My first label Phonogram was not on board with my vision so we quickly parted ways..you’d think because I was in London it wouldn’t have been an issue but it was. Black artists are always often pressured to conform to more ‘relatable’ imagery. On my subsequent American debut and since..I’ve always navigated incorporating high fashion with edgy street style to varying results..but always what I wish to convey – hits and misses.. it’s all uniquely me.
Come in from the cold.
“Jody Watley has blessed our ears with another dynamic dose of sophisticated soul in the form of her ‘Winter Nights’ EP – Albumism
The glass ‘Sanctuary’ luxury soy candle will be available soon. I’m so thrilled with the new boxes for the glass vessels even more special featuring the Jody Watley Signature Hoop Earrings Logo!
Stay tuned! https://www.jodywatleyshop.com
“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Wharton
“Mixing high end fashion with street style in this case wearing this Issey Miyake acrylic body breastplate which is a work of art really – with biker shorts and Doc Martens for a television performance for in 1988 is classic Jody.”
Wishing everyone the best of 2021. Set your intentions and vibrations..and like I always say keep it movin’ – always in gratitude, open to growth, readjustments, self improvement and new opportunities even if you have to create them yourself. Like Mark Twain said – “The secret to getting ahead is getting started” so even when you fall short – begin again, start over – just begin and take it easy on yourself too. Breathe – and don’t carry the weight of other people’s opinions and expectations with you. One of the many lessons 2020 taught is that life is unpredictable and short so don’t waste time living someone else’s life to appease them.Also recognize that you can go out of your way to help some people and you will not be appreciated. Stop going out of your way for people when it’s not reciprocated. Not everyone is on the same page or for the long haul in the many chapters of life – wish them well and move on. 2020 gave me the kick in the pants I was already arriving to, but ultimately opened the door to get back to focusing on the business of and focus on myself – Jody Watley.
Live in your personal joy and happiness and give no fuks about who doesn’t get it and who is not on board. Remember that no matter how good your heart is – not everyone has the same heart as you.
Always find your best light.
Continue to stay healthy and safe and considerate of others.
December 31, 2020 – For Immediate Release- BNM Publicity Group.
As we wrap up 2020, it has certainly been a reflective and eventful year, to say the least.
For all things Jody Watley, the iconic superstar continued to forge ahead in the midst of this pandemic; everything she touched turned into a buzz, from her expanding signature brand line with the addition of candle and home fragrance to the collaboration with husband and wife super duo producers, “The APX” on “The Healing – The Remix”.
Her timely spoken-word anthem release, “The Healing,” was debuted in the popular Club Quarantine’s transcendent DNice one of the game changers of the pandemic with his history making Instagram Lives. “The Healing” another from her longtime self-owned independent label Avitone Recordings with its lyric video touching on the civil unrest and Black Lives Matter theme resonated with listeners and led to major congratulatory shout outs from fellow music artists.
The beautiful living legend reminded us to keep living, keep loving, and keep moving forward.
Never one to disappoint, Watley accepted an invitation by popular on-air host BK Kirkland to be guest DJ for a two-hour takeover of his SIRIUS XM “The Groove” Channel. The playlist featured a specially curated playlist that included many of her classics with entertaining backstories of the songs.
A feature in the Black Enterprise magazine was a very special “first” with recognizing her as a well-respected entrepreneur highlighting launch of home line of candles and fragrance.
Known as a seasoned businesswoman, Jody Watley’s one-on-one interview on Money Making Conversations, a popular talk show hosted by Emmy award-winning producer Rushion McDonald where he interviews celebrities, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders on their secrets to success allowed listeners to experience her tremendous business-acumen.
We won’t stop there, as she was also featured for the first-time in Cuisine Noir, a food publication showcasing her culinary skills.
Her plethora of surprise television appearances on Fox, CBS and ABC News and its affiliates, digital interviews and other social media platforms this year confirmed that the always fabulous Miss Watley is not only relevant, but impactful.
The 2020 pandemic lockdown also brought together Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim on their groundbreaking multi chart Top 10 collaboration “Friends” for a virtual performance (their first time performing it live since recording it in 1989) on Caffeine TV as the duo celebrated 30 years of “Let The Rhythm Hit Em”.
Her unforgettable surprise appearance on DJ Cassidy’s “Pass The Mic: BET Soul Train Edition which premiered on television for the first time following the Soul Train Awards airing on VH1 and MTV2 was a wonderful treat for fans to see the always fabulous singer “live and in color.” (Did I mention the segment to date has netted over 500,000 plus YouTube views and still counting!)
