Jody Watley. Classic Image of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar 1988 Photography by Legendary Francesco Scavullo

Jody Watley Harper's Bazaar 1988 by Francesco Scavullo

Jody Watley 1988 in May’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar photographed by Francesco Scavullo wearing Angel Estrada, hair by Jeff Woodley, make up by John Evans.

I’ve told the story before, but here it is again in a quick snapshot. When my publicist notified that Harper’s Bazaar wanted to feature me in the magazine with photo session in New York by the legendary fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo who has lensed some iconic images over the decades. They had no idea who he was or the additional significance.

this wasn’t a common occurrence in the music business at that time. My label did not agree to fly me to New York for this major opportunity asking me what did being in a fashion magazine have to do with selling records – forget the major exposure, the broadening of the audience, establishing me beyond music as a budding fashion icon and brand or however one wishes to look at things. I didn’t want to miss out and so I paid for my own flights and hotel to do this. Always invest in yourself if you have the means to do so.

Eventually of course major labels embraced the concept and additional prestigious PR and it became commonplace -and of course went even further with black superstar women in music like Rihanna, Beyonce, and more (Ciara, Alicia Keys) gracing the cover of high fashion magazines.

My solo debut was so monumental in a variety of ways beyond the Grammy nominations, winning Best New Artist, the hit singles and more. Always believe in yourself.

 

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Experience The Colors Of Christmas With Jody Watley, Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen

Tickets on sale now for the holiday show of the season- The Colors Of Christmas. This is a classy evening of Christmas music with a few hits sprinkled in and the only time you get to see these types of onstage duets and choral performances.

The Colors of Christmas Tix and Info

New Video Post Alert. Jody Watley Official YouTube Channel

New video post Jody Watley & SRL “The Mood” Live In Concert. Our final concert of 2019 was in San Antonio, Texas at the Jo Long Theatre. It was a great night and I wanted to share this video. Looking forward to more memorable live concert experiences in 2020 with the guys and all of you.

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“The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ Mix Top 2 UK Soul Chart, 2018 – and still in the Top 5 of my contemporary releases streaming at all digital outlets – most coming from Spotify. You can also download it from iTunes, Amazon, etc.

 

 

NEW BTS. Jody Watley YouTube Channel.

A few behind the scenes moments from last Saturday in San Antonio to close out the Jody Watley & SRL concert season.

 

Jody Watley. Jo Long Theatre Recap.

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Near capacity crowd – lots of love in the house to kick off Jo Long Theatre at The Carver Community Cultural Center new season.

Sound and visuals check. Design by Ray Easmon.

Testing out new opening choreography with SRL Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory.

 

Jody Watley Jo Long Theatre Backstage

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Jody Watley & SRL. The guys join me for a couple of my Shalamar classics our own 2018 UK Soul chart hits “The Mood” & “The Passion” and then return later to show off their dance skills in the Classic Jody Watley hits section.

I had to take off my heels and get in the audience for a twirl during a rousing version ‘Skin Deep’ from “Midnight Lounge” it was my favorite part of the show.

 

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A ‘Real Love’ pose with John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Nate Allen Smith. Fan capture.

Jody Watley Live 2019 Jo Long Theatre Fan Pic

Fan capture, during finale.

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Looking For A New Love. Fan capture.

Lupe Ortiz Jo Long Theatre

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Jody Watley & Lupe Ortiz who made the trip from Fort Worth and always shows a lot of love and support on social media too. Wattage!

Jody Watley Roses Sound Board After show

Always taking the time to smell the roses and the love from my fans and their generosity – beautiful bouquet from Lupe. I also received a beautiful owl scarf (I love owls) from one of my recent Cameo requests – I made sure they had backstage passes!

 

Jody Watley. Detroit Sound Board with Tony Tone Toni Recap.

Jody Watley with Tony! Toni! Tone! for the second time, for another funky fabulous and stylish evening.

Loved the venue, totally state of the art! Lots of positive feedback on my various social media pages and as always I appreciate those who come out and support the live music experience. The audience was reserved at first, a sense of ‘judgement’ is always in the air especially with a certain demographic.. some people who come to judge me (what’s she giving? is she any good? what does she look like…. and of course SRL who join me on a couple of my Shalamar classics before we move on. Nate is also a show man and the combination of Nate with John ‘Havic’ Gregory is a hit with fans loving the new vibes.. in the end they always end up having a good time, and receiving the positive vibes. Visit my Instagram and Facebook pages for more some of the fan videos I’ve shared.

Admittedly, I have a certain dislike for people being on their phones and filming the show..short snippets are ok, good angles preferred. In this case many did capture the full stage rather than zooming in on just me. What I know is most are always surprised I don’t just come out and sing my hits..I bring a level of production, glamour, spontaneity and a lot of heart and some inspiration added in.

