R&B Superstars Keith Sweat, Babyface & Jody Watley will take the First Security Amphitheater stage on August 14th. Welcomed by KOKY 102.1 and Power 92 Jams, tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10am and you can get yours with no fees if you purchase before June 19th.
Thank you Capital Pride for having me!
To all of my LGBTQ fans – thank you for always loving me and I love you back!
“It don’t matter if you’re young or old – don’t matter if you’re straight or gay – everybody needs to feel loved..show love” – Jody Watley “Affection, 1995”
Via Capital Pride DC.
We are excited to announce that Grammy Winning Artist @jodywatley has JUST BEEN ADDED to the Capitol Stage for the Capital Pride Concert presented by @hot995, @prideradio & @darcars!
Join us for this FREE event on 6/12 from 1pm-8pm on America’s Mainstreet, Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd Street, NW in conjunction with the Capital Pride Festival from Noon to 10pm.
Jody Watley is a GRAMMY award winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner; recognized as a style icon and one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music and listed in Billboard as one of the Top 60 Female Artists of All Time and Top 25 Dance Artists of All Time.
From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
Watley’s eclectic repertoire spans – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.
With so many acts to choose from all weekend across four entertainment stages, there’s something for everyone at Motor City Pride, from June 11-12. Add these seven not-to-be-missed performances to your short list.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Pride Stage.
Jody Watley may be inching toward her fifth decade as a performer, but her beats are fresh as ever. Watley’s resume includes an impressive list that showcases the star’s versatility: Grammy-winning R&B artist, chart-topping pop sensation, songwriter, record producer. More Details: https://pridesource.com/article/from-jody-watley-to-mac-diesel-7-motor-city-pride-2022-acts-you-wont-want-to-miss/
I had such a blast being on the bill with Frankie Beverly & Maze back in December 2021 for the Winter White Party at Texas CU Theater – we are doing it again this time in Los Angeles at The Microsoft Theater on August 7, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday: This will be my only Los Angeles appearance this year so don’t miss it – Jody Watley Solo Debut 35 Anniversary Concert!
I took this selfie before going onstage for Jammin’ De Mayo Saturday. I’d hurt my knee somehow, had a severe limp getting around and felt bummed that I would not be able to be as mobile as usual in my performance.
No matter what I was going to go on that stage and give my all and the smile was and is the light switch. I took this and said “Let’s Get It Girl!” As long as I can sing – the show will still go on, even if I have to be seated and give you all upper body poses, shoulders and face – the smile – the joy – the wattage is in effect.
Smiling at the crowd and catching their smiles back at me is always magic. They never know what an artist might be going through offstage or on it. I believe in energy and the reciprocation of it returns.
Ii thought of this quote this morning and thought I’d share it as a reminder in case you may be having a rough day or someone else might be —
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — by Leo F. Buscaglia
Jody Watley Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Jammin’ De Mayo 2022
Photo by Teena Solano Craighill
Next Up: June 3 – Mable House Amphitheater, Atlanta
June 3. A Night Under The Stars
Mable House Amphitheater
See you there!
Jody Watley will be on the bill with AWB for An Evening of Funk & Soul Mable House Barnes Amphitheater. Be there June 3, 2022.
Released #OTD April 27, 1987
“Still A Thrill”
Written by: Jody Watley & Andre Cymone
Produced by Andre Cymone, David Z.
Billboard Charts #3 Hot R&B, #8 Dance, #56 Hot 100
The first artist or entity allowed to film a music video in the Paris Opera House, thank you to director Brian Grant.
“I wanted to showcase my power register in the vocal range, initially a concept to present to Grace Jones as a possible duet that didn’t come to fruition. Andre slayed this groove and then I came up with the title, theme melody and lyrics, it was magic and an instant if not underrated funk jam. It was a hit but faltered somewhat on the pop side because it was so different from ‘Looking For A N ew Love’. It was important to me at this time to showcase as well that black girls could be different, edgy, and international.I loved those Duran Duran videos shot on location.
The theme of the video was ‘Paris By Night, it always makes me smile when people tell me they have made it a point to travel to Paris and go to the Opera House and take photo’s on the grand entrance staircase. There is no choreography or choreographer to show me what to do, no stylist to tell me what was cool to wear. All the dancing is freestyle and created in the moment with Tyrone Proctor who I’d known from my Soul Train days as a teenager. Another fact that distinguishes me from other artists at that time – no team of dancers, high style and singular focus. I didn’t want to be like anyone else and was clear of my vision of who I am.”
Watch Jody Watley ‘Still A Thrill” Full Video on Youtube: Here
Hear thoughts on collaborator & producer Andre Cymone: