Jody Watley “Sanctuary” written by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee. Cover and Graphic Design: Ray Easmon. Photography: Albert Sanchez
Dream. Believe. Do. Repeat..and don’t over think. Make it happen for yourself in life – live it! Create your environment of love.
The fabulous Ray Easmon from the United Kingdom was inspired by the blooms of Cherry Blossoms while he’s been in Asia. I mentioned it would be nice to add an infusion of color to the art and when he sent the updated ideas, this one won me over right away. It’s so beautiful, we may do a limited quantity of 7″ vinyl for collectors..stay tuned. As well, as soon as the Pre-order link is viewable in iTunes / Apple Music. it will be posted as well.
“Sanctuary” EP is now scheduled for an April 10 release and will include the original single version which has live bass and guitar as well the extended SoulPersona Raregrooves 12″ Remix and the accompanying instrumental.
The release is even more timely with all of the chaos and stress as a result of election results especially in America. The song serves as a reminder when life feels out of balance, overwhelming, one of the things we can control is our home environments.
Despite keeping a fairly low profile and out of tabloid grabbing headlines (thankfully), I’ve continued to evolve and release quality music, while raising my son and daughter who are now young adults and in college. Check out my bio and discography to get updated.
If you’ve missed music such as my last release 2006’s “The Makeover” a #3 Top Electronic Albums featuring the 3 Top 5 Hot Billboard Dance/Electronic Singles (A Beautiful Life #5, Borderline #2, I Want Your Love #1) – head to iTunes and update your Jody Watley collection!
Make sure to check out my gallery of photo’s from my recent trip to perform in Chengdu, China at Chendu Stadium Sports Center as a part of the “Night of Fortune GRAMMY Concert.”
French Horn Rebellion “Dancing Out” featuring Jody Watley and Young Empires.
Essence Festival. July 6, 2013. New Orleans, LA Mercedes Benz Superdome. Superlounge.
The Howard Theatre. Washington D.C. July 19 : Ticket Info: HERE
The forthcoming new single “Nightlife.” Produced by Count De Money for Peace Bisquit and Jody Watley. Written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI), Julien Aletti, Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers, BMI).
My recent music collaboration with electro pop duo French Horn Rebellion “Cold Enough” is now available at iTunes from their EP “Love is Dangerous.” This keeps in line with my creative progression and joining forces with unexpected partners and keeps my musical journey fresh. Additionally, I’m going to do some appearances with the band and perform in front of their younger generation unaware of my history (I love that), allowing another type of freedom and broadening of my fan base in a non-contrived way. Often, I feel older fans just want the ‘previous’ and long ago incarnations – namely my first 2 solo albums’ and aren’t always open-minded of my continued growth, creative experimentation and evolution. My thing is to always do what feels natural and authentic to me – and each time I’ve planned, envisioned, conceived, recorded and released an album – my goals and motivations have changed. Each year when The GRAMMY’s come around, and as a former nominee and ‘Best New Artist’ winner; I can truly say that I continue to be a torch bearer for longevity, artistic progression and that indomitable spirit of being ‘new’ – even as I’ve continued to blossom in age.
In line with that, I recently connected with funky Australian and globally acclaimed music artist Sam Sparro and we’re in the midst of a couple of fabulous collaborations – one for Chameleon, one for him. I’m also writing with one of music’s best electronic bands out of London – that I’ve been a fan of since their debut. This is another major major creative milestone for me, and I can’t wait to tell you about it – soon! The one and only ‘modern funk‘ master Dam-Funk is also still in the mix, along with Count De Money and Richard Morel. What’s also fun is the inclusion of one of Shalamar’s original male lead vocalists Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown who contributed vocals to one of the mixes of the forthcoming single ‘Nightlife’ – perfect for the classic disco modern funk inspired song-this song and collaboration with Count De Money from Peace Bisquit also provided a perfect way for me to give a node to my Shalamar past. This is quality music as my standards have remained high.
The one time only sold out musical event ‘Loving The Silent Tears’ directed by the legendary Vincent Paterson is still receiving praise around the world. As one of the stars of the global cast if you missed it I must say it was really something to behold and experience. The cast album is available for purchase, including my African tinged ‘A Real Fool’ written and composed by Grammy winner and Emmy nominee Nan Schwartz and Oscar winner Al Kasha. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/SilentTearsMusical
Speaking of ‘Chameleon,’ I’ve been working with the title for some time now and have recently considered changing as the process as evolved – we’ll see. One thing is certain – I will be finally be releasing singles and the full length in 2013 the follow-up to my 2006 #3 iTunes Electronic album and former #1 VirginMega exclusive “The Makeover.” Stay tuned.
I’m looking forward to my performance this summer at Essence Festival, and will be letting you know about upcoming shows in and a handful of other select rare engagements coming soon. Up next, my concerts on the sold-out first ever ‘Soul Train Cruise: The Hippest Trip At Sea,’ February 17-24. March 23, Yoshi’s Oakland. More to be announced.
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