Read the in-depth conversation with write Quentin Harrison, Albumism: Here
Read the in-depth conversation with write Quentin Harrison, Albumism: Here
This is an honor to be included on this list. In my efforts and journey as an artist, songwriter, producer and entreprenuer..and in the midst of my career being a mother raising two children and being able to primarily single-handedly raise them to be quality and ground human beings (my most significant job/role) sending them off to college to achieve their dreams as young adults.
Fighting for everything, facing every challenge, continuing to grind, working hard far beyond what people know or see – succeeding toward new goals like many every day.
The older I’ve gotten the more it’s important to know that through this my work and chosen profession in music with this type longevity, knowing many have counted me out since the beginning..through this I hope it inspires others to be fearless and strong – even when there are times you feel despair, discouraged, weak and want to give up..keep going – stay strong.
Read the feature on Poptastic Confessions: Here
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Read the Review from the sold-out The Roxy Theatre on HighWireDaze: Here
Concerts Up Next:
Tokyo Feb.6-7 Billboard Live
Osaka Feb. 9-Billboard Live
Beijing Feb. 14 – Blue Note “An Evening of Love and Soul” with Jody Watley
Chicago May 25 The Promontory, Hyde Park
Niagra Falls May 26 Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino Bears Den
New York May 27 B.B. Kings
More dates TBA.
It was another unbelievable night of good vibes and loved delivered and shared with a sold-out rapturous and diverse crowd at legendary The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA on the Sunset Strip.
Local house music DJ Ben set the mood.
A lot of songs from my debut of were performed of course, and as well I mixed it up with hits and gems from other albums including the current “Paradise” – but the night was really a celebration of my Grammy nominated debut single “Looking for a New Love” and Grammy winning introduction as a solo artist, as well as it being my birthday weekend and having the opportunity to share with my fans. My style vibe accented the night with some pieces from the Marc Jacobs classic MTV inspired 2017 Fall Capsule Collection, as well as a custom lace tux by designer Kevan Hall for ‘Real Love’ finale. Levi Seacer Jr. my new music director did an incredible job updating some of the arrangements giving the band an overall funkier feel.
Because pop icon George Michael was also a part of my first record, an acoustic tribute to him , performing one of my fav’s of his ‘Waiting For That Day’ was also a part of the evening of music. My emotions ran high.
One of my favorite elements of the new show for Los Angeles was adding little kids to the dance squad – a nod to my ‘Dancer’ video. It’s about diversity and that means a variety of ages onstage as well.
SRL. devoted our set to new music including a preview of our song called ‘What’ which will be on the forthcoming “Bridges.”
Photography by Duane Abner. All rights reserved.
Naima Mora – Check out her boutique! I’ve worn one of the designs from her collection, I’m such a fan of hers and met her recently – total sweetheart.