Just Announced. Jody Watley Microsoft Theater August 7.

Frankie Beverly sans iconic baseball cap and Jody Watley backstage – as I was on my way for my set.

I had such a blast being on the bill with Frankie Beverly & Maze back in December 2021 for the Winter White Party at Texas CU Theater – we are doing it again this time in Los Angeles at The Microsoft Theater on August 7, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday: This will be my only Los Angeles appearance this year so don’t miss it – Jody Watley Solo Debut 35 Anniversary Concert!

https://www.microsofttheater.com/events/detail/maze080722

Jody Watley Wattage Thoughts – Never Underestimate The Power Of A Smile

I took this selfie before going onstage for Jammin’ De Mayo Saturday. I’d hurt my knee somehow, had a severe limp getting around and felt bummed that I would not be able to be as mobile as usual in my performance.

No matter what I was going to go on that stage and give my all and the smile was and is the light switch. I took this and said “Let’s Get It Girl!” As long as I can sing – the show will still go on, even if I have to be seated and give you all upper body poses, shoulders and face – the smile – the joy – the wattage is in effect.

Smiling at the crowd and catching their smiles back at me is always magic. They never know what an artist might be going through offstage or on it. I believe in energy and the reciprocation of it returns.

Ii thought of this quote this morning and thought I’d share it as a reminder in case you may be having a rough day or someone else might be —

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — by Leo F. Buscaglia

Wattage!

Jody Watley – Night Tracks ‘Still A Thrill’ Video Premiere Classic TBT Image Of The Day

Special Thanks To Retro Ads on Twitter for posting this vintage ad from May 1987 for the video premiere of “Still A Thrill” second single from the eponymous hit packed solo debut album Jody Watley. The now classic video, filmed on location in Paris,France would go on to be in heavy rotation on MTV, Vh-1 and other video channels of the time. 35th anniversary — Still a Thrill and still standing the test of time.

Wattage!

Jody Watley May Greetings. The Best Of The New Month To All.

Wishing the best of the new month, day and week to all. Count your blessings each day no matter what and live in gratitude for the gift.

I’ll be in Denver on Saturday May 7 for Jammin’ De Mayo at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater doing a short set for the festival. See you there, in the meantime and all the time stream / download some Jody Watley Music past and present releases – available at all digital platforms.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Drops Still A Thrill, Takes Us To Paris On This Day in 1987

Released #OTD April 27, 1987

“Still A Thrill” 

Written by: Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone, David Z.

Billboard Charts #3 Hot R&B, #8 Dance, #56 Hot 100

The first artist or entity allowed to film a music video in the Paris Opera House, thank you to director Brian Grant.

“I wanted to showcase my power register in the vocal range, initially a concept to present to Grace Jones as a possible duet that didn’t come to fruition. Andre slayed this groove and then I came up with the title, theme melody and lyrics, it was magic and an instant if not underrated funk jam. It was a hit but faltered somewhat on the pop side because it was so different from ‘Looking For A N ew Love’. It was important to me at this time to showcase as well that black girls could be different, edgy, and international.I loved those Duran Duran videos shot on location.

The theme of the video was ‘Paris By Night, it always makes me smile when people tell me they have made it a point to travel to Paris and go to the Opera House and take photo’s on the grand entrance staircase. There is no choreography or choreographer to show me what to do, no stylist to tell me what was cool to wear. All the dancing is freestyle and created in the moment with Tyrone Proctor who I’d known from my Soul Train days as a teenager. Another fact that distinguishes me from other artists at that time – no team of dancers, high style and singular focus. I didn’t want to be like anyone else and was clear of my vision of who I am.”




Watch Jody Watley ‘Still A Thrill” Full Video on Youtube: Here

Hear thoughts on collaborator & producer Andre Cymone:

Jody Watley Kicking Off New Week – Wattage Thoughts

Wishing everyone the best of the day and new week.

May your heart be happy, may your days be bright, may your roads be smooth, may the bumps in the road teach your life affirming lessons. May your burdens be light, may you find and exceed dreams, may you touch the stars and feel the joy of unexpected blessings. May you never forget how special you are. May you always live in gratitude for the gift of life no matter what is going on around you.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Appreciation Day On Nick Cannon Show Repeat Airing

Nick Cannon and Jody Watley – Classic Jams Week.
Nick Cannon – Jody Watley Appreciation Day
Jody Watley – Classic Jams Week Performing the Grammy Nominated Number 1 Solo Debut Single “Looking For A New Love”

The Nick Cannon Show rebroadcast the Jody Watley appearance from February 2021 on April 20. In case you missed the original broadcast and repeat – you can check it out on Youtube – Here

The show was upbeat, exuberant and Nick should get props for having such a positive and fun show though it has now come to an end. It’s always great when veteran artists like myself with hits, history and influence – have the booking opportunity often unavailable on many shows in favor of younger artists.

Best wishes to Nick Cannon and staff in future endeavors.

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Details Magazine 1992

Jody Watley – DETAILS Magazine 1992, Music Issue

 “If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out…” 

8 dollar Hanes t-shirt — more importantly the attitude and sentiment are priceless and contribute to longevity.

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Jody Watley Celebrating Continued Milestones

A few April Jody Watley music milestone anniversaries.

#OTD April 15, 1989

The Platinum second Solo Album – Happy 33rd Anniversary

“Larger Than Life”

Debuted on the Billboard 200 chart.

Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits

“Real Love” written by Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

The groundbreaking “Friends” ft. Eric B. & Rakim – written by Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric Barrier

Ballad “Everything.” written by Gardner Cole, James Newton-Howard

Produced by Andre Cymone

The album cover is featured in Taschen 1000 Greatest Album Covers.

Art Direction –

Lynn Robb

Concept

Jody Watley

Inspiration – High fashion, good music and never playing yourself small – Make it ‘Larger Than Life’

The spelling error I unfortunate – the cover spectacular nevertheless.
Jody Watley. “Friends” ft Eric B & Rakim

Released #OTD April 15, 1989:

“Friends”

ft. the Legendary Eric B. & Rakim

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric B.

Billboard Charts

#3 Hot R&B,

#7 Dance,

#9 Hot 100

The first original Pop/R&B/HipHop/Rap/Dance single to crossover Top 10 on Multiple Charts.

Jody Watley-Some Kind Of Lover Vinyl 12″ Cover Art.

#OTD April 16, 1988

“Some Kind Of Lover”

Happy Anniversary

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Peaked at #10 on the @billboard Hot 100 chart

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone

Additional Chart Notes

#1 Dance,

#3 Hot R&B

Full Jody Watley Discography – https://jodywatley.net/discography/

Wattage Thoughts. Be The Person Who Still Tries.

I don’t know who needs to hear this – but keep going.

Wattage!