Tomorrow January 26 in Los Angeles @mstheater is all about classic #80s hits – I’ll be performing a few of mine at 8:25 PM along with OMD, The Bangles, Bananarama, The Flirts, Rob Base hosted by Richard Blade. Last remaining tickets: Here
See you there!
Also upcoming :
March 9 – Keswick Theater Philadelphia with Tony Toni Tone – Tickets
March 23 – Pala Resort and Casino Pala Jam with Evelyn “Champagne” King and The S.O.S Band: Tickets
She is an entertainment legend who entranced us and inspired our inner badassery with her electrifying dance moves, sultry alto and inescapable R&B and dance music for more than four decades. Because of her music and dance achievement, alliance to LGBTQ communities and humanitarian efforts, Jody Watley has been recently named as the 2019 “Woman of Excellence/Career Achievement” honoree at the upcoming LGBT Music Festival in Cancun, Mexico, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Watley joins fellow entertainment legend Frank Gatson, style icon Ty Hunter and singing sensation Frenchie Davis as honorees and special guests this Memorial Day Weekend. Waddie G., Monifah, Terez Mychelle and Patrick L. Riley are some of the celebrity hosts to engage travelers in a holiday weekend of epic fun in Mexico.
On this day January 6th 1987 Grammy award icon Jody Watley released her debut number #1 hit single “Looking For A New Love”
“Looking for a New Love” is a song by American dance-pop singer Jody Watley. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from her eponymous debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987. Watley re-recorded and re-issued the song in various remixes in 2005 another milestone and first in Billboard Chart History for a single to be Number 1 in two separate decades.
The single hit number two for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”, and would itself keep Club Nouveau’s Hot 100 number-one single “Lean on Me” out of the top spot of the R&B chart. It ranked number 16 on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1987.
The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.
In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of “I’ll show you” with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of “Looking for a New Love.” The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley’s vocal was still intact. One of the song’s key phrases became a popular saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.” It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby).