If you’d like to get your twirl, workout or simply just groove – ‘DANCER’ Remixed is perfect for your fall/winter..timeless playlists. Available now at all digital outlets with mixes by Craig C. Bojan, Casamena, Cut Correct and Rhe’, Luminodisco
I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, August 29, 2015 to not only celebrate Michael Jackson but my longtime friend, one of my favorite people and dancers ever – going back to my teen years – Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train original. Many will also always remember him as my freestyle waacking dance partner in the classic ‘Still a Thrill’ video filmed in Paris, France at the Opera House – the first time any music video or commercial project was filmed there (thank you director Brian Grant for making that dream come true.)
Photography: Victoria Pearson Art Direction and Design: Lynn Robb / Jody Watley Velvet Cone Bra Bra: jean Paul-Gaultier Signature Jumbo Jody Watley Hoop Earrings
One of the positives of Twitter is being reminded of things like this – on August 10 hit single “Don’t You Want Me” was released. Written by Jody Watley, Franne Golde and David Bryant. Franne and I became best friends since the day we met for this session. It’s one of the few songs I’ve co-written and shared lyrical tasks – songwriting is so personal; but we all hit it all so well. Bernard Edwards from CHIC and Power Station was the producer and the remix which was the version that to it to the Hot 100 and the top of the Billboard Dance charts is by Francois K.
The video would be directed by Dominic Sena and would star my now ex-husband and former collaborator and co-producer Andre Cymone. My brother John is also in the video which was filmed in downtown Los Angeles.
“DANCER” featuring Luminodisco from the current release “PARADISE” has remained a stand out favorite according to my hardcore fans. I was inspired to write it for the spirit of the dancer that lives in all of us, it’s about confidence. “Clock this confidence – this ‘aint no coincidence – baby I’ve got style..I can be ruler of the world, queen of technology — doctor, lawyer, 9 to 5’er..don’t matter I was born to shine..” Shine on no matter what you do and what your job is in life. Get it : Here at iTunes (also available at other digital outlets), available worldwide.
Thank you to Mervin Malone Jr. for uploading “My Love, Santa Claus.” Recorded exclusively for a Japanese release with Cyber X in 2003. This was the first time I’d done ‘trance’ the various genres I’ve explored over the years.
This is stark contrast to my jazzy chilled out rendition of “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas – my favorite holiday album.
Sandra Green, Hollywood CA “WATTAGE goodies all up in the Sanctuary! Here’s to The Queen of Cool… Ms. Jody Watley Mentor, Pen Pal, Dermatologist, Inspiration, Visionary and the only person to envisioned me on Broadway Thanks for the music but most of all for being MS. WATLEY and allowing me to share my out of the box thoughts without calling the white coats.”
Tomas Rosado, Canada “All killer, no filler. Thank you, Ms. Jody Watley, for bringing Paradise to our ears.”
Jeffrey Muskiat from the Netherlands adds Paradise to his Jody Watley Collection
Chris Keen, UK “ “A total joy to receive my Paradise CD & T-shirt combo! LOVE the message throughout the new music, Jody….life is for living! #LiveIt #EnjoyIt #BeFabulous “
Cecil Brandon-Brooks, Florida ” Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!”
Cecil Brandon Brooks, FL
Michelle Page “This cd is good I really like nightlife makes me want to go out and have a good time And everlasting is good”
Mervin Malone, Austin TX “And here it is all custom-framed! It was worth EVERY cent! Ms. Watley – your beauty in a designer frame perfectly accents the other high-art in my home office. You are on the wall opposite the Black Madonna of Częstochowa! All I need is a custom framed print of the Mona Lisa!”
GLASS, recording artist and funkateer from Los Angeles representing his digital version!
PARADISE, available digitally at iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets worldwide, includes “NIGHLIFE” video and 8 page digital booklet :
I can’t think of another collection of music, where there’s this type of organic and very fan-centric organic approach – with a sense of community sharing an exclusive item like ‘PARADISE.’ I look at it like a piece of art, as time goes on not everyone will be able to say and show this – much like works of art. This isn’t about press or gossip – just the music, the love, the glamour, the message. What a concept! Celebrate life, love, friends, family, home and music.
“Returned from vacation with a signed copy of “Paradise” waiting for me. Thanks, Ms. Watley! Loving the album! #ItsInTheMusic” – Michael Litherland
Via Michael Litherland, Facebook
“Sunday PARADISE in my SANCTUARY. And with LOVE from none other than Ms Jody Watley! Yeah, yeah, yeah! #itsinthemusic #Paradise #JodyWatley” – Greg Macareg, Facebook
WOW! This made my weekend! Love the shirt, and Love #paradise, already downloaded on iTunes, but it’s a must to get a hard copy! your autograph is extra special! just like the earring from Essence show. Jody you are the best, keep give us the best you got, need more like you… Jody Watley
Donn Peabody, Facebook
“I can’t think of a better way to start my Sunday?! Thank you always Ms. Jody Watley…your the best!!! #paradise #sanctuary” – Lupe Ortiz, Facebook
For what I lack in controversy or gossip headline worthiness (thankfully), it’s more than enough for me to just be about quality music, class and artistry – still. Thank you to all who appreciate, support and understand “It’s In The Music!”
We have SOLD OUT of the first run of “PARADISE” CD’S!!! The response is overwhelming, and a new order is in for another round. The other items are also finding their way into shopping carts to represent Jody Watley. The CD also has a nice surprise (well not now since I’m telling you) of the song ‘Everlasting’ written by longtime collaborator Rodney Lee and I.
On my Twitter feed, most music blogs are as usual more focused on who was arrested this week, reality stars, etc. Meanwhile – I give to you a glamorous and positive bit of music in this crazy world. Admittedly, I’ve shed a few tears this week pondering world events, violent conflicts, teenage suicides due to online bullying and humiliation (Matthew Burdette RIP), the MH17 plane that was shot down with all of the innocent people, families, children off for summer visits with relatives, vacations.. the girls in Nigeria who remain kidnapped and out of the headlines, Eric Garner being killed for no apparent reason by the NYPD, abuse and rapes of young girls in India, the violence in Chicago and on and on etc…my heart gets really heavy.
I hope this music can create a place of escape, solace, motivation, solace and joy for you, as much as it does for me – now more than ever. Truly for my diehard fans – worldwide. “PARADISE” is also now available for pre-order at iTunes everywhere. Thanks again.