Happy 30th Anniversary- Red, Hot & Blue A Monumental First. The First Sensible Shame-Free Pop Culture Response To HIV/AIDS

Via The Red Hot Org on Instagram

Thanks Esquire for a beautiful & impressively deep highlight reel from Red Hot’s 30 years of making music, raising awareness to fight AIDS + promote Harm Reduction!!

Rolling Stone Magazine

Jody Watley – “After You,Who” Video Still. Red Hot & Blue

I’m proud to be a part of such a monumental and important project and moment in history- there were few artists at the time willing to speak on the subject of HIV & AIDS.. even fewer was black artists. My label didn’t want me to do it because they thought my participation would give the impression that I was either gay and or had the virus. Some things are worth fighting to be a part of and for me this was one and creatively I got to do jazz!

Jody Watley Classic Rewind. Everything Acoustic Performance on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1995

 

Probably my first acoustic performance on television. This TV appearance and performance occurred while  on Broadway doing the hit musical Grease! and to coincide with my Greatest Hits album. Wonderful interview. Rest In Peace Regis Philbin.

Jody Watley Throwback Thursday in 1996 On Broadway In The Hit Musical GREASE!

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Jody Watley as Betty Rizzo Eugene O'Neil Theatre Broadway NYC

I brought leopard fabric for my dressing room couch.

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo Candid Backstage Eugene Oneil Theatre

Wig and microphone placement time!

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo and Danny Zuko Joseph Barbara 1996

Joseph Barbara as Danny Zuko – quick photo before heading to stage for Prom Sequence.

Grease The Musical Playbill Jody Watley Rizzo 1996

 

Jody Watley Euegne O'Neil Theatre Grease Musical Marquee 1996

Jody Watley Live in Grease The Musical Ad 1996 NYC Broadway

Jody Watley as Rizzo Broadway - with Ty Taylor

With the incredible Ty Taylor who went on the become badass soulful rocker and lead singer for internationally renowned band Vintage Trouble.

 

Jody Watley as Rizzo - Backstage 1 with Sandy and Pink Ladies

Jody Watley as Rizzo and Pink Ladies Broadway 1996

Jody Watley Dramalogue

Jody Watley “Making the cover of Drama-Logue was really cool!”

One of the most challenging, rewarding, fun and exhilarating experiences thus far in a variety of memorable experiences I’ve been blessed to be a part of. This show, cast and crew made it so much fun and got me through any anxiety and insecurities I had taking on the iconic role of Betty ‘Rizzo’ – and the first black woman or woman of color to play her. The toughest part was being away from my daughter and son at the time who were both school age causing me to exit the play after 3 months, both Arie and Lauren were brought out to see me and spend break time and once they returned home, it was just too hard for me to be without them. I’ve always felt bad as if I let everyone who believed in me down especially ..but my children have always come first. Since that time I did audition for a few other shows including Aida and The Color Purple (Shug Avery).

Trying to learn the hand jive and prom dance sequence almost caused me to drop out of Grease! ..I’ve never been good at learning choreography. Rewinding back I can still recall weeping in a dance rehearsal at the thought of not being able to do the role after working with acting coach and working so hard to nail the dialogue and nuance of Betty Rizzo. The choreographer and director never gave up on me. On opening night once I made it through that scene – I was good to go. Ask me to do hand jive or any of the choreography now..it’s a blank but when it was time, totally living in that moment. Life.

The role of ‘Teen Angel” while I was in the show initially was Chubby Checker (I first met him as a teen Soul Train dancer  on the Jerry Lewis Tele-thon when they wanted to place dancers behind him for the show  -funny story I’ll save for my memoir but one of those – you never know how your paths can cross with people down the line, so be kind. I never mentioned to him that we’d crossed paths way back when..) and then jazz great Al Jarreau who was the first person to tell me about zinc lozenges when I thought I might be coming down with a bit of a cold and hoarseness. Blessings.

Al Jarreau Lacey Jody Watley Cubby Checker Grease The Musical On Broadway 1996

Al Jarreau, Lacy Hornkul (Sandy), Jody Watley, Chubby Checker

Wattage!

Jody Watley Classic Image of The Day. VOGUE Italia.

Jody Watley Vogue Italia 1991

Jody Watley VOGUE Italia, 1991.

Paving the way in my own way and style.

 

Wattage!

Happy 28th Music Anniversary – Jody Watley ‘Affairs of The Heart’

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Jody Watley - Interview Magazine 1991

Jody Watley. Interview Magazine. “Affairs of The Heart” 1991.

 

Jody Watley-Affairs of The Heart - RnbSoulEffect Collage

Via RnB Soul Effect TV Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: December 3rd 1991  3rd album “Affairs Of The Heart” was released.

