The Jody Watley Show Episode 6 was full of great classic R&B and another inspirational conversation. Legendary stylist and author Ty Hunter drops many positive pearls and shared a few candid stories. His current motivational book “The Makeover From Within : Lessons In Hardships, Acceptance and Self-Discovery” is available in hard copy as well as downloadable digital formats.
Check out this brief snippet from this month’s episode. Catch the full 2 hour show once more tomorrow August 17, 2023 5 PM PST, 8 PM EST.
Remember it’s a radio show – not a podcast, no archives.
Previous guests: Emmy winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Bestselling Author NAACP Emmy Winning Social Media Personality and Actress Tabitha Brown, Grammy Nominated Star of Music, Film and Broadway Deborah Cox, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Kenny Lattimore, Tony/Emmy/Grammy/SAG nominated singer/actress Vanessa Williams.
With so many efforts to erase, rewrite or revise history in all aspects of society from books to what we see and hear across social media depending on the source, it’s important to have source information to refer to. Jody Watley was a part of the first celebrity ad campaign for GAP in 1989. The inclusion in this particular campaign and theme “Portraits: Individuals Of Style” photography by the legendary Herb Ritts is important for a variety of reasons. The campaign included ‘Larger Than Life’ images in-store, bus stops and billboards across the country. Jody Watley was one of the few black crossover stars of that time to be featured in this what is now called ‘rebranding’ or ‘artist branding’. Jody received notice not just from her breakout solo hits, she became a stand-out in her personal self-styling in music videos, album and single art, appearances and promotional photography.
“When asked to be apart of this, I was so excited at the opportunity. The team said I could wear the T-shirt however I chose. In addition, it gave me an opportunity to change up the big hair to a sleek short pixie-cut. My fans at the time hated it but I loved it, felt fresh and modern. Today’s artists are the luxury to change it up frequently, fans almost expect it now, unlike the 80’s and 90’s.”
Jody Watley was recognized as a style icon going back to her teen years on the iconic show Soul Train. Excerpt from Nelson George “The Hippest Trip In America – Soul Train and the evolution of culture and style “….with Jody emerging as a late 70’s style icon. She could rock silver shorts and red glitter converse sneakers, vintage 1940’s inspired dresses with pumps or her prom dress. Her hair was an ongoing adventure, sometimes filled with tons of ribbons, sometimes long ponytails, or a 1940’s hairdo..” ~ Book published by William Morrow Imprint of Harper Collins Books.
“Working with Herb Ritts in this campaign was just incredible. California born and raised Herb was relaxed, charming and so kind, easy to work with.” Watley has said. “He also threw incredible birthday parties that were a virtual who’s who and I was thrilled to be invited to a few!”
In addition to the GAP campaign, Jody Watley’s Herb Ritts portrait of disco mirrored eyes was featured in 2008’s historic Black Issue of Vogue Italia. The “Outstanding Ladies” in the issue included Jody Watley and actress Angela Bassett.
The work of Herb Rittsas a photographer and video director is iconic and renowned – never forgotten.
NEW!! Music icon Jody Watley welcomes legendary stylist and author Ty Hunter as a guest to “The Jody Watley Show,” on SiriusXM’s The Groove, Channel 50.
Tune in on August 13 and catch the inspirational Ty Hunter interview.
About Ty Hunter: From his humble beginnings in Houston, Texas, Ty Hunter rose to fashion icon status as the stylist for first, Destiny’s Child and then for the legendary Beyoncé. Ty’s inspirations and collaborations have graced the cover of countlessVenerable national and international publications. His creative style genius is coveted by celebrities as well as corporations.
Since creating some of the most iconic looks of all time and inspiring a whole new generation of fashion, Ty has collaborated with such ad campaigns as Hyundai, Footlocker, Charming Charlie, just to name a few. Ty has also dedicated himself to motivate those around him to be the best they can be with daily affirmations and inspirations as demonstrated in his instagram account @tytryone.
The Jody Watley Show, a 2-hour monthlyshow airs every second Sunday exclusively on SiriusXM’s The Groove at 6 PM (EST) / 3 PM (PST) and on the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online.SiriusXM reaches nearly 34 million subscribers monthly.The Jody Watley Show is packed with the best of classic to contemporary R&B music and engaging conversations with surprise guests.Watley is a multi-platinum selling GRAMMY winning artist as well as an award-winning songwriter. An accomplished producer, businesswoman, she is also one of the architects of 21st century pop affectionately referred to as “The Queen of Cool.’Renowned as one of the defining artists of the 80s with an everlasting influence on style, music and pop culture, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre with hits spanning 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s, Jody Watley is the embodiment of longevity and artistic fearlessness in the industry as a legacy artist.Get your groove on with Classic R&B on SiriusXM’s The Groove channel 50.SiriusXM is available to subscribers in their car, on their phone and connected devices at home with the SXM App. Streaming access is included with all of our trials and most popular plans. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.
