Jody Watley Wattage Thoughts – Never Underestimate The Power Of A Smile

I took this selfie before going onstage for Jammin’ De Mayo Saturday. I’d hurt my knee somehow, had a severe limp getting around and felt bummed that I would not be able to be as mobile as usual in my performance.

No matter what I was going to go on that stage and give my all and the smile was and is the light switch. I took this and said “Let’s Get It Girl!” As long as I can sing – the show will still go on, even if I have to be seated and give you all upper body poses, shoulders and face – the smile – the joy – the wattage is in effect.

Smiling at the crowd and catching their smiles back at me is always magic. They never know what an artist might be going through offstage or on it. I believe in energy and the reciprocation of it returns.

Ii thought of this quote this morning and thought I’d share it as a reminder in case you may be having a rough day or someone else might be —

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — by Leo F. Buscaglia

Wattage!

Jody Watley Brings The Wattage To Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater Denver

Jody Watley Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Jammin’ De Mayo 2022

Photo by Teena Solano Craighill

Next Up: June 3 – Mable House Amphitheater, Atlanta

Jody Watley May Greetings. The Best Of The New Month To All.

Wishing the best of the new month, day and week to all. Count your blessings each day no matter what and live in gratitude for the gift.

I’ll be in Denver on Saturday May 7 for Jammin’ De Mayo at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater doing a short set for the festival. See you there, in the meantime and all the time stream / download some Jody Watley Music past and present releases – available at all digital platforms.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Drops Still A Thrill, Takes Us To Paris On This Day in 1987

Released #OTD April 27, 1987

“Still A Thrill” 

Written by: Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone, David Z.

Billboard Charts #3 Hot R&B, #8 Dance, #56 Hot 100

The first artist or entity allowed to film a music video in the Paris Opera House, thank you to director Brian Grant.

“I wanted to showcase my power register in the vocal range, initially a concept to present to Grace Jones as a possible duet that didn’t come to fruition. Andre slayed this groove and then I came up with the title, theme melody and lyrics, it was magic and an instant if not underrated funk jam. It was a hit but faltered somewhat on the pop side because it was so different from ‘Looking For A N ew Love’. It was important to me at this time to showcase as well that black girls could be different, edgy, and international.I loved those Duran Duran videos shot on location.

The theme of the video was ‘Paris By Night, it always makes me smile when people tell me they have made it a point to travel to Paris and go to the Opera House and take photo’s on the grand entrance staircase. There is no choreography or choreographer to show me what to do, no stylist to tell me what was cool to wear. All the dancing is freestyle and created in the moment with Tyrone Proctor who I’d known from my Soul Train days as a teenager. Another fact that distinguishes me from other artists at that time – no team of dancers, high style and singular focus. I didn’t want to be like anyone else and was clear of my vision of who I am.”




Watch Jody Watley ‘Still A Thrill” Full Video on Youtube: Here

Hear thoughts on collaborator & producer Andre Cymone:

Jody Watley – Making Hot 100 Chart History. The Hot Sheet.

Via The Hot Sheet : JODY WATLEY : Billboard Hot 100 Chart History :

Jody Watley “Friends” ft. Eric B & Rakim was the Hot 100’s first Top 10 original recording a formula later popularized by other pop artists remaining a staple in music.

Best New Artist GRAMMY winner, trendsetter, style icon – Jody Watley ranks 21st on Billboard’s Top Dance Club Play Artists of All Time, with 20 entries including 7 #1 hits.

Top 60 Top Hot 100 Female Artists of All Time at 53.

Jody Watley Discography

Jody Watley Appreciation Day On Nick Cannon Show Repeat Airing

Nick Cannon and Jody Watley – Classic Jams Week.
Nick Cannon – Jody Watley Appreciation Day
Jody Watley – Classic Jams Week Performing the Grammy Nominated Number 1 Solo Debut Single “Looking For A New Love”

The Nick Cannon Show rebroadcast the Jody Watley appearance from February 2021 on April 20. In case you missed the original broadcast and repeat – you can check it out on Youtube – Here

The show was upbeat, exuberant and Nick should get props for having such a positive and fun show though it has now come to an end. It’s always great when veteran artists like myself with hits, history and influence – have the booking opportunity often unavailable on many shows in favor of younger artists.

