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:

Monday Motivation. Your Light.

With so many “isms” – my thoughts are simply no matter what never let anyone make you dim your own light. May it resonate from the inside out and endure.

Wattage!

Jody Watley to Chat With Ronnie Herel on Mi-Soul Radio UK.

Tune in today!

You’ll also be able to hear the new Brian Power Remix.

Visuals by Shawn West.

Jody Watley and SRL Rewind. Good Day LA Fox 11

 

 

Jody Watley and SRL Good with Logo Good Day LA Fox 11 2018

In case you missed the performance and post show interview July 27, 2018 Jody Watley as well as Jody Watley and SRL on Good Day LA Mercury Insurance Friday Concert Series on Fox 11 LA. Watch now! SRL stands for Soul Revolution Love through our music.

 

-Story w/ performances: http://www.foxla.com/good-day/good-day-la-features/jody-watley-performs-don-t-you-want-me-the-passion-on-good-day-la

-FB Live post show: https://www.facebook.com/fox11la/videos/10160798098455553/

-FB Live Soundcheck: https://www.facebook.com/fox11la/videos/10160797793625553/

 

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Fabulously Floral.

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July/August 1988 new magazine at the time INFashion Photography and Makeup by Paul Gobel. Hair: by Ernie Banales loved the fresh flowers and working with Paul and Ernie both trailblazers and wonderful kind people gone too soon :: Dress by Krizia Interview with David Keeps Cover Story/Feature :: .. after seeing the beautiful and monumental fall covers 2018 for Vogue and British Vogue with Beyonce and Rihanna respectively it reminded me of this classic session done many moons ago – timeless! Proud of how the ladies have been able to go next level!

If you can zoom in this was a really good interview with David Keeps who noted I was my own stylists..a distinction I have from many artists.