Jody Watley A Monumental Look Back To Still A Thrill

The gears below the Paris Opera House (Le Palais Garnier)

Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.

Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.

This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt).  It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.

You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.

Classic.

Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.

 

Jody Watley Chene Park Detroit 2018 Recap

Early Morning Television Performance and Interview on Local NBC affiliate WDIV 4’s “Live In The D”

The building was abuzz with a lot of love from the staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundcheck

Taking in the beautiful view.

Showtime.

Jody Watley. About to smash the stage.

Jody Watley and some of the band and squad.

Stage view – performing “Everything” piano and vocals only. Photo by Nazim Chambi.

Disco fabulous in the Shalamar section of my show joined by Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy from SRL.

It was night to remember!

Modern Disco Fabulous In Metallic Trench

A really cool fan selfie.

Meet and greet

Rochelle Darlene said I was her idol growing up, very sweet moment full of love.

With WDET’s Chris Campbell Host Of The Progressive Underground

With veteran Detroit on air personality Kelly Holmes

Love this! Jody Watley Jumbo Hoops Wattage Crew

Check out the brief interview on iHeartRadio On The Go With Tiffany Patton Podcast

Feeling blessed as always and full of gratitude for a fantastic Detroit experience

Some of the squad- a wonderful time was had by all.

Jody Watley Set to Perform at Chene Park Detroit and Appear on Live In The D

In celebration of the Jody Watley and SRL June 20 concert at Detroit’s Chene Park, designer and illustrator Shawn West created this spectacular montage.

Watley will appear on NBC affiliate WDIV “Live in The D” for interview and performance of her Top 10 Smooth Jazz Hit “Waiting In Vain.”

Last remaining tickets : Tickets

Jody Watley’s Latest Music Triumph

Venerable Grammy Award Winning Artist, Style Icon and Trailblazer Jody Watley’s latest music triumph is her stunning jazz turn of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain.” Watley continues to delight and surprise – with decades of hits under her belt in various genres she broke new ground with a Top 10 in the Smooth Jazz field on the heels of being ranked as one of Billboard Magazines Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time.

A truly timeless artist, songwriter and renaissance woman.

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Jody Watley 2018 Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka Concert Series: Another One For The Books

As I’ve shared on on social media pages this past week, it’s a blessing to be able to be loved and appreciated consistently through the decades since the first time coming to Japan when my second solo album came out in 1989. Fast forward to 2018 – it’s still a thrill.

By the time the final concert of 2018 was ending I was moved to tears of joy and deep gratitude. Whenever I decide to retire (if I am given the blessing and opportunity to choose) I know I will miss performing and coming to Japan more than anywhere I’ve been along the way thus far

Here are a few highlights of many. Thank you to the great staff of Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka, SRL squad, my sharp rhythm section and the incredible fans of Japan. I love you! Domo Arigato and I always pray for the next time.

Arrival. Tokyo – June 4, 2018.

Room service-Breakfast. I took a picture because the presentation was so beautiful.

Soundcheck day 1.

Jody Watley, SRL (Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy) Kerry Griffin, Roland Hamilton. Keith Eaddy, Naz Cham

Ready for Act 1 of my show kicking off the music journey with some my classic solo hits with John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero McCoy.

Jody Watley and Ro — Nate dressed for SRL. Rosero is in first part of Jody section.

Photography courtesy of Billboard Live Tokyo-First

two songs of Jody Watley and then Jody Watley

and SRL.

I love capturing Nate on “Make That Move” a classic from my Shalamar days. The audience loves him and Nate brings so much zeal and energy to the song and performance.

I love these fan-made hand held fans I keep them all!

With the gifted and beautiful illustrator Hatsune Utsumi

With the very beautiful and kind Cheiko- we first met 18 years ago.

Entry of Billboard Live Tokyo after concert.

We asked fans to join our after show photo when we went into venue entrance.

They traveled from Spain.

Nate Allen Smith, SRL

Jody Watley. Art by Hatsune Utsumi

Nate Allen Smith, SRL

Backstage and ready for my close-up!

Sound checking “Waiting In Vain”

Love these guys! Hiro, Yoshinori and

Shigeo.

The very kind Shun Naka gifted me with handmade bags.

Tokyo – We did that!

Lunch in Osaka

Jody Watley and SRL.

Details.

With John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero Mccoy

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Hand painted kimono and gift by Hatsune Utsumi

Meet and Greet.

He asked me to pose with him – and I did.

The Masato Family – Mile and Madna danced with us onstage and gifted awesome art

Art by Mile and Madna

More to come!

Waiting In Vain Top 20 With Listeners on SmoothJazz.com

 

 

Jody Watley Waiting In Vain Top 20

Jody Watley’s “Waiting In Vain” is such a beautiful musical companion for spring and summer and it’s nice to see the single being so well received. It’s remained in the Top 10 on the Smooth Jazz Network and was a Top 25 on the Billboard Magazine Smooth Jazz Chart.

“Waiting In Vain” Top 20 with listeners on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio  See the full chart listings, chart includes venerable artists like Boney James, Manhattan Transfer, Najee, new jazz sensation Damien Escobar and more.
https://www.smoothjazz.com/charts/listener 

 

Jody Watley and SRL Announce New Video and Single

While “Waiting In Vain” remains in the Smooth Jazz Top 10, Jody Watley again shows no signs of slowing down or clinging to past glories. Her new group Jody Watley & SRL will release their 4th single and video titled “The Passion” written and produced by the trio, with a video directed by young talent Damien Sandoval this summer.

The members had this to say:

“People ask what is SRL.. we are a Soul Revolution Of Love put forth in our music, live performances and through our budding fan community. The Passion is all about that.. love, living and the fire within.” -Jody Watley

Rosero Mccoy of SRL says “We’re building something new for ourselves and anything against the grain feels revolutionary to us.”

“Each video we bring something new and fresh. It’s dope to be a part of something we are creating together not something from the past, although we do draw on inspiration from soul R&B for sure, it’s one of the genres I grew up on.” – Nate Allen Smith

Often referred to by many of her devoted fans as “The Queen Of Cool” the singer, songwriter and founder of her independent label Avitone continues to fuel quality music, and one of the few black women in the game as a longstanding artist to continue to do what she’s from her Shalamar years, solo artist and now founder of a successful and much buzzed about new group.