Pala Jam went down in San Diego at the beautiful Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Sold out show of appreciation of classic soul and funk music with three of music’s venerable women in music, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Jody Watley and The SOS Band fronted by original lead Mary Davis. Terrific energy from the crowd for each artist- a beautiful and spirited evening of funky music and a lot of soul.
My band and squad SRL, a evolving into a collective of musicians, dancers, choreographers and performers joining me for one hell of a show!
Jody Watley. Original. Shalamar 1983 on tour in Belgium. Photo Courtesy of: Etienne Go.
Seeing this photo shared by a Etienne Go on Facebook from a club in Belgium in 1983 while on tour with Shalamar is another reminder of how long I’ve been getting to do some of the things I love and working really hard at it, and always fighting to be myself – through the many ups and challenges, obstacles overcome ..singing, performing, dancing, designing, writing and bringing joy to the people.
Here’s to the now, to the weekend. It’s OK to take a glimpse back, evaluate, reflect, see how far you’ve come, use the lessons learned and so on – just don’t get stuck there.
We’re just getting started with the single. An official video, limited edition vinyl, remixes by Moto Blanco and Jodie Harsh being completed as I type. Initially, I wasn’t going to do remixes because I want everything about this to be ‘classic’. That said, these will service a broader club community while maintaining the integrity of the record. Of course, remixes have always been a part of my repertoire. I’ll also be doing a bit more promotion while remaining selective. I’ve been asked if “Nightlife” is a part of an album or EP – it is a part of my forthcoming “Paradise” which will be released early 2014. All shares on your social media outlets, blogs and word of mouth mean the world. Let’s show the corporations and media know that classic quality music remains vibrant and strong – like an artist / songwriter / producer me! Thank you.
Nightlife at Giorgio’ with R&B Diva Faith Evans. Design: Ray Easmon
Photo: Christos Garkinos. Nightlife Graphic Design: Ray Easmon
My Saturday night at Giorgio’s was truly a night to remember. Meeting the legendary Giorgio Moroder was like a dream. Dancing to his songs and productions as a teen including one of my favorite soundtracks “Midnight Express” – “From Here to Eternity”, not to mention his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer along with his production and writing partner Pete Bellotte. He and his wife Francisca were relaxed and friendly, as Giorgio’s Bryan Rabin too me over for the introduction quickly prompting me to ask “Do you mind if we take a photo”, after hello’s were exchanged. You can say that I’m never too cool for school to be enthusiastic and show that I’m a fan of the people I admire and enjoy as well.
“It’s In The Music!”
More pics via my Instagram (JodyWatley) and Facebook.
The “Nightlife” Classic Glamour EP at iTunes – Here
Getting my drag on for Giorgio’s! Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley
Francisca Moroder, Giorgio Moroder and Jody Watley. Photo (c): Jody Watley 2013