“I Want You” is the first single from Jody Watley’s third album Affairs of the Heart. The official music video, directed by Andy Morahan, was featured on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Producer – André Cymone
Songwriters – Jody Watley & André Cymone

Billboard Hot R&B Singles #5
Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #17

“I’m the One You Need” is the second single from Jody Watley’s third album, Affairs of the Heart.

Produced by house music pioneer, David Morales, “I’m the One You Need” constitutes Watley’s initial foray into house music (though its “Affairs of the Heart” predecessor, “I Want You”, boasted a house version). “I’m the One You Need” was Watley’s seventh Top 20 pop single in the US, and sixth Top five dance single, charting at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #6 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts, respectively.

U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #19
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles #23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #3

Producer – David Morales
Songwriters – Jody Watley, David Morales & Alec Shantzis

*Morales went on to have great commercial success with Mariah Carey.

“It All Begins With You” was the final single from Jody Watley’s third album, Affairs of the Heart. Reaching number eighty on the U.S. R&B chart.

** The single was a ‘commercial disappointment’ chart wise – however it was a success for me because I recorded it to honor my father, a minister in the Church of God and Christ and gospel on air personality – my first and biggest supporter when I was a little girl – he put it into the universe for me when he said his Princess Jody was going to be a star.

South Africa (RISA) #2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #48

Producer – Jody Watley
Songwriters – George Lyter, Michael OHara, Denise Rich

Executive producer: Jody Watley

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On a personal note..to listen to this album in full really brought tears to my eyes, proud that I was an remain true to myself no matter what – proud of the quality and growth. Yes, a big departure from my first two albums.

Despite marriage issues and record label woes of the time – I put together a very thoughtful and soulful record. It wasn’t what the masses wanted, or even my label as it was constructed by that point – but it was the record in my heart to write, conceptualize and record as an artist not a Hot 100 pop star doing predictable songs to feed the machine. The title song really says it all about who I am as an artist and a person who loves music. “..songs of love, songs of joy, songs of hope, songs of foreverness, songs of togetherness..”

Revisit this album if you missed it the first time around the maturity may not have vibed well with high school at the time – but now that you’ve done some living it just might.

Over the years it’s been interesting to see some artists get heralded for personal statement albums, being so ‘real’, growing, being fearless and so on… when the albums become blockbusters it’s all ‘bold and brave’ — well “Affairs of The Heart” was bold and brave though not a commercial blockbuster ..really no different in a way from quitting Shalamar when I did – never one for predictable choices.

“It’s all about the way you feel in your heart.” – Jody Watley

Available on all digital platforms.

 

 

Jody Watley Classic Images of The Day. Harper’s Bazaar Times Square 1991.

Jody Watley on location Times Square 1991 promoting “Affairs of The Heart.”

Tonight I’ll be in Times Square Sony Hall sharing the ongoing gift of music – Heart, Soul and Style.

See you there!

Jody Watley – Classic Image of The Day. Rolling Stone Magazine Fall Fashion Issue.

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1990 Rolling Stone Magazine Fall Fashion Issue (outtake Polaroid) – Versace Jacket paired with personal denim Levi 501’s and white #tees and earrings by Erickson Beamon – photography by William Laxton, styled by Patti O’Brien and Jody Watley, Hair by Sam McKnight, Make up by Brigitte Reiss Anderson.

 

“I think it’s more embraced by the public, fans, media when artists change their style from hair to wardrobe in today’s era. I received a lot of backlash when I went short initially for the first GAP celebrity ad campaign as well as People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful Issue.. nearly booed offstage at Soul Train Awards it’s a lasting memory will never forgetting the gasps, evil looks and chilly reception later met with rumblings of questioning my sexuality because I’d cut my hair short…then came Toni Braxton and Halle Berry making short cuts on black women all the rage and ‘acceptable’ ..for me it was ‘we like her with lots of hair’.. when for me I was making a statement I’m more than my hairstyles –never be afraid to go against the landscape or sacrifice what’s in your heart for popular opinion.” -Jody Watley

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 Classic Image. 90’s At The Grammy’s

As a former Best New Artist recipient and nominee in 1988, here I am at The Grammy Awards in 1993 to present Best New Artist. The winner that year was Toni Braxton.

I’m wearing a Jody Watley designed original as most of you know I’ve been primarily self styled over the years and designed many of my outfits.

Jody Watley. Classic Image of The Day. Holiday Cover Blues and Soul U.K.

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I’ve been fortunate to have solo success in America of course but also other countries in the world including Great Britain / United Kingdom. This is one of at least 3 cover features from Blues and Soul circa 1991.