Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day with 39th President Jimmy Carter.

Welcome October! Wishing former President Jimmy Carter and Nobel Peace Prize winner a Happy 95th Birthday!

I had the honor of his invitation to work on Habitat for Humanity back in the 90’s. Both President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter were super nice people, he’s a true humanitarian and man of the people.

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Jody Watley Tulsa Soul Fest Recap

The event, originally an outdoor event was moved indoors to the Cox Business Center. It was a beautiful thing to see a music event with major sponsors to make it a free city family friendly concert and also be in celebration of  Tulsa’s own former NBA player and respected jazz musician Waymon Tisdale. I performed ‘Skin Deep’ in celebration of Tisdale because I’d done two Smooth Jazz Cruises around the time of the original release of “Midnight Lounge” – the message was appropriate as well.

It was really special to see The Whispers, my former label mates from back in my Shalamar, Solar Records years..Scotty with the classic response!

 

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Hotel suite – on my way straight to stage.

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SRL (Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory’) are ready too! A quick photo before heading to Cox Business Center.

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I don’t throw ‘legendary’ around casually – this is pretty epic if you know the history of hits here. Jody Watley // Shalamar // Solar Galaxy of Stars Tour// The Whispers

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Always – Own it.

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Making it a night to remember — with Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory 

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Up Next October t:

October 13 – Detroit Soundboard Motor City Casino with Tony Toni Tony

October 19 –  San Antonio  Jo Long Theater

Jody Watley Joins Hot New Personalized Greetings App Cameo

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Personalized shout-outs, greetings, birthdays, special occasions, inspirational messages for yourself or gift a friend, special person in your life .. you can book me among tons of others public figures, entertainers, actors, and more. Check out my profile –  Cameo

 

Welcome Autumn. Wattage Thoughts.

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Summer scene..enjoying the view in Waikiki – it was a work trip but I made it relaxing too!

Hopefully you found time to enjoy summer with some days off, chilling, enjoying your me time or family, traveling..whatever you made time to do. As time continues to move on make sure you are living life not just going through life. Learning to revel in the moment, learning to pat yourself on the back for overcoming obstacles or some days feeling like you’d like more rainbows than rain – you are here, we are here. That within itself is a blessing and time waits for no one and remember to appreciate the small things because one day they may very well be the big ones you reflect on. Don’t let anyone rob you of your joy.

Just as trees shed their dead leaves to bloom in new ones for spring..don’t be afraid of new growth while remaining solid like the tree!

Wishing everyone the best of the season.

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Photography by Debra L. Rothenberg – Sony Hall NYC August 16 2019

Up Next :: September and October —

September 28 – Soul Fest Tulsa Guthrie Green a family friendly event with The Whispers

October 13 – SoundBoard Detroit, Motor City Casino with Tony! Toni! Tone!

October 19 – Jo Long Theater at Carver Community Cultural Center – Get Tickets 

 

 

New Unplugged Video Upload on Jody Watley Official Youtube Channel.

A bit of my Tribute to George Michael from my first Jody Watley: Unplugged concert experience (accompanied by Roland Hamilton on piano and Naz Chambi on guitar.. Before I went into the song, I talked about why I selected this song from his catalog, how we met (Band Aid ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas), our duet on my solo debut and more. I really enjoyed this experience and thinking about what venue we should pitch it to for the next one.

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Morning Wattage! A wonderful day to all – here’s to you!

::Current releases streaming now with an eclectic multi decade variety of Jody Watley music tops last week with Spotify being the number steaming source for my music. The following Artist chart is specific to my contemporary output from my independent Avitone label.

New To Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel – Don’t You Want Me Live and Unplugged.

Be sure to subscribe as I continue to develop the channel – concert clips, behind the scenes, monthly inspirational vlog, new music videos and specially curated playlists! I really enjoyed this Unplugged concept, so pure. I look plan to bring it to a few other intimate venues in 2020.

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Special Packages-Ultimate Disco Cruise.

Enter the code JODY to get special discount on the Ultimate Disco Cruise themed event of dancing, music and travel. I’ll be donating a portion of my fee to recovery in the Bahamas.

Join me! Ultimate Disco Cruise Info and Booking

Wattage Thoughts. Don’t Miss Moments.

I notice this in concert and always encourage people to put phone away and get in the moment. You can’t dance, clap your hands, enjoy the experience and who you came with if your focus is capturing the entire show in your phone. Get a few seconds, snippets and then get in the moment. Don’t miss life by trying to film every second. Just be.

Jody Watley TBT Image 1993 – Grammy Awards Announcements With Clint Black.

 

Since winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1988, I remain a voting member (all artists should be involved), have been a part of the GrammyU program serving on the Recording Academy Board of Governors serving on the Los Angeles Chapter for a few years in early 2000’s. Being a part of the academy from that perspective gave me greater understanding of how the process works. I was nominated and put on the ballot initially by a respected music writer and voted in. Later running for LA Chapter President against MC Lyte – Lyte won the vote and was terrific. This took me back to running for Class President in junior high only with less stress, I didn’t win that either, but it was great for my confidence no matter the outcome and as always – you never know unless you try and put yourself out there. It’s the journey!

Invited to return as a presenter (presented Toni Braxton Best New Artist Award in 1993) was cool as well as being a part of the Grammy Award Nominees Announcements that same year with country music star Clint Black. Awards shows are very different now so it’s nice to reflect for a second on this part of my continued journey as an artist and music peer.

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Focused.

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Jody Watley. 1993.