Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Giving Them Something To Talk About.

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded continue to knock it out of the park pushing the needle forward. It was the second time around at Harrah’s Atlantic City with one of the most dynamic shows out touring. The audience gets favorites spanning decades and genres as diverse as disco R&B, Funk, Pop, Hip hop, Adult contemporary and Dance as well as new music. A near full house at Harrah’s were treated to an emotional tribute to music legend Prince led by group guitarist Levi Seacer Jr., former member of Prince’s NPG.

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy) pictured with  Regional Talent Supervisor of Caesar’s Entertainment Warren Bader.

The new single and video O.R.I.G.in.A.L. available at digital retailers worldwide through Avitone Recordings has surpassed 100k views on Facebook and approaching 90K on Youtube with spotlight features on music blogs (Singersroom, Eurweb, Poptastic Confessions, Essence and more) – solid numbers for the new era music and social media business.
Watch it Again O.R.I.G.in.A.L:  Youtube
NEW on Essence Magazine: Here
For serious booking inquiries, fill out booking form.
Up Next:
June 25 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego – Freestyle Explosion Tour
July 9 – Black Rodeo Jackson Mississippi Fairground
July 30 – Mill Valley Casino, Deep Water Amphitheatre
August 27 – Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center – Freestyle Explosion
More dates TBA.

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Rock Harrah’s Atlantic City Again.

We brought our new show to Harrah’s Atlantic City and really took things up a notch. It was another stellar experience, nothing but love from the crowd. Undeniably, our favorite moment of the show was a toss up between ‘Full of Fire’ which turned into a tribute to Prince..Levi really had the audience nearly in tears with his beautiful solo and impromptu playing..the spirit just took us there. We’d planned to extend ‘Still a Thrill’ and go into a few jams like DMSR, Erotic City, Sexy Dancer, Cool..just vibe it..but we ran out of time when it felt like we were just getting warmed up at 90 minutes!

‘Dancer’..you really have to be at one of the concerts to be a part of it. To get everyone moving and grooving so much fun and a blessing. The Shalamar Reloaded was enthusiastically received as well which of course is what we wanted. We are moving forward..that’s what life is about. Learn your lessons. take control of your choices and life and keep it pushing no matter what people have to say.

Here are some behind the scenes photo’s.

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The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

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Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City! 

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Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

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Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.

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Meet and Greet!

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Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.

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Checking in..

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This connection came through social media, Matthew tweeted he’d proposed to his longtime sweetheart ..because she was longtime fan of mine he’d bought tickets to the show as a surprise. I invited them to the VIP Meet and Greet so I could meet them both and congratulate them. #RealLove 

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Always ready to slay. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Two hot sets of hits, new music and more – in one hot show. It’s an experience.

Levi Seacer Jr. our guitarist and former Prince and the NPG member, says it perfectly at the end of the short clip.

 

 

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

 

 

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow April 15 for Harrah’s Atlantic City concert May 12.  Come out for a night of music spanning disco, soul, pop, dance, R&B and more: Ticketmaster  – it’s always a party with Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Harrah’s Atlantic City Pre-Sale.

Pre-sale tickets are available April 12, on sale April 15 for the upcoming concert May 12 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino Atlantic City. Tickets:  Ticketmaster

We are thrilled for the return engagement and look forward to bringing the new double concert to the venue.As always, we’ll probably switch some things up from our recent sold-out concert in New York. We definitely give you something to see, hear and dance to.

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Springing Forward.

We’re looking forward to B.B. Kings in New York this weekend. We dropped a teaser social media clip for our forthcoming new single O.R.I.G.IN.A.L coming May 6. On the travel front we headed to Lafayette, Louisiana for the Southwest Black Rodeo March 19 and had another enjoyable time with each other and all of the southern hospitality. Onward!

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It’s not an official Jody Watley and  Shalamar Reloaded day unless we pause for one of our selfies! This was after rehearsal on a warm spring day in North Hollywood.

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Jody Watley – cowgirl vibes. Lafayette, Louisiana at soundcheck Cajundome.

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We put in work, and can rock any concert anywhere anytime – with style and flair. Shalamar Reloaded.

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Ready for the concert. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy). Southwest Black Rodeo, Real Cowboys Association March 19, 2016. Cajundome.

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New in the boutique – Shalamar Reloaded T. 

Shop: https://www.jodywatley.bigcartel.com

Tickets to BB Kings: Here

The Journey. A Marvelous Experience with Friends.

**The first blog post from my phone** – may have formatting issues.

 

I flew to Orlando again after being there a couple of weeks ago for SuperFreestyle Explosion Concert. This time was a private event at Hard Rock Live. Being with Rosero McCoy, John “Havic” Gregory and Wallace Butts of Avid Music Inc, we reflected on how long we’ve worked together (Rosero and I since 98, Havic since 2005, Wallace and I joke we were friends when Pyramids were built, horse and buggy-you get the picture)  and have been such close friends. This is no easy feat in life.

