Since my birthday on January 30, I’ve shared many of the surprise video messages I’ve received ranging from Jeff Goldblum, Rakim, El DeBarge, Sports legends Sugar Ray Leonard, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Isaiah Thomas; John Taylor of Duran Duran, The Go Go’s, Shirley Murdock, Stephanie Mills, Vivian Green, Ts Madison, actors Lynn Whitfield and Blair Underwood, Lady Bunny, Kenny Lattimore and his wife Judge Faith Jenkins, Martha Wash, Paul Denman ( Sade), Will Downing, Connie Fleming (transgender NY club legend, runway model for Thierry Mugler featured in my Friends video), Nicco Annan from P Valley, choreographer Jamal Sims, songwriter, designer Franne Golde, The APX, En Vogue, Sherri Shepard & Kym Whitley, N’ Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Political Analyst and Host Roland Martin: Unflitered. A montage will go up on the Official Jody Watley YouTube Channel on Friday. Special thank you to Pamela Broussard, Wallace Butts and Bryan Rabin for making all of these happen!
I appreciate all of the outpouring of love from my fans as well. Being home alone in this pandemic and icing on the cake celebrating on Zoom with my daughter Lauren and son Arie made the virtual experience and day very special.
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.
I’m in the UK at the moment, having arrived a few days ago preparing for the start of the David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour which includes fellow Aquarian Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Listening to him at soundcheck and rehearsal was a great reminder of my junior high days when music artists were so soulful and diverse. I’m a longtime fan of the Temptations and to meet many of these artists, though I’m a seasoned veteran myself — is like being the baby of the bunch, I am never jaded in these moments – being in the moment. I respect everyone’s continued journey in this crazy business. Life can really be a trip, you just never know where you’ll end up and who you’ll meet along the way – until you just keep believing and persevering toward your goals and dreams. Always remembering it’s the journey not necessarily the destination. Kudos to everyone out here in life believing and doing. Here’s a capture of me before it started raining heavily with gusty winds which turned my umbrella inside out – it reminded me of being in Chicago! Keep track of the dates: Here