Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Film New Music Video

It all went down in downtown Los Angeles yesterday for Nate, Rosero and myself filming the video for the forthcoming new single “O.R.I.G.in.A.L.”

The last time I filmed a video in downtown Los Angeles was for ‘Don’t You Want Me’ many moons ago.

The day was beautiful and the action progressed nicely in the fashion district. Lensed by Q Burdette for Rosero Inc. the team behind my recent solo concept video for ‘Dancer.’

The song was inspired by a year of trolls and haters who have tried to derail our every effort, marginalize our efforts, discourage and attempts at poaching any interest on bookings with  promoters..they troll and bash us from Youtube to every social media account we have as well-bound and determined to trash my name with slander, character assassination and attack or as well attempt to diminish my contributions as a solo artist down to my signature hoop earrings. They’ve been the first commenters on most interviews I’ve done over the past in in introducing the group. We are originals – not replacements and not trying to pretend we are anything other than ourselves – creating our own foundation and mark one effort at a time in whatever we do.

The experience has made us stronger as a group and gave us material for the song with an edgy sparse beat. Online bullies and trolls will always be around and don’t stop the progress – so I guess you can say we are turning our lemons into lemonade. That’s what you have to do in life..like I wrote awhile ago “The Beat Don’t Stop.”

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Selfie. Jody Watley “Original.”

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On a mission. Shalamar Reloaded “Originals” Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy

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On set. Nate Allen Smith foreground. 

Before the filming we had quite a few brainstorming creative sessions with Rosero as the anchor bringing his vast knowledge in staging and choreography to the table.

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After another meeting at Rosero’s. Shalamar Reloaded. Teamwork.

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Dinner meeting with Rosero. We enjoy creating magic as a group..and of course we’ve been friends and working together since 1998.

Pre-Order “O.R.I.G.in.A.L. available for Pre-Order Now at Amazon and iTunes.

Release date: May 6 on my longstanding indie boutique label Avitone.

Wattage. My Mom Says Thank You.

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“Ms. Rose” reppin’ Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded looking fab.

I celebrated my Mom’s birthday with a post on my various social media as I always do (April 8). She is always tickled, overwhelmed and full of gratitude to see the outpouring of love and well wishes – me too! Watch this adorable video of my Mom “Ms. Rose” as she is affectionately called by friends and colleagues.

Thought of the Day. Love.

I posted this earlier in the week on a couple of my social media accounts..it’s really a thought for everyday.

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Thought of The Day. Behavior.

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Truth.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Highlight 2015

This journey with Nate Smith and Rosero began prompted by trying to correct misuse and false ads, and undoubtedly turned into something else fueled by God and the universe. As the year progressed, and as it goes with the journey of life we cleared hurdles, were dealt many challenges to overcome and an initial flood of naysayers — but I remained steadfast ad did Nate and Rosero who continued to have my back. In that – we really became a group, not fueled by cashing checks but with a similar passion for music, dance and having a good time. Our goals and objectives changed as the year went along. Here’s to the unexpected, new goals, new challenges to be overcome, new inspirations and 2016. Togetherness and teamwork.

The remix is produced by Jamie Von De / Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit

Original SlowDance Video: Damien Sandoval

Edit: Christopher Burke

Logo Design: Ray Easmon

 

 

 

 

Thought of The Day. Inner Peace.

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Wise words.

Jody Watley. DANCER. The Video Experience.

Rosero McCoy and I had been talking about doing a dance video for a while, and I’m happy to say we finally made it happen. As he’s been doing with recent ‘concept’ dance videos (shortened video’s for a new generation) – Rosero made it all come together.

I’ve only used a lot of dancers once in a video (I Want Your Love) and it wasn’t the best experience. It’s such a gift of life to have other opportunities for a different outcome. This was magic. The energy, the kids, the parents there supporting their kids and their passion, the director Q, Nate from Shalamar Reloaded and the variety of dancers in various genres including of course waacking  – everyone who was there made it a special night in celebration of dance, diverse cultures, confidence and going for your dreams. As inspired as I was – when the video is done, it’s my desire that others will be inspired too.

There was a dancer named Dor, fresh from Israel in America to pursue his dreams of being a professional here. I met him by chance while rehearsing with Rosero, and we reeling him in..he was looking lost and had gotten the schedule wrong for a class.

There was also little Jaxton in the video working his first job – at 7, just going for it. It was an inspirational night – they are me and I am them.

Dancing is where I first found a sense of escape and confidence, it was my field of dreams..the music, the creativity.

I believe a dancer lives in all of us – the drive, the passion, the learning of confidence and the feeling you were born to shine no matter what your circumstance, passion or job is. We are all navigating. DANCER.

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Love these two little one! Tati and Tahani. This is our second time working together – I’m in awe of them.  Next generation!! Clock the hoop earrings! Photo via: Michelle McQuay/Instagram (Tati’s Mom)

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DANCER. After wrapping the video. Photo: Michele Soulchild / Instagram

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Dor from Israel and Jody Watley. DANCER. Follow your dreams!

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Nate Allen Smith from Shalamar Reloaded, The Waackers, Jody Watley and Gene Tapia. DANCER.

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Jody Watley. DANCER. Selfie (during month of December use #DonateASelfie) on Instagram meals will be donated #FeedingAmerica

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Jaxton and Jody Watley. DANCER.

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Hip hop, locking..freestyle. “Get In The Music! “Good vibes. DANCER.

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DANCER. The kids getting it in! “Clock this confidence..lose yourself..”

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Rosero McCoy (Rosero Inc) choreographer, dancer, artistic director,  Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar Reloaded. We are all have a common bond as dancers. DANCER.

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