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