Jody Watley. Style. Music. Design.

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley is ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Recording Artists of All Time, has made People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful List and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries. Jody Watley remains on the cutting edge of music, fashion and style.

Motion Graphics and Design: Visuals by Ray Easmon.

 

Jody Watley ft. SRL (Shalamar Reloaded)

May 21 Long Beach Pride
May 25 Chicago The Promontory
May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Casino Bears Den
May 27 New York BB Kings
June 4 Detroit Motor City Casino
June 23 Danvers MA Yacht Club
July 8 Alameda County Fair
July 21 Tba
July 22 The Greek Theatre Freestyle Explosion concert

November 11-18 On sale now: 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic Breathless Resort and Spa

 

More dates TBA.

 

Thought of The Day: If people show you they don’t care – believe them. Go where the love is! Don’t waste time.

Jody Watley Confirmed for Chicago Morning Television. April Updates.

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At Nate’s home for a creative session for “Bridges.”

No illusions or delusions – doing me in the now and grateful to still be doing what I love in ways that bring rejuvenation to us all.

April has remained a month of creativity, writing – stepping away, gathering thoughts and coming back to new ideas for my solo work as well as SRL’s “Bridges.” I can say the collaborative give and take in the process of making this record is cool. We don’t agree upon everything, but always come to a meeting of the minds and always end up in a really good place – we’re a real group.. the awesome thing is in our differences (i.e. I think this song could be stronger, or I think we should do.. whatever it is) the respect of each other and the laughter that comes out of it all in the end is something we’re really enjoying. One of the things that came out of the last session is both Rosero and Nate saying “you sometimes downplay yourself too much..you’re  J O D Y W A T L E Y and maybe because maybe in the past you’ve been around people who haven’t always respected or lifted you up..we do.” That meant so much and they were right. These men are awesome and such a gift on this journey. It was fun as well because Nate really laid out the food situation..when we’re at Rosero’s it’s a running joke he never has any food.

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In May and throughout the summer into fall will see more concerts, music and good vibes.

Just added May 25, a performance and interview on Chicago’s WCIU “You and Me” as well as “Decades.” Save the date!

 

May 21 – Long Beach Pride

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears

May 27 BB Kings NYC

June 4, 2017  Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Chevrolet Motor City Casino

June 23 Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA

July 8, 2017 Alameda County Fair

July 21  (date tba)

July 22 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles (package date freestyle explosion live with band)

More dates TBA!!!

Jody Watley and Sanctuary Arrive At Digital Outlets.

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Spring is in the air. Music therapy is needed in these troubled times. Download it today: Apple

 

Limited edition digipaks arrive this week. Thanks to all who reserved your copies!

 

On calendar and announced concerts:

May 21, Long Beach Pride

May 25, Chicago The Promontory

May 26, Niagra Falls Seneca Resort and Casino Bears Den

May 27 New York BB Kings

June 4 Detroit, Chevrolet Grand Prix

June 23, Danvers Massachusetts Special event

July 8 Alameda County Fair

July 21, San Diego date tba

July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theater Freestyle Explosion Concert

Nov 11- 18 80’s Domenican Republic, 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Breathless Resort and Spa

More dates TBA

Jody Watley and SRL Set To Headline Long Beach Pride

 

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It was just announced that Jody Watley ft. SRL will close out Long Beach Pride Festival Weekend on Sunday May 21, 2017. Saturday night will be the funk of Chaka Khan. Learn more and get tickets: Here 

 

Other May concerts include:

May 25 Chicago The Promontory : Tickets 

May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Resort and Casino Bears Den : Tickets

May 27 New York BB Kings : Tickets

Jody Watley and SRL Set To Perform at Alameda County Fair.

Join in the family fun, nothing like a county fair – music, food, rides and other activities for family and friends. We performed at two fairs last year and really enjoyed the experiences. Here’s one of the reviews: Here

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Save the date, get your tickets for – July 8 – Jody Watley ft. SRL. More info: Alameda County Fair

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Jody Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

Jody Watley. The Beat Don’t Stop

March is coming to a close and it’s been productive with writing, recording and other projects. I hope it’s been a good month for you – and if not..be encouraged not discouraged because every day presents a new opportunity to achieve a new goal or to implement a new plan, whatever that may mean to you and your life. It could be budgeting, moving to a new job, eating healthier, losing weight…it’s whatever it is for you. Some days can be blue – full of doubt and disappointment – the next can be filled with hope and enthusiasm. Push yourself. That’s what I do. I don’t always hit my marks, but you can trust and believe I’m always keeping it pushing – doing, trying, getting back up..and as my Mom would say “Change the tape you play in your head.” It’s great advice and so it’s in my heart to put that out there again today as I write this blog. Keep your head up – the beat don’t stop…just keep it moving on and on and on..and..

I’m included in the cast of the new concept show FULL OUT. Created by Rosero’s (of SRL) son Eric McCoy, we can’t say too much about it but we did shoot the pilot for it this weekend. I have a soft spot for kids and this is a lot of fun, terrific concept. They all also adore me..passed along from their parents and also getting to know me and so that makes me feel uplifted as well. Like ripples on a pond. Some have worked with me previously as a part of our universal all age dance squad, and so we are all looking forward to more.

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Wrapping table read for Full Out.

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Doing a scene with Tahani Anderson, she’s so talented! Full Out. Stay Tuned! I passed up on an acting career many moons ago..it’s never too late!

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Upcoming:

May 25 Chicago The Promontory – Tickets

May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Casino and Resort: Tickets

May 27 New York BB Kings : Tickets

June 4 Detroit Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: Tickets

July 8: Alameda County Fair: Tickets

July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theatre Freestyle Concert Presented by 94.7 The Wave: Tickets

More dates to be announced

 

Pre-Order Your Copy of Sanctuary today

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Pre-Order: Here

Jody Watley and SRL Detroit Grand Prix Concert Announcement.

 

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Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (SRL). Photography: Viktoria Paschuta

Jody Watley and SRL. will make it a concert to remember June 4 at the prestigious Detroit Grand Prix. Read the full release: Here