Jody Watley. Music and Life. The Tough Decisions.

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Navigating life and career.  Ended 2018 having to make a difficult business decision after a year of contemplation and coming to terms with hard realizations. There are times in life personally and professionally in order to continue to grow, it’s necessary to make changes, and allow others to do the same. Often the only person who can see a vision is you, it’s not a cold hearted thing, it’s the ongoing evolution of being and willingness to step out of comfort zones- not everyone is going to be on that same page or path. Never one to shy away from my instincts is something to never fear or avoid – no matter how difficult. Stay stagnant, rigid and stuck – or keep pushing for new levels. You never know until you try and do is also one of my life mantras.

Being able to be close to home to be there and present for my ailing Mom continues to be a priority in the midst of the music, just as it was when I was raising my daughter and son. I’ve cut back on some travel and concerts to make sure I’m never too far away. The process continues to push me into an even more reflective mode about life in general. One of the things my Mom has said when talking to one of her doctors on a bad day and through pain that really resonates “..no matter what, I’m happy to still be here..fighting..” – words to live by.

If you see that I’m coming to your city – don’t miss it. As an artist never been one to do a ton of dates to begin with it’s always a quality over quantity always – that keeps it fun. 2019 will include select dates, some of the schedule has had to be revised, always an experience of good vibes, memories, creating new ones and inspiration.

Stay tuned for info on upcoming new music projects as well!

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The Top 10 Smooth Jazz Single 2018:

Top 3 UK Soul Chart 2018

Brian Power Remix:

Top 2 UK Soul Chart 2018

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Solo Debut Promotional Image.

Jody Watley Confirmed Concerts Update.

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Jody Watley Art by Shawn West.

Jody Watley, multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner and style icon is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music.

From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack since her days as the original female lead and sound of the group Shalamar. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. The Jody Watley concert experience is an energetic thoughtful music journey in any format from the full comprehensive concert, pop freestyle, 80’s, 90’s, intimate jazz, love and soul, to her Shalamar disco funk days to the new UK hits with SRL..there’s something for everyone depending on the configuration and event.”

Upcoming:

January 26 – Microsoft Theater Los Angeles 80’s Weekend #7 with OMD, The Bangles, Bananarama and more: Tickets

March 9 – Philadelphia, Keswick Theater (opener for Tony Toni Tony) : Tickets

March 23 – Pala Jam, Pala Resort and Casino with The S.O.S Band and Evelyn “Champagne” King : Tickets

April 19 – London, Under The Bridge : Tickets

April 20 – An Evening With Presents Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded : Tickets

April 27 – Freestyle Festival 15 Anniversary with Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa and more : Tickets and Info

More dates TBA

Monday Wattage. Each Step.

Listen Again. Jody Watley and Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio UK.

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Mi-Soul Radio Three Parter with Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio – Beginnings, Shalamar, Solo into the Now: Listen Now!

Youth and Beyond
Shalamar Years Tidbits
Solo and Into The Now
Get tickets for my first intimate UK Tour Celebrating Decades In The Mix!:  Here 

Monday Wattage Greetings. A Cup Of Gratitude.

Begin each day with a smile and a cup of gratitude. No matter what you’re alive with an opportunity to begin anew.

Happy Music Birthday Looking For A New Love.

On this day January 6th 1987 Grammy award icon Jody Watley released her debut number #1 hit single “Looking For A New Love”

“Looking for a New Love” is a song by American dance-pop singer Jody Watley. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from her eponymous debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987. Watley re-recorded and re-issued the song in various remixes in 2005 another milestone and first in Billboard Chart History for a single to be Number 1 in two separate decades.

The single hit number two for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”, and would itself keep Club Nouveau’s Hot 100 number-one single “Lean on Me” out of the top spot of the R&B chart. It ranked number 16 on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1987.

The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.

In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of “I’ll show you” with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of “Looking for a New Love.” The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley’s vocal was still intact. One of the song’s key phrases became a popular saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.” It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby).