many social media followers you had.

Jody Watley Joins Hot New Personalized Greetings App Cameo

Jody Watley - Cameo

Personalized shout-outs, greetings, birthdays, special occasions, inspirational messages for yourself or gift a friend, special person in your life .. you can book me among tons of others public figures, entertainers, actors, and more. Check out my profile –  Cameo

 

Special Packages-Ultimate Disco Cruise.

Enter the code JODY to get special discount on the Ultimate Disco Cruise themed event of dancing, music and travel. I’ll be donating a portion of my fee to recovery in the Bahamas.

Join me! Ultimate Disco Cruise Info and Booking

Jody Watley TBT Image 1993 – Grammy Awards Announcements With Clint Black.

 

Since winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1988, I remain a voting member (all artists should be involved), have been a part of the GrammyU program serving on the Recording Academy Board of Governors serving on the Los Angeles Chapter for a few years in early 2000’s. Being a part of the academy from that perspective gave me greater understanding of how the process works. I was nominated and put on the ballot initially by a respected music writer and voted in. Later running for LA Chapter President against MC Lyte – Lyte won the vote and was terrific. This took me back to running for Class President in junior high only with less stress, I didn’t win that either, but it was great for my confidence no matter the outcome and as always – you never know unless you try and put yourself out there. It’s the journey!

Invited to return as a presenter (presented Toni Braxton Best New Artist Award in 1993) was cool as well as being a part of the Grammy Award Nominees Announcements that same year with country music star Clint Black. Awards shows are very different now so it’s nice to reflect for a second on this part of my continued journey as an artist and music peer.

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Focused.

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Jody Watley. 1993.

 

Jody Watley Attends Jackie Wilson Walk of Fame Ceremony.

Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987 – finally received his Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (location is 7057 Hollywood Blvd) just across the street from historic The Roosevelt Hotel.

For those that don’t know the connection -Jackie Wilson was my godfather and the first to bring me onstage in concert when I was little (have mentioned though-out my career), it was such anh

Wonderful speeches yesterday from Motown and Music Legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as well as original Chi-Lite Marshall Thompson. Jackie’s son John said if his dad were alive he would have probably said “..today I’ve been lifted higher than ever before ..” as his siblings and other family members also cheered with those in attendance.

Here are a few of my personal candids. If you missed the live stream – you can watch it currently  Hollywood Walk of Fame

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On my way! 

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The invitation.

 

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Feeling Supreme with original Supreme Mary Wilson..you know I loved them growing up and still do.

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Posing for media photo pool before ceremony.

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Jody Watley. Getty Images View.

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With founder of the Chi-Lites Marshall Thompson..junior high days for me!

 

Smokey

The one and only Smokey Robinson.

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All hail – Berry Gordy founder of  the influential Motown Records.

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With one of his daughters Sabrina, she has his eyes for sure!

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Jackie Wilson Star!

 

Jody Watley Featured On Love Yourself – Billy Porter Remix

Anybody walking?

Emmy Nominated Billy Porter (Pray Tell from also Emmy Nominated Hit TV Show Pose FX) Love Yourself ft. Grammy Winning Jody Watley-

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