Set your DVR or watch live Good Day LA Fox Morning News. I’ll be on in the 9 A.M. hour performing live with SRL our new hit ” The Passion” as well as a solo classic.
Jody Watley & SRL unveil the cover art by Los Angeles based artist Martin Lagirdam for the forthcoming new single “The Passion” mixed by legendary Italian remix producer Alex Di Cio expected to arrive around July 20, 2018 to various digital outlets.
“The artwork is inspired by the sacred heart. As the core of our being, with the theme of the song being a passion for living and life coming alive through the music and our connections – it felt right to have a vibrant and colorful art piece like this to represent the vibe of the song as the music, love and passion descends upon the city. The flames represent setting your soul on fire with the music and the things that make you feel alive. This cover art is something a bit more unexpected and outside the box for us this time – bold and unexpected. I became a fan of Martin’s work after following him on Instagram after he created a custom t-shirt for me. The beauty of his work in particular many themes that reflected the heart really spoke to me for this single…as well is it could be a cool statement tattoo and iconic emblem for the group usually associated with rock bands. The single has some standout guitar work by former Prince & NPG member Levi Seacer. I’ve connected with some incredible talent through social media and Martin is one. The logo’s were created by my longtime art director and collaborator the U.K. based Ray Easmon.” – Jody Watley
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The summer has gotten off to a wonderful start with concerts in Japan and stateside. If you’ve missed posts check out some of the older posts on my site.
On the heels of the success of the spring Smooth Jazz Top 10 “Waiting In Vain”, finishing the video for the forthcoming new single from my Jody Watley & SRL collective apart from my solo works – I look forward to what’s next. Like with anything in life, there are obstacles to be faced and bumps in the road to navigate, those those never dampen my grit, determination, optimism and gratitude to continue doing what I love on my own terms.
The Top 10 “Waiting In Vain” Available at All Digital Outlets and still in the Top 100 to close out June Top 100 Smooth Jazz Network
Concerts for July:
July 21 – Cache Creek Casino and Resort – Northern California
July 28 – Merchant Street Music Festival – Kankakee, IL
August 4 – Florian Hall, Dorchester MA
August 11 – TBA – Austin, TX
October 20 – A Taste of Soul Los Angeles
November 7 – 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Stay Tuned for exciting news about the release date for Jody Watley & SRL “The Passion” – in the meantime, enjoy the U.K. Top 2 Soul Single “The Mood” Alex Di Cio Mix.
Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.
Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.
This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt). It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.
You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.
Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.
The building was abuzz with a lot of love from the staff.
Meet and greet
Love this! Jody Watley Jumbo Hoops Wattage Crew
Jody Watley, Interview Magazine, 1987
Photography: Karen Filter
Makeup: Wendy Osmunson