Just after the show in my dressing trailer at Toucans — Pride event. As a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community and human rights advocate with decades of love and support shown to me – to reciprocate the love is always special
Despite music/sound power outages at the Toucans Tiki Lounge Event.. I was totally fine to improvise and sing some familiar hits accapella as the crowd sang along, it was awesome .. show business is unpredictable just like life – you just keep it moving — everyone was apologetic, I laughed took it all in stride and said I guess we were too hot for the machine – didn’t get to do the house mixes we had planned.. that said, the vibe, the love, energy and roses were appreciated.
Much love to the gentleman who gave me this gorgeous bouquet. Thank you to Nate Allen Smith, John “Havic” Gregory and Rosero McCoy for not missing a beat even when there wasn’t one.
A longtime advocate of the LGBTQ community Jody Watley will make her first appearance in Austin Texas for their Pride celebration on August 3, 2018 to perform a highlight set of some of her signature solo hits.
This is very exciting news. “Waiting In Vain” after making it into the Smooth Jazz Top 10, Billboard Top 25 remains in rotation on various stations. We go this exciting news today that it’s Top 10 with global listeners.
Check out the Top 50: Here – Download the single today and please tell a friend! “Waiting In Vain” is the perfect musical companion for a chillaxing summer evening or weekend.
The gears below the Paris Opera House (Le Palais Garnier)
Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.
Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.
This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt). It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.
You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.
Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.