Jody Watley. Real Love 30.

Happy Music Anniversary “Real Love” !

OTD March 18, 1989 – Via Steven Housman Billboard Music Chart Facts :: Jody Watley debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her single, “Real Love.” This was Watley’s 6th entry on the chart as a solo performer after spending 7 years as the female singer for the R&B dance trio, #Shalamar. “Real Love” became her 4th Top Ten peaking at No. 2 for 2 weeks and was prevented from the top spot which was occupied by Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl.” “Real Love” also spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and was certified Gold and No.1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Play Chart.

The fashion forward video directed by David Fincher remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated Videos Of All Time. “Real Love” was written by Watley and Andre Cymone. Between 1987-98, Watley charted 12 solo singles on the Hot 100 alone which included 7 Top 20’s and 6 Top Tens. She won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1987.

Single photography by Steven Meisel. Hair: Oribe Makeup: Francois NARS Art Direction: Lynn Robb and Jody Watley.

Styling: Jody Watley

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“Accept no substitutes- always go for the real thing..”

Jody Watley Thursday Classic. Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Editorial 1991.

1991 “Affairs Of The Heart” album – Music & Fashion Editorial in Harper’s Bazaar – before it was common to see artists in high fashion magazines. This was my third such feature – the first came with my solo debut.

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OTD. Jody Watley Music.

March 7, 1992 – 27 Years Ago Today: Jody Watley had the Hot Shot Debut at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her single, “I’m The One You Need.” This was Watley’s 11th consecutive solo single to chart on the Hot 100 and it became her 7th Top 20 hit when it peaked at No. 19 on May 16, 1992. The single was written by Watley with Alec Chantzis and David Morales and was her 9th solo entry on the Billboard Dance Songs Chart where it peaked at No. 3. Please click the following link to view the accompanying video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFwPWHlN83I

March 7, 1987 – 32 Years Ago Today: Jody Watley debuted at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her single, “Looking For A New Love.” This Jody Watley/Andre Cymone-penned single was her chart debut as a solo artist after serving as the female singer for the R&B-dance trio, Shalamar, from 1977-1983. “Looking For A New Love,” peaked at No. 2 for four weeks beginning May 2, 1987 stalled behind Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” and U2’s “With Or Without You.” It was the first of 12 Hot 100 singles Watley scored between 1987-98 which included seven Top 40’s, six of which were Top Tens. Two of the singles, including “Looking For A New Love” were also No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B Chart. Watley won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1987. Please click the following link to view the accompanying video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQL-B3PNkeI

Jody Watley Thursday Classic. Looking For A New Love.

Jody Watley solo debut single “Looking For A New Love”. Billboard Magazine Full Page Ad.

Classic.

Jody Watley Art Appreciation Friday

Jody Watley Abstract Art by Milo Bosh from Chicago, Illinois.

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Upcoming concerts:

March 9 Philadelphia Keswick Theater

March 23 San Diego Pala Resort & Casino

April 19 – London Under The Bridge

April 20 – Amsterdam The Melkweg

April 27 – Los Angeles Microsoft Theater Freestyle 15

May 27 – Cancun Honoree Woman of Excellence Award LGBTQ Music & Film Festival

June 22 – Blue Note Napa “An Evening Of Love, Jazz and Soul”

Just Announced: Jeffrey Osborne with Jody Watley “An Evening Of Soul” August 17 / Atlanta Mable Barnes House Amphitheater

New, Current and Classic Hit music releases available at digital outlets worldwide.

Jody Watley. Winning Best New Artist Grammy Award In 1988 – What It Means To Me in 2019.

Lesson learned: To be fearless, have faith and always believe in yourself. Be yourself – no matter who doubts you, doesn’t agree, doesn’t understand, wants to discourage you or your l choices. I didn’t quit Shalamar to go solo – I quit to be happy. The sudden passing of my father forever changed my view on living life. It’s best to the life you choose towards love, peace, respect with joy – inspiring others to do the same in the process, God blessed me for my choice and continues to in so many ways.

An ongoing career is not a curse to those who have implied “Best New Artist” is curses because a few in the category have faltered. I’ve always found that narrative insulting not to mention ridiculous. It’s a blessing.

The same is never said of recipients of Album, Song or Record of the Year, some never reach those pinnacles again but continue to work and be creative without the fanfare or accolades.

What I know is to date I have great success with an ongoing discography full of hit singles in various genres over many albums, have watched things I’ve done or worn become trends and open the door bridging music and style open for a new generation of female artists regardless of the lack of acknowledgement. “Friends” ft. Eric B and Rakim, as an example, and a hit from my second album is the first collaboration like that to become a Top 10 Crossover Hit Hot 100, R&B/Hip Hop and Dance – a formula that eventually had to be recognized with its own category and continues to dominate. “Friends” was not nominated however it’s significance in music and pop culture influence is indelible. In 2018 Billboard Magazine ranked me in the Greatest Dance Artists of All Time and in the Top 60 Female Artists of All Time for further clarity.

In my ongoing catalog songs that aren’t hits all represent an artist, songwriter, producer who happens to be a woman and black (the first to be marginalized generally) continues to write, record and release quality music on my own terms outside of the “machine” or conventional methods nor the assist of big time producers or executives using their clout to keep me afloat. Survived though a certain executive for a time was trying to have me ‘blackballed’ at black radio – my debut happened anyway despite his attempts because a higher power is always on my side, rather than a publicist on year round retainer to keep my name in the news, as some do.  Thriving despite obstacles, traveling the world and better than ever with time is what’s real. It is frustrating at times to still not get the respect, however going to why I do what I do and always counting my blessings not woes or detractors. There are those who are still angered at my win for various reasons.

Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the meaning of success isn’t often what others see or view…status and big money, headlines, quantity of awards and so on are not it and aren’t what has driven or inspired me. Never thirsted for those things though of course though mad at any of those things, never about ‘playing the game’ to achieve any of it. Some of my music heroes and heroines never received a Grammy including Diana Ross with the exception of an honorary one. Ask Little Richard as well – the architect of Rock n Roll.

True success is maintaining your own self worth on your personal life journey which is unique to all of us – authenticity and living a life that brings you joy and joy to those you love is the greatest award and reward ..and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Presenting to MJ the night I won Best New Artist – surreal because I was such a fan and used to write him fan mail when he was in The Jackson 5.

 

2019 – Continuing to shine. Wattage!

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”

About Last Night. Microsoft Theater 80’s Weekend Number 7.

It’s wonderful to have an ongoing eclectic catalog of music, and a blessing as well to have Jody Watley classics that continue to bring joy. This was a fun show to be a part of.

A post from my IG after soundcheck.

Just about to take the stage to slay with the squad.

Lighting up the stage at Microsoft Theater Los Angeles.

Just being me. Jody Watley.

Thankful and in gratitude always for the gift of life and to do what I love as a performer onstage in the music.