When you have people in your life where you bring out the best in each other, laugh, and survive the ups and downs – cherish it and hold on to it!

It was a great surprise as well to have my likeness added to the famed The Palm restaurant. Here in Los Angeles it was a longtime family favorite of my son Arie, daughter Lauren and my Mom.

 

 

Jody Watley added to the famous wall at The Palm. Orlando.

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Welcome dinner at The Palm Restaurant, Hard Rock Orlando. Excellent hotel and restaurant.

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Like a fine wine, just gets better with time! – This was another nice surprise, Jody Watley wine.

 

In the moment a moment of gratitude looking up beauiful scenery and weather while having morning coffee. in Orlando at Hard Rock Resort

 

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Spectacular stage.

 

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Green rooms are never green. Backstage.

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With John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero at lunch (photo by Wallace Butts).

– lunch and reflections.

 

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Badass. With Rosero and Havic before we smash the stage.

 

 

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Rosero, Dancers Ricki and Tori from Orlando, Havic at Hard Rock Live

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Life is like a box of chocolates..you never know what to expect.

 

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After party hang with Rosero and Havic – what a great event and trip. Thank you Sammy’s!

 

 

 


Soundchecking – Everything.

 

John “Havic” Gregory pulled this one up at lunch from our Sunset Junction Los Angeles performance. in 2006..my daughter Lauren is also pictured with one of her best friends Suna Haroon. Rosero intense and focused as always. We were also astounded that my daughter has not aged one bit.

 

Jody Watley. Week in Review. Musings.

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Jody Watley, Shalamar Reloaded and Dance Crew San Jose. SAP Center.

We took to the stage for a couple of Valentine’s weekend performances. With the Freestyle Jam concerts being multiple acts my concern being late in the show  was potential time constraints. Sure enough, in San Jose being next to last, their schedule had apparently run behind. The DJ banter between acts went on longer I was told after the fact which made the schedule run long. Unfortunately, my already short set was cut short near the end as a DJ in a red dress was making her way onstage as I was making my way for a quick change before ‘Real Love.’ My tour manager motioned they had to cut and I was out of time. Slightly confused, I was like ‘OK..wow’ — long story short before I knew it the crowd was booing – as the DJ ‘Christie’ red dress told the crowd “Jody Watley had to leave..” – it was as is suddenly I was in the Roman Coliseum thrown to the lions! Shocked I said to my tour manager “What did she say?” Before anything further could be said – I was back onstage taking the microphone from her hand to address the crowd. “Don’t say that..that’s a lie, that’s not the truth..I don’t have to leave..you guys are running late – you cut my set..” or something to that effect is what I remember. The boo’s turned to cheers and chants of “Jody, Jody” – as I’m making my impromptu speech, Ms. Red dress is in my ear muttering some disrespectful things..and warning me I’d better get off the stage..

Needless to say – it could have all gone further south in an instant.

The jest of whaT I said from what I recall is to not let people disrespect you…

It’s a cutthroat business. As I made it to the dressing room in my fury and hurt I fell, twisted my ankle..as it was dark on the side of the stage. The first person I saw in the light was my daughter Lauren who was there visiting. I started crying and she told me everything would be OK..and reminded me that I’m the best Mom..and I have a lot of class and sometimes people don’t like that I have class and want to take me down..

To the station 98.1 – I could live with my set being cut short – but for anyone to lie without reason and to potentially in one act damage a reputation as a professional and esteemed artist was unnecessary and unwarranted. Reflecting on it and hearing from a multitude of fans who reacted on social media..some even saying Boycott the station, how they did me dirty, rude, disrespectful..it was a resounding win for me coming back to the stage to address the crowd. “They tried to throw Jody Watley under the bus.” DJ Christie did apologize to my tour manager and went on about how she was a big fan..however we all know actions will tell you everything a person needs to know.

Always stand up for yourself when you can and take power over situations like that. People with throw dirt on you in an instant and could not care less how it impacts you..so don’t be a doormat.

After that experience, I asked to be placed earlier in the evening so if other acts run late – it won’t impact me again.

Our experience at Orleans Arena was great. The station showed nothing but respect – the crowd was great. I’d done an on air interview with one of their women DJ’s Zenja Dunn a couple of weeks before – she was excited to meet me in person.

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Radio Personality Zenja Dunn, Jody Watley and Connie.Vegas 105.7

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Squad. Backstage Orleans Arena.  Jody Watley, Shalamar Reloaded and dancers.

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Jody Watley Hoops.

The beat don’t stop.

 

Up Next:

Feb. 26 – Miami Bank United Center / Freestyle Explosion

Feb. 26 – Orlando CFE Arena / Freestyle Explosion

March 10 – Private Event Hard Rock Orlando

March 19 – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA Southwest Black Rodeo