An Epic Night. Jody Watley Black Music Honors

It was an epic night in Nashville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center as I was the recipient of the Crossover Music Icon Award. I’ll be doing a more extensive post but wanted to share a few photos.

En route in a custom couture lace tux by Kevan Hall.

Red carpet and a post show exchange with host Rickey Smiley about a “workers of inequity” inspirational video he posted last year that was very timely.

Dancers ready to back up Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green in the Jody Watley tribute.

Front row baby! Looking forward to a great show and nervous about what I was going to say because I didn’t write a speech, just wanted to be in moment and enjoy the night.

With Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green after the tribute- they were so awesome and kind wanting to do me proud – they did.

My dear friend , SRL mate and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy had all dancers on point for the night – and for moral support too!

With Teddy Riley and Damian Hall from Guy.

With my best friend Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc – friend through thick and thin.

Got a big hug from Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award – great to see them honored – overdue and well deserved.

They have pivotal moments in my life-making this night even more special.

You’ve got to be willing to be ridiculed to open the door wider for the next generation in life, music, politics – all of it.

I intended to make that point in my speech but ended up in another direction. It means everything to receive this recognition.

With renowned Hip hop /rap artist DaBrat.

With the incomparable Oleta Adams – she’s such a loving person too! I did the Colors of Christmas Tour with her several years ago and it was such a pleasure to sing with her – we also share a publicist and friend Tom Estey.

Backstage after the receiving my award for Crossover Music Icon. The statuette itself is so regal. I dedicated my award to my parents.

Rickey Smiley was a great host along with LeToya Luckett – I was doubled over in laughter.

Hanging out post show with LeToya Luckett- so kind. LeToya gave me the most exquisite perfume after I complimented how good she smelled (like gardenia and roses).

LeeLee from SWV always beautiful , effervescent and keeps it 100 – love and those ladies.

Watch the full clip.. I’m asked about Unsung..

One of the great nights of my life – this summer has truly been awesome despite all the ugliness of the world. I thank all past and present-and as always I look forward to keeping it moving to the next.

Thanks again Central City Productions, Don Jackson and Black Music Honors for truly making it a night to remember!

Airing Sept.2 syndicated television channels around the club and throughout October on Bounce network.

This show is also in support of funding for National African American Museum of Music.

Thought of the Day. Magnolias and Mayhem

Thought of The Day. Embrace.

A wonderful day to all. May we all have the diligence, patience, wisdom, strength and humor to carry us through all we may encounter and experience today.

Thought of the Day. An Empty Cup.

Take care of yourself!

Thought of The Day. Be Patient.

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Had to share this one via Project Happiness on Facebook.

Thought Of The Day. Make Room.

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SRL. Nate, Jody, Rosero.

On my song ‘Clouds’ from ‘Midnight  Lounge’ I wrote “Are you listening to your life..are you listening to the changes..are you trying to make a difference – are you listening to your experience..”

Make room for  what you truly want or need. The past holds our lessons, the present is a gift, the future is the motivation. Lessons all along the way – stay open. Be the architect of your own life. Live it -don’t just go through it. Enjoy it for all it brings.

Jody Watley. Everlasting.

“Don’t let the worst of life, get the best of you..stay everlasting..sometimes you win, sometimes you lose..gotta stay up – stay everlasting.” I just posted this on my Soundcloud page. Beautiful for a reflective Sunday or any day. ‘Everlasting” was on the CD version of “Paradise.” My company Avitone may have to make this commercially available for digital release. Good vibes, uplifting song.

I have to thank the tons of fans on Twitter and Facebook who have posted so many positive and encouraging words in support and ultimate understanding of my blog post “To Those It May Concern.” There were also quite a few priceless .gifs and memes on Twitter. I wanted to share them all.

Upcoming:

Oct. 8 Atlanta Pride, Piedmont Park

Oct. 14-16 Blues Alley Washington D.C.

Oct. 28-29 Tokyo Japan Best Hits 80’s Meets Symphony, Tokyo Dome City Hall

Nov 11. Yoshi’s Oakland