I hope everyone is staying cool, hydrated and encouraged this summer. Although the months are flying by, hopefully you are finding time for personal self-care for your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
A new Jody Watley Show airs this month on August 13, 3 P.M. PST 6 P.M EST airing on SIRIUS XM’s The Groove Channel 50. Remember it’s a radio show, not a podcast. Furthermore, it’s not archived so make sure to tune in. I’ll be announcing this month’s special guest midweek to get you ready for Episode 6.
In the meantime, stream Jody Watley music on the digital music streaming platforms of your choice an eclectic variety from the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s! Thanks again for subscribing to my website.
In short, and as always; remember to always let your light shine – Wattage!
Grammy Winning Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Entrepreneur, Radio Host Jody Watley addresses the constant online bullying, harassment, spreading of false narratives, smear campaigns, defamatory remarks through the decades since departing her former group Shalamar in 1983, 40 years ago as of July 2023; of which she was a member for a brief 6 years during their most pinnacle recordings. Upon launching her solo career officially in 1987 with the release of self titled multi-platinum debut and with the advent of social media in recent decades she has primarily ignored and endured through such ongoing efforts.
As July is about to come to a close, I just wanted to say thanks so much to all you my subscribers here on my site and blog. Thanks as well to those who tuned into “The Jody Watley Show” this month on Sirius XM’s The Groove Channel 50 with this month’s guest the outstanding Vanessa Williams. I’ll be announcing my next guest for August in the upcoming first week of the new month. Stay Tuned. Stay Cool. Stay Hydrated, Moisturized with Sunscreen and Fabulous!
Stay prayed up as well or if you don’t pray, simply always full of positive energies with gratitude. I hope you are all manifesting good things for yourselves. Keep the faith!
Stream all Jody Watley music, contemporary and classics at the streaming platforms of your choice – downloading (iTunes, Amazon Music) is even better!!
OTD July 28, 2014 Released “Paradise” EP Features the Dance hit “Nightlife,” along with stand-outs “Dancer” and “Sanctuary.” Production by Count de Money / Peace Biscuit/ Mark de Clive-Lowe, Soulpersona, Luminodisco, Jody Watley / Rodney Lee.
#5 UK Urban Chart
#6 UK Music Week Commercial Pop
#18 USA Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play
Jody Watley made a variety of TV appearances with a select number of interviews. During the promotions she said “Albums are no longer something I’m was interested in doing, due to short attention spans, and the reality of people not buying albums as much now with streaming unless it’s a younger demographic or hip hop, quality EP’s more appealing to me at this point.”
Flashback Friday: Jody Watley Takes Us To Paradise July 28, 2014 Review : Soulbounce
It’s been eight years since Jody Watleyreleased an album’s worth of material, specifically 2006’s The Makeover. Though some may say an EP doesn’t count as an album, her new set, Paradise, is still a cohesive blend of disco-infused house, soul and jazz that proclaims Ms. Watley is back! Mark de Clive-Lowe makes his impression felt on Paradise, handling production chores on the album’s title track, “The Dawn” and “Tonight’s the Night (MdCL Remix).” “Paradise” the song is a perfect convergence of down-tempo electronica, tropical atmospherics and synth-driven jazz, featuring an almost a cappella delivery of the lyrics by Watley. Read More: Soulbounce
The EP was released in limited edition CD digipak complete with glossy booklet with a surprise bonus track as well Jody Watley “Paradise” and “Sanctuary” candles.
I Love the ’80s Strikes Back is a miniseries and the third installment of the I Love the… series on VH1 in which various music and TV personalities reminisce about 1980s popular culture in a mostly humorous manner TV, Music and Film.The series premiered on October 20, 2003, and is a sequel to I Love the ’80s. The sequel designation is in the reference to The Empire Strikes Back.
Jody Watley gets a lot of love and props in this episode! 1987 being the year of her breakthrough hit packed multi-platinum self-titled solo debut. Featuring the multi format hit singles “Looking For A New Love” “Don’t You Want Me” “Still A Thrill” “Some Kind Of Lover”.
Grammy winning music legend Jody Watley response to fans taking selfies and video at recent concert. Watley says “It use to distract me in my show and annoy me to be honest because I really want fans to be in the moment. Video recording the entire show is still discourage however now I embrace those taking short snippets and selfies and make it fun and even more memorable for them.I’ve even joked to make sure they get good angles!”
Usher’s trending interactions with celebrities and fans at his Vegas residency and the not so positive reception towards country singing star Miranda Lambert admonishing fans for taking selfies during a recent performance brings to mind how Jody Watley engages with her adoring fans. This is just one example – Watch it Now!