Jody Watley. Style Notes and Upcoming Concerts.

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Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017. “MTV” – Jody Watley.

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Jody Watley Live in Tokyo, Japan Billboard Live, 2017

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Feeling it. The Roxy Los Angeles, CA

 

Style notes. The Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017 inspired by classic 80’s MTV (and perhaps quietly my trendsetter style for that time) – caught my eye a few months ago so I had to have some of these pieces to rock – fits theme of the first portion of my current and upcoming concerts, which celebrates my debut solo album. as well continued music and style evolution. Taking elements from past but totally keeping things new, fresh and moving. It’s in the music!

 

Announced dates:

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago 

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears Den

May 27 BB Kings NYC

November 11-18 –  80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort and Spa Punta Cana Dominican Republic

There are scheduled dates yet to be announced for Detroit (not Chene Park), Atlanta, Los Angeles for June – August – and more stay tuned!

Concert Bio.

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.

Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.

Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.

The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Ms. Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.

Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.

Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Jody Watley ft. SRL Concert Review. The Roxy Theater 2017

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Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy 2017. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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Jody Watley. The Roxy Theater. Photography: Duane Abner.

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SRL. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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#SRL set within Jody Watley concert. The Roxy Theatre. New Music. Jody and Rosero Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

Read the Review from the sold-out The Roxy Theatre on HighWireDaze: Here

Concerts Up Next:

Tokyo Feb.6-7 Billboard Live

Osaka Feb. 9-Billboard Live

Beijing Feb. 14 – Blue Note “An Evening of Love and Soul” with Jody Watley

Chicago May 25 The Promontory, Hyde Park

Niagra Falls  May 26 Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino Bears Den

New York  May 27 B.B. Kings

More dates TBA.

 

Jody Watley Celebrates Jody 30 and New Music ft. SRL at Another Sold Out Concert at The Roxy Los Angeles

It was another unbelievable night of good vibes and loved delivered and shared with a sold-out rapturous and diverse crowd at legendary The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA on the Sunset Strip.

Local house music DJ Ben set the mood.

A lot of songs from my debut of were performed of course,  and as well I mixed it up with hits and gems from other albums including the current “Paradise” – but the night was really a celebration of my Grammy nominated debut single “Looking for a New Love” and Grammy winning introduction as a solo artist, as well as it being my birthday weekend and having the opportunity to share with my fans. My style vibe accented the night with some pieces from the Marc Jacobs classic MTV inspired 2017 Fall Capsule Collection, as well as a custom lace tux by designer Kevan Hall for ‘Real Love’ finale. Levi Seacer Jr. my new music director did an incredible job updating some of the arrangements giving the band an overall funkier feel.

Because pop icon George Michael was also a part of my first record, an acoustic tribute to him , performing one of my fav’s of his ‘Waiting For That Day’ was also a part of the evening of music. My emotions ran high.

One of my favorite elements of the new show for Los Angeles was adding little kids to the dance squad – a nod to my ‘Dancer’ video. It’s about diversity and that means a variety of ages onstage as well.

 

SRL. devoted our set to new music including a preview of our song called ‘What’ which will be on the forthcoming “Bridges.”

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Squad. Sir Charles, Emma Wages, John ‘Havic’ Gregory, Gabe De Guzman, Will Smith II, JoeJoeGrooves, Tahani Anderson, Lyric Heck with Jody Watley and SRL.

 

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Sold Out.

 

Fan photo’s.

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SRL. Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy.

 

 

Photography by Duane Abner. All rights reserved.

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Love. Jody Watley. Live at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Jody Watley with Rosero McCoy. LIVE at The Roxy. What. Photography: Duane Abner (c) 2017

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SRL. Photography by Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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A great  spontaneous moment at The Roxy. Photography: Duane Abner (c)2017

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“Anyone want to freestyle with us?!” The answer was yes! Two original Soul Train dancers  were in the house and turned it out..even gave us a classic hustle that was everything!

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Jody Watley “Looking for a New Love” 30. Photography (c) 2017 Duane Abner

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Jody Watley ‘Waiting for That Day.” Tribute to George Michael  Live at The Roxy.

 

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Nate Allen Smith. SRL. Levi Seacer Jr. Photography Duane Abner. (c) 2017

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Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 30. The Roxy limited edition poster.

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Three generations. America’s Next Top Model winner and designer Naima Mora, with her Mom and sister. Limited edition T’s at The Roxy.

Naima Mora – Check out her boutique! I’ve worn one of the designs from her collection, I’m such a fan of hers and met her recently – total sweetheart.

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A great night! Jody Watley ft. SRL Photo by Wallace Butts, Avid Music Inc.

Jody Watley Performs Classic Celebrating New Love 30 on Good Day LA

Celebrating the Grammy nominated debut single “Looking For a New Love” and my breakthrough Grammy winning debut release – 2017! “I’m going home now..where are my keys?!”

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Before rocking it, early morning Fox 11 Good Day LA (Joe Joe Grooves, John ‘Havic’ Gregory. Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy, Sir Charles)

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Good vibes! Good Day LA. with on air personalites Bob DeCastro and Araksya Karapetan

 

Watch it Now: Here

Up Next: The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles January 28, 2017. This will be a special evening!

 

Jody Watley to Appear on Good Day LA in Los Angeles.

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Jody Watley. Photography by Albert Sanchez. Makeup: Billy B.

Tune in! I’ll be performing and doing a brief interview in support of this weekend’s concert at The Roxy Theatre 1.28.17 LIVE on the Sunset Strip with SRL who make guest appearance doing my show…we also have a sneak peek of something from our forthcoming ‘Bridges.’

