Jody Watley and SRL. Detroit Grand Prix

An exciting blend of grand prix racing, and various other family activities related to race car driving and a splash of music added in – that was the Detroit Grand Prix. The day started out cloudy with some rain sprinkles but by the time we hit the stage at 1 PM. the sun was shining brightly.

Here are a few photo’s. A few video snippets to come.

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Longtime fan Chad with a few pieces of his collection – impressed he snagged a copy of “Sanctuary” – Thanks Chad!

SRL Grandprix backstage

Backstage before soundcheck. A few rain sprinkles..and then came the sunshine. Like life!

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix Interview Station

Interview Station..I did ABC Detroit and social media.

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix race care pic

I got to go behind the scenes on the course..pit stop the full experience.

Jody Watley Detroit Grand Prix Track Access

I got to go behind the scenes on the course..pit stop the full experience. Pit crews have 6 seconds to change tires and refuel.

Jody Watley fan greeting Detroit Grand Prix

Stopping to pose for a photo – all love! Check the tires in the background.

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Starting off the meet and greet.

SRL Jody Watley Gerald Brown Shalamar

Gerald Brown original Shalamar male lead is a longtime friend of mine..and continues to show support for SRL “fresh and relevant” is his description. Here we are backstage. We love Gerald – and it was awesome he joined us (surprise) for “Take That To The Bank”

Jody Watley and Little Fan Heaven Backstage Detroit GP

Her nickname is Heaven, she’s 6 this was her first concert. She became an instant fan – created this art and it was given to me after the show.  The song ‘The Passion’ by SRL really made an impression, it’s the first thing on her drawing – it’s about believing in yourself and she heard me. I had them bring her backstage to meet..and gifted her a signed handheld fan and t-shirts for her and her Mom. It’s in The Music!

Jody Watley Live Detroit Grand Prix 2017

The Passion. Love and Music. Photo by Carl Jones II Jacket by BPCFL

 

SRL Travel Detroit Shalamar Reloaded

SRL (Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith) –Our airport shots are always on point – but most of all always grateful for the opportunity to spread good vibes and first class entertainment wherever we go.

All photo rights reserved Avid Music Inc. 2017 and Carl Jones II

 

Up Next:

June 23 Danvers – MA Danvers Yacht Club (this will be the disco /soul show more classics and less new material concert – specific event)

July 8  – Alameda County Fair

July 21 – Sycuan Casino

July 22 – The Greek Theatre Freestyle Festival

August 5 – Date TBA

August 12 -Date TBA

August 26 – Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre with  Stephanie Mills and Peabo Bryson

More dates TBA (Sept. and Oct.)

November 11-18 —  80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Dec.2 -16  TBA Special Event Christmas Tour.

 

 

 

 

Jody Watley Update. SHALAMAR ™ and PARADISE

The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.

The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it  is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.

This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.

This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’

This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style.  The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul'Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul’Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy

Check out Backstage Access Series: http://www.youtube.com/jodywatley

Just ADDED the massive UK Festival: LET’S ROCK LONDON June 27, 2015 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

http://www.letsrocklondon.com

Confirmed: 12/12 NYC Private Event

12/28 Tokyo Billboard Live

12/30-31 Osaka Billboard Live

More dates to be announced in 2015. Track Jody Watley and SHALAMAR ™ on Bandsintown : Here

ANNOUNCED FOR 2015: 6/27  Magic Presents: LET’S ROCK LONDON, United Kingdom  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park SHALAMAR ™  http://www.letsrocklondon.com

 

 

PARADISE – Candles are sold-out but will be restocked SHOP http://www.jodywatleyboutique.com

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Francess mother of designer/prodcuer/art director gives loving seal of approval – especially the warm citrus notes of PARADise

 

 

Patrick Butman loves his PARADISE candles!

 

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio's shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery - perfect chic style.

Bryan Rabin of Bryan Rabin and Adam XII presents Giorgio’s shows off his PARADISE exclusive CD on Stephen Sprouse upholstery – perfect chic style.

Get the PARADISE collection:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

Today’s Jody Watley Tune. Nightlife ‘Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix’

Came across this cool montage to the “Nightlife” Soulpersona Classic Soul Remix featuring vocals by Shalamar’s original male lead Gerald Brown. Check it out!

“Paradise” coming June 2014. Stay tuned for more details!

Jody Watley UK Update.

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“NIGHTLIFE” the new hit single featuring Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown formerly of Shalamar  written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI), Julien and Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers Music BMI) Produced by Count De Money for Peace Bisquite and Jody Watley. Executive Producers Jody Watley and Bill Coleman, Peace Bisquit.

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Jody Watley Nightlife Remixed on Poptastic Confessions

 

See what Dave Higdon has to say about the various versions available on “Nightlife Remixed”

http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/11/nightlife-remixed-by-jody-watley.html

Make sure to download it today!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-remixed-ep/id732941079?uo=4

 

Jody Watley. Nightlife Remixed Released Today.

Make sure to purchase ” Jody Watley -Nightlife Remixed” available today at iTunes and Amazon, with remixes by Moto Blanco, Jodie Harsh, Dave Doyle, Soulpersona and Luminodisco. Perfect before a night of clubbing, for your holiday party playlists, workouts and beyond.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nightlife-remixed-ep/id732941079?uo=4

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Other Nightlife news:

The single moved to #18 in the UK on the Urban Club Play Charts on industry magazine Music Week and getting enthusiastic response from U.S. club DJ’s who have just received it.

Nightlife Reviewed on Blues and Soul UK by Lee Tyler :

http://www.bluesandsoul.com/review/2122/jody_watley_nightlife/

 

Jody Watley – Nightlife Official Press Release

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, SONGWRITER AND POP/R&B PIONEER

JODY WATLEY

BRINGS BACK THE FUN AND GLAMOUR WITH FUNKY NEW SINGLE, 

“NIGHTLIFE”

DANCE FLOOR TRACK FEATURES ORIGINAL SHALAMAR LEAD 

GERALD BROWN

 NEW ALBUM, PARADISE, SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN 2014

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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 https://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.”

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