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September 24, 2022 – Jody Watley Phoenix (Tempe Park, Bobby Dee Presents :: Freestyle Festival ) 100 degrees and thousands of party people. We had a blast and I met some wonderful longtime fans.
Thank you to the team Kayla, Jasmine & Pamela Broussard (making sure everything went smoothly) and all fans who support by buying the tickets, the merch, being in the heat like yesterday, singing along bringing the energies of love and having a great time, gracias!
Custom Skirt by Dope Tavio.
On my way to venue – stage ready, took time with fans first- all love and reciprocal appreciation.
Video to come on the Official Jody Watley Youtube Channel. Subscribe!
Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Jody Watley made an appearance at Naper Pride Fest in Naperville, Illinois. With a mission to create equal treatment of all gender expressions and any member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the second festival was another step forward. The Naper Pride Organization has a mission statement that “Everyone deserves to feel valued and included.” As Watley wrote in her 1995 hit “Affection “Doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved.” the message of love and equality is timeless and very much needed now more than ever. The style icon brought the energy to the stage in a power packed party diverse set list, ending the set with a poignant speech to the crowd and thanking Naper Pride.
Photography by Eva Genevieve-Scarborough
Set List: A nonstop party blend of classic Pop/R&B/Hip Hop and contemporary Dance hits
Some Kind Of Lover (short edit)
Nightlife (Jodie Harsh House Mix)
Dancer (Craig C Deep House Mix)
I Want Your Love (DJ Spinna Mix)/ Your Love Keeps Working On Me / I Want You / Affection Medley)
Still A Thrill
Don’t You Want Me (Francois K. Remix edit)
Looking For A New Love
Inducted into Women Songwriters Hall Of Fame last night, though I couldn’t attend due tobeing under the weather it means the world to be recognized as a songwriter and knowing I’ve written many that are a part of the sound of peoples lives, crafting hooks that you can sing along to, and stories that resonate or have meaningful intent. Gospel royalty Keyondra Lockett accepted on my behalf after a rousing tribute performance of “It All Begins With You.”
“The Jody Watley songwriting catalog dates back to her Shalamar days co-writing songs like penning lyrics and melodies to (Full of Fire, Work It Out, Help Me, Playing To Win) and most significantly into her esteemed Grammy winning Solo career of blockbuster classics like (Looking For A New Love, Don’t You Want Me, Real Love, Friends to name a few and countless other gems in an ongoing career with over 100 songwriting credits to her name), that also includes the poignant “16” recorded by Destiny’s Child. Jody Watley received the BMI songwriter award “Medal Of Honor” in 1993 for over a million plays of songs in her songwriting catalog.”
Photography All Rights Reserved – Copyright Andrew D. Bernstein & Juan Ocampo
Wattage! Be sure to check the Official Jody Watley Youtube Channel for videos like this:
“My style has always complimented my music.”
You can still rock this timeless look-can’t go wrong with a nice tailored suit or jacket.”
Archive Image 1989
Photographer: Victoria Pearson
Makeup: Paul Starr
Hair: Ernie Banales
Custom Suit Design: Jody Watley
Real Love Video Style
Jody Watley, just added to this Freestyle Explosion Holiday Jam. This will be a non-stop party December 10 in San Diego, CA Pechanga Arena. Get tickets early, this show with all of your freestyle favorites will sell out. AXS Tickets
“I don’t want to live without music – I don’t want to live without love .. just want to bring you joy – affairs of the heart.” – Jody Watley
Photography : Matthew Tryggestad
Bringing a fresh take on beauty, glamour mixed with street flair.
Be your own validation. That’s my thing whether acknowledged or not.
Watch on EPIX – “I know who I am…” Watley joins other trailblazing women in music sharing a snippet of their journeys and having agency over a male dominated industry. Jody Watley also talks about stepping outside of perceived boxes for black artists.