Jody Watley. Miami Special Olympics Gala

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5.7 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.

I was honored to be a part of a charity gala benefitting Special Olympics with over 6000 athletes in Miami alone, and honoring their achievements.

Arrived.

 

After a good diner and nights sleep, morning coffee and jog.

Then..

Selfie .. trying out my Fenty Pro Filter foundation (great line) angles, natural light and the dream filter.

Soundcheck- received a beautiful flower arrangement-as you know I love flowers and candles.

Later..

Camera Ready. Keeping it classy-

The custom graffiti biker jacket adds a touch of edge to the classic black dress.

 

Grammy Award Winning Singer Jody Watley

 

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Red Carpet. Miami Special Olympics Gala, Miami.

 

With PR and event organizer Eric Sanders.

Such a beautiful event and it was nice to get everyone up and dancing to cap off the evening and awards ceremony. Congratulations to all of the Special Olympians who were honored and in general to all the children and young adults going for their dreams no matter what and to the parents, family and friends who support them.

Jody Watley. Detroit Grand Prix Interview

Jody Watley and SRL. Detroit Grand Prix

An exciting blend of grand prix racing, and various other family activities related to race car driving and a splash of music added in – that was the Detroit Grand Prix. The day started out cloudy with some rain sprinkles but by the time we hit the stage at 1 PM. the sun was shining brightly.

Here are a few photo’s. A few video snippets to come.

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Longtime fan Chad with a few pieces of his collection – impressed he snagged a copy of “Sanctuary” – Thanks Chad!

SRL Grandprix backstage

Backstage before soundcheck. A few rain sprinkles..and then came the sunshine. Like life!

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix Interview Station

Interview Station..I did ABC Detroit and social media.

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix race care pic

I got to go behind the scenes on the course..pit stop the full experience.

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix Track Access

I got to go behind the scenes on the course..pit stop the full experience. Pit crews have 6 seconds to change tires and refuel.

Jody Watley fan greeting Detroit Grand Prix

Stopping to pose for a photo – all love! Check the tires in the background.

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Starting off the meet and greet.

SRL Jody Watley Gerald Brown Shalamar

Gerald Brown original Shalamar male lead is a longtime friend of mine..and continues to show support for SRL “fresh and relevant” is his description. Here we are backstage. We love Gerald – and it was awesome he joined us (surprise) for “Take That To The Bank”

Jody Watley and Little Fan Heaven Backstage Detroit GP

Her nickname is Heaven, she’s 6 this was her first concert. She became an instant fan – created this art and it was given to me after the show.  The song ‘The Passion’ by SRL really made an impression, it’s the first thing on her drawing – it’s about believing in yourself and she heard me. I had them bring her backstage to meet..and gifted her a signed handheld fan and t-shirts for her and her Mom. It’s in The Music!

Jody Watley Live Detroit Grand Prix 2017

The Passion. Love and Music. Photo by Carl Jones II Jacket by BPCFL

 

SRL Travel Detroit Shalamar Reloaded

SRL (Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith) –Our airport shots are always on point – but most of all always grateful for the opportunity to spread good vibes and first class entertainment wherever we go.

All photo rights reserved Avid Music Inc. 2017 and Carl Jones II

 

Up Next:

June 23 Danvers – MA Danvers Yacht Club (this will be the disco /soul show more classics and less new material concert – specific event)

July 8  – Alameda County Fair

July 21 – Sycuan Casino

July 22 – The Greek Theatre Freestyle Festival

August 5 – Date TBA

August 12 -Date TBA

August 26 – Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre with  Stephanie Mills and Peabo Bryson

More dates TBA (Sept. and Oct.)

November 11-18 —  80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Dec.2 -16  TBA Special Event Christmas Tour.

 

 

 

 

Jody Watley and SRL Detroit Grand Prix Concert Announcement.

 

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (SRL). Photography: Viktoria Paschuta

Jody Watley and SRL. will make it a concert to remember June 4 at the prestigious Detroit Grand Prix. Read the full release: Here

Jody  Watley and SRL with Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza  Mike Piazza, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy. #JodyWatley #SRL

Mike Piazza and his lovely wife were on attendence at our Blues Alley concerts. He said he was a longtime fan of mine-who knew?! 

Muhammad Ali. Jody Watley Classic.

I’ve been fortunate and blessed to meet many awesome people – famous and not famous along the way, and still on the musical and life journey. Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” was one. He lived a remarkable life and inspiration so many with his courage and convictions far beyond the ring.

Had to dig this one out of my vast photo archives –  there I am waiting to meet him among others also waiting to talk to “The Greatest.” This was in 1982 at an event at Ali’s home in Los Angeles’ gated Windsor Square / Hancock Park. ‪#‎muhammadali‬ ‪#‎jodywatley‬ ‪#‎shalamar‬ ‪#‎archive‬‪#‎vintage‬ ‪#‎losangeles‬ ‪#‎itsinthemusic‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎life‬ ‪#‎thejourne‬— My Mom also told me Ali signed my Dad’s bible back in the 60’s 🙏🏽 both on to glory now

“I don’t have to be what you want me to be, I’m free to be who I want..” – Muhammad Ali

 

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Humbly waiting to be introduced to Muhammad Ali at an event at his home in Windsor Square Hancock Park Los Angeles in 1982.

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“..I don’t have to be who you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” “I said I was the greatest before I knew I was.” “Impossible is nothing.” “We become heroes when we stand up for what we believe.” “Don’t count the days -make the days count.” “Age is whatever you think it is, you’re as old as you think you are.” “..if I have changed one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain..”the man who has no imagination has no wings”….so many pearls of wisdom and inspiration.

Some favorite quotes I’ve shared over the years from The Greatest. Such an inspiring life, never afraid to speak his mind and evolve-did it his way.
Rest peace Muhammad Ali. A great champion, ambassador, humanitarian beloved around the world. My condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him best. 🙏🏽

Thought of The Day.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities.” – Norman Vincent Peale