Mike Piazza and his lovely wife were on attendence at our Blues Alley concerts. He said he was a longtime fan of mine-who knew?!
All of the shows on our DC and Maryland swing were memorable for a variety of reasons. Each venue had great staff, food – and all of the audiences who came out in force to check us out made the experience an absolute joy. New members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy are being embraced and applauded at every show. Nate steps out into the audience to screams now as he handles the male lead vocals – I love that! With his infectious energy and charm, he’s hard to resist. Rosero is smashing the stage and mesmerizing with his moves and charm as well. The audience can feel what we have is real – the connection and what we’re bringing to the stage. Performing ‘SlowDance’ is also cool because right away with the intro – people respond which represents they know the song now and sing along as they sway with us side to side.
My new single ‘DANCER’ is a highlight of the new Jody Watley set – as I get people to feel the release of ‘werking it and getting in the music!” It’s a party but I make sure to send everyone back into the world with love and gratitude for being alive – living in the moment, the now.
Nate, Rosero and I also had our first movie day together. I can tell you this was also a first for me – in my previous Shalamar life that would have never happened.
Thank you Ramshead Onstage and Blues Alley (it was an honor to be a part of the 50th year anniversary milestone) for having us. Thank you to everyone who came out. I’m thankful for my blessings and being able to share the gift of music.
Spins and Blends ReCap: Ramshead Onstage: HERE
A special thank you to Omar Nelson in his new position as coordinator at Radio One’s the nationally syndicated John Monds Show ‘Love and R&B.’
Nate, Rosero and I were delighted to be guests on air to talk about our new single “SlowDance” our concerts and how we all came together. I also answered a fun relationship question to cap it off.
It isn’t often that artists get to go on air and spend time – and we were with veteran on air personality John Monds for over an hour, as he spun classic and contemporary R&B. I remember John from his days in Los Angeles on 92.3 The Beat.
This was a much appreciated opportunity.
What a great night of music. 3 songs in the seated audience gave the new Shalamar a standing ovation. It was such a beautiful moment. In all of my years – I’ve never really experienced something like this. It was as if they wanted us to know we are supported despite any outside negativity others are trying to create. Check out what Spins and Blends had to say – along with some pretty cool photo’s. I’m in twists, which I have not worn in forever – for these dates! Here
A couple of fan comments from my Facebook page:
Thank you Jody, for the fantastic performance last night in Annapols. Your detractors need to see the show before they open their mouths about Shalamar. Loved you, loved the band, and loved the guys. Who knew you rapped too?! – Paul Saxon
“Having last see you perform with Shalamar 32 years ago in Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle I would say last night was just as magical. Great show from you, the guys and the band laying down the groove!” – Scott Streibich
Next up Blues Alley November 6-8 – Saturday night’s shows are sold out!
As a solo artist I’ve been touring Japan consistently since my solo debut – and grateful as always for the opportunity and to share the gift of music and dance. It’s awesome to be able to include this new element of the show with the new Shalamar ‘Reloaded’ with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. It’s a show and experience to remember, Jody Watley hits, Shalamar hits and new music. Catch us LIVE in Tokyo January 18-19 Tokyo. January 21, Osaka.
Tickets and Info: Here
Other announced shows are:
Oct. 2 – Bakersfield Rabobank Arena, Jody Watley ‘Classic Jam’ various artists
November 4 – Ramshead, Annapolis MD with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of GirlSquad Pre-show
November 6-8 Blues Alley Washington D.C. with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of Girl Squad Pre-show
November 14 – The Honda Center Superfreesyle Explosion Jody Watley with Salt n Pepa and various artists
December 29-31 / January 1 – TBA Oakland, CA Jody Watley with Shalamar® Reloaded
The new Shalamar ® Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy – single is “SlowDance’ available at all digital outlets worldwide.I’m looking forward to the concerts and as well filming our first music video. We’ll be performing in more concerts this fall / winter season. These shows are can’t miss as you get the new Shalamar set and then the Jody Watley set as well – it’s an experience! More shows to be added and announced in America and internationally. For a long time I couldn’t get the Shalamar part of my repertoire to work in my show because I have so many of my own hits and have covered so many genres..even at times my earlier material didn’t work with the electronica – I’m so happy to have finally found a way to make it all work authentically together. ‘Paradise’ was the catalyst and artistic glue to allow it to come together; and with two awesome new guys who sing, dance – stellar and exciting entertainers that the ladies and gents are falling in love with. Nate and Rosero – great to travel and hang out with as well. You have to check out our ‘Behind the scenes’ clips on Facebook/ShalamarOfficial and Instagram/Shalamarmusic
Jody Watley and SHALAMAR® Ramshead On Stage in Annapolis, MD
Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ® Blues Alley in Washington D.C. November 6-8, 2015. – with DJ Lisa Moody, it will be a party every show – every night. Nights to Remember.
On Jody Watley solo front, my current release is ‘P A R A D I S E’ a stellar modern combination of disco-soul, dance,ambient sounds and uplifting songs celebrating life, love, home and being fabulous. With all of the craziness and hatred going on in the world – it’s still good to escape with some quality music. ‘DANCER’ remixes are coming and I unveiled the cover art with design by Ray Easmon and I on my Apple Music Profile today. I’m planning to do a series of video shorts perfect for Instagram celebrating all types of dance.
SuperFreestyle Explosion with Jody Watley dates include:
October 2, Bakersfield , CA Old School Throwback Jam Rabobank Arena
November 14, Anaheim, CA SuperFreestyle Explosion Honda Center
I’ve been added to several dates in February as well – so look out for those announcements along with more Shalamar® dates!
Shalamar ® Reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy and I will head back to Washington D.C this fall to perform 3 nights at Blues Alley. the historic venue recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary and has a long legacy hosting great artists who have included Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rawlins, Wynton Marsalis to name a few as recently chronicled in the Washington Post.
Get your tickets now here so that you don’t miss out – you get two hot sets with hits and beyond in one concert. Each show offers something different.
Make sure to support our new single SlowDance, available at digital outlets worldwide (Apple Music / iTunes still on the way.)