Shalamar Reloaded. New Video Alert.

Watch it Again. #WatchMeWalkOut #FashionWalkOut

We all had a hand in writing this proclamation – total group effort, music and video. Own who you are no matter what people say – is really what it’s about.

 

 

Fan Made.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Rock Harrah’s Atlantic City Again.

We brought our new show to Harrah’s Atlantic City and really took things up a notch. It was another stellar experience, nothing but love from the crowd. Undeniably, our favorite moment of the show was a toss up between ‘Full of Fire’ which turned into a tribute to Prince..Levi really had the audience nearly in tears with his beautiful solo and impromptu playing..the spirit just took us there. We’d planned to extend ‘Still a Thrill’ and go into a few jams like DMSR, Erotic City, Sexy Dancer, Cool..just vibe it..but we ran out of time when it felt like we were just getting warmed up at 90 minutes!

‘Dancer’..you really have to be at one of the concerts to be a part of it. To get everyone moving and grooving so much fun and a blessing. The Shalamar Reloaded was enthusiastically received as well which of course is what we wanted. We are moving forward..that’s what life is about. Learn your lessons. take control of your choices and life and keep it pushing no matter what people have to say.

Here are some behind the scenes photo’s.

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The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.

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Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016

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Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City! 

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Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

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Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.

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Meet and Greet!

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Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.

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Checking in..

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This connection came through social media, Matthew tweeted he’d proposed to his longtime sweetheart ..because she was longtime fan of mine he’d bought tickets to the show as a surprise. I invited them to the VIP Meet and Greet so I could meet them both and congratulate them. #RealLove 

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Always ready to slay. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Two hot sets of hits, new music and more – in one hot show. It’s an experience.

Levi Seacer Jr. our guitarist and former Prince and the NPG member, says it perfectly at the end of the short clip.

 

 

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Film New Music Video

It all went down in downtown Los Angeles yesterday for Nate, Rosero and myself filming the video for the forthcoming new single “O.R.I.G.in.A.L.”

The last time I filmed a video in downtown Los Angeles was for ‘Don’t You Want Me’ many moons ago.

The day was beautiful and the action progressed nicely in the fashion district. Lensed by Q Burdette for Rosero Inc. the team behind my recent solo concept video for ‘Dancer.’

The song was inspired by a year of trolls and haters who have tried to derail our every effort, marginalize our efforts, discourage and attempts at poaching any interest on bookings with  promoters..they troll and bash us from Youtube to every social media account we have as well-bound and determined to trash my name with slander, character assassination and attack or as well attempt to diminish my contributions as a solo artist down to my signature hoop earrings. They’ve been the first commenters on most interviews I’ve done over the past in in introducing the group. We are originals – not replacements and not trying to pretend we are anything other than ourselves – creating our own foundation and mark one effort at a time in whatever we do.

The experience has made us stronger as a group and gave us material for the song with an edgy sparse beat. Online bullies and trolls will always be around and don’t stop the progress – so I guess you can say we are turning our lemons into lemonade. That’s what you have to do in life..like I wrote awhile ago “The Beat Don’t Stop.”

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Selfie. Jody Watley “Original.”

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On a mission. Shalamar Reloaded “Originals” Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy

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On set. Nate Allen Smith foreground. 

Before the filming we had quite a few brainstorming creative sessions with Rosero as the anchor bringing his vast knowledge in staging and choreography to the table.

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After another meeting at Rosero’s. Shalamar Reloaded. Teamwork.

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Dinner meeting with Rosero. We enjoy creating magic as a group..and of course we’ve been friends and working together since 1998.

Pre-Order “O.R.I.G.in.A.L. available for Pre-Order Now at Amazon and iTunes.

Release date: May 6 on my longstanding indie boutique label Avitone.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Another Concert To Remember in New York City.

Nate, Rosero and I made our second appearance at New York’s B.B. Kings. Our very first performance as a group was at the venue February of 2015. Our show continues to evolve and get better and so it was a joy to perform to another sold-out enthusiastic audience. One of the security guards whose been there for 15 years said seeing our standing ovation at the end of the performance was something he hadn’t seen in a longtime there. We bring it from start to finish. Shalamar Reloaded – and then it’s a Jody Watley party!

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One side of the marquee in Times Square – Jody Watley.

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The other side of the marquee in Times Square – Shalamar Reloaded.

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Just before taking the stage. Ready to slay. Jody Watley, Shalamar Reloaded and NYC  freestyle dancers.

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In the music. Shalamar Reloaded. Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy.

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Jody Watley Style. Moto Biker Jacket  Custom Graffiti Art by Alison Rohan, Brooklyn, NY.

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“Don’t You Want Me” — Jody Watley. BB Kings, March 26, 2016

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It’s not everyday you get your own doll presented to you as a thank you for being an inspiration through the years. I was humbled by this honor and gift from Toni and  Haus of Swag complete with mini magazine covers, CD’s and custom Louboutin’s

 

Up next MAY:

May 6 – Fresno, CA Super Freestyle Explosion Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheatre

May 9 – Harrah’s Resort & Casino Atlantic City

Get in the Music!

“Dancer Remixed” – Listen on Apple Music, Spotify..

