Jody Watley Added As Special Guest To Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys

(LOS ANGELES) December 12, 2022 – Grammy winning artist Jody Watley has confirmed to perform at music icon and superstar, STEVIE WONDER’s 24th House Full of Toys Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 17, 2022 – Microsoft Theater.

“Today, more than ever throughout the world, we are challenged with many issues… social, political, economic, spiritual, but that must not stop our opportunity to give and share in the spirit and reason for the season. I am as always overjoyed to again present the celebration House Full of Toys,” says Stevie.

House Full of Toys will benefit children, people with disabilities and families in need. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift of joy. Your charitable gift is 100% tax deductible since no goods or services will be provided in consideration for your gift. Wonder’s We Are You Foundation m is a nonprofit organization, IRC501(c)(3).

“When Stevie Wonder, the most celebrated music icon of all time calls, you answer,” says Watley. “He is a wonderful and true humanitarian. I am truly honored to be a part of his House Full of Toys concert.” 

Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, having received numerous awards and honors including 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. His humanitarian efforts are world known.

He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Friday, November 4 at 10 am (PDT) via AXS.com

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and Ruben Studdard Bring Holiday Cheer To San Francisco

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Ruben Studdard, Peabo Bryson perform holiday classics and hits with San Francisco Symphony “The Colors Of Christmas” concert at Davies Symphony Hall.
Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams backstage at Davies Symphony Hall (December 7. 2022)

Grammy winners- Jody Watley & Peabo Bryson performing classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

It was an honor and pleasure to perform again with these gifted and kind people-my friends Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and the silky soulful Ruben Studdard.

“The Colors Of Christmas” Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Colors of Christmas band, and fantastic director conductor Gail Deadrick. We performed holiday classics as duets, trio, and quartet and some of our own hits bringing the spirit of love and joy to all in attendance in the return to San Francisco Symphony after several years.


It was a magnificent, joyful and blessed experience (December 6-7, 2022). More photos and video to come!

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.

Centerfold

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.

Jody Watley Weekend Greetings and Wattage Thoughts For Autumn

Just a periodic check in with you my wonderful subscribers, I appreciate you. This is a safe space away from social media to stay up to date with me as well as receive positive affirmations to those who just might need it in any given moment.

A few more opportunities to see me live this year:

November 1 – Rancho Mirage Aqua Caliente Resort “A Night To Remember” Gala benefitting Cathedral Senior Center, Get your black tie garments together for a great cause – Tickets

December 6 & 7 – with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra “Colors Of Christmas” also featuring Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard – don’t miss this fabulous holiday show! Davies Symphony Hall – Tickets

December 10 – Freestyle Explosion “Holiday Jam” – it will be a party. Pechanga Arena – Tickets

I’ll also be performing the National Anthem on Christmas Day December 25 for a major sports franchise – Stay Tuned!!

“Autumn is the season that shows us that change can be beautiful – be encouraged.”

Wattage! – Jody Watley

Jody Watley Colors Of Christmas 2022 With San Francisco Symphony

Jody Watley returns to Colors of Christmas for 2022 with San Francisco Symphony.

Colors of Christmas is an experience like no other music tour of combined talents and artistry.

’m thrilled to join The Colors of Christmas concert again, along with Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, and Ruben Studdard performing with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall December 6 & 7. To perform with the symphony orchestra again is a dream come true not to mention singing with Oleta, Peabo & Ruben – total awesomeness!!

Come experience a couple of my classics with an orchestra and the magic of seeing all of us sing duets and ensembles in the spirit of Christmas and holiday season – even the Grinch would enjoy it!

Tickets just went on sale: Davies Symphony Hall

Jody Watley New Concert Alert – Holiday Jam Freestyle Explosion

Jody Watley, just added to this Freestyle Explosion Holiday Jam. This will be a non-stop party December 10 in San Diego, CA Pechanga Arena. Get tickets early, this show with all of your freestyle favorites will sell out. AXS Tickets

Jody Watley Is Still A Thrill – LIVE at The Microsoft Amphitheater

Still A Thrill with special surprise guest Andre Cymone
Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley. Legend.
Walter and Scotty of The Whispers. It’s A Love Thing!

Legends Only.
Kayla Simone, Hubie Wang, Andre Cymone, Jody Watley, Keith Eaddy, Kerry Griffin, Jasmine Boyes, Clifton Williams -backstage Microsoft Theater 8.7.22

Jody Watley with dancers Kayla Simone Henry, and Jasmine Boyes
Andre Cymone – Jody Watley Celebrating 35th Anniversary of Instant Classic Grammy Winning Solo Debut and collaborations.
It was a wonderful evening of much needed music medicine – good for the spirit and soul.

“I don’t want to live without music – I don’t want to live without love .. just want to bring you joy – affairs of the heart.” – Jody Watley

Photography : Matthew Tryggestad

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 Will Return To Atlanta Live In Concert June 3

Jody Watley.

Jody Watley will be on the bill with AWB for An Evening of Funk & Soul Mable House Barnes Amphitheater. Be there June 3, 2022.

Lady In Red. Jody Watley 1989 Wiltern Theatre – Classic Images Of The Day.

Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles 1989
Making an entrance from House of Watley.All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley Signature Hoops In Full Effect. All Rights Reserved. Photo Subject To Copyright Restrictions
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.

Photos from Act 1 of the concert – more wardrobe changes followed from a high energy and visually cutting edge (of the time) show! Within a month or so, I was able to bring this concert to another sold-out experience at Universal Amphitheater – some of that footage is captured in my “Everything” video. It was a who’s who of celebrities, artists, and a diverse audience white, latino, asian, black and beyond in the house that night.

Jody Watley – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1989. All Rights Reserved.

Pre-cell phones and social media – you had to be there.

Wattage!