Jody Watley with backing dancers Rosero McCoy and John “Havic” Gregory strike elegant pose before the event at The Geraghty.
Ladies and Gentlemen the timeless and regal “Queen Of Cool” Miss Jody Watley.
The Human First Gala benefitting Center On Halsted and the work they do for equal and human rights for the LGBTQ community. There were Honorees and some of Chicago elite in fundraiser and tireless work they do. Also in attendance was the Mayor Of Chicago and executives from the Illinois ACLU.
Making that move onto a new chart benchmark, Jody Watley has her first chart entry on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Network Chart with her reimagined interpretation of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain” produced by Watley and longtime co-producer Rodney Lee.
The first entry as a solo artist was 1987 with her Grammy Winning Debut’s “Looking for A New Love.” In a career spanning decades Watley’s music has continued to cross genres with notable chart entries in Pop, R&B, Hip Hop/Rap, Dance, and Electronica.
Going back further to Watley’s teen years as an original member of the Disco / R&B trio Shalamar “Take That To The Bank” in 1978 you can also add the Disco Chart.
CHICAGO, IL — Center on Halsted is proud to announce that Grammy-Winning music legend Jody Watley is scheduled to perform live at the Center’s gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018. IT TAKES OUR VILLAGE marks the 11thannual Human First Gala, and symbolizes the Center’s deep commitment to bringing diverse individuals together as we build and empower ‘our village’ recognizing the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in Chicago.
Human First provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate past accomplishments, while we look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build a world where we are, above all, Human First. In addition to raising vital funds to support Center on Halsted programs and services, the Human First Award will be presented to an outstanding civic leader for their important contributions to the advancement of Chicago’s LGBTQ movement. The 2018 Human First awardees include Dr. Tom Klein & David Gitomer, Marcia Lipetz, and Victoria Raymont. The Community Spirit Award will be presented to the ACLU of Illinois.
Friday night March 16, 2018 at The Mint venue, I joined Peter Harper onstage for “Million Miles” our duet from his “Break The Cycle” album. It was the first time we performed it together live since the recording.
Here we are before the show. Good vibes.
Performing “Million Miles” Photography by: Adam Keely.