Jody Watley On Anniversary of The Historic Band Aid Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Bananarama, Jody Watley, Francis Rossi (Staus Quo)

The Historic Supergroup -“Band Aid” Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

November 25,1984

While living in London after my departure from Shalamar in 1983, I’d signed a spec Solo deal with Phonogram/Mercury Records in 1984.

Jody Watley in 1984. Photography by Steve Rappaport

I received a call from Mariella Frostrup, who was the publicist for Phonogram Records U.K. at the time. Mariella didn’t give a lot of details about the session, just that I really needed to be there at request of Sir Bob Geldof as well who was organizing a recording session.

None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, we all turned up casually – some of the artists would joke they were coming from the pub or clubbing the night before.. it was all very low key when invited. One of the things that makes it so organic looking is no one was really done up for the cameras so to speak.

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.

I’ve said through the years, meeting George Michael and asking if he’d do a duet with me – which he did when I returned to America and signed with MCA Records recording my proper solo debut and looking back on it, it’s also notable I am the only black female artist and only 1 of 4 women in total. To be a part of this historic recording as my first solo endeavor is truly a astounding.

Some artists declined including other female from what I was told back then. To be a part of a historic single as the first thing I did after leaving and post Shalamar is such a gift.

The single went straight to Number 1, was front page news and has raised millions of dollars for famine relief and remains a milestone Christmas single despite a regrettable lyric (tonight thank God it’s them instead of you) created in the moment by the writers of the song as they have later acknowledged – the intent of the song is so very positive. Feed The World – Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time Again. That message and sentiment will always remain, help those in need.

Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well you can find it on Youtube along with original video.

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After Band Aid two 12″ singles (Where The Boys Are and Girls Night Out) were released in 1984 and 1985 as JODY. I already had a vision in style (edgy and fashion forward) hard hitting dance music with an eye of not being labeled or marketed as ‘formerly of’. I was intent to establish my own identity solo with a decidedly more funky dance pop vibe as a debut. I’d written with Bruce Woolley of The Buggles and produced by The Art Of Noise before they were The Art Of Noise (Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeckzalik) with engineer Gary Langan. Ultimately, the label and I weren’t on same page and eventually I moved back to America, signed a new deal with MCA – the rest is solo history!

Jody Watley in 1984.

Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley Featured On ‘Women Who Rock’ Docu-Series

Watch on EPIX – “I know who I am…” Watley joins other trailblazing women in music sharing a snippet of their journeys and having agency over a male dominated industry. Jody Watley also talks about stepping outside of perceived boxes for black artists.

Jody Watley – Night Tracks ‘Still A Thrill’ Video Premiere Classic TBT Image Of The Day

Special Thanks To Retro Ads on Twitter for posting this vintage ad from May 1987 for the video premiere of “Still A Thrill” second single from the eponymous hit packed solo debut album Jody Watley. The now classic video, filmed on location in Paris,France would go on to be in heavy rotation on MTV, Vh-1 and other video channels of the time. 35th anniversary — Still a Thrill and still standing the test of time.

Wattage!

Affairs Of The Heart – Jody Watley Drops Positive Pearls in 1991 Interview

Consistently dropping pearls of inspiration whether it was the trendy or popular thing to do. It’s not just a flashback, but a reminder of knowing who you are, not being afraid to change and grow regardless of popularity.

As a human being in this world – always be yourself. We also all have the ability to impact others in a variety of ways shining a positive light, as I said in my recent honorary doctorate speech – share the light.

If you slept on this album which also features the very funky R&B hit single “I Want You” – later referenced on En Vogue’s opening on their multi-platinum “Funky Divas” – do yourself a favor and go stream it or download it now!

Wattage!

OTD. Jody Watley Highly Anticipated Solo Debut Single “Looking For A New Love” Released.

Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love. 35!

#OTD March 7, 1987

“Looking For A New Love”

by GRAMMY® winner Jody Watley

Debuted on the @billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at #2

✍️🏾 Written by: J. Watley, A. Cymone

Chart Note➡️ #1 Dance, #1 Hot R&B

Grammy and American Music Awards Nominated

👉🏾 The smash hit no one saw coming!

#JodyWatley #Icon #35thAnniversary

Jody Watley Lit It Up On Nick Cannon Show

Hey Nick! Nick Cannon – Jody Watley.

“*Legendary singer Jody Watley, one of the architects of 21st-century pop “lit it up” on The Nick Cannon Show with an epic live performance!” Read and Watch Full Post on Eurweb: Here

Jody Watley Kicks Off Classic Jams Week With Love From Nick Cannon and Appreciation Day. WATCH NOW

Jody Watley Set To Appear On Nick Cannon Show To Talk About 35th Anniversary of Solo Debut.

Tune in Monday February 28, 2022 – Check your local listings for airtime to catch me on the Nick Cannon – Classic Jams Week. I’ll be talking about my now classic 35th Anniversary of my solo debut.

3 Trailblazers. Jody Watley with Eartha Kitt on The RuPaul Show 1998 Interview

A classic rewind snippet of interview with Jody Watley, Eartha Kitt on The RuPaul Show, VH1 in 1998.

Eartha Kitt and Jody Watley, 1998.

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.