This was a big deal for me at the time in another of firsts.. my former group Shalamar had never been featured in a magazine like this. Everything about my solo debut is significant because no one predicted it or expected it.
Looking back, I see a determined, authentic and self-assured young woman no matter those who were against me and expected my demise…I’ve always believed in myself and tenacious about living my own life and being happy as much as I can.
Trendsetting style and attitude, letting black girls know we could be eclectic, ‘weird’, offbeat..whatever box you want to check off too.
This is another fun video with a take on the new Shalamar Reloaded single and video “O.R.I.G.in.A.L”
Ironically in the past few days, fans have shared with me these posts heralding the jumbo hoop earring, the blend of eclectic style high and low fashion.. it’s been pointed out “they mention other artists who have followed the trend, trends you set – except the person who started it – you”..origins people, learn it! “What you mean you don’t know about my hoops!”
Read the Teen VOGUE Post: HERE – News Flash to the Teen VOGUE style writers – they’ve always been chic – and never left! I think it’s wonderful that the style endures generation to generation. To see them the Jody Watley Hoops -always makes me smile. Go girls – WerK!!
Don’t You Want Me – 1988. Recently signed with love from legendary designer Jean Paul-Gaultier.
This will be a special and celebratory evening. If you’d like to join us just share on Instagram the following #JodyWatley #Shalamar #ShalamarReloaded #SlowDance to become eligible to win a special and exclusive experience. Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Present: Giorgio’s A Modern Discotheque inside The Standard, West Hollywood, CA
For Immediate Release: Grammy-winning multi- platinum singer, songwriter , producer and entrepreneur Jody Watley, one of Pop/R&B and dance music’s most enduring and stylish trailblazers, returns with the newly Reloaded Shalamar ® featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Shalamar ® celebrate the worldwide release of the sexy new single “SlowDance” out 7.17.15 at all digital outlets through Watley’s longtime imprint Avitone Recordings. This is the first single for the modern trio and the first official single release for Shalamar ® since 1990 in it’s earlier recording history. The night will be punctuated by a special performance.
Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Present: Giorgio’s A Modern Discotheque’ is located on the famed Sunset Strip hidden away behind the kitchen of The Standard, in Hollywood. In the short time Giorgio’s has been in existence it has taken Hollywood by storm. The guest list reads like a veritable who’s who of cool. From musical legends such as Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, P Diddy, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, Debbie Harry, Boy George, Duran Duran, Die Atwood, Common, Rufus Wainwright, Jody Watley, Billy Idol, Robyn Sade, Black Keys, No Doubt and The Sex Pistols to Fashion Designers Olivier Theyskins, Haider Ackerman, Prabal Gurung, Johnson Hartig, Michael Schmidt, Monique Lhullier, Brian Atwood, Oliver Rousteing and Gath Pugh. Fashion photographers: Ellen Von Unwerth, Mert & Marcus, Inez & Vinoodh, Mario Testino; Supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Makaika Firth, Amer Valetta and Erin Wasson to the ladies o the international best dressed list Daphne Guiness, Dita Von Teese and Catherine Baba. The Social register is even showing in droves from Hannah Bronfman, Liberty Ross, Crystal Lourd to Alexandra Von Furstenberg to Vanessa Getty, as well and TV and film Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Kate Beckinsale, Amy Poehler, Lisa Edelstein, Denzel Washington, Sofia Vergara, James Caan, Rashida Jones, Baz Lurhmann, Ron Pearlman, Lee Daniels, Queen Latifah – the entire cast of EMPIRE. The icing on the cake was when the man himself Mr. Giorgio Moroder has come as a prized guest.
SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015
For those who came late, Jody Watley is a name synonymous with soul, an icon of music, fashion and dance who set the defining trends of at least four or five distinctive eras of black culture.. Read the full article on: OkayPlayer
Get your tickets:
June 24 The Howard Theater D.C.
June 25 Midsummer Night Swing NYC
June 27 Let’s Rock London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Thinking back to when I was a little girl, with so many dreams and goals – having my own business was always on my list. As an artist and a woman in business I’m never waiting on anyone to make it happen – that’s my advice. Go get it!
The Jody Watley Boutique continues to thrive. We’ve shipped PARADISE and other merchandise in the store to over 15 countries and despite a few kinks early on things are running smoothly.
I’ll be adding a luxury soy candle collection for the holidays. As well I’m working on a a capsule collection of luxury T-shirts as well – Jody Watley meets Rick Owens and Helmut Lang.
It’s In The Music!!
Padua Player aka The “SugaChef” Washington D.C.
Shigeo Chiba from Japan. PARADISE!
Lance Boykin, Scotch Plains, NJ “PARADISE” love – with his tickets for The Tower Theater Concert coming up November 15, 2014