I don’t just make records – everything I do is like a musical hand-made crocheted cashmere sweater – warmth and joy!
Add some of these recent releases to your music playlists and collections.
Jody Watley Dancer Remixed – Cut Correct and Rhe Mix
DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
As well, revisit critically acclaimed releases “The Makeover” (featuring the Top 5 Billboard hit dance singles “I Want Your Love”, “A Beautiful Life”, “Borderline”) and the ambient soul of “Midnight Lounge.”
Jody Watley and SRL. (formerly Shalamar Reloaded).
The Colors of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis beginning Dec. 3 – Learn More and Get Tickets: Here
A few tickets still available for my birthday concert at Blue Note Napa January 27 – we’ve extended the Meet and Greet option too! Gift the concert for the Jody Watley fan you know!! – More Info and Tickets – Blue Note Napa
In case you’ve missed posts – out now is the new single and video “The Mood” from my new group SRL – Shalamar Reloaded featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. We formed in 2015 and have performed countless sold-out concerts in the USA to rave reviews, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), Brazil, London (Let’s Rock London, Happy Day Music Festival), Netherlands (Amsterdam’s Melkweg). We just did 2 TV shows in Washington DC as a group (WUSA9 and Roland Martin NewsOneNow), I did 2 solo TV appearances (Fox5DC and ABC7 Good Day Washington). There are numerous blog reviews and interviews like this one on ABCNews RadioOnline, and our second special aired on SIRIUSXM ‘The Groove’ with BK Kirkland October 29. Get in The Mood – iTunes
My most recent solo release is the critically acclaimed “Paradise” as well as ‘Dancer’ Remixes available at digital outlets worldwide. I’d still like to do a video for ‘Sanctuary’ and or ‘The Dawn.’ In this era there really are no rules with regard to releasing music and how long a project lives in the social realm. Youtube is the place for video releases no more waiting for networks to play it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Here I’m still amazed at how behind the times some fans remain in how they discover and keep up with artists they like – speaking of veteran artists like me primarily. We live in an information age..but some don’t use tools of reading and research no matter the topic to keep up or simply get informed.
After performing with Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony I’m inspired to make my next solo release symphonic. It will take time and I’ll probably do a crowd-funding for it due to the nature of recording a project like that. Stay tuned. As well, check out my recent collaborations with Dam-Funk from his ‘Invite The Light’ collection (Virtuous Progression) and French Horn Rebellion (Dancing Out, Cold Enough)..and I’ll keep you posted on my recent recorded duet ‘A Million Miles” with folk artist and sculptor Peter Harper (brother of Ben Harper).
DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
Get taken away to PARADISE: iTunes DANCER Concept Video: Watch it Here
November 11 Yoshi’s Oakland it’s a new show from the last time we were there one of the exciting changes is the SRL set is now more focused on our own new music and my solo set has also changed -it’s hotter than ever. Tickets
A concept video takes an idea and focuses on that, in this instance I wanted it to be about the dancers and dance and the freedom of movement interspersed with choreography – it’s not a traditional video which is why I’m not performing the song..and why it’s not the full version of the song, rather a dub mix which suits the dance and concept.
As well – I wanted to do a raw video without fancy lighting, nothing slick and overly stylized; but in a dance studio just like the kids were taking a class or having a party for a sense of authenticity.
If you don’t know by now, I’m an artist that likes to flip the script; not in a controversial way but rather always in a way that reflects where I’m at and not being chained by expectation or past history…always forward.
The new post on Poptastic Confessions’ year end review which included ‘DANCER” in 2015, is wrapped up by a review from a concert goer (first timer) from our concerts at Yoshi’s New Year’s Eve 3 day run at Yoshi’s. I would love to see the single featured on one of the dance shows and an ad campaign – it’s perfect…just putting it out there to the universe.
See what they had to say about Jody Watley and the new Shalamar Reloaded, click to read it on: Poptastic Confessions
Video shares of the concept dance video directly from my Facebook/JodyWatleyOfficial have surpassed 300K views in a week.
I’m not generally an artist that gets hyped on views and that sort of thing..but I must say it’s a great feeling to see how quickly ‘Dancer’ has spread throughout Facebook – with over 200,000 views in 5 days. For a veteran artist..this must be some sort of record. The thing that made me happiest as well was the mother from Australia who’s 7 year old son Ollie or as he wants to be called “Bboy Elite” saw the video…and then watched over and over leading to him wanted her to film him dancing to the music of ‘Dancer’ so I could see it (watch it on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial). That is what the song is about, the concept of the video – lose yourself – get IN the music.
It’s pretty cool to see this feature on popular music blog NewNowNext – see what they have to say: Here
The new thing..the next thing are concept video’s which are shorter for this generation. The concept in this case being all about the celebration of dance – showing the music and with the confidence this brings. Music and movement get you out of your shell. It’s been at the core of my life and this was a way to bring it all full circle and to give dancers of all ages, the kids with dreams in class…an anthem about them. It’s you – it’s me.
With Rosero McCoy’s creative collaboration, a host of enthusiastic dancers of and Q Burdette on the lens we were able to make this happen. Note the cameo appearance by my Shalamar Reloaded Shalamates Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith.
This is for the dancer in all of us. Freestyle. Werk iT!
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.
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)
DANCER. After wrapping the video. Photo: Michele Soulchild / Instagram
Dor from Israel and Jody Watley. DANCER. Follow your dreams!
Nate Allen Smith from Shalamar Reloaded, The Waackers, Jody Watley and Gene Tapia. DANCER.
Jody Watley. DANCER. Selfie (during month of December use #DonateASelfie) on Instagram meals will be donated #FeedingAmerica
Jaxton and Jody Watley. DANCER.
Hip hop, locking..freestyle. “Get In The Music! “Good vibes. DANCER.
DANCER. The kids getting it in! “Clock this confidence..lose yourself..”
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.