I’ve posted before how much I love the rain..the sound of it, the calmness of the sound and the cleansing nature of it in general. It’s one of those simple things in life I mention often to appreciate. I don’t like to have to drive in it..but there’s a rainbow to be found in any rainstorm. Stepping out into my yard to take this selfie and model my limited edition Christmas T-shirt from 2018 in the process.
This week I’ll be performing in The Colors of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and replacing Ben Vereen is BeBe Winans. I hope to see you for this unique and beautiful holiday concert. There will be a few of these t-shirts available -makes a wonderful gift for Jody Watley fans.
December 13: McCallum Theatre – Palm Desert, CA: Tickets
December 14: Cerritos Center for Performing Arts – Cerritos, CA : Tickets
Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman and Best New Artist Grammy winner is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’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, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
Since her days as an original member of the group Shalamar, Watley’s entire career is about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts who were and are always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic, hits-filled repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word, disco, soul – spans decades and is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.
2018 was another banner year for Watley ranking as one of the Top 60 Female Artists of All Time; the year produced three diverse hit singles including the jazz makeover of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain” an American Top 10 Smooth Jazz release.
U.K, radio embraced the music of the new branch of her vast musical tree Jody Watley & SRL (Soul Revolution Love) with two Top 5 UK Soul Chart Singles. (“The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ Mix and the Number 3 The Passion also remixed by Di Cio’).
SRL is Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy along with a squad of dancers and musicians.\
On the heels of the announcement by AGMP concerts that Jody Watley will do her first UK Tour in over two decades in April 2019, up close and personal: 17th Glasgow (Oran Mor), 18th (Manchester Gorilla) and 19th London (Under The Bridge).
Jody Watley closes out 2018 with the lyrically timely holiday release “Like A Holiday” Alex Di Cio’ Remix. Watley describes the single as the soothing feeling of a warm beverage by the fire, and then I’ll be back with more up-tempo burners in 2019 to coincide with the tour.”
Jody Watley & SRL unveil the cover art by Los Angeles based artist Martin Lagirdam for the forthcoming new single “The Passion” mixed by legendary Italian remix producer Alex Di Cio expected to arrive around July 20, 2018 to various digital outlets.
“The artwork is inspired by the sacred heart. As the core of our being, with the theme of the song being a passion for living and life coming alive through the music and our connections – it felt right to have a vibrant and colorful art piece like this to represent the vibe of the song as the music, love and passion descends upon the city. The flames represent setting your soul on fire with the music and the things that make you feel alive. This cover art is something a bit more unexpected and outside the box for us this time – bold and unexpected. I became a fan of Martin’s work after following him on Instagram after he created a custom t-shirt for me. The beauty of his work in particular many themes that reflected the heart really spoke to me for this single…as well is it could be a cool statement tattoo and iconic emblem for the group usually associated with rock bands. The single has some standout guitar work by former Prince & NPG member Levi Seacer. I’ve connected with some incredible talent through social media and Martin is one. The logo’s were created by my longtime art director and collaborator the U.K. based Ray Easmon.” – Jody Watley
“The Mood” Alex Di Cio Remix became a surprise breakout hit in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Canada as 2018 kicked off and headed into spring. Here are some of radio highlights and interviews in the journey to the top of the charts.
U.K. Soul Chart Top 2 Week Ending February 27 2018:
We topped numerous radio charts including Solar Radio UK and Starpoint for a month!
It’s been a fantastic month for Jody Watley as well as Jody Watley ft. SRL. “The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ Remix Topped the Solar Radio and Soul Train Radio Charts at Number One and Gary Spence Sweet Rhyhtms Chart at Number 2 after debuting at Six. We ended the month in the Number Two Position on the UK Soul Chart which is quite an achievement for us.
