The Colors of Christmas Tour Update and Behind The Scenes

Looking forward to Cerritos Performing Arts Center tonight. Photo taken in Palm Desert, CA.

Ambience.

Showtime. “You have to believe in yourself. That’s the secret.” – Charlie Chaplin Quote – so true.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. working it with one of their iconic hits – Age of Aquarius.

Ruben Studdard just so smooth and soulful singing a Luther Vandross Christmas classic.

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With my merchandise guru Robert Fierro of Zebra Marketing. He’s doing a few Jody Watley Pop Up Shops at the shows with limited edition items.

More pics to come and also check out my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Happy Holidays and Thank You for supporting quality live music and artistry.

Palm Desert McCallum Theatre was fabulous.

Jody Watley. The Colors of Christmas Tour Begins

The Colors of Christmas Tour kicked off in Westbury, New York’s NYCB Theatre on Dec.3.

Up next this week:

Dec.5 State Theatre New Jersey

Dec.6 Broward Center for the Performing Arts Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dec.7 Wild Pass Casino Chandler, AZ

Dec.8 McCallum Theatre Palm Desert CA

Dec. 9 Cerritos Center for Performing Arts Cerritos CA

The Colors of Christmas featuring Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Ruben Studdard and #JodyWatley

More dates: The Colors of Christmas

Jody Watley. The Colors of Christmas Tour Gets Closer

The Colors of Christmas Tour kicks off in a few days, and everyone is working hard to bring a beautiful, meaningful and festive show.

Here I am with Ruben Studdard, I made him laugh when I told him how hard I was voting for him when he was in American Idol – and he told me how my solo debut hit single “Looking For A New Love” reminds him of his 5th birthday party, which was a big deal because it was the first time he sent invitations and the girl he had a crush on at the time. I love that about music!

Behind the scenes rehearsing the beautiful “My Grown Up Christmas” with Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis.

More tickets and more info : The Colors of Christmas

Jody Watley. Colors of Christmas Greetings.

See you on the upcoming Colors of Christmas Tour starting Dec.3 -18. Tickets : The Colors of Christmas Tour

My special seasonal song “Like A Holiday” due Nov 17 at digital outlets worldwide.

Jody Watley. Genesee Theater Concert Recap.

It was nice to be in Illinois and have a break from the heatwave we were having in Los Angeles.

The concert at The Genesee Theater with Lisa Lisa and Debbie Gibson was billed as “Ladies of the 80’s” which I don’t see myself as at all with music still ongoing and a catalog that continues – 70’s (starting with Shalamar) 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s-I always say and stay timeless while understanding the appeal of certain themed marketing. A night of hits it was for sure by all of us.

The fans were very excited for the bill and the theater was packed. It was disappointing to learn via social media that a few of my fans missed my performance assuming I’d be last and were shocked that I came on first and had totally missed my short set. Always be early and you will never be late!

It was a fun night and my job was to get the party going – that’s what I did.

Soundcheck time. As a note this is not Jody Watley and SRL.. this was a total Jody Watley music short set.

It was lit! People love “Dancer” Cut Correct and Rhe Remix – even if they have never heard it – the reaction is always mega excitement – get IN the music and lose yourself.

Ready to rock! They don’t call me the “Queen of Cool” for nothing and I always come to slay.

Tonight’s show was with my drummer Kerry Griffin and the Lisa Lisa rhythm section to help with set changes and time. We were joined by two Chicago based dancers Joseph and Miguel – Rosero and Havic had them on point! Squad. Make it WerK!

Pop, Dance Funk Goddess and squad!

Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and always use the hashtag

#jodywatley

Much love!

Jody Watley Classic Image and Thought of The Day.

Mirrors.

Don’t ever dim your shine to make others feel better. Shine on from the inside -out. Like my Dad always said as well be a person of substance and always value yourself. ✨

Here’s a #TBT 2008 VOGUE Italia the historic “The Black Issue”

Being included in this issue is another benchmark in my ongoing solo career that I’m very proud of because of the music artistry – a childhood dream that became a reality.

Work hard – keep shining.

Photography by Herb Rita

Makeup JoAnne Gair

Hair by Peter Savic

Upcoming Concerts:

October 21 Famously Hot South Carolina Pride, Columbia

SC Showtime 6 PM

Oct 28 Genesee Theater with Debbie Gibson and Lisa Lisa

Nov 11 -18 80s in The Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Dec 3 – Westbury NY — NYCB Theater

Dec 5 – New Brunswick, NJ – – State Theater New Jersey

Dec 6 – Broward, FL — Broward Center Au Rene Theater

Dec 7 – Chandler, AZ — Wild Pass Hotel and Casino

Dec 8 – Palm Desert, CA — McCallum Theater

Dec 9 – Cerritos, CA — Cerritos Center for Performing Arts

Dec 14 – Milwaukee, WI — Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Dec 15 – Joliet, IL — Rialto Square Theater

Dec 16 – St. Charles, MO — Scheidegger Center

Dec 17 – Dallas, TX — Majestic Theater

January 27 – Napa, CA — Blue Note Napa “Timeless”

Birthday Celebration Concerts

More dates TBA

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Listen Now: RuPaul What’s The Tee Interview

Jody Watley Among 2017 Honorees of Black Music Honors Special.

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I’m absolutely thrilled to make this announcement.

Honoree Letter Black Music Honors:

On behalf of the Honoree selection committee for the Black Music Honors television special, we are pleased to notify you that we would like to honor Jody Watley with the prestigious R&B/Soul award on August 18, 2017 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tennessee otherwise known as Music City! The R&B/Soul award is presented to African American icons in the music industry that have made significant contributions in the shaping, building, and longevity of American Music.

Black Music Honors is a 2-hour musical honors special produced by Central City Productions, Inc. under the leadership of Don Jackson, with productions that include “Stellar Gospel Music Awards”, “Black College Quiz”, “Stellar Tribute to the Holidays”, and more. Black Music Honors was created to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of those African Americans that have played a major role in shaping the Black music industry. By honoring Jody Watley, we will be able to show appreciation for the exceptional music she has created to enrich the world.

Industry greats that were honored at the inaugural taping include Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Staxx Records, Clarence Avant, and Big Daddy Kane. This 2-hour special will air in national broadcast syndication during the entire month of September 2017. We are a firm believer in teaching and preserving the foundation that has been laid for the future generation.

Ticket proceeds from this event will be donated to The National Museum of African American Music which was founded to recognize the many contributions African-American artists have made in shaping the soundtrack of American music. You can visit their website at http://nmaam.org. 

Congratulations to the other 2017 honorees:  Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams, and R&B Group Guy. The show will be hosted by Rickey Smiley.