After a 40-Year Career, Artist Jody Watley Still Shines as an Icon, Influencer, and Entrepreneur

Jody Watley by Tyler Miles.

Nationwide — Today, Jody Watley (respectively Ms. Watley) forever remains relevant as one of the architects of 21st-century pop. She is a well-respected businesswoman, an innovative music maker, and style-forging pioneer who has led the way as an entrepreneur working in the independent music world as one of the few already-established female best-selling artists to produce, create and own her recordings.

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Save The Date. Jody Watley Returns to KTLA 5 Entertainment August 13.

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Tune in August 13, 2020 at 9: 30 AM PST! Stream it live Jody Watley on KTLA 5

 

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Jody Watley Classic Rewind. Everything Acoustic Performance on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1995

 

Probably my first acoustic performance on television. This TV appearance and performance occurred while  on Broadway doing the hit musical Grease! and to coincide with my Greatest Hits album. Wonderful interview. Rest In Peace Regis Philbin.

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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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.

 

I’ll be a guest on Roland Martin tomorrow – don’t miss it! Watch the live-stream on Youtube.

Jody Watley Set For Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell

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July 30, 2020 Jody Watley will be on air live on Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell. You can listen locally (show airs in 45 markets), download the Get Up Mornings app or stream online : https://getuperica.com

Be UPlifted. Jody Watley on Black News Scoop.

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Be UPlifted by Iconic Music Legend Jody Watley Inspiring Healing During These Turbulent Times: Read the Article on BlackNewsScoop: Here

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

Jody Watley The Brandon Holt Show

Support new quality programming. Catch me live tomorrow on The Brandon Holt Show going live from the branded page and channel via Facebook and Youtube at 7 PM CST.

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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 July 2020 Updates.

Jody Watley – July 2020 after interview on “Being A Woman” on The Black News Channel

My timely current single “The Healing” continues to garner positive feedback and allowing for great conversation in recent interviews with more to come. Stay Tuned!