Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 5. Scenes.

On the road to Carlise.

On the road to .. from our base in Liverpool in the Mercedes Vito. © 2014 Jody Watley

Rhyl Pavilion - gorgeous theater.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rhyl Pavilion – gorgeous theater. I always go to the stage first to get the vibe. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room - heavy winds and rain by the sea. ©2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room in Rhyl, my second stop upon arrival – heavy winds and rain by the sea. Most dressing rooms don’t have windows, let alone a view of any kind.   ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Ok..so an afternoon pre-show 'snack' - all for fun of course. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Early Pre-show silly shenanigans  after plates were shoved in my direction for my constant photo taking – – all for fun and laughs of course..the joke being all the food being washed down with a ‘Diet Coke.’ The KFC took me back to my teen Soul Train days when all we got was a cold two piece snack and a cold soda – which none of us minded just to be on television getting exposure on the road to pursuing our dreams..who knew I’d be in North Wales one day and they’d have it. I would have preferred salad greens..lol.  The key to life must include a sense of humor!   © 2014 Jody Watley Images

"Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

“Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!” Testing out my camera options on the black and white and color accents!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Meet and Greet. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets (serious autographs collectors) for first two rows. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin' in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex , just killing time - #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin’ in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex ,  candles burning, listening to music – one of the few times I’ve had my own dressing room (Hallelujah!!) just killing time – #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with David, we call him King David. Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with Matt Kern  and another cutie Anders from Denmark (they’re both new artists /musicians, with this driver gig as an adventure to learn the business ropes.. so I will be able to say I knew them when! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I'm on. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I’m on. Ready for showtime in sequins and glitter stiletto’s by Jerome C. Rousseau – yes!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

My view backstage - partial of the band. © 2014 Jody watley Images

My view backstage – partial of the band. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A real cutie, all of our drivers are hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Matt is a real cutie, all of our drivers are rock star  hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary 'fabulous buffet'  and the security screens go up - closing time. © 2014 Jody watley Images

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary ‘fabulous buffet’ and the security screens go up – closing time, “Where are my keys?!” . © 2014 Jody watley Images

We’re in the home stretch now..

It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 4. Liverpool.

Liverpool Philharmonic did not disappoint on Feb. 11. Despite a crazy day of bad weather including rain, heavy winds, jumbo snow flurries – followed by an odd looking sun as the rain fell again it was a sold out soul music loving crowd. An  ‘older’ distinguished crowd. While Halifax and St.Helens boogied in the aisles to the final strains of “We Love You Halifax and St.Helens respectively” from Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue – the vibe in the gorgeous concert hall was more reserved but still quite jubilant in the end for each of the artists; cue rousing applause.

After the concert we were all invited and some of the artists singing a couple of  A & B selections as they say in church for two songs. The event was attended by a well heeled affluent intimate crowd of close friends of David Gest, city dignitaries and a sprinkle of celebrities. All of the musicians and artists pulled it together quickly and were shuttled over over to a pre-Valentines event at the designated luxury hotel. Eddie Holman (Lonely Girl) did an extended version of the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art’ that initially brought me to tears because it was a favorite song of my father. Those moments of a lost loved one get you unexpectedly, so there I was weeping for a second at our table. Hearing the song took me back to church as a little girl and made me feel like my Dad was present. My tears soon turned to uncontrollable giggles. You know when you shouldn’t be laughing and then you can’t stop? Yes, that was me. That is how the roller coaster night progressed. It was fabulous to hear Dennis and The Temptations Revue have a go at ‘A Song For You’ – in a key he wasn’t accustomed to which made for memorable after the after party conversation  and laughter but it was beautiful to me nevertheless, they worked it out. It recalled listening to the title song and Donny Hathaway cover at a neighbors house in high school who always had the new releases as soon as they came out. This included the fantastic ‘Song For You’ album with it’s stark black cover.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a plethora of underlying  challenges, mild drama, periodic frustrations, complaints, laughs, but ultimately a sense enjoyment and exhaustion ready for pajama’s, a hot bath and looking forward to a good night’s sleep to cap off the evening. Camp Legends of Soul — and real life.

Each show day in the lobby - fans await for autographs .. ''Security!'

Each show day in the lobby – professional autograph collectors await .. –”Security!’

