Jody Watley ADLIB – Japanese Music Magazine. 1992

Jody Watley

ADLIB Magazine, Japan

I’ was pregnant with my wonderful son Arie and definitely had a more pared down style. Writing songs and conceptualizing for what would become 1993’s “Intimacy” album as my marriage was unraveling and my label had changed ownership – again. “Affairs of The Heart’ was also still being promoted by Universal Music Group Japan.

The A&R and promotions staff had also changed. They didn’t really love my creative direction musically however what has always been important to me is not get stuck in a box if formula and sameness -so to say I was introspective is an understatement.

Being a black girl from Chicago and seeing myself featured on Japanese magazines, British magazines and so on is something that has always been special. Rather than let these benchmarks collect dust in a garage or storage unit – I’m bringing some of them into the digital realm because it’s a part of the Jody Watley history and story that preceded the internet and social media.

I’ll have to locate the full article and feature and not just cover as well as the first time I was on the cover in 1988 for my solo debut.

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Jody Watley Feature In YOU Magazine – London’s Daily Mail 1991 – Throwback Thursday.

YOU Magazine. Daily Mail On. Sunday.
Jody Watley in Azzedine Alaia – Classic Image Of The Week.

Jody Watley. YOU Magazine, The Mail On Sunday The Daily Mail Newspaper U.K.

December 1991 “Affairs of The Heart” Interview

Interview by Chrissy Iley

Photography: Mike Owen

Make-up: Paul Starr

Here are a couple polaroids from my collection from that session:

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Custom suit by Richard Tyler.

Excerpt:

“Frail and delicate she may appear, but Jody Watley feels trapped by the image of the exotic songbird. Now, with a new solo album “Affairs Of The Heart” on the way and a little self-help psychology, she aims to soar”

“Since going solo, I’m very much a control freak. No one can be as passionate about my career as I am. It’s me, self expression, something I’ve wanted to do since I was 5…no one knows better as well that if you look a certain way – you’re going to be fighting to prove you’re also smart..”

“..If I’m good to myself I’ll be good to everyone else..I want to be remembered for what I have to say, the singer, the songwriter not the singer with Shalamar..”

As an artist always moving forward, these social media speciality days are an opportunity to share my past which is a part of my history and continued evolution. It’s good to be reminded that I’ve never lost myself in the midst of my ongoing desire to evolve, get better but remain true to myself. Women in any business are always fighting to be taken serious, to convey substance, value and intelligence as we are often the first to be demeaned and marginalized. In the music media often the tone is dismissive or condescending in some way..I’m not sure that has changed over the years unfortunately.

I love beauty and fashion and it’s a part of who I am and I’m proud of that – however it’s always been a dilemma at the same time, a double edged sword in a way because the substance is often overlooked — I continue to navigate this all these decades later.

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Jody Watley Classic Covers Of The Day. British Music Magazine – Echoes

Jody Watley, 1987 – Echoes
Jody Watley, 1989 – Echoes.

Discovering all sorts of gems trying to organize the vast press clippings in my archives. I’m fortunate to have hits in other countries like the U.K. though I rarely get over there going back to my early releases in the 80’s and 90’s on the Official Charts, and later on their Dance and Soul Charts.

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. British Pop Music Magazine Record Mirror.

Jody Watley.

Photographer – Tony Costa

Makeup – Paul Starr

Hair – Peter Savic

Custom Bespoke Suit – Richard Tyler

Stylng – Jody Watley

“Precious Love” Review by Kevin Aston – showing some love for the remix by Soul II Soul’s keyboard wiz Simon Law – this is one of my favorite remixes in the ongoing catalog!

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‘Love’ For The Home. Creating Peaceful Living Spaces.

It was inevitable that I’d have a ‘Love’ luxury soy candle to join ‘Paradise’, ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Comfort.’

Create an environment of all of those things in your living space. This is even more important with the ongoing pandemic, increased stress levels in some instances it’s a must to care for your well being and it begins within you – and at home. My vase, reminds me of a vintage piece or something quirky you might find at a flea market is from Target filled with a few roses – isn’t it cute?!

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Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. US Weekly.

Jody Watley. US Weekly – June 13, 1988 Volume 3 Number 78.

Photography: Sheila Rock.

Styling, Hair & Makeup: Jody Watley

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Italian Magazine MAX

Jody Watley.

MAX Magazine, September Issue.

Photographer: J.P. Soltan

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Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. LA Eyeworks Ad.

Photography by Greg Gorman.

Ready For The Weekend.

Lit and ready for the weekend with Jody Watley luxury soy candles!

Happy 32 Anniversary – Jody Watley – Larger Than Life Album

Jody Watley – Larger Than Life. Cover Art: Photography by Steven Meisel

Released #OTD March 27, 1989:

“Larger Than Life”

The platinum second Solo album

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Featured Billboard Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits

“Real Love”

“Friends” (ft. Eric B. & Rakim *groundbreaker)

“Everything”

Along with the breezy 4th single “Precious Love”

Fashion forward visuals, a groundbreaking collaboration “Friends” ft Eric B & Rakim and one of MTV’s most nominated videos “Real Love” directed by David Fincher – the concept of “Larger Than Life” was the mindset of going big for your dreams – make it memorable – make it big! Some of my favorite non singles are “Something New” “For Loves Sake” “Once You Leave” .. proud of the entire album! Loved the tour as well, despite efforts behind the scenes to undermine and sabotage it – saving that for my memoir.

Happy Anniversary and here’s to always making life memorable, having a vision for yourself, making goals and exceeding expectations.

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