Jody Watley. Style Notes and Upcoming Concerts.

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Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017. “MTV” – Jody Watley.

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Jody Watley Live in Tokyo, Japan Billboard Live, 2017

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Feeling it. The Roxy Los Angeles, CA

 

Style notes. The Marc Jacobs Resort Collection 2017 inspired by classic 80’s MTV (and perhaps quietly my trendsetter style for that time) – caught my eye a few months ago so I had to have some of these pieces to rock – fits theme of the first portion of my current and upcoming concerts, which celebrates my debut solo album. as well continued music and style evolution. Taking elements from past but totally keeping things new, fresh and moving. It’s in the music!

 

Announced dates:

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago 

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears Den

May 27 BB Kings NYC

November 11-18 –  80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort and Spa Punta Cana Dominican Republic

There are scheduled dates yet to be announced for Detroit (not Chene Park), Atlanta, Los Angeles for June – August – and more stay tuned!

Concert Bio.

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.

Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.

Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.

The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Ms. Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.

Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.

Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Jody Watley and SRL Update. Another Successful Japan Tour and New Ground In Beijing.

The fans were delighted with the new show in Tokyo and Osaka. Playing to packed and enthusiastic audiences, we really enjoyed seeing the crowd grooving not only to my solo hits and new music but that of SRL as well. The forthcoming ‘Say What’ led by Rosero McCoy is infectious and continued the party with everyone on their feet dancing. My ‘Dancer’ is always a rousing centerpiece and celebration of freestyle prompting people to ‘Get In The Music – Lose Yourself.” Indeed!

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Multi-generational fan love! 

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Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy: SRL. John Grego, Sam Sims. Prince Damons. Kerry Griffin and Andrew Levin (sub for Levi Seacer)

After Japan, the guys headed back to the states and I headed off solo to Beijing, China for a special concept show with Japanese based musicians for a show titled “An Evening of Love and Soul”for Valentine’s Day at the gorgeous Blue Note. This show was more ballad and love song based – from my favorite makeovers (Waiting In Vain, After You, Who, Too Shy to Say, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow..) among others sprinkled in with a few of my uptempo hits. It was nice to mix it up. Read the NEW Q&A with The Beijinger: Here

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Jody Watley. Blue Note Beijing, 2017. 2-14-17

 

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Jody Watley. Glam. Blue Note Beijing – before going onstage to a sold-out Valentine’s Day audience. 

I really hope I’m able to take the guys and my regular band next time with that being said for the fans to get a full experience. The show was sold-out! My heart is full to continue to see the reception of my music not just in America but countries as well. While in Beijing I also had a chance to do some sightseeing – rare. On my list was visiting the Great Wall of China and learning more history about it. In the process, I nearly blew my already injured knee out. It was worth it.

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Jody Watley, The Great Wall of China. 2017

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Jody Watley, Beijing 2017.

 

Jody Watley Set To Debut An Evening of Love and Soul Concept Show At Blue Note Beijing

Jody Watley The Live Experience.

 

This month!

Catch Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded “SRL” – Celebrating my solo debut single, new music from SRL, another year around the sun and the blessing of life in a crazy unpredictable world.

January 28 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles – Tickets: Here

A Command Performance for The Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin.

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With the Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin at her annual Christmas Party in Detroit -it was an elegant and loving event-a night to remember for real! . In our journey and history (most don’t know about) she reminded me I gave her my high school graduation photo and signed it to her and that she still has it…I gushed about what an honor it was to sing for her and thanked her for believing in me before I was a professional artist myself and that I loved her – she saw something in me early on and I’ll never forget that or the meaning of that -Then- When she looked Nate and Rosero of #SRL Shalamar Reloadedafter I introduced them to her she smiled and said “Alright Ms.Jody!” 😊❤️️ We both laughed. She looks beautiful too by the way!  

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SRL (Shalamar Reloaded) and I with the Queen of Soul before our performance.

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Jody Watley with civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Shalamar Reloaded (SRL).

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In full effect. Jody Watley and SRL (Shalamar Reloaded).

 

Jody Watley and SRL – A Soulful Blend

It has been and exciting year full of concerts, new music and video. Jody Watley was just named one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine. You know you’re in for a good time whenever she hits the stage  in a genre blending catalog that covers Pop, R&B/Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ambient and Electronica with a message always rooted in love. That’s inspiration.

Jody Watley and the hot new trio SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy are set to return to the stage with their soulful blend of music and sleek choreography to the stage in recently announced concerts including the just announced return to B.B. Kings New York in Times Square. Here are the new series of promotional flyers for BB Kings NYC.

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This is a must experience concert event.

Get Tickets BB KINGS MAY 27, 2017 : TicketMaster

LIVE AT THE ROXY THEATER LOS ANGELES JANUARY 28, 2017 – TICKETFLY

BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO FEB 6-8

BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA FEB 9

ALSO ON SALE :

80’S IN THE SAND PUNTA CANTA RESORT NOVEMBER 11-18, 2017 : BOOK NOW

MORE DATES TBA!!!

JODY WATLEY

SRL.

 

DANCER (Cut Correct and Rhe’ Remix) Concept Video.

 

Jody Watley. November Update.

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In case you’ve missed posts – out now is the new single and video “The Mood” from my new group SRL – Shalamar Reloaded featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. We formed in 2015 and have performed countless sold-out concerts in the USA to rave reviews, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), Brazil, London (Let’s Rock London, Happy Day Music Festival), Netherlands (Amsterdam’s Melkweg). We just did 2 TV shows in Washington DC as a group (WUSA9 and Roland Martin NewsOneNow), I did 2 solo TV appearances (Fox5DC and ABC7 Good Day Washington). There are numerous blog reviews and interviews like this one on ABCNews RadioOnline, and our second special aired on SIRIUSXM ‘The Groove’ with BK Kirkland October 29. Get in The Mood – iTunes

My most recent solo release is the critically acclaimed “Paradise” as well as ‘Dancer’ Remixes available at digital outlets worldwide. I’d still like to do a video for ‘Sanctuary’ and or ‘The Dawn.’ In this era there really are no rules with regard to releasing music and how long a project lives in the social realm. Youtube is the place for video releases no more waiting for networks to play it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Here I’m still amazed at how behind the times some fans remain in how they discover and keep up with artists they like – speaking of veteran artists like me primarily. We live in an information age..but some don’t use tools of reading and research no matter the topic to keep up or simply get informed.

After performing with Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony I’m inspired to make my next solo release symphonic. It will take time and I’ll probably do a crowd-funding for it due to the nature of recording a project like that. Stay tuned. As well, check out my recent collaborations with Dam-Funk from his ‘Invite The Light’ collection (Virtuous Progression) and French Horn Rebellion (Dancing Out, Cold Enough)..and I’ll keep you posted on my recent recorded duet ‘A Million Miles” with folk artist and sculptor Peter Harper (brother of Ben Harper).

 

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DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

Get taken away to PARADISE: iTunes DANCER Concept Video: Watch it Here

Up Next:

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November 11 Yoshi’s Oakland  it’s a new show from the last time we were there one of the exciting changes is the SRL set is now more focused on our own new music and my solo set has also changed -it’s hotter than ever. Tickets

Dec. 17, 2016 – Riverside Casino & Gold Resort Riverside Iowa

January 28. Golden Voice Presents Jody Watley and SRL  Tickets Now on Sale for my return to The Roxy Theatre for another birthday concert party – Tickets

Billboard Live Tokyo Feb. 6 – 7 , 2017

Billboard Live Osaka Feb. 9, 2017

 

Keep it movin’ forward!