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley Backstage with Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue in Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley and David Gest backstage Liverpool Philharmonic. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations member Paul Williams) - one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here. © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Temptations Revue member Paul Williams Jr. (son of original Temptations Paul Williams) – one of the nicest guys and gentleman out here – I lost s Superbowl bet of a dollar to Paul, as some of watched it in the hotel bar after the show – perfect timing. © 2014 Jody Watley

After Party. Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

After Party. Liverpool – you know I have an affinity for a nice spiral staircase to work!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce  in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

Dennis Edwards, Eddie Holman, Gwen Dickey original lead singer of Rose Royce in Liverpool © 2014 Jody Watley

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Scenes from an after party bash, Legends of Soul Tour – Liverpool. © 2014 Jody Watley

Party guest Gary Millar Lord Mayor Liverpool Townhall

Party guest  Lord Mayor Gary Millar rocking his dignitary hardware. © 2014 Jody Watley

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible performance - the has the most beautiful voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece Peniston gives Little Anthony a hug after an incredible paired down performance at the after party – he has the most angelic one and voice. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Cece's stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn't have been ok to throw anything - so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Cece’s stiletto awaited Little Anthony..in church when someone is singing really well it makes you want to throw something…it wouldn’t have been ok to throw anything – so the shoe was representative of how we felt about his performance.

Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Be Fab! Nightlife in Liverpool with Jody Watley, Bryan Chambers, Cece Peniston © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Just the right portion for dessert.

Just the right portion for dessert (my favorite was the lemon tart). Liverpool after party event Legends of Soul.  Learn to take the bitter with the sweet in life. Gratitude.

Jody Watley Nightlife “Classic Soul” Mix, the perfect backdrop of sound. Listen and Buy: Here

Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary. Three.

One of my indulgences at home and travel are luxury candles. Photo © 2014: Joy Watley Images

One of my indulgences at home and travel are luxury candles – treat yourself to something nice I say! Photo © 2014: Jody Watley Images

A beautiful day in Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

A beautiful day in Liverpool. Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Beatles 50. A capture from HMV..nice to see an actual 'record' store still exists! © 2104 Jody Watley Images

Beatles 50. A capture from HMV..nice to see an actual ‘record’ store still exists! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Retail Therapy. I love my scarf - 60% off Vivenne Westwood - longtime style favorite! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Retail Therapy. I love my scarf – 60% off Vivenne Westwood winter sale – longtime style favorite! © 2014 Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets for first two rows  © 2014 Jody Watley Images Halifax Victoria Theatre

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets for first two rows © 2014 Jody Watley Images Halifax Victoria Theatre

Vanity table, dressing room - Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Vanity table, dressing room – Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images All rights reserved.

© 2014 Little Anthony still sounds like a teenager and has lots well earned admiration. Meet and Greet; Halifax United Kingdom

My Mom will love this – but I appreciate it as well. Little Anthony of the Imperials still sounds like a teenager onstage, hits every note with charm and has lots of well earned admiration  and love – great songs and artistry survive trend and youth!. Meet and Greet; Halifax United Kingdom © 2014 Jody Watley Images All rights Reserved

I'm in awe of this man - Dennis Edwards the last remaining 'LIVING' lead singer of the Temptations. Meet and Greet Halifax, UK.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

I’m in awe of this man, love him to pieces my fellow Aquarian – Dennis Edwards the last remaining ‘LIVING’ lead singer of the Temptations. Meet and Greet Halifax, UK. © 2014 Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

Meet and Greet, Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images, All Rights Reserved

Meet and Greet, Halifax. © 2014 Jody Watley Images, All Rights Reserved

Grooving backstage with Candi Staton - my goodness such great music out here, taken for granted in the states but HIGHLY revered here in the United Kingdom. © 2014 Jody Watley Images. All Rights Reserved.

Grooving backstage with Candi Staton in St. Helens United Kingdom Theatre Royal – my goodness such great music and artistry out here, taken for granted in the states but HIGHLY revered here in the United Kingdom. © 2014 Jody Watley Images. All Rights Reserved.

Pre-show Chill out..waiting, to get dressed, Halifax Victoria Theatre. Not that glamorous! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-show Chill out after meet and greet..waiting – Halifax Victoria Theatre. Not that glamorous – forgot my candle too! © 2014  Jody Watley Images All Rights Reserved

David Gest poses with two of my fans after the show - 'Get in the car David!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images

The inimitable David Gest host of “Legends of Soul Tour’ after a prompt poses with two of my fans after the show in Halifax, United Kingdom and then – ‘Get in the car David -it’s cold and rainy outside! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

I’m having a wonderful time – with all of the drama, back stories, anecdotes, twists and turns – I love it, another unique experience of a lifetime! A sold out – Liverpool Philharmonic up next!

Jody Watley Legends of Soul Tour Diary. Two.

The tour began in a small resort town called Bognor Regis. Word seemed to spread quickly that I was really quiet to David Gest and the others – I am. This seemed to be a cause for concern amongst some as I was told, thinking I might be a bit too ‘standoffish.’ Say what? Life is always a bit like elementary school isn’t it? This realization somewhat surprised and saddened me initially. I haven’t been reprimanded for my personality since I was growing up – and I’m obviously quite grown. No one likes feeling like they’re under a microscope. There’s a comfort level of course when you’re around people you really know and those you’re beginning to know. Some personalities will never mix, but on a job you roll with it. The discussion of my quiet demeanor took me back to being a little girl, often chastised by one of my grandmother’s for being ‘quiet’ which she for some odd reason equated to being sneaky and up to no good. The verbal abuse was unforgettable, when I was simply in my own world creating poetry, playing with my dolls, reading and other solitary acts that I found joy in. In school, I was always quiet as well, studious which some called ‘stuck up’ which caused me to be bullied often. Many can relate to this I’m sure.  It’s as if being a profanity laced loudmouth, vulgar and crass somehow makes a person more ‘real.’  What I know is quiet types seem to unjustly throw people off with red flags of mistrust and with a hint of disdain. Chatter. I’m friendly though reserved, quick to laugh, an observer of others, thoughtful, can be moody, enjoy being in my own space literally and figuratively – zen. That said, when pushed I do have another side that will go off, speak up and will not take crap from anyone among other lifelong traits. ‘Don’t let the smooth taste fool you.” That’s ‘real’ for me and has always been the case. To each their own. Quiet is not a sign of weakness, to the contrary. I was raised a certain way, to carry myself a certain way and to act like a lady with class. As an artist – I’m a professional, if I make friends cool – if not cool. My priority is always to be great onstage giving 1000% that’s what I love. If you can have fun with people you enjoy it’s even better. When mentoring young people I say watch how you carry yourself, respect yourself and others – perceptions and impressions go a long way. Sometimes I think the term ‘just be yourself’ needs a bit of revision to include ‘but always show a bit of class, intelligence, respect and consideration for others.’ As my Mom always says ‘There’s a time and a place for everything.’

Personality microscopes aside – this is an incredible concert tour to be a part of.

These kids thought I was the friendliest of everyone - 'the quiet one' © 2014 Jody Watley Images

These kids who worked at the hotel thought I was the friendliest of everyone. I guess it depends upon who you ask, lol. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

In Bognor Regis, Butlins Entertainment Resort ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Selfie. In Bognor Regis, Butlins Entertainment Resort ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Having a nice time after a great concert at St. Helens Theatre Royal © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Having a nice time after a great concert at St. Helens Theatre Royal I’ve really connected with backing vocalists Bryan (pictured to my left), Louise (third from right) and keyboardist Ally (second from right)  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

With Louise, Bryan and Ally after a bit of Chinese dining on an evening off. © 2014 jody Watley Images

Nightlife fun with Louise, Bryan and Ally -a bit of Chinese dining on an evening off. © 2014 jody Watley Images

Meanwhile..

Jody Watley Legends of Soul Tour Diary. One.

On the road from Skegness, United Kingdom. © 2014 Jody Watley

On the road,  leaving  Minehead, United Kingdom. © 2014 Photo by Jody Watley

Keeping my eye on the driver for more reasons than one. © 2014 Jody Watley

Keeping my eye on the driver for more reasons than one. © 2014 Jody Watley

Driving and traveling from one destination to another make sure to take in the scenery and remember it’s the journey, not simply the destination in this life we live. The David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert tour began with a chaotic schedule, for a few days where was no wifi which drove me crazy I’ll admit. It’s the little things right? I had to laugh what did we do before. I filled my downtime instead with writing and some good old fashioned book reading.

