Jody Watley. Vibe Magazine 2003. DomePiece.

Jody Watley. Vibe Magazine, 2003.

** an interesting write-up** the only feature I had in Vibe Magazine..I remain true to what I say here – decades later. I’m not sure why they used a photo from 1989 for this piece in 2003, but it’s a classic Steven Mesiel shot!

Some Kind of Love. Domepiece, Written by Nicola Vassell

Talk about multi-faceted, Jody Watley has found success as a dancer, singer, songwriter, model, Broadway actors fitness video instructor, and labor founder. At only 17, the Los Angeles High School grad turned a dancing stint into a singing career with Shalamar which debuted on the charts in 1977 with Uptown Festival (Part 1) and followed up with hits like “The Second Time Around” and “This Is For The Lover In You.” After a less than amicable parting of the ways in 1983, Watley went solo. Fueled by her avant grade appeal and songs like “Looking For A New Love” her self titled debut won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Her subsequent six U.S. albums included such hits as “Real Love”. Watley who lives on Los Angeles wit her daughter Lauren 20, and son Arie 10, recently released a dance album, “Midnight Lounge” through her own label Avitone and Shinbone Alley / Shanachie Entertainment.

In school, I never had a feeling of belonging, I was quiet, well dressed and smart. Unfortunately, those traits don’t win you a lot of friends, so performing became my outlet. I was always determined to not just make it, but to stand out. After being in a group where I wasn’t always a part of the decision making, I wanted my solo efforts to come from a position of strength. Back then, there were no Black females making the type of artistic statements I wanted to make. I made a conscious decision to make my first two soli albums uptempo. I didn’t want anything to be reminiscent of Shalamar.

At a certain point, there was pressure from my record company to work with specific producers, but I was stubborn. Even my collaboration with the god of hip-hop Rakim, on “Friends” made the label very nervous. But I did it because I was a true fan of his. No other rapper has a voice like his – and I knew that long before Truth Hurts.

I just held true to what I believed, and that’s hard to do. Art and commerce don’t always mix. If you’re an artist, inevitably you’ll want to change to set a path for others to follow. To be a celebrity is one scenario, but to be an artist, there has to be a defined vision. You have to believe when no one else believes, and be fearless in your efforts. I feel good knowing I was one of the first girls to work it with my attitude, flavor style and most importantly my individuality.

Jody Watley Warms Up UK Soul Chart Vaulting from 8 to 2.

Jody Watley Winter Nights EP Number 2 UK Soul Chart

 

Jody Watley ‘Winter Nights’ EP vaults from Number 8 to 2 on the UK Soul Chart this week. Thanks to all supporting this release. Thank you Alex Di Cio’, Steve Ripley, UK Soul Radio DJ’s. Get ‘Winter Nights’ or stream now at the digital platform of your choice.

I’ve been counted out, dismissed, overlooked by some – but nothing diminishes my drive, integrity and love of what I do putting out quality music — remaining creative, with integrity always true to myself as an artist.

Since 1995 – Avitone Recordings ‘Fueling Quality Music Independently’

‘Spring’ is coming.

Jody Watley. Digital Music Weekly Update. December 27 – January 2.

 

Jody Watley Spotify 2020

Here’s what Jody Watley Music you were listening to December 27 – January 2. Spotify still tops over Apple, Amazon, Tidal..

Top 10 Tracks:

  1. Nightlife – Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix
  2. The Mood ft SRL
  3. Slowdance
  4. Nightlife – Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix
  5. I Want Your Love – DJ Spinna Mix
  6. A Beautiful Life
  7. Sanctuary – Soulpersona Mix
  8. Midnight Lounge
  9. Saturday Night Experience – Ron Trent Mix
  10. Whenever

Top 10 Releases:

  1. Midnight Lounge – Album
  2. The Makeover – Album
  3. Nightlife – Classic Soul Mix – Single
  4. The Mood ft SRL (Alex Di Cio Mix) – Single
  5. Nightlife Remixed – EP
  6. Paradise – EP
  7. Slowdance
  8. I Want Your Love Remixes – Album
  9. The Passion ft SRL – Brian Power Remix (Single)
  10. Sanctuary – EP

 

Top 5 Jody Watley Classics December 27 – January 2

  1. Don’t You Want Me
  2. Looking For A New Love
  3. Real Love
  4. Everything
  5. Friends

 

Thanks so much for listening, play-listing and sharing on your social media pages.

