A classic rewind snippet of interview with Jody Watley, Eartha Kitt on The RuPaul Show, VH1 in 1998.
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!!
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.
Wishing everyone the best of 2022! Thanks for being on this journey with me – here’s to many more memorable moments.
It’s always a fun time as a guest on Good Day Sacramento with host Courtney Dempsey. You must watch the spinning of the holiday wheel!
Tune in tomorrow morning December 15 in the 9 A.M. PST hour. Jody Watley will appear as a guest on Good Day Sacramento holiday themed show. Watch the live stream from wherever you are via the Good Day Sacramento website. Here
Definitely check out the full Jody Watley interview – 5 minutes well spent on Good Day Alabama chatting with Toi Thornton. Watch it – Here
Toi asks about my beginnings to which I jovially add that I was born to shine. Of course my first hit solo single “Looking For A New Love” which remains a universal favorite comes up as well. Hear what I have to say about the importance of music and art as well when talking about ‘Renderings’.
It’s always an upbeat time with Sam Rubin on KTLA 5. I talk about beauty secrets, being a fashion trendsetter and of course my latest release “Renderings”. Watch it now – On KTLA 5
Thanks to all who tuned in, along with the delightful interview was a special performance for the broadcast.
“Whenever” The Alex Di Ciò Remix from “Renderings” – Out Now!
More video will be on The Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel.
The Historic Band Aid Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”
While living in London -in one incredible day; I was fortunate to be asked to be a part of this monumental recording session and single along with the best of the best of British pop and rock at the time. None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, it was all very low key when invited. The result was “Do The Know It’s Christmas” the name of the group – Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK along with a powerful documentary and it has been played during the holiday season since. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” remains one of the biggest singles of all time in the U.K. and mega seller worldwide. It’s an experience none of us involved will ever forget and a song that made a huge difference, setting the bar for other charity singles to follow.
Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well.
U2 (Bono), Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Steve Norman, Duran Duran (John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes), Paul Young, Spandau Ballet (Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp, Gary Kemp, Martin Ware, Steve Norman, John Keeble), Chris Cross, Midge Ure (Ultra Vox), Simon Crow (The Boomtown Rats), Marilyn, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Jody Watley, Paul Weller, Kool & The Gang (James “JT” Taylor, Robert Bell, Dennis Thomas), George Michael, Culture Club (Boy George, Jon Moss), Sting, Johnny Fingers – Rick Parfitt, Franics Rossi (Status Quo), Siohban Fahey, Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin (Bananarama)
The magazine itself was probably 10 pages, these are a selected few. Band Aid was also on the cover of every major paper in the United Kingdom – all copies sold out.
Watch the video on Youtube.
Tune In Tuesday November 23,2021 9:10 A.M EST – Watch live stream nationally via the Fox 5 website.