Jody Watley ‘Renderings’ EP Arrives October 22.

Jody Watley ‘Renderings’ EP

Inspired by the art of Shawn West and remixes by renowned DJ/Producer Alex Di Ciò. Alex has contributed to all of my recent Top 5 U.K. Soul Chart releases.

-This mini collection of dance mixes arrives in time for the fall / winter season to keep you moving.

One of the definitions of a rendering is an interpretation or translation of art that’s what I thought about as I listened to Alex’s mixes that he was inspired to do on songs from my critically acclaimed “The Makeover’ and ‘Midnight Lounge’ electronic soul fused projects. I recognize that not everyone is up on everything I’ve done and quality music can be fresh discovered for the first time, especially in the digital age. All of the curated selections are danceable with meaningful lyrics from the empowering “A Beautiful Life”, the thought provoking “Clouds”, the relationship angst of “More”, the uplifting “Whenever” and the poignancy of “Not A Single Day” it’s a well round mini collection.

Looking at the art Shawn did for Instagram which is a mash-up of images classic and new which I immediately thought would be a cool piece of music artwork in a cover.

What I realize being on social media is that people discover and rediscover things all the time – something is always new to someone seeing or hearing anything for the first time. It’s also important to continue to be inspired and it may come in the most unexpected ways and sources.

The new anthem “Not A Single Day Goes By’ featuring Levi Seacer formerly of Prince’s NPG had been on my mind with so much loss of life and it being a song in remembrance of those who are no longer with us, sent to Alex to put his touch on it – so here we are!

Look for ‘Renderings’ on the streaming platform of your choice and of course downloads are always appreciated.

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Jody Watley ADLIB – Japanese Music Magazine. 1992

Jody Watley

ADLIB Magazine, Japan

I’ was pregnant with my wonderful son Arie and definitely had a more pared down style. Writing songs and conceptualizing for what would become 1993’s “Intimacy” album as my marriage was unraveling and my label had changed ownership – again. “Affairs of The Heart’ was also still being promoted by Universal Music Group Japan.

The A&R and promotions staff had also changed. They didn’t really love my creative direction musically however what has always been important to me is not get stuck in a box if formula and sameness -so to say I was introspective is an understatement.

Being a black girl from Chicago and seeing myself featured on Japanese magazines, British magazines and so on is something that has always been special. Rather than let these benchmarks collect dust in a garage or storage unit – I’m bringing some of them into the digital realm because it’s a part of the Jody Watley history and story that preceded the internet and social media.

I’ll have to locate the full article and feature and not just cover as well as the first time I was on the cover in 1988 for my solo debut.

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Jody Watley Feature In YOU Magazine – London’s Daily Mail 1991 – Throwback Thursday.

YOU Magazine. Daily Mail On. Sunday.
Jody Watley in Azzedine Alaia – Classic Image Of The Week.

Jody Watley. YOU Magazine, The Mail On Sunday The Daily Mail Newspaper U.K.

December 1991 “Affairs of The Heart” Interview

Interview by Chrissy Iley

Photography: Mike Owen

Make-up: Paul Starr

Here are a couple polaroids from my collection from that session:

Jody Watley – Wattage!
Custom suit by Richard Tyler.

Excerpt:

“Frail and delicate she may appear, but Jody Watley feels trapped by the image of the exotic songbird. Now, with a new solo album “Affairs Of The Heart” on the way and a little self-help psychology, she aims to soar”

“Since going solo, I’m very much a control freak. No one can be as passionate about my career as I am. It’s me, self expression, something I’ve wanted to do since I was 5…no one knows better as well that if you look a certain way – you’re going to be fighting to prove you’re also smart..”

“..If I’m good to myself I’ll be good to everyone else..I want to be remembered for what I have to say, the singer, the songwriter not the singer with Shalamar..”

As an artist always moving forward, these social media speciality days are an opportunity to share my past which is a part of my history and continued evolution. It’s good to be reminded that I’ve never lost myself in the midst of my ongoing desire to evolve, get better but remain true to myself. Women in any business are always fighting to be taken serious, to convey substance, value and intelligence as we are often the first to be demeaned and marginalized. In the music media often the tone is dismissive or condescending in some way..I’m not sure that has changed over the years unfortunately.

I love beauty and fashion and it’s a part of who I am and I’m proud of that – however it’s always been a dilemma at the same time, a double edged sword in a way because the substance is often overlooked — I continue to navigate this all these decades later.

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Wattage Thoughts. Morning Walks. Wellness and Daily Gratitude.

Morning Wattage!
Me – my shadow and my thoughts.
A beautiful autumn day.

Morning power walks have been a longtime part of my lifetfyle though there have been times I haven’t been as diligent and disciplined. Now – if I don’t feel like going out, I tell myself just go – even if you do a 10 minutes it’s better than nothing. My goal is usually 3 miles and I’m always happy when I exceed it with 4 miles, 4.5, 4.1 – I’m like Yess!

Walking is a great way to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, increase your heart health and overall mood. I make it a point to look around at the beautiful trees and flowers, the sky – the things that remind us the beauty of nature and life. There are so many blogs are I see really heavy on promoting who’s wearing what super expensive designer item..and not being judgmental because I love nice things..but as life goes along and getting older you appreciate or should appreciate that many of the best things are free. Taking moments of solitude to clear your mind of cluttering thoughts, social media, news.. is important. If you don’t live in the best neighborhood find a local park.

Whatever you choose to do the point is to keep moving and never take for granted just looking up – whether the sky is gray, full of clouds or blue – it’s another reminder to appreciate life and not get jaded. The autumn season is perfect to really be reminded of the beauty of changing seasons before it gets too cold to be out – take advantage of it. Do something good for your mind, body and spirit daily.

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Rest In Peace – DJ Lisa Moody – In Celebration Of A Life Well Lived

Jody Watley and DJ Lisa Moody 2020.
DJ Lisa Moody always with the Wattage vibes of good vibes.
DJ Lisa Moody, Jody Watley, Ultra Nate’
Joy – Wattage Crew in NYC after the concert-the staff were trying to kick us out for going overtime – it was a lovefest – this night we won’t forget.
Rest In Peace to a wonderful spirit and bad ass DJ.
Killin it!

Rest In Peace dearest DJ Lisa Moody – very sad to learn this news -really can’t find the right words.

Such a great lady, with a welcoming smile all the time and DJ always ready to bring joy and make every event special, lifting everyone’s mood through her skills — by the time I’d take the stage (dancing in my dressing room with the tunes bumping “Yess Lisa Yess!” – the atmosphere was perfect. Miss Lisa Moody always understood the assignment setting the tone for my concerts creating a festive musically soulful atmosphere spinning house music classics at some of my East coast shows in recent years NYC & D.C. – bringing so much joy and sense of oneness and community – truly special.

As half of Sugar Girl Squad with the great Ultra Nate’ – I also send my deep condolences to all the family, friends and colleagues in the Deep Sugar and House Music Community.

The good vibes, love and memories will live on, you will be missed. Soar with the angels and house music greats Miss Lisa Moody. To have touched so many people through the music turntables and beyond, for everyone to remember your kindness is a life well lived.

People will forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will always remember the way you made them feel. – Maya Angelou.

Lisa’s birthday message to me earlier this year.

From Lisa on my birthday;
I couldn’t let this day/night go by without wishing a Happy Happy Birthday to the #icon, Queen of Cool and everything fierce & fabulous @jodywatley! During these tough times you continue to inspire & encourage us all! Cheers to you! 🥂♥️🤗 ✨ #wattage

😔❤️🙏🏽✨🕊 #djlisamoody 🎶🎧💿

Weekend Wattage. Live. Love. Laugh.

Jody Watley – Casual Weekend Chic!

Wishing everyone the best of the weekend!

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Jody Watley Classic Magazine Cover of The Day. Blues and Soul U.K. 1989

Jody Watley. Blues and Soul 1989

Photography by Steven Meisel from my second solo multi-platinum album “Larger Than Life”

“I pride myself on being involved on all aspects of what I’m doing..all I can do is the best I can..”

The above is still true all these years later.

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Jody Watley Classic Covers Of The Day. British Music Magazine – Echoes

Jody Watley, 1987 – Echoes
Jody Watley, 1989 – Echoes.

Discovering all sorts of gems trying to organize the vast press clippings in my archives. I’m fortunate to have hits in other countries like the U.K. though I rarely get over there going back to my early releases in the 80’s and 90’s on the Official Charts, and later on their Dance and Soul Charts.

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Monday Wattage Thoughts. You Are The CEO Of Your Life.

You are the CEO of your life. You are allowed to hire, fire, demote – promote and adjust your life path and vision how you see fit. Make sure you have a great team, remain open to learn and grow but know that you must have and take agency over your life and decisions. Handle your business – your life.

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Grammy Winning Artist Jody Watley On The Cross Connection With Tiffany Cross – Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Don Cornelius’ Soul Train TV Show.

In case you missed it – here’s the link to Watch It Now on MSNBC : https://www.msnbc.com/cross-connection/watch/iconic-tv-show-soul-train-turns-50-122588741958