Jody Watley with band and sqaud backstage Taste of Soul LA 2018 before taking the stage. (Clarissa McElroy, Naz Chambi, Roland Hamilton, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Keith Eaddy, John Gregory, Lizz Watts) not pictured Kerry Griffin. Photography by Tyler Miles.
Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
In 2018 Watley was listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Female Artists of All Time as well as Top Dance Artists of All Time. Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.
Watley will take the stage for Taste of Soul for a hit packed set that will also include her much buzzed about new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy on the 94.7 The Wave Stage.
Dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival, The Taste of Soul Family Festival takes features a taste of all things “soulful” including food from local restaurants, live entertainment, displays from local artists, and exhibits from local businesses and organizations.