Jody Watley Classic Images of The Week. A Look Back and Forward With My Hand-Held Fan.

Working the skirt and handheld fan was inspired by flamenco dancers as a child and later the delicate use in Japanese culture. My collection is ever-growing from gifts to those I purchase in my travels..as well as custom.

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Jody Watley – Ebony Magazine. Trendsetter. Soul Train…I even had a handheld fan brooch for extra detail.

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Jody Watley – Ebony Magazine. Trendsetter. Soul Train.

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Channeling Josephine Baker. Essence Magazine.

Jody Watley Live 2019 Jo Long Theatre Fan Pic

A staple at my live shows. Often imitated over the years.

By always doing my own thing, keeping to myself, and just not being afraid to be different for the most part has always made me feel like a bit of an outcast – I’ve always been comfortable with that for the most part.

I’ve seen the popularity of the hand-held fan grow over the decades, and those who try to emulate or imitate me make use. It’s an art form if used properly.

Jody Watley Classic Throwback Thursday Photo Of The Day. Shalamar Era.

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Wattage!

I believe this is 1980  for RightOn! Magazine, a feature on my style – in this case hair. This is around the time of Shalamar ‘Three For Love’ album. The style came about because of not wanting to braid to the ends because the unbraiding would be more time consuming. It was unique at the time.

Very proud of the resilience I continue to have, the woman and artist I grew to be – still trying to be the best ME I can be no matter what. I’m full of gratitude, healthy and happy fast forwarding decades later living life and going beyond what I ever dreamed initially to create new ones.

Always choose to believe in yourself and keep growing – never get stagnant or lose faith.

Jody Watley – Essence Magazine Cover. Classic Image of The Day.

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Jody Watley – “Larger Than Life Album” Turns 30

Albumism: Happy 30th Anniversary to Jody Watley’s Second Solo Album “Larger Than Life” Originally Released March 27, 1989 – Read it Here on Albumism

Happy Music Anniversary to my second solo album “Larger Than Life” featuring Top 10 singles “Real Love” the groundbreaking collaboration with Eric B & Rakim “Friends” the ballad “Everything” as well as the beautiful “Precious Love” :: The album cover with photography by legendary fashion Steven Meisel and Art Direction by Lynn Robb and I, is also in 1000 Album Covers published by Taschen.

Jody Watley. Happy Music Anniversary 32 to My Solo Debut.

Happy Music Anniversary to my solo debut “Jody Watley” released on February 23, 1987! “you know it’s funny.. funny how times flies..as I watch days turn into years..” and decades – still me..keeping it new! Thanks to those who still rock and roll with me and my music in all of it’s continued incarnations beyond my debut into the NOW!

Eternal thanks to all involved who helped me execute my vision and exceed all expectations.

It’s not years of life of music – it’s the life in living life and good music which has no expiration date and continues to be discovered and appreciated.

Wattage!

Just Added. Jody Watley Microsoft Theater with The Bangles, Bananarama and More

A few Jody Watley solo classics for this one! Be there, January 29, 2019 Microsoft Theater – get your tickets before it sells out.

It’s a blessing to continue to make new music and a blessing to have classic hits too!

New Jody Watley Fan Art.

Jody Watley – by Will Dimension inspired by my 80’s music and style.

Classic Jody Watley Photo of The Day. Interview Magazine 1987

Jody Watley, Interview Magazine, 1987

Photography: Karen Filter

Makeup: Wendy Osmunson

Jody Watley Classic Image Of The Day. Best New Artist 1988

Decades of hits, influence in style, fashion meets music in early celebrity ad campaigns, high profile editorial features, the first artist to introduce the rap/sung formula Pop/R and B, Dance with Hip Hop Rap on the groundbreaking multi format Crossover hot “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim – a formula that continues to dominate commercial music and ended up with a category of its own at The Grammys by The Recording Academy in the 90’s to being ranked by Billboard Magazine as one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists Of All Time in 2016 and still going strong – Jody Watley is not only one of the music s most enduring and versatile stars as well she is one of Grammys Best New Artist success stories.

Albumism 100 Most Dynamic Solo Debut Albums: Jody Watley

Quentin Harrison “It was all about identity authenticity for Jody Watley in 1987.” ..

Read the full review and list : Albumism