Jody Watley Week In Review and Update.

I hope everyone had a great week – a mixture of work and rejuvenation, ready to begin anew each day.

It was a nice time for me, with my son Arie being home for a week. Though his schedule was very busy to see his friends, father and his family we definitely spent quality time before he headed back to NYC to prepare for his fall semester and back to work. We went to our favorite family restaurant with my Mom joining us – and shared a favorite dessert creme brulee’. My daughter Lauren, and son Arie remain the lights and loves of my life! Make sure to make a life and not just a living..that’s how I’ve felt since they were born balancing motherhood and continuing to pursue my own goals and dreams.  Now that they’re young adults now, it still gets me a bit melancholy (I loved raising them and all of those priceless moments that come with little ones) – that said I’m so proud that they turned into such grounded wonderful people. That is any parents wish – health, and happiness and with the will to pursue their goals and dreams. We empower each other.

 

Shalamar Reloaded dropped a new teaser featuring Rosero McCoy for ‘In The Mood’ from our forthcoming new album. Keep up with us on Facebook.com/ShalamarReloaded Instagram/ShalamarReloaded and  Twitter

Shalamar Reloaded also made another positive step forward getting support from WSDI, The People’s Hour Syndicated Show which airs in over 72 countries.

 

I was reminded by a few people on Instagram that August 8 was the 10 year anniversary of my groovy electronic ‘The Makeover’ collection. It was a very forward thinking project from a business perspective as well. From my Facebook page:

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The window August 8, 2016 Virgin Mega-Store Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA. There were displays like this at all of their stores around the country..something that never happened even when I was at my most commercial phase. 

 

 

‪#‎TBT‬. August 8-15 2006. I’ve always been about making moves my own way as an artist, writer and business woman. — Shifting Paradigms. 2006. On Watley’s unique collection “The Makeover” Avitone partnered with music retailer Virgin Megastore, high-end cosmetics company shu uemura and local beauty salons for an exclusive release with special in-store listening booths, prime window display, in-store appearances, fan make-overs, live performances and autograph signing. The partnership was an early successful strategic partnership signaling the continued changing landscape for artists releasing music independently. The Makeover release debuted at #1 for the chain where it remained for 5 weeks without a radio single. Upon release at iTunes, “The Makeover” debuted at #3 Top Electronic Albums and subsequently produced 3 Top 5 Billboard Dance Hits (Borderline #2, A Beautiful Life #5, I Want Your Love #1). The Jody Watley makeover of the CHIC classic “I Want Your Love” also went to #1 Commercial Pop in the U.K. according to Music Week, giving Watley her first UK #1 in 20 years.

Eternal thank you’s and gratitude to the fans in the bay who first gave me the inspiration to make it a record after a concept show I did of songs I like and told stories about the significance..the songwriters for the permission to reimagine these classics with my spin on it — thank you Rodney Lee, my main collaborator and co-producer on this, DJ Spinna Danny Krivit Max Sanna, Aris Kokou from Greece (the wonders of Myspace music connections back then!) and 4Hero (Dego and Marc) and a host of remixers on the 12″ tip thank you Bill Coleman Peace Bisquit for coordinating the remixes that followed, thank you Mike Ruiz photography, Billy B Makeup, Christos Garkinos who connected me with Virgin Mega to make it all happen, Van Roy who supported this project in so many ways to help it all come to fruition, Gerry Etcheverry for connecting me to Shu Uemura — so would could serve glamour with fabulous lash and beauty makeovers, to Wallace Butts at Avid / Avitone, to Doug Blasdell (R.I.P.) ‘Workout’ Bravo and a dear friend he believed in me so much, Ali Mon Atelier and all of my diverse hardcore music journeymen and women like me who just like quality music and the connection we share. ‪#‎itsinthemusic‬ ‪#‎JodyWatley‬‪#‎themakeover‬

I’m not sure if any female artist has ever achieved this..as an independent with her own label..veteran artist, no machine or major label support. 2006. I began Avitone in 1995 and have been able to do a lot of specialized releases, license deals and partnerships and still doing so today. So – though fans don’t hear a lot about me in the media because in over a decade the focus shifted to gossip based stories – who’s dating and marrying who..who’s in trouble..etc. Jody Watley is always handling business.

Virgin Megastore Union Square Celebrates the Release of Jody Watleyís New CD ìThe Makeoverî With A Live Performance and Q&A Session

#1 Best Seller. Jody Watley, Virgin Mega-Store NYC Union Square.

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The Makeover had a makeover for the UK in 2008 after being picked up for license via Avitone. Artwork and Design by Ray Easmon.

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To the now in my week in review, I went to get fitted for another custom hat for my upcoming Hawaii trip of shows with Gladys Tamez at her new studio.

 

Looking forward to our Blue Note Hawaii residency for 4 days! Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. All sorts of hotness going down!

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This was a top quote from my social media..like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram/JodyWatley – check me out on those too. It’s very important to inspire others and to share these reminders.

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A colorful selfie! #JodyWatley

Congratulations to all of the athletes including Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Monica Puig to name a few for making history over in Rio and of course Michael Phelps!! Well done to them all who were dedicated and worked hard enough to make it to the Olympics – and especially those that succeed despite the odds and obstacles they may face!

 

 

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Update.

 

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Here we are just after rehearsal yesterday, refreshing for Saturday night’s concert at Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson WA (July 30).

Make sure to check out and  ‘Like’ our Official Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ShalamarReloaded 

Instagram:  ShalamarReloaded

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShalamarMusic 

New. Jody Watley Art.

From Instagram: 

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Thought of The Day. Fire. Passion. Spark.

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Shalamar Reloaded. Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy – Full of Fire.