Jody Watley continued to expand, build and explore new aspects of creativity, including working with millennials.
Always one to share “gold nuggets” to others, she participated in a series of music industry mentorship virtual programs for the GRAMMY Museum sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. The online day of mentorship and career advice featured the Grammy winning trendsetting legend and allowed students from three high schools—Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo., Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. and Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in the interactive series.
She was also one of the keynote speakers on Black Girls Rock: Black Girls Lead Virtual Conference which welcomed 1,000 young women (ages 13 to 18) from communities across the United States and its territories to amplify leadership skills, critical thinking, ingenuity and creativity and was also a District Advocate for the Recording Academy’s “Summer of Advocacy” helping push passage of relief for those impacted by the pandemic and other legislation.
Jody Watley’s legacy continues to influence and inspire younger generations in music, video, fashion and style.
Kamille Boyd-Gilmore (@Mssskamille), a popular professional skater and celebrity choreographer seen in the films, Drum Line, Baby Drivers and Step Sisters recently gave homage to the style-forging singer by skating to “Don’t You Want Me,” one of Watley’s many string of hits. The beautiful video artistic presentation netted thousands of viewers on her social within minutes of posting.
Since the beginning of Watley’s work in the humanitarian field, she has continued to expand and flourish as a supporter of various advocacy organizations. She contributed to the 30-year anniversary of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Charity Event, “Divas Simply Singing” virtual concert and performed one of her signature hits, “Everything,” which aired on KTLA 5. Divas Simply Singing is the longest running musical fundraiser in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Watley was also a part of the mega fundraising concert series RWQuarantunes created by WME’s Richard Weitz and daughter Demi, featuring a who’s who in various genres. To date RWQuarantunes has raised a staggering $16M.
As a Grammy winning trendsetting pioneer Jody Watley’s influence reigns supreme and without borders.
Celebrated prominently as a major influence of Mexican American superstar Selena Quintanilla in Netflix’s Number One biographical series, “Selena,” and highlighted in a major Houston Chronicle feature, Jody Watley will forever be cemented as one of the architects of 21st century pop whose impact and contributions cannot be touched.
Now that is a monumental achievement to end the new year on!
Onward to 2021! Jody Watley continues to bring the Wattage!
“Thank you to all supported the music, message and other my business endeavors. Here’s to 2021. If you made it of 2020 unscathed and healthy – you did good. For 3 months of the early morning interviews and press – I was dealing with a broken wrist and full cast on my right arm..and a lot of pain..but no matter what always kept it moving like so many of you dealing with obstacles, and setbacks. Onward.” – Jody Watley
2020 Rewind. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It).
I’ve been sharing a few highlights from the year while promoting “The Healing” and my home line launch. Each brings you inspiration AND information!
“Humbled by her reputation as a music icon, Jody Watley defines herself as a template for contemporary music and fashion. She is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter whose career spans decades, countless performances, and millions of fans. Today, Jody continues to prove her relevance in the industry as she reinvents herself and showcases her talents time and time again. She’s also committed to inspiring others as an example to “let your light shine.” So, how does Jody set that example for her fans?
Jody shared this and more in this Sheen exclusive you won’t want to miss.”
Read the interview and be inspired now! 👇🏾
2020 Rewind:: ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) – You’ll find lots of recent press interviews, print, TV, digital features which culminated from my 2020 timely Spring / Summer Release “THE HEALING” – just scroll in your free time and do some reading!
Here’s the September Cover of Faith Heart Magazine and Excerpts:
Joy and inner peace are beauty must-haves; they radiate from the inside out and putting good into the universe.” Always using her voice to inspire others, JODY WATLEY is shining brighter than ever and living fearlessly as she empowers FHM readers in the September edition. Her journey exemplifies what is possible when you don’t allow circumstances to stop you from being you! “While others are running their mouths, run your business.” This interview you don’t want to miss. Grab your copy today!
Grammy award winning pioneer in music, video, fashion and style Jody Watley graces the cover of Faith Heart Magazine, September issue looking more beautiful than ever.
The stunning and always fabulous trendsetter opened up to the magazine about creating new special moments with her enthusiasm and passion for living, life, and music.
She also shared about practicing a healthy lifestyle from what you eat to what you consume on social media and using her voice to inspire others.
“Don’t compare yourself or your life to others. When it comes to our personal health and choices, we are the captains of our own vessels,” says Watley.
“With COVID19, think of others not just yourself…”
Read it digital or order hard copy : Faith Heart Magazine
Read the full Q&A, Jody always drops Wattage gems. This is the 3rd cover feature since the release of “The Healing” Spring 2020.
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