Legendary R&B/Dance Singer Jody Watley To Be Honored “Woman of Excellence” at 2019 LGBT Music Fest In Cancun

I’m so thrilled! Like a G!

 

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Announcement via LGBT Music Fest and The G-Listed

She is an entertainment legend who entranced us and inspired our inner badassery with her electrifying dance moves, sultry alto and inescapable R&B and dance music for more than four decades. Because of her music and dance achievement, alliance to LGBTQ communities and humanitarian efforts, Jody Watley has been recently named as the 2019 “Woman of Excellence/Career Achievement” honoree at the upcoming LGBT Music Festival in Cancun, Mexico, during Memorial Day Weekend.

Watley joins fellow entertainment legend Frank Gatson, style icon Ty Hunter and singing sensation Frenchie Davis as honorees and special guests this Memorial Day Weekend. Waddie G., Monifah, Terez Mychelle and Patrick L. Riley are some of the celebrity hosts to engage travelers in a holiday weekend of epic fun in Mexico.

Hurry up and book your room before the trip sells out at  www.lgbtmusicfest.com.

Jody Watley Confirmed Concerts Update.

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Jody Watley Art by Shawn West.

Jody Watley, multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner and style icon is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music.

From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack since her days as the original female lead and sound of the group Shalamar. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. The Jody Watley concert experience is an energetic thoughtful music journey in any format from the full comprehensive concert, pop freestyle, 80’s, 90’s, intimate jazz, love and soul, to her Shalamar disco funk days to the new UK hits with SRL..there’s something for everyone depending on the configuration and event.”

Upcoming:

January 26 – Microsoft Theater Los Angeles 80’s Weekend #7 with OMD, The Bangles, Bananarama and more: Tickets

March 9 – Philadelphia, Keswick Theater (opener for Tony Toni Tony) : Tickets

March 23 – Pala Jam, Pala Resort and Casino with The S.O.S Band and Evelyn “Champagne” King : Tickets

April 19 – London, Under The Bridge : Tickets

April 20 – An Evening With Presents Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded : Tickets

April 27 – Freestyle Festival 15 Anniversary with Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa and more : Tickets and Info

More dates TBA

Listen Again. Jody Watley and Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio UK.

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Mi-Soul Radio Three Parter with Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio – Beginnings, Shalamar, Solo into the Now: Listen Now!

Youth and Beyond
Shalamar Years Tidbits
Solo and Into The Now
Get tickets for my first intimate UK Tour Celebrating Decades In The Mix!:  Here 

Jody Watley Classic Image and Wattage Inspiration.

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Look up. Get Up. Never Give up. Find and stay in your light. Wattage!

 

Classic Jody Watley Image Photography by Victoria Pearson from Smash Hits Magazine, UK.

 

Catch Jody Watley LIVE in the UK Celebrating Decades In The Mix Presented by AGMP Concerts: Tickets

 

AGMP Announces Jody Watley UK Tour Dates for 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.

As an original member and the distinct female sound of the legendary disco soul group Shalamar singing on all of the pinnacle hits; Watley’s own definition of success centered then and now on artistic growth and freedom, not simply replicating whatever was or is hot at the moment.

After breaking from the majors and starting her own label Avitone Recordings in 1995, Watley began collaborating with a Who’s Who of visionary producers and remixers, many of whom were longtime fans and jumped at the chance to work with her: 4 Hero, King Britt, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez & Little Louie Vega, Mark de Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson, Ron Trent, Moto Blanco, Bob Jones,  Soulpersona, Brian Power and Alex Di Ciò amongst others. Thanks to her non- stop touring, her global fan base remains as fervent as ever and they’ve made chart and club hits of Ms. Watley’s indie albums – Affection (1995), Flower (1998), The Saturday Night Experience (1999), Midnight Lounge (2001), and The Makeover (2006) – and her 2014 EP Paradise.

For the past five years the ever multi-tasking Jody Watley has focused on both her thriving solo career and the group project “Jody Watley & SRL.”  With musical influences that include Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, and Little Dragon, the music collective has released  chart-topping UK Soul Chart Top 3 singles “The Mood”  and “The Passion” mixed by Italy’s Alex Di Cio.

“Everything I’ve ever done has been to be distinctively Jody Watley,” says the pop icon herself, “from my first solo album through right now. Everything that I will ever do always has to be authentic to me, work that I can always be proud of first and foremost. It’s not so much about, ‘Oh, this is going to be popular,’ or ‘Oh, this is going to be a big hit.’ It’s always been so personal to me, everything that I do. And the fans can feel that. They connect with the honesty. I’m so excited to bring my show to the UK for these intimate dates – these will be my first concerts in Glasgow and Manchester – and my first full concert in the UK in almost 20 years, expect hits classic and new, deep cuts and one hell of a concert experience with my rhythm section as well as SRL.”

Jody Watley UK Dates Announcement Flyer

New Jody Watley Fan Art.

Jody Watley – by Will Dimension inspired by my 80’s music and style.

Jody Watley Epic 3 Part Interview on Mi-Soul Radio With Mike Vitti

One of the most comprehensive interviews I’ve ever done. You really must listen to this..history,  first time onstage with my Godfather Jackie Wilson,Soul Train, Shalamar, aspects of my solo career moving up through to the current new music. Mike Vitti was masterful with the questions, knowledge as well as weaving a tapestry of quality music spanning decades.

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Listen: Jody Watley Interview w Mike Vitti Mi Soul Radio The Funky Nation

 

UPDATE:: To those outside of the UK here are the individual shows without restriction: