I continue to have so many memorable experiences, this ranks high. Afternoon tea at the Royal Palace of Malaysia with then Queen Tuanju Fauziah attended by all participants of the Force of Nature Aid Relief Concert in 2004. The motorcade of us all going to the Palace with police escorts was it’s own piece of epicness. In 2004, though we all had cell phones, it’s not like today’s technology and taking the phone out to capture every moment – and not being in the moment. Definitely took it all in!
Everyday – Be You.. aspire toward a better version, that way you won’t get stuck and you won’t compare yourself to anyone – YOU are your only measuring stick – in being YOU.
Someone admonished me the other day on one of my social media pages – “Get your teeth fixed, you have the money.” It was not only rude (some say things and troll public figures as if we are not human beings) but I found it an example of how others judge what others might be comfortable with. I actually embrace my bottom teeth being crooked – there is beauty in imperfection to me. When I was in People Magazine 50 Most Beautiful I mentioned those very crooked teeth which have not impeded my music career or success in any way .. and if so as this person said .. if I’m judged on something as superficial as a few crooked bottom teeth – I’m still fine with me and who I am beyond my looks. We should all learn to love ourselves and yes if you want to fix something, do it not to conform to what society thinks or others- do it because you want to, or not.
Last weeks performance of one of my solo Pop/R&B classic hits was one of the best of the countless times I’ve performed it over the decades. My voice still retains it’s unique resonance and tone – though time has given it more depth. In soundcheck, I usually like to break the songs down to either piano and vocals, acoustic and so on before we bring all of the instruments in. There’s something more intimate that happens when the listener is just with voice and a lone instrument. No frills, vocal gymnastics and distractions – just the lyric and delivery to really touch a person in a different way.
Here’s a snippet from soundcheck of “Everything.” Make sure to subscribe to the Official Jody Watley YouTube channel : Subscribe
Coming up in August a variety of concerts and appearances – two with my full band and show August 16 New York, Sony Hall August 17 opening for Jeffrey Osborne in Atlanta Mable House Barnes Amphitheater.
As well if you’re in Honolulu September 7 – don’t miss a very special Jody Watley ‘Unplugged.’
Photography: Victoria Pearson ‘Don’t You Want Me’ — funky, trendsetting style. 1987-88 Classic.
Photography: Jon Ragel for Us Magazine – Elegance. 1993 Intimacy era.
I’m me with each project..I’m also a different me with new goals, emotions and inspirations as life dictates my soul and spirit to reflect through my art and music – never wanting to be a pop star.. just an artist and a woman at peace within herself for the choices I make at any given time…always evolving.