Sweet Sixteen. Jody Watley. Destiny’s Child.

Working on the ‘Flower’ album at the time in 1998, flying up north to work with D’Wayne Wiggins, the idea from this song came to me while waiting to be picked up. I was thinking about girls who try to grow up too fast, teen pregnancy and many of the ramifications that come after, someone I knew was devastated when learning his daughter was pregnant at 15 and that was in my consciousness as well, I also thought about one of my nieces who’d say she couldn’t wait to be grown. Ask her now and she’ll laugh and say I want to be little again!

Humming the melody in my head and praying I didn’t forget the melodies or lyrics (it happens) to ’16”, pre-cell phones to record these types of creative moments. “she was searching for the love she missed yeah..so she ran away..slow down you’re moving way to fast..16 there’s so much of life ahead..sweet 16 do you know where you’re running to..” I named her Jackie in the song for no particular reason though I grew up on songs in rock and folk music.

Luckily by the time arriving at the studio the idea was still in my head and as I began signing it, D’Wayne began playing his acoustic guitar..we recorded the song instantly. Ad it turns out my ‘Flower’ album on Atlantic was a massive let down when they decided to not release it despite two Top 5 dance singles and a very good reception to the very R&B vibe of ‘Off The Hook’ — I’d wanted to make a dance album with Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl, Todd Terry, Masters At Work. The label wanted R&B but wanted Pop success..it didn’t make sense and subsequently the project was held up. I was disillusioned with the music business.

The bright side of the experience was making a few solid connections at the time. D’Wayne was one of them and since the ladies were a discovery of his, he asked if he could play the song and perhaps place it on their album ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’, as a songwriter I was like cool – even though the song was written for myself..it fit this group of young ladies and their audience demographic. They wanted to make a couple of tweaks to the song and added a bridge they wrote and call to it ‘Sweet 16′ rather than ’16.’ Shockingly, initially I was left out of the songwriting credits on the first pressing of the album. I was made aware by one my fans ironically through my website at the time and had to end up having my attorney sort it out and have all parties involved make it right.

Nevertheless, I’m very proud and happy they did the song..and the business, songwriting and publishing was handled in the end.

Their “The Writing’s On The Wall” album was a multi-platinum seller and turns 21 today. 16 is a gem in my songwriting catalog even as an album cut. Lyrically, it’s also such another topically timeless theme and conversation to have with girls wanting rush into adulthood, low self esteem and navigating life in the right direction at a young age    “.. Sweet 16, do you know where you’re running to..”

 

 

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Jody Watley July 2020 Updates.

Jody Watley – July 2020 after interview on “Being A Woman” on The Black News Channel

My timely current single “The Healing” continues to garner positive feedback and allowing for great conversation in recent interviews with more to come. Stay Tuned!

 

Jody Watley Classic Photo Of The Day – 1987 LA Eyeworks Ad

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Jody Watley

1987

LA Eyeworks Ad

Photography: Greg Gorman

Glasses: Goa

 

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Jody Watley On Being A Woman. Black News Channel.

Wake up with me tomorrow July 21, 2020:: 7 AM PST, 10 AM EST I’ll be on the show : “Being A Woman” airing on new The Black News Channel you can view it on Xfinity X1 (On Demand), Charter Spectrum (in Silver & Gold Package Tiers) ROKU (app), XUMO (app), and on BNC Video Page. I’ll be talking about my career and navigating as a woman in the business, my latest release “The Healing”, impact of the pandemic and more!

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How To Watch:

Jody Watley June Rewind 2020.

In case you missed June interviews and appearances.

FoxSoul TV Claudia Jordan “Out Loud”  – I was on with Sheila E., Lisa Lisa and actress Kellita Smith.

 

 

Shameika ‘Check The Rhymes’ Celebrating my second album, making crossover history, the music business and more. A Must Watch!!

BMI Stay At Home Jam Sessions

 

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Virtual Performance of ‘Friends’ with Eric B & Rakim. Caffeine TV app interview as well in midst of their 30 year anniversary of ‘Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em’

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The Healing Lyric Video.

Jody Watley. Sheila E. Lisa Lisa. Kellita Smith. Out Loud with Claudia Jordan on Fox Soul TV.

In case you missed the live stream :

Jody Watley. Check The Rhymes New Interview : Larger Than Life.

Learn new inside facts and perspectives on my second solo album, life and more in my conversation with Shameika “Check The Rhymes TV”

It’s my pleasure to support independent woman and black women making it happen outside the machine. Kudos to Shameika as well, posed and knowledgeable and being prepared. It’s astounding how many interviews I’ve done where the writer had done little homework. My first interview with her was when I was honoree on Black Music Honors “Crossover Music Icon.”

Jody Watley On FoxSoul TV OUT LOUD with Claudia Jordan

Grammy Award Winning Artist and Music Icon Jody Watley on “Out Loud with Claudia Jordan” at 6:30pm PST.

This conversation is going to be informative and compelling, and it’s also airing on FOX Affiliate stations in various cities such as New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Detroit; including streaming services from the Fox Soul app, Youtube page, website, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, XUMO and Caffeine.tv.

Don’t miss the conversation!

Jody Watley Merchandise

Thanks to all who have purchased Jody Watley Signature Hoop Earrings Face Coverings – the first round are now sold out – not only are you staying safe (and showing respect for others health) but you also contributed to Feeding America. SHOP NOW

A few social media fan photos.

SHOP :: Jody Watley Merchandise.

Here’s to you!

Jody Watley Vintage TBT Photo of The Week – In Rifat Ozbek.

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Jody Watley. 1991.

Photography: Johnny Rozsa

Makeup: Paul Starr