A repost :  Shalamar Reloaded Facebook Page

A passion for living – a passion for life.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us..keeping the passion burning bright.”

 

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Saturday night in Hollywood, Bryan Rabin and Giorgio’s bid a chic adieu to 70’s disco and ushered in Chapter 2: The New Sound 80’s. I rolled through with Shalamar Reloaded Nate Smith, Rosero McCoy. We put in work on the dance-floor – it was packed so a bit difficult to get really loose. A great time was had by all. Bryan really knows how to do it big.

It was nice to catch up a bit with actor Alan Cumming. He and I first met back in 2005 in Malaysia for the Tsunami Relief Concert “Force of Nature”, and then had a blast in Vegas some years later when I was there performing at Vegas Pride. He told me he still has his “I Heart Jody Watley” T-shirt which made me happy!

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Sharing a nice moment catching up with Alan Cumming at Giorgio’s. Photo (c) 2016 Tyler Curtis.

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Nightlife, after hours on the Sunset Strip after a night on the dancefloor. Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar Reloaded. #selfie

Read about the very fashionable night of dance and style:

WWD, Women’s Wear Daily:   Here

FashionWeekDaily: Here

LATimes: Here

DestinationLuxury.Com: Here

Holiday and New Year Reflections.

We’re already a bit more than a week into 2016 – life continues to move on and what a gift it is to be here and share it with those we love. New adventures, obstacles to overcome and triumphs to enjoy.

We’re all works in progress – be gentle to yourself as much as my Mom says “To thine own self be true.” Work, revise and tweak your goals. Things may not always go your way, but what’s a rainbow and sunshine without some rain – keep on keeping on.

It was extra special to have my Mom and daughter Lauren with me for New Years for the shows in Oakland at Yoshi’s. Watley girls in full effect – three generations. We had a fun time together and my daughter was tickled at ‘Grandma Rose’ getting her groove on an dancing during the shows. I was fighting tears in one show – suddenly overcome with emotion thinking of all of the young people, and those in general who didn’t make it home this year with lives cut too short. I also made sure to acknowledge the untimely passing of Ms. Natalie Cole who leaves behind a great legacy of music and personal triumphs.

As well, I had a blast with Nate and Rosero from Shalamar Reloaded-our shows get better and better each time for us in that portion of the show. It really is a unique and fun concert experience. If you have a chance to see us – don’t miss it!

Wishing everyone the best always. Here are a few photo’s there are more on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial Page.  (there was a Jody Watley imposter for the past month friending people with a fake page, asking for donations in exchange for concert tickets, dates..and who knows what – be alert and advised I would never friend anyone I don’t know on Facebook – and there is only one verified page that I communicate through link attached, always report anyone pretending to be Jody Watley no matter how many of my photo’s they poach).

SCENES.

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Three generations of beauty, smarts and love! Rose, Jody and Lauren Watley.

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Nate Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy. Shalamar Reloaded before meet and greet at Yoshi’s Oakland Dec. 30

 

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Meet and Greet with Lisa Henry. Shalamar Reloaded.

 

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Soundcheck. Donnell Spencer Jr. Geemack, Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero mcCoy, Sam Sims, Rodney Lee, Eric McCoy

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New merchandise courtesy of Bob Fierro and Zebra Marketing. I’ve known Bob since my early Shalamar days when he did our merch. 

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The new T-has glitter lips though on the photo you can’t see that detail. We’ll also be doing a white option.

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Love. Me, my Mom and daughter – glammed up and ready for 2016!

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Ringing in 2016 onstage – pausing for a selfie as everyone in the audience was doing the same after the balloon drop! Shalamar Reloaded. SRL.

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Jody Watley and Dana Lawrence (Rosero’s beautiful sister). Oakland is Rosero’s hometown making it special for him to be with family as well..we also celebrated his son Eric’s birthday. Eric also works with me from time to time as a dancer.

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After the final show of the series  January 1 -we made it to Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square with family and friends – it’s a tradition now.

Jody Watley. Reconnections.

It’s been a while since I had a girl’s night out with my longtime friend Jeannine Braden. Jeannine is a stylist, designer and entrepreneur (she once owned one two of the hottest boutiques in Los Angeles, Flair in Fred Segal) as well as other businesses and ventures. Her recent venture is called ‘Say The Sun’ going to her Venice Beach, California roots with a line of  chic and whimsical flipflops.

She invited me to attend Cindy Crawfords ‘Becoming’ book celebration party. The book is full of classic and never seen images and insightful  anecdotes. It was a gorgeous setting and event. Hosted by Eric Buterbaugh Florals and Guthy Renker’s Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford.

Cindy was so kind and approachable; engaging with all of the guests along with her two children and husband, businessman Randy Gerber. It was a family affair. I might add her daughter Kaia is truly uncannily a twin of her legendary model Mom.

While there, it was nice to reconnect with Peter Savic, one of fashion’s most brilliant and respected hair guru’s. Peter and I collaborated on several notable style moments along my journey a while ago including the iconic image from GAP; a trendsetting celebrity ad campaign in 89. It was actually Peter’s idea to go short for this campaign..I wanted a change and didn’t want to be trapped by long hair. “Darling, we must go short, very short..” in his distinct accent and tone..I loved it. I was so happy to see him after so many years.

The journey is never long in the company of good friends and colleagues. It’s nice when you’re happy to see people!

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Two self motivated renaissance women and entrepreneurs: Jeannine Braden and Jody Watley. 

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Photo by: Jeannine Braden. It’s all about love – always!

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Style Pioneers. Hair Guru:Peter Savic and Grammy Winner Jody Watley.

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Classic Image. Jody Watley for VOGUE Italia by Herb Ritts. Hair: Peter Savic Makeup: Paul Starr.