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Pre-Show with D’wayne Wiggins & Tony! Toni! Tone!

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Ready to take the stage – Wattage!

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Jody Watley & SRL 2019. Detroit. Sound Board, ready to bring the heat!

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Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory. SRL 2019. 

Jody Watley SRL and Band

Wonderful and stylish band. Roland Hamilton, Wallace Butts, John ‘Havic Gregory (SRL), Nate Allen Smith (SRL), Naz Chambi, Keith Eaddy, Kerry Griffin all a part of the collective.

 

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Jody Watley 2019 Live Capture Sound Board Detroit

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Disco fabulous soul (joining me for a couple of my Shalamar hits) and contemporary new soul with SRL our UK Soul hits (The Mood, The Passion Alex Di Cio Mixes)

 

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Singing one of my classic hits ‘Everything’ after receiving beautiful roses.

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Not just a solo debut.. a multiple Grammy nominee, Grammy winning solo debut – so I always have to do it justice..this show does it best.. timeless imagery.

Jody Watley Solo Debut Intro Sound Board Live 2019

Delivering – Classic Jody Watley with a modern edge as always.

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Jody Watley Roses Sound Board After show

Taking time to smell the roses after the concert.

Up next San Antonio, Texas – Jo Long Theatre at The Carver; it will be our last show of 2019, though I will be doing 3 California holiday performances in ‘The Colors of Christmas” with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen.

Jody Watley & SRL will pick it up again as a collective in 2020.

Jody Watley Upcoming Concerts October 2019 and More.

A reminder of upcoming Jody Watley concerts for October and tickets on sale for two early 2020 events.

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Catch me live October 13 in Detroit at SoundBoard, Motor City Casino with Tony! Toni! Tone! A few tickets remain: Here

San Antonio, Texas we are going in on October 19 for my first concert in this city in decades.

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Tickets on sale now for The Howard Theatre, Washington D.C.  – A Music Journey Hits and Beyond.

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Tickets: The Howard Theatre

 

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Jody Watley Tulsa Soul Fest Recap

The event, originally an outdoor event was moved indoors to the Cox Business Center. It was a beautiful thing to see a music event with major sponsors to make it a free city family friendly concert and also be in celebration of  Tulsa’s own former NBA player and respected jazz musician Waymon Tisdale. I performed ‘Skin Deep’ in celebration of Tisdale because I’d done two Smooth Jazz Cruises around the time of the original release of “Midnight Lounge” – the message was appropriate as well.

It was really special to see The Whispers, my former label mates from back in my Shalamar, Solar Records years..Scotty with the classic response!

 

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Hotel suite – on my way straight to stage.

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SRL (Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory’) are ready too! A quick photo before heading to Cox Business Center.

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I don’t throw ‘legendary’ around casually – this is pretty epic if you know the history of hits here. Jody Watley // Shalamar // Solar Galaxy of Stars Tour// The Whispers

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Always – Own it.

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Making it a night to remember — with Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory 

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Up Next October t:

October 13 – Detroit Soundboard Motor City Casino with Tony Toni Tony

October 19 –  San Antonio  Jo Long Theater

Welcome Autumn. Wattage Thoughts.

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Summer scene..enjoying the view in Waikiki – it was a work trip but I made it relaxing too!

Hopefully you found time to enjoy summer with some days off, chilling, enjoying your me time or family, traveling..whatever you made time to do. As time continues to move on make sure you are living life not just going through life. Learning to revel in the moment, learning to pat yourself on the back for overcoming obstacles or some days feeling like you’d like more rainbows than rain – you are here, we are here. That within itself is a blessing and time waits for no one and remember to appreciate the small things because one day they may very well be the big ones you reflect on. Don’t let anyone rob you of your joy.

Just as trees shed their dead leaves to bloom in new ones for spring..don’t be afraid of new growth while remaining solid like the tree!

Wishing everyone the best of the season.

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Photography by Debra L. Rothenberg – Sony Hall NYC August 16 2019

Up Next :: September and October —

September 28 – Soul Fest Tulsa Guthrie Green a family friendly event with The Whispers

October 13 – SoundBoard Detroit, Motor City Casino with Tony! Toni! Tone!

October 19 – Jo Long Theater at Carver Community Cultural Center – Get Tickets 

 

 

New To Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel – Don’t You Want Me Live and Unplugged.

Be sure to subscribe as I continue to develop the channel – concert clips, behind the scenes, monthly inspirational vlog, new music videos and specially curated playlists! I really enjoyed this Unplugged concept, so pure. I look plan to bring it to a few other intimate venues in 2020.

JODY WATLEY YOUTUBE.