Tickets: Here

 

 

Jody Watley. First Weekend of 2017.

 

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Jody Watley. “Sanctuary”

2017 has begun, each day bringing another chance at whatever your goals are. I did some reflecting on 2016 – the goals I had with my new group SRL. We achieved a lot of the things we set out to do – released two new singles and videos (O.R.I.G.IN.A.L and The Mood which premiered on the #1 Celebrity website Perez Hilton) generating more attention via social media views and a campaign by Tom Estey PR. The naysayers became more silent by years end – we are the real deal and here to stay. Those media outlets that are still resistent I hope come around in 2017. Nate, Rosero and I are together because we choose to be, no one put us together, this is our thing. No one is doing what we are doing. The moral of that story is to just keep moving forward no matter the opinion of others..that’s been my mantra throughout my career. My advice is write your goals down on paper – they feel more real. A dream without a plan is just a wish. Push yourself. Get out of safe zones if you feel stagnant.

Closing out the year was really stressful I’ll admit because it seemed we lost more of our icons, artists than ever (countless fans were tweeting and tagging me on Instagram saying to bubble wrap myself and letting me know how much they loved me). A few nights I was afraid to go to sleep from anxiety.  Not to to mention a crazy election season bringing out the worst in a lot of people and racists making it feel we were going back in time. I had conversations with both my son and daughter about being more aware of surroundings and people.

Too much senseless violence also in the news around the world  – now more than ever the message is live and enjoy life, never take a day for granted..spread joy to others,  take care of yourself, surround yourself with those who love, respect and uplift – do you, don’t waste moments not being authentic or trying to appease people and opinions that don’t matter anyway when all is said and done.

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SRL. Jody Watley. Making moves building a foundation one step at a time and enjoying it!

Television appearances bolstered our visibility and support by select radio outlets like SIRIUS XM in particular The Groove and Heart & Soul, Radio Andy’s Sandra Bernhard and independent shows like The Soulbrother Show with Mr. Chris to name a few. We did shows across the USA our target market – to sold out audiences and great reviews; had a nationally broadcast television special in Japan via Fuji Next TV.  SRL and I were told face to face by those who came as skeptics – leaving as fans, and being blown away by my solo set..it’s nice to still surprise people while at the same time hear “I had no idea you were so good live..” after 30 years as a solo artist! We closed the year out as special guests of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin – fabulous to cap off a year where we also met baseball hall of famer Mike Piazza and Apollonia Kotero came out to the Blue Note Hawaii and we stayed up into the wee hours of the morning talking about Prince.

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Jody Watley and SRL with The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

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We learned that Hall of Famer Mike Piazza is a big fan! Pictured with us here in D.C.

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Jody Watley. SRL with Apollonia grieving from the loss of Prince came out to Blue Note to show love.

I wrote an open letter directed to my former colleagues Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and the show Unsung for their perpetuation of lies, slander and character attacks on me which made my website crash when I posted it back in September. The consensus “.. She had time.. – Ms. Jody brought receipts..” and that was for sure from recent emails as well other documents disproving their claims that no matter how much I tried to ignore and not give energy to – things needed to be said from me. In this era lies can become the truth and one can’t always do the ‘who cares what people think’ when people are out to destroy your reputation and make promoters feel uneasy about bookings through tampering and intimidation. It was a shock for me to learn in 2016 via the ongoing trademark challenge by the Griffey stepdaughter that Hewett and Daniel were under agreement to the Griffey family, mandated to work only with her (see Open Letter receipts) and paying a hefty 30% in the process to be in Shalamar performing overseas. They’d rather make people believe I’d always turned them down for any reunions which wasn’t true than have the public know the real truth.  I also touched upon the unfortunate times we live where people don’t read half the time, only headlines (as I write this blog – the irony) nor fact check, which allows people to spread lies. 2016 I’d had enough since the 2009 airing of Shalamar Unsung to the Hewett episode where they used my likeness and name to their attempts at creating drama for ratings in an effort to help a fledgling “Unsung” careers while trying to smear my name to guillble viewers and listeners (Tom Joyner Morning Show). Presenting me in a false light with my former colleagues through their own jealousy and bitterness toward me has caused their action in tandem with the step daughter of former label head of the defunct Solar Records.What I’ve learned is that when certain people can’t control you – they will try to control how others might see you. This industry can be shady and treacherous.  Open Letter: Here

We finally started a page for my label Avitone : http://www.twitter.com/avitonemusic If you don’t know, I started Avitone in 1995. In each of these recent features, Courageous Woman Magazine as well as Closer Weekly you may learn things you don’t know about me.

There were great pieces on ABC Radio Network , A. Scott Galloway on Urban Music Scene,. The Georgia Voice and a few others that I’ll go back and include links.

Moving on..SRL and I started working on our forthcoming “Bridges” and that’s at the top of our focus for 2017..releasing our debut full length and with that more video’s (including my solo “Sanctuary” concerts and love.

It’s In The Music!

 

Up Next: Already Announced

The Roxy Theatre Jan. 28 West Hollywood, CA

Billboard Live Tokyo Feb. 6-7

Billboard Live Osaka Feb. 9

B.B. Kings NYC May 27

80’s in the Sand Breathless Resort and Spa Dominican Republic  Nov 11-18

More Dates To Be Announced!!

Jody Watley The Live Experience.

 

This month!

Catch Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded “SRL” – Celebrating my solo debut single, new music from SRL, another year around the sun and the blessing of life in a crazy unpredictable world.

January 28 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles – Tickets: Here