Add another special collaboration outside of the mainstream, like last year’s work with French Horn Rebellion which I loved. You can check me out contributing vocals to the selection “Virtuous Progression” on the new critically acclaimed release “Invite The Light” out now. Read about the release on Rollingstone.com
I’ve been performing “Nightlife” live in concert for the past year or so. It’s been encouraging to see the positive reaction to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” The fans have responded positively and dancing along to it as if it’s already a familiar tune which bodes well! This is a nod to my Shalamar disco funk (including guest vocals from one of Shalamar’s lead vocalists Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown) past melded and updated into a distinctly modern Jody Watley funky soul dance jam.
Written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music, BMI), Julien and Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers) Produced by Count De Money and Jody Watley
With the backdrop and history of New Orleans as the backdrop amidst a variety of artists of various age demo’s; I’m so looking forward to being a part of this spectacular music and cultural event! Saturday night July 6, 2013 – it’s going down with my eclectic show of stylish funky pop soul in a concert of classic and dynamic hits (solo and Shalamar), a couple of critically acclaimed under the commercial radar gems, well new music and perhaps a surprise or two! To coincide with the performance I’ll be releasing two new singles titled ‘Nightlife’ Produced by the UK’s Count De Money and ‘The Dawn’ Produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe this summer. ‘Nightlife’ is a nod to my Shalamar / disco past though totally modern in approach – the groove never subsides. ‘Nightlife’ features vocal contributions by original Shalamar male lead Gerald Brown (Take That To The Bank) for added authenticity – if you loved Shalamar or music from that era – you will love ‘Nightlife.’ ‘The Dawn’ is another nod to my disco funk roots and written recalling my youth, while appreciating the me of now and adding those elements. This is the type of real dance music that not unlike what Daft Punk is being heralded for. Traditionally, other’s doing music rooted in soul, disco and funk receive more accolades however it’s not really about that – in the end for me my music always comes from a place of passion, joy and love first to represent me at a particular time in my creative and artistic life.
This is another snippet of my forthcoming new single “Nightlife.’ “Princess Lockeroo” Samara Cohen is supreme in this dance video directed by Yak Films one of the most popular dance channels on YouTube.
“I enjoy the diversity of my musical range and feel comfortable in various genres. I can go with ease from R&B/Pop, dance/disco, funk, ambient electronica to a more smooth out jazz vibe – finding total joy and passion in all of it. The versatility is something that also separates me from a lot of artists and songwriters and defies the box that some have tried to put me in over the years.” – Jody Watley