Jody Watley Chats with Steve King on Starpoint Radio UK – 2/28.2018
Jody Watley “Waiting In Vain” Most Added for two weeks in a row Billboard Smooth Jazz, Most Increased Airplay and Moves from 50 to 23 on the Smooth Jazz Chart.
iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
WAEG-FM North Augusta, GA
WCHD-HD2 Dayton, OH
KWDR-FM Kennewick, WA
WKSC HD-2 Chicago, IL
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines, IO
KSOF HD-2 Fresno, CA
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids, MI
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro, NC
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne, FL
WUBT-HD2 Nashville, TN
WMGF-HD2 Orlando, CA
KKCW HD-2 Portland, OR
WSNE HD-2 Providence, RI
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond, VA
KFBK-HD2 Sacramento, CA
KMJM HD-2 St. Louis, MO
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City, UT
KISC-HD2 Spokane, WA
KCCB-AM Corning, AR
WVSU-FM Birmingham, AL
KKLI-FM Colorado Springs, CO
WAJD-FM Gainesville, FL
WBHQ-FM Beverly Beach, FL
WSBZ-FM Walton Beach, FL
WUCR-FM Butler, FL
WCLZ-FM Portland, ME
WRMO-FM Bangor, ME
WHFC-FM Bel Air, MD
WLDR-FM Traverse City, MI
WVLY-FM Sundbury, PA
KQXT-FM San Antonio, TX
Smooth Jazz Florida Plus HD Smooth Jazz Tampa Bay
Smooth Jazz Nox Miami Smooth Jazz Tampa
Smooth Jazz Wave Boca Raton
Smooth Jazz CD101.9 New York
Smooth Jazz Mix New York Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
Aramco Saudi Arabia CJCV-FM Winnipeg Boracay Beach Radio – 97.3 FM Philippines
Specialty Show Airplay
Smooth Jazz Airplay
AccuRadio.com (Smooth Jazz Chicago)
Smooth Grooves Radio/UK
WUSB/Long Island, NY
KOKY/Little Rock, AR
Smooth Jazz Top 20 Show Airplay
iHeart Radio – Smooth Jazz Channel
CD101.9 New York
KCCB 1260AM Corning, AR
KDXA HD-2 Des Moines
KKCW HD-2 Portland
KKLI 106.3 FM Colorado Springs
KODJ HD-2 Salt Lake City
KSOF HD-2 Fresno
KWDR-FM 93.5 and 102.3 Kennewick, WA
KZIZ-AM 1560 AM Seattle, WA
Radio Indigo Bangalore/Goa India 99.1
WAEG-FM 92.3 North Augusta, GA
WBHQ-HD-3 Beverly Beach, FL
WBTJ HD-2 Richmond
WCHB 1200 AM/ 99.9 FM Detroit, MI
WCLZ 98.9 FM Portland, Maine
WHFC91.1 FM Bel Air, Maryland
WKSC HD-2 Chicago
WLDR HD-2 Traverse City, MI
WLRQ HD-2 Melbourne
WMAG HD-2 Greensboro
WMJM HD-2 St. Louis
WRMO 93.7 FM Bangor Maine
WSJF-DB Smooth Jazz Florida
WSNE HD-2 Providence
WSRW HD-2 Grand Rapids
WUCR 107.9 FM Lake Butler, Florida
WVLY 100.9 FM Sundbury/Selinsgrove, PA
WXCT 98.3 FM Grand Rapids, MI
ARAMCO Saudi Arabia
Boracay Beach Radio-97.3 FM Philippines
CJCV 99.1 FM Winnipeg, Canada
Grammy Award winning artist Jody Watley and Jody Watley ft SRL member is scheduled to chat with BBC Radio Essex’s John Leech on Sunday February 18, 2018 at 6 PM British Standard Time and on Monday February 20, 2018 at 8:15 PM British Standard Time she will be talking to Gary Spence Solar Radio discussing the new hit single “The Mood” Alex Di Cio Remix featuring SRL.
The British public first came to know Jody as a member of the group Shalamar as it’s original female lead vocalist (1977-1983) with signature hits like “A Night to Remember” “Take That To The Bank” and more and in recent years as a solo artist added to her own solo hit history since her solo debut days with the Number 1 “I Want Your Love” from 2008 and the top 5 Urban Soul hit “Nightlife” in 2013, featuring original male lead Gerald Brown.