Buy it on iTunes – Here

Shalamar Reloaded: “SlowDance “Remixed: Here 

Shalamar Reloaded “O.R.I.G.IN.A.L” the NEW single coming May 6 at digital outlets worldwide.

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded BB Kings Flyer for March 26, 2016

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Get your tickets!!! Here

Jody Watley. Week in Review. Musings.

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Jody Watley, Shalamar Reloaded and Dance Crew San Jose. SAP Center.

We took to the stage for a couple of Valentine’s weekend performances. With the Freestyle Jam concerts being multiple acts my concern being late in the show  was potential time constraints. Sure enough, in San Jose being next to last, their schedule had apparently run behind. The DJ banter between acts went on longer I was told after the fact which made the schedule run long. Unfortunately, my already short set was cut short near the end as a DJ in a red dress was making her way onstage as I was making my way for a quick change before ‘Real Love.’ My tour manager motioned they had to cut and I was out of time. Slightly confused, I was like ‘OK..wow’ — long story short before I knew it the crowd was booing – as the DJ ‘Christie’ red dress told the crowd “Jody Watley had to leave..” – it was as is suddenly I was in the Roman Coliseum thrown to the lions! Shocked I said to my tour manager “What did she say?” Before anything further could be said – I was back onstage taking the microphone from her hand to address the crowd. “Don’t say that..that’s a lie, that’s not the truth..I don’t have to leave..you guys are running late – you cut my set..” or something to that effect is what I remember. The boo’s turned to cheers and chants of “Jody, Jody” – as I’m making my impromptu speech, Ms. Red dress is in my ear muttering some disrespectful things..and warning me I’d better get off the stage..

Needless to say – it could have all gone further south in an instant.

The jest of whaT I said from what I recall is to not let people disrespect you…

It’s a cutthroat business. As I made it to the dressing room in my fury and hurt I fell, twisted my ankle..as it was dark on the side of the stage. The first person I saw in the light was my daughter Lauren who was there visiting. I started crying and she told me everything would be OK..and reminded me that I’m the best Mom..and I have a lot of class and sometimes people don’t like that I have class and want to take me down..

To the station 98.1 – I could live with my set being cut short – but for anyone to lie without reason and to potentially in one act damage a reputation as a professional and esteemed artist was unnecessary and unwarranted. Reflecting on it and hearing from a multitude of fans who reacted on social media..some even saying Boycott the station, how they did me dirty, rude, disrespectful..it was a resounding win for me coming back to the stage to address the crowd. “They tried to throw Jody Watley under the bus.” DJ Christie did apologize to my tour manager and went on about how she was a big fan..however we all know actions will tell you everything a person needs to know.

Always stand up for yourself when you can and take power over situations like that. People with throw dirt on you in an instant and could not care less how it impacts you..so don’t be a doormat.

After that experience, I asked to be placed earlier in the evening so if other acts run late – it won’t impact me again.

Our experience at Orleans Arena was great. The station showed nothing but respect – the crowd was great. I’d done an on air interview with one of their women DJ’s Zenja Dunn a couple of weeks before – she was excited to meet me in person.

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Radio Personality Zenja Dunn, Jody Watley and Connie.Vegas 105.7

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Squad. Backstage Orleans Arena.  Jody Watley, Shalamar Reloaded and dancers.

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Jody Watley Hoops.

The beat don’t stop.

 

Up Next:

Feb. 26 – Miami Bank United Center / Freestyle Explosion

Feb. 26 – Orlando CFE Arena / Freestyle Explosion

March 10 – Private Event Hard Rock Orlando

March 19 – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA Southwest Black Rodeo

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded. Concert Review and Business of Music Conversation

 

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Photo: (c) 2015 Avid Music Inc. Shalamar Reloaded. Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy, Nate Allen Smith

 

This is a must read concert review from The Roxy and conversation writer A. Scott Galloway and I had nearly a year ago regarding the Shalamar trademark and fast forward to forming a new group Shalamar Reloaded as we evolved from where we began – and as well as a business woman where I saw a bigger picture and the opportunity for us to start fresh without the negativity and baggage of the past which reared it’s ugly head. My initial actions were successful in putting an end to false and misleading ads, use of old photo’s which misused my likeness, etc. We don’t want to be the new version of a group that faded into obscurity and ended in 1990; we came to that conclusion after releasing ‘SlowDance’ and the beautifully filmed video. There are no replacements, imposter’s, wannabee’s..it’s us starting fresh.

I’m always moving forward and always in the most positive most effective way I know how. Shalamar Reloaded continues to make noise. The next Shalamar Reloaded single O.R. I. G. IN.A.L is on the way – as we proceed.

Click to read the Urban Music Scene Review and Feature: Here

 

Shalamar Reloaded” SlowDance Remixed Out Now at Digital Outlets around the world.

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UP NEXT:

FEB. 12 SAN JOSE SAP CENTER

FEB. 13 LAS VEGAS ORLEANS ARENA

FEB. 26 MIAMI BANK UNITED CENTER

FEB. 27 ORLANDO CFE ARENA

MARCH 10 PRIVATE EVENT

MARCH 19 CAJUN DOME JACKSON MISSISSIPPI BLACK RODEO

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