Jody Watley Debut Album Turns 30. AndresMusicTalk

“If 80’s funk was baseball I’d say Jody Watley hit a home run on this one.” AndresMusicTalk

 

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Jody Watley 30. Classic, Rolling Stone Magazine 87.

It’s very rewarding to see the acknowledgment of the impact of my debut.

Check out another feature writeup on music blog: AndresMusicTalk “Jody Watley’s Debut Album Turns 30: It’s Been Some Kind of Love: Here

Jody Watley. LA Fashion Week 2017 and Other Musings.

As most of you know, my music is always linked with fashion and style. It’s still it’s a blessing to continue to inspire other new talent.

As a note, my entrance into fashion magazines and subsequent layouts born from the style impact of my music video’s and album covers. My debut appearance in Harper’s Bazaar, solo debut 87. Jody Watley 30. My “Real Love” video..I just wanted to be on the runway – thank you David Fincher for making the vision come to life! This video remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated.

Working the runway  – 2006 LA Fashion Week with designer Kevan Hall

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LA Fashion Week 2006

 

in 2014 French shoe designer Jerome Rousseau featured a Jody Watley tribute shoe (bootie) in his collection.

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Jerome C. Rousseau Billboard Magazine Feature. August 13, 2014 Issue

 

I’ve had a top named after me on HSN, Christos Garkinos collection.

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Jody Watley in “Jody” top Eureka by Christos Garkinos – Photography: John Tyler Curtis

Designer Malan Breton, who is not only talented but a total sweetheart, and I consider him a friend. We’ve been exchanging messages through the years via social media. Inspirational messages of encouragement – we can never have enough. Malan is now known for his international elegant couture designs once cited me as an influence and made a custom design for me during his Project Runway era – I’m so proud of his continued evolution . Read the archived Project Runway Blog : Here

His A/W 2017 collection was exquisite opening night of LA Fashion week. I’m happy to finally be able to catch one of his shows always to rave reviews in NYC and Paris.

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Malan Breton and I in 2006.

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Arriving to see Malan Breton A/W Collections 2017.

 

Last night I sat in awe as new designer Richard Hallmarq (we met many years ago as he reminded me a chance encounter where we talked and as well with some youth he was with at the time). Richard showed his collection at LA Fashion week with a collection inspired by Jody Watley with a remix soundtrack featuring a few of my runway ready classics. It was awesome to be in town to see this.

 

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New Designer Richard Hallmarq and Jody Watley. Pacific Design Center LA Fashion Week 2017.

 

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Backstage, LA Fashion Week 2017 Pacific Design Center with Richard Hallmarq and some of this glam team and models.

It’s in The Music! Living life full of gratitude; my inspiration continues to come from living, life, young people or anyone pursuing their dreams, making things happen in life in their own way – no matter the obstacles. To those I’ve touched, they continue to inspire me in return.

You never who know who you can inspire, we all possess the power to do that in one capacity or another. Never forget that.

Wattage!

 

 

 

Some Kind of Wonderful. A Conversation with Jody Watley Warrior Woman and Master of Reinvention.

 

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Jody Watley. Photography: Victoria Pearson.

Read the in-depth conversation with write Quentin Harrison, Albumism: Here

Still a Thrill. Celebrating 30 Years of Jody Watley’s Eponymous Album

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Jody Watley. Classic Debut.

 

“With her self-titled 1987 debut album, Watley showcased her penchant for artistic reinvention and knack for memorable songcraft..” Read the feature here on;

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Jody Watley. Style Notes and Upcoming Concerts.

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Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017. “MTV” – Jody Watley.

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Jody Watley Live in Tokyo, Japan Billboard Live, 2017

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Feeling it. The Roxy Los Angeles, CA

 

Style notes. The Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017 inspired by classic 80’s MTV (and perhaps quietly my trendsetter style for that time) – caught my eye a few months ago so I had to have some of these pieces to rock – fits theme of the first portion of my current and upcoming concerts, which celebrates my debut solo album. as well continued music and style evolution. Taking elements from past but totally keeping things new, fresh and moving. It’s in the music!

 

Announced dates:

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago 

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears Den

May 27 BB Kings NYC

November 11-18 –  80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort and Spa Punta Cana Dominican Republic

There are scheduled dates yet to be announced for Detroit (not Chene Park), Atlanta, Los Angeles for June – August – and more stay tuned!

Concert Bio.

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.

Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.

Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.

The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Ms. Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.

Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.

Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Jody Watley Celebrates Jody 30 and New Music ft. SRL at Another Sold Out Concert at The Roxy Los Angeles

It was another unbelievable night of good vibes and loved delivered and shared with a sold-out rapturous and diverse crowd at legendary The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA on the Sunset Strip.

Local house music DJ Ben set the mood.

A lot of songs from my debut of were performed of course,  and as well I mixed it up with hits and gems from other albums including the current “Paradise” – but the night was really a celebration of my Grammy nominated debut single “Looking for a New Love” and Grammy winning introduction as a solo artist, as well as it being my birthday weekend and having the opportunity to share with my fans. My style vibe accented the night with some pieces from the Marc Jacobs classic MTV inspired 2017 Fall Capsule Collection, as well as a custom lace tux by designer Kevan Hall for ‘Real Love’ finale. Levi Seacer Jr. my new music director did an incredible job updating some of the arrangements giving the band an overall funkier feel.

Because pop icon George Michael was also a part of my first record, an acoustic tribute to him , performing one of my fav’s of his ‘Waiting For That Day’ was also a part of the evening of music. My emotions ran high.

One of my favorite elements of the new show for Los Angeles was adding little kids to the dance squad – a nod to my ‘Dancer’ video. It’s about diversity and that means a variety of ages onstage as well.

 

SRL. devoted our set to new music including a preview of our song called ‘What’ which will be on the forthcoming “Bridges.”

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Squad. Sir Charles, Emma Wages, John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Gabe De Guzman, Will Smith II, JoeJoeGrooves, Tahani Anderson, Lyric Heck with Jody Watley and SRL.

 

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Sold Out.

 

Fan photo’s.

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SRL. Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy.

 

 

Photography by Duane Abner. All rights reserved.

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Love. Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Jody Watley with Rosero McCoy. LIVE at The Roxy. What. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Photography by Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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A great  spontaneous moment at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c)2017

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“Anyone want to freestyle with us?!” The answer was yes! Two original Soul Train dancers  were in the house and turned it out..even gave us a classic hustle that was everything!

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Jody Watley “Looking for a New Love” 30. Photography (c) 2017 Duane Abner

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Jody Watley ‘Waiting for That Day.” Tribute to George Michael  Live at The Roxy.

 

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Nate Allen Smith. SRL. Levi Seacer Jr. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 30. The Roxy limited edition poster.

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Three generations. America’s Next Top Model winner and designer Naima Mora, with her Mom and sister. Limited edition T’s at The Roxy.

Naima Mora – Check out her boutique! I’ve worn one of the designs from her collection, I’m such a fan of hers and met her recently – total sweetheart.

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A great night! Jody Watley ft. SRL Photo by Wallace Butts, Avid Music Inc.

Jody Watley to Appear on Good Day LA in Los Angeles.

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Jody Watley. Photography by Albert Sanchez. Makeup: Billy B.

Tune in! I’ll be performing and doing a brief interview in support of this weekend’s concert at The Roxy Theatre 1.28.17 LIVE on the Sunset Strip with SRL who make guest appearance doing my show…we also have a sneak peek of something from our forthcoming ‘Bridges.’

Tickets: Here