Music Monday. Jody Watley Digital Update.

 

JodyWatley_SpotifyTop streaming service remains Spotify among outlets for Jody Watley fans, though the music is available at all digital outlets with Apple a close second. Of course my classics are there overall but these top streams are the independent contemporary releases from my Avitone label. “The Mood” Jody Watley ft SRL a big UK Soul chart hit has remained Number 1 for months, this week ‘Nightlife’ takes the top spot in Top Tracks.

If you’ve missed any of these releases – the time is always now..with digital it’s all there for you anytime! BUYING–LEGALLY DOWNLOADING the music is always appreciated and preferred.

 

Weekly Analytics Oct 11 – Oct 17 – Jody Watley Top 15 Tracks

  1. Nightlife
  2. The Mood – Jody Watley ft SRL. (Alex Di Cio’ Mix)
  3. A Beautiful Life
  4. Nightlife – Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix ft Gerald Brown (Shalamar)
  5. I Want Your Love – DJ Spinna Mix
  6. Slowdance
  7. Sanctuary
  8. Borderline
  9. Saturday Night Experience – Ron Trent Mix
  10. Dancer
  11. I Love To Love
  12. The Passion – Jody Watley ft. SRL (Brian Power Remix)
  13. Whenever
  14. Skin Deep
  15. Waiting in Vain

 

Weekly Analytics Oct 11 – Oct 17 – Top Releases – Jody Watley 

  1. The Makeover
  2. Midnight Lounge
  3. Nightlife (Soulpersona Classic Soul Remix)
  4. The Mood – Jody Watley ft SRL (Alex Di Cio Mix)
  5. Nightlife – Remixed EP
  6. Paradise
  7. Slowdance
  8. The Passion – Jody Watley ft SRL (Brian Power Remixes)
  9. Paradise – EP
  10. I Want Your Love – Remixes

Jody Watley Music Monday Top Streams.

Here are the most streamed Jody Watley, Jody Watley & SRL Avitone Recordings (my boutique imprint) releases August 16 – August 22 with Spotify as the top source from various outlets over (Apple, Tidal, Deezer, etc.). Make sure to follow my artist pages on the digital music outlet of your choice. Thanks for listening! Spotify

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Shalamar is “Nightlife” with Gerald Brown.

Jody Watley and SRL Score Second Number 1 on British Radio

Jody Watley & SRL continue to burn up the UK soul radio scene with a second Number 1 single on popular station Solar Radio with “The Passion.”

SRL which means Soul Revolution Love has definitely begun a movement for our own brand of contemporary soul music.

Jody Watley and SRL. The Passion Adds At American Radio

With 63 spins this week, 8th most added and number 2 increase the Soul Revolution Of Love movement continues.

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BBC Radio and The Radio Legend Tony Blackburn Feel The Passion from Jody Watley and SRL.

Major play for the single “The Passion” Jody Watley & SRL currently the Number 3 UK Soul Single.

Getting played by British radio legend Tony Blackburn is a terrific development truly a soul revolution of love.

A passion for living – A passion for life.

Jody Watley Summer Grooves

Perfect for a chilled out breezy summer evening, The Top 10 Smooth Jazz Hit “Waiting in Vain”, a jazz bossa nova makeover of the original Bob Marley classic.

For the cookout or backyard gathering where your guests might feel the need to do a two step or you feel the need to get your own groove on – Number 1 on various UK stations, Top 2 UK Soul, Number 1 JAMMFM Netherlands  “The Mood” Alex Di Cio Mix. Jody Watley & SRL. New single and video “The Passion” coming soon on my independent label Avitone Recordings – Fueling Quality Music Since 1995.

I’ve been working on a new playlist for my Spotify Artist Page – of course it will be eclectic

All new music available at digital outlets and streaming on services including Spotify, Apple and Tidal.

 

Jody Watley and SRL Debut On UK Soul Chart

Jody Watley featuring SRL. make an impressive debut on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 at Number 6.

Chart published on February 20, 2018

View Full Chart: UK Soul Chart Top 30