Best wishes to Nick Cannon and staff in future endeavors.

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. Details Magazine 1992

Jody Watley – DETAILS Magazine 1992, Music Issue

 “If you’re just making a fashion statement without making a difference, that’s a travesty. As artists, we all have to assume responsibility for the messages we send out…” 

8 dollar Hanes t-shirt — more importantly the attitude and sentiment are priceless and contribute to longevity.

Wattage!

Jody Watley Celebrating Continued Milestones

A few April Jody Watley music milestone anniversaries.

#OTD April 15, 1989

The Platinum second Solo Album – Happy 33rd Anniversary

“Larger Than Life”

Debuted on the Billboard 200 chart.

Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits

“Real Love” written by Jody Watley & Andre Cymone

The groundbreaking “Friends” ft. Eric B. & Rakim – written by Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric Barrier

Ballad “Everything.” written by Gardner Cole, James Newton-Howard

Produced by Andre Cymone

The album cover is featured in Taschen 1000 Greatest Album Covers.

Art Direction –

Lynn Robb

Concept

Jody Watley

Inspiration – High fashion, good music and never playing yourself small – Make it ‘Larger Than Life’

The spelling error I unfortunate – the cover spectacular nevertheless.
Jody Watley. “Friends” ft Eric B & Rakim

Released #OTD April 15, 1989:

“Friends”

ft. the Legendary Eric B. & Rakim

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone, Rakim, Eric B.

Billboard Charts

#3 Hot R&B,

#7 Dance,

#9 Hot 100

The first original Pop/R&B/HipHop/Rap/Dance single to crossover Top 10 on Multiple Charts.

Jody Watley-Some Kind Of Lover Vinyl 12″ Cover Art.

#OTD April 16, 1988

“Some Kind Of Lover”

Happy Anniversary

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Peaked at #10 on the @billboard Hot 100 chart

Written by: Jody Watley, Andre Cymone

Produced by Andre Cymone

Additional Chart Notes

#1 Dance,

#3 Hot R&B

Full Jody Watley Discography – https://jodywatley.net/discography/

New In The General Merchandise Jody Watley – Bandwear Store.

Jody Watley – Hoop Earrings Logo Tee (Light Blue) Unisex

Jody Watley – Hoop Earrings Logo Tee (Tan) Unisex

Shop Now — Bandwear

As a note the ‘Bandwear’ store is separate from JodyWatleyShop.com – Wellness Boutique

OTD. March 27, 1989 Happy 33rd Anniversary To Jody Watley “Larger Than Life”

The second platinum solo album featured Top 10 Singles “Real Love”, the groundbreaking “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim along with the ballad “Everything.” The 4 and final single was the mid-tempo “Precious Love.”

The album featured photography by legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel and a change in the visual style and look to a more fashion forward aesthetic also incorporating designer looks with street style. T

The now classic “Real Love “ video directed by David Fincher remains one of the most nominated in MTV Awards history with 6.

“Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim is the first original song pairing a Pop / R&B artist with Rap/Hip Hop verses to crossover into the Top 10 on multiple charts.

1989

Real Love (J. Watley, A. Cymone) Jody Watley Music BMI, Ultrawave ASCAP

# 2 Hot 100

# 1 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 1 Hot Dance Club Play

Friends featuring Eric B and Rakim (J. Watley, A. Cymone, Rakim, Eric B) Jody Watley Music BMI, Ultrawave ASCAP

# 9 Hot 100

# 3 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 7 Hot Dance Club Play Singles

Everything (G. Cole, J. Newton-Howard)

# 4 Hot 100

# 3 Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles

# 11 Adult Contemporary