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.
The squad in Atlantic City. Focused and ready. Soundcheck.
Nate Allen Smith. Jody Watley. Rosero ‘TophatRo’ McCoy. Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Harrah’s Atlantic City 2016
Thank you Warren Bader and Harrah’s Atlantic City!
Nate Allen Smith – that smile says it all! Happy to be back at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Meet and Greet. Trance Smith serving all black realness and slaying.
Meet and Greet!
Nate Allen Smith. Brian Walmer shows us a lot of love in social media and offline. Rosero McCoy.
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
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.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow April 15 for Harrah’s Atlantic City concert May 12. Come out for a night of music spanning disco, soul, pop, dance, R&B and more: Ticketmaster – it’s always a party with Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded.
NEW!!!! Fresh off of the screening press new limited edition logo T-shirts are now in stock in celebration of this month’s upcoming shows and continued support of the PARADISE release. Get yours now! Shop
I had a fantastic time in my delightful conversation with Emmy winner LeGrande Green on his BOLD podcast. LeGrande is a former supervising producer for the OPRAH Winfrey Show. His vision for BOLD is empower others to listen to that inner voice which propels us to be who we are and who we are capable of becoming – without fear. This resonates with so much. We speak about drowning out the inner voice of self-doubt with candor and humor. I hope everyone embraces new platforms and positive voices such as this. There are always new things and pearls of wisdom to pass along and with each interview I try to do that. Listen: HERE and also check out some of his other eclectic and join in the enlightening conversations at GetBoldToday.com
Just announced, my appearance in concert with the reloaded renewed SHALAMAR at The Happy Days Festival in Surrey, United Kingdom May 24. Get tickets and information: HERE
Feb. 18, B.B. Kings, New York
Feb. 19, HARRAH’S Atlantic City
Feb. 28, Yoshi’s Oakland
May