Grammy Winner Jody Watley Has The Trills That Thrill – US Weekly

Pieces of the Jody Watley music history – 35 years have flown by! Celebrating this 35th Anniversary milestone of my breakout Grammy winning solo debut throughout the month of January. Pre-internet and social media I’m sharing some of the highlights of which there were many. It’s significant as well in that no one expected my success but with with, hard work and a great promotional team effort by MCA Records and PR team that included Juanita Stephens and Gloria Boyce at Rogers & Cowan anchored by great music it was a knockout punch. For me, it’s always a way to remind people to always believe in yourself and to not be afraid to make gutsy decisions . Your life and calling is not a conference call. A lesson I’ve learned in recent years as well is to always tell your own story – too many put out false and misleading info or try to erase or marginalize altogether.

Here’s my first feature in US Weekly. My Dad called it for me as a little girl – I wish he had lived to see my success and his prophecy but I feel he’s always watching over me and know how much I always want to make him proud.

It touches upon the fact it was said women couldn’t sell records, that always struck me as odd since I grew up with Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Donna Summer, Karen Carpenter.. and so many greats. True – men have it easier however women have also been viable despite the obvious sexism, ageism, etc. I confidently made plan for myself while living in London, worked with Musical Youth (uncredited guest vocal on 16) and was a part of the historic Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” My daughter always kept my perspective grounded as to what’s important. It wasn’t easy balancing motherhood with Pop stardom but I tried my best and all turned out well.

Working on a screenplay – yes, fast forward some things take a lot longer, and all things in time!!

GRAMMY Winner JODY WATLEY.

Jody Watley’s Solo Debut An International Sensation – Happy 35th Anniversary

“Looking For A New Love” and the debut album as a whole was an international success as well here in the United States – Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and beyond. Here’s one of many international Jody Watley Solo debut features:

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley knocked it out of the park with her breakout solo debut.

Celebrating Jody Watley Solo Debut throughout January.

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Jody Watley – Solo Debut Feature UK Magazine Record Mirror

Jody Watley. Record Mirror Magazine UK Solo Debut feature.

“I’d met with other labels. Jheryl Busby of MCA got me right away. He’d worked with Donna Summer at Casablanca Records another woman with a strong artistic vision, a songwriter and force of nature. I ultimately I chose MCA over labels like Warner Brothers, A&M, CBS – because the vibe was right knowing Jheryl understood and respected my artistic vision and sense of self from the first meeting.

I’m eternally grateful, he galvanized the entire label and promotional team

35th Anniversary solo debut vibes all month of January.

Photography: Victoria Pearson.

Jody Watley Will Perform National Anthem For The Los Angeles Lakers

Jody Watley. Los Angeles Lakers Anthem Performer Feb 16, 2022

I’m very excited to share with everyone I’ll be performing the National Anthem at The Los Angeles v Utah Jazz game February 16, 2022 Cryto.com Arena!

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Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley – Marks 35th Anniversary Solo Debut

Fashion forward Jody Watley wears iconic Issey Miyake plastic bodice.

Grammy award winning singer, songwriter Jody Watley marks the 35th anniversary of her monumental solo debut single “Looking For A New Love” (released January 6, 1987) and self-titled album with a series of posts of classic images and moments during the month of January across her Instagram and Facebook social media pages.

Jody Watley. Vibe Magazine 2003. DomePiece.

Jody Watley. Vibe Magazine, 2003.

** an interesting write-up** the only feature I had in Vibe Magazine..I remain true to what I say here – decades later. I’m not sure why they used a photo from 1989 for this piece in 2003, but it’s a classic Steven Mesiel shot!

Some Kind of Love. Domepiece, Written by Nicola Vassell

Talk about multi-faceted, Jody Watley has found success as a dancer, singer, songwriter, model, Broadway actors fitness video instructor, and labor founder. At only 17, the Los Angeles High School grad turned a dancing stint into a singing career with Shalamar which debuted on the charts in 1977 with Uptown Festival (Part 1) and followed up with hits like “The Second Time Around” and “This Is For The Lover In You.” After a less than amicable parting of the ways in 1983, Watley went solo. Fueled by her avant grade appeal and songs like “Looking For A New Love” her self titled debut won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Her subsequent six U.S. albums included such hits as “Real Love”. Watley who lives on Los Angeles wit her daughter Lauren 20, and son Arie 10, recently released a dance album, “Midnight Lounge” through her own label Avitone and Shinbone Alley / Shanachie Entertainment.

In school, I never had a feeling of belonging, I was quiet, well dressed and smart. Unfortunately, those traits don’t win you a lot of friends, so performing became my outlet. I was always determined to not just make it, but to stand out. After being in a group where I wasn’t always a part of the decision making, I wanted my solo efforts to come from a position of strength. Back then, there were no Black females making the type of artistic statements I wanted to make. I made a conscious decision to make my first two soli albums uptempo. I didn’t want anything to be reminiscent of Shalamar.

At a certain point, there was pressure from my record company to work with specific producers, but I was stubborn. Even my collaboration with the god of hip-hop Rakim, on “Friends” made the label very nervous. But I did it because I was a true fan of his. No other rapper has a voice like his – and I knew that long before Truth Hurts.

I just held true to what I believed, and that’s hard to do. Art and commerce don’t always mix. If you’re an artist, inevitably you’ll want to change to set a path for others to follow. To be a celebrity is one scenario, but to be an artist, there has to be a defined vision. You have to believe when no one else believes, and be fearless in your efforts. I feel good knowing I was one of the first girls to work it with my attitude, flavor style and most importantly my individuality.

Top 7 Jody Watley Wattage Moments of 2021

2021 brought many challenges with an ongoing pandemic and an entertainment business that had been put on hold for over a year. The National Museum of African American Music appointed me, as their first membership ambassador. I was featured on their outdoor digital jumbotron for several months.

Slowly live concerts returned and I was excited to have the opportunity to do a handful of concerts and other events such as the honor of performing the National Anthem twice MLB and NFL; once for the historic Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and then Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.

I was inspired to drop “Renderings” along with standout singles “Whenever” and “Not A Single Day Goes By” all remixed by Alex Di Ciò. UK Soul radio was on board immediately with strong support propelling the single into the Top 5. Stateside there were quite a few television appearances including the Emmy winning Tamron Hall Show, each interview was joyful and always with an inspirational takeaway for viewers.

The Jody Watley Wattage 7 : Getting through the year healthy and strong – Music – “Renderings”, Concerts Returning to Stage, National Anthem Dodgers Stadium, National Anthem – So-Fi Stadium, Television Appearances, National Museum Of African American Music Ambassador.

In gratitude for each day – and always enjoying my morning walks.
The gift and blessing of life – in gratitude. Morning walks – Autumn 2021.
Jody Watley – “Renderings” EP The Alex Di Ciò Remixes
2021 Music – Jody Watley – “Renderings” EP, “Not A Single Day Goes By” “Whenever” The Alex Di Ciò Remixes
Los Angeles, CA – August 21: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)
The Los Angeles Chargers play the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. [FINAL SCORE: NE 27 – LAC 24]
The Los Angeles Chargers play the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. [FINAL SCORE: NE 27 – LAC 24]
Concerts returned.
Jody Watley. Live Onstage Wattage 2021.
Jody Watley. Live Onstage 2021. Wattage!
Jody Watley. Live. Wattage. 2021.
Jody Watley – Live 2021. Wattage
Jody Watley at Morongo – Live Wattage 2021
Ronald Isley,Jody Watley Ernie Isley – Backstage Texas Trust CU Theatre
Franke Beverly sans signature baseball cap and Jody Watley backstage Texas Trust CU Theatre
Deborah Cox, Jody Watley backstage Phoenix Pride
Jody Watley Set Trends For Modern Day Black Women – The Tamron Hall Show
Jody Watley Good Day New York
Good Day Sacramento – Jody Watley with Courtney
Good Day Alabama with Toi Thornton and Jody Watley
Jody Watley on KTLA5 2021
Jody Watley – Sam Rubin – Good Day LA
The Jason Show – with Jody Watley
Jody Watley on The Real.
Jody Watley – Good Day Detroit
Good Day Palm Springs – Jody Watley
Jody Watley – Good Day Atlanta
Tiffany Cross – The Cross Connection – Jody Watley
Jody Watley – First Ambassador – National Music Of African American Music.
Jody Watley – First Ambassador – National Music Of African American Music.

Wishing everyone the best of 2022! Thanks for being on this journey with me – here’s to many more memorable moments.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Delivers Epic Performance In Concert With The Isley Brothers and Frankie Beverly – SHEEN MAGAZINE

Jody Watley Live In Concert – Winter White Glam.

Jody Watley delivers an epic performance in concert with The Isley Brothers, Frankie Beverly & Maze in Winter White Concert. Read the full SHEEN Magazine feature: Here

Jody Watley Goes To Number 1 With “Renderings” The Alex Di Ciò Remixes

Jody Watley ‘Renderings’ goes to Number 1 featuring singles “Not A Single Day Goes By’ and “Whenever”. Thanks so much to all of the UK Soul radio DJ’s – especially those on Solar Radio where “Renderings” is in heavy rotation and tops their Sweet Rhythms Chart at Number 1! “Renderings’ also made into the overall Top 20 at 17 on the UK Soul Chart.

America is focused on trap and hip-hop commercially however, there’s a big world out there and the UK radio has always embraced veteran artists who continue to release quality music along with respect for legacy artists as well.

Massive thanks as well to Alex Di Ciò for his unyielding passion and support for my music and our collaborations, to my co-writers Rodney Lee & Draks Themo (Not A Single Day Goes By), along with Shawn West for his art which really inspired me to do this project to showcase it along with the music and remixes. Music and Art -Wattage!

Jody Watley. ‘Renderings’ The Alex Di Ciò 

Throwback Thursday. Jody Watley Represents As Honey Magazine ICON Of The Month.

Jody Watley. Honey Magazine Icon Feature during ‘Midnight Lounge’ era and promotion. The feature touches upon independence, perseverance and my opinion that women are more than eye candy.