The scenic photographs were taken from the front seat of the Mercedes Vito a group of us were in.  While the others slept on this just past dawn departure, I was keeping an eye on the scenery and the driver, riding shotgun as they say, to make sure our very handsome driver didn’t fall asleep at the wheel as I was convinced he’d been up all night!

David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Concert Tour Schedule:

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Jody Watley. Anything Is Possible.

If anyone had suggested when I was growing up that one day I would tour with and celebrate my birthday with one of the voices of the legendary Temptations whose music I grew up on and love so much – I’d say ‘yeah right!’ and then I would have giggled uncontrollably.

Fast forward, February 3, 2014 – Liverpool, England with Dennis Edwards of The Temptations one of the great male voices in soul music – and music period ..  giggled uncontrollably!

It doesn’t have to be this type of thing, but truly anything in life is possible – just keep pushing forward.

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An amazing birthday cake in the form of a Chanel handbag! © 2014 Jody Watley

An amazing birthday cake in the form of a Chanel handbag! © 2014 Jody Watley

Aquarian Birthday King and Queen! © Jody Watley All Rights Reserved.

Aquarian Birthday King and Queen! © Jody Watley All Rights Reserved.

Jody Watley Domo Arigato Japan and Billboard Live With Love.

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© Jody Watley 2014 Photo: Jody Watley Music

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014 Pictured with fans: Hiroaki, Yoshinori, and Shun in Tokyo.

 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It's In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley. Love. It’s In The Music!

© 2014 Jody Watley, she was inspired by my makeup, music and style - and presented me with this beautiful piece of art.

© 2014 Jody Watley, (he) lovingly dressed in drag was inspired by my makeup, music and style – and presented me with this perfectly executed piece of art. I appreciate the diversity of my fans and celebrate them all!

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they'd been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. These young men in Osaka were so enthusiastic to meet me and told me they’d been introduced to my music by their parents! I love that. What a blessing to appeal to a younger generation as well!

 

© Jody Watley 2014. Art gift.

Photo: © Jody Watley 2014. Fan Created Art, gift in Tokyo.

 

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Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – There were always  fans waiting – I signed a lot of vinyl.

Photo: © 2014 with John 'Havic' Gregory and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer) - I LOVE these guys!

Photo: © 2014 with John ‘Havic’ Gregory (dancer/dance teacher) and Rosero McCoy (choreographer/dancer/best friend) – I LOVE these guys!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley. Music spanning decades!

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley with artist illustrator Hatsune.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley  - merch.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley – some of the merchandise.

 

Photo: © 2014 with my band.

Photo: © 2014 with my band, dancers and backing vocalist/dancer. Pictured: Donnell Spencer Jr., Rodney Lee, Christina Grady, Sam Sims, Adam Hawley, Upper: John ‘Havic’ Grady’, Rosero McCoy 

© 2014 Jody Watley. Real Love Live 2014.

© 2014 Jody Watley. Rocking the house with Real Love Live 2014.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin' it with his freestyle dance on 'Still A Thrill'

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. Rosero McCoy killin’ it with his freestyle dance on ‘Still A Thrill’

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she's done youtube video's to my music including 'Nightlife' and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

© 2014 Jody Watley with Maya Chou (she’s done youtube video’s to my music including ‘Nightlife’ and her Waacking Crew from Taiwan. I love that my fan base is so diverse.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley. With my band and dancers after another successful and fun series of concerts at Billboard Live.

Here are some photo’s from my recent Japan Tour in Osaka and Tokyo at Billboard Live. Stellar shows, fans, staff — my favorite place to perform. Fans really watch and participate in the shows – no one is filming or taking pictures, they respect the policies. When I perform a ballad or speak – they listen, no one talking, this as an artist is greatly appreciated so respectful; no distractions.

It’s In The Music!!

I’m going to miss being with them on my UK appearances as a part of David Gest Presents: Legends of Soul Concert Tour. Hopefully, my abbreviated appearances on this tour will kindle the fire to get us all over to do my dynamic show and present the full Jody Watley live concert experience.