With Christos Garkinos for Eureka Los Angeles launch. Photo Courtesy of Christos Garkinos – I paired my navy “Jody” top with Diesel jeans, Miu Miu pumps and Vivienne Westwood limited edition ‘Squiggle’ bag.
Of course, I also filmed the video for “Nightlife” at my favorite place to get dressed up, hang with friends, dance and remember to have fun and enjoy life at Bryan Rabin and Adam XII Presents: Giorgio’s on The Sunset Strip a couple of months ago. It’s In The Music!
There are two lyric videos for “Nightlife” the first for the single edit, and then the Moto Blanco Remix, currently #14 Pop in The UK and one of the remixes propelling the single upward on the Billboard Hit Dance Club Play Chart.
Make-up artist Billy B and I collaborated on a first of it’s kind music video make-up tutorial, beauty photo session , watch the MakeUpMusitorial preview here
There are also quite a few fan made “Nightlife” videos to be found as well from various parts of the world.
At last we filmed the official video yesterday on the Sunset Strip and inside my favorite club on earth Bryan Rabin and Adam Xll present Giorgio’s – A Modern Discotheque. I’ve been writing about Girogio’s here on sharing on Facebook and Twitter for months now and so it seem fitting and authentic to film there. Much like my classic “Friends” video it’s eclectic, stylish and full of friends and real people having a fabulous time – and of course there was a lot of ‘waacking’ going on and a special touch of classic iconography by the the attendance of actor and Andy Warhol star Joe Dallesando and renowned hair stylist Teddy Antolin, pictured in black and white photo below.
“Nightlife” the official video is directed by Steven Willis with make-up by Billy B. More details soon! Most everyone has graciously donated their time for this out of love.
For my #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Classic as well as #FashionFriday – 1 page of a 16 page layout for Saks Fifth Avenue Catalog from ’96. The photo’s and style from these sessions are all very timeless – which always appeals to me. Working with legendary photographer Skrebneski made me nervous, but he put me at ease making it a memorable and fun experience.
Jody Watley. Nightlife. Photo Courtesy of Jody Watley Music (c) 2013
My press release reads I’m bringing back the fun and glamour in music – with dance floor soul. Those elements to name a few are what I felt was and is missing. Always coming from an authentic place, this is where my spirit, which always guides what I do, led me. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be doing select interviews and press beginning with urban media outlets – with a diverse range to follow. “Nightlife” – It’s In the Music!
“Nightlife, a career best vocal performance.” – Ernest Hardy, Music Journalist and Author
“Jody Watley delivers upon arrival..” – Okayplayer:
” The relevance in this tune is that Jody Watley is a master class in how to keep a career in dance and R&B going..” – CentricTV
“Jody Watley takes listeners for a twirl on the dancefloor with catchy lyrics..” – Soulbounce
“Jody Watley continues to define her artistic destiny unapologetically, it’s something in the reality television era of R&B Divas that should be savored.” – QHBlend
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, SONGWRITER AND POP/R&B PIONEER
BRINGS BACK THE FUN AND GLAMOUR WITH FUNKY NEW SINGLE,
DANCE FLOOR TRACK FEATURES ORIGINAL SHALAMAR LEAD
NEW ALBUM, PARADISE, SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN 2014
Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2013: Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Jody Watley, one of Pop/R&B and dance music’s most enduring and stylish trailblazers, returns with her new single “Nightlife.”
Ms. Watley, who has mastered a career in keeping a career in dance and R&B music going, continues her legacy on the shimmering dance floor classic, inspired by her well documented roots in funk and soul music. The veteran song stylist has created an energetic dance floor anthem that is innovative, while also paying homage to her many influences. “Nightlife” is available on iTunes and select digital outlets and limited edition 12″ vinyl. The single also features fellow original Shalamar lead singer Gerald Brown.Watley’s soulfully spirited, up-tempo album Paradise is scheduled for release in early 2014 on her longtime imprint Avitone http://jodywatley.net/avitone/
“People love to dance to feel the groove,” says Jody. “I wanted ‘Nightlife’ to capture the spirit of vintage soul and deliver a song that people could play at either a house party, getting ready for a night on the town, at clubs, to get the dancers on the floor, or simply make people feel inspired to be fabulous. Everyone feels better dressed up, especially in difficult times. From the song’s intro, to the energy on the track, we worked to make the music come alive,” adds Jody. Serving again as both performer, co-writer and co-producer on “Nightlife,” she collaborated with the emerging production duo Count de Money from the UK. “I’ve always been about the style of music. I wanted to paint a picture with the music and evoke an uplifting emotion. I find this missing in a lot of music today. Soul music is not just ballads, it has also always been about a quality rhythm with a message as well.
Jody‘s career as a chart-topping hit maker has surpassed more than three decades in her successful career. Her last album The Makeover was a #1 Top Electronic Albums on iTunes and produced three Top Ten Dance Singles. Jody has achieved thirteen #1 singles in Dance and R&B, six Top Ten Hot 100 Singles, (including the influential and ground-breaking “Friends” featuring Eric B. and Rakim) and fifteen R&B Top 40 records. Jody’s diversity in her music and continued embrace of being on the cutting edge is apparent on her collaborations with the young electro duo French Horn Rebellion and on their summer 2013 song “Dancing Out,” with a video premiere on Billboard. Additionally, she has collaborated with Stone Throw Records’ Boogie Funk Ambassador Dam-Funk, the UK’s Mercury Prize winners 4Hero, DJ Spinna and other cream of the crop soulful dance music producer/musicians.
Ms. Watley, who continues to groove on stages and clubs all over the globe, including an appearance at the 2013 Essence Festival, is no stranger to the world of dance music. In 1987 she released her groundbreaking self-titled album which featured the hit single “Looking For A New Love.” The song became a pop/soul sensation that garnered her the coveted Grammy Award for Best New Artist and pioneered her career into fame to become an international star. Jody’s dose of her own distinct sense of style, fashion and individuality in her music and video from the song captured the attention of fans around the world. She became a trendsetting sensation, gracing the covers of some of the most prominent magazines, fashion layouts and early celebrity ad campaigns throughout the United States, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Her influence can still be seen and heard in younger female artists today.
Jody Watley continues to put genuine artistry and quality into everything she does, making each musical moment into a wonderful experience. There is no better way to wait for Paradise than to dance and enjoy the “Nightlife.”
My Saturday night at Giorgio’s was truly a night to remember. Meeting the legendary Giorgio Moroder was like a dream. Dancing to his songs and productions as a teen including one of my favorite soundtracks “Midnight Express” – “From Here to Eternity”, not to mention his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer along with his production and writing partner Pete Bellotte. He and his wife Francisca were relaxed and friendly, as Giorgio’s Bryan Rabin too me over for the introduction quickly prompting me to ask “Do you mind if we take a photo”, after hello’s were exchanged. You can say that I’m never too cool for school to be enthusiastic and show that I’m a fan of the people I admire and enjoy as well.
“It’s In The Music!”
More pics via my Instagram (JodyWatley) and Facebook.
The “Nightlife” Classic Glamour EP at iTunes – Here
Getting my drag on for Giorgio’s! Photo: (c) 2013 Jody Watley
Francisca Moroder, Giorgio Moroder and Jody Watley. Photo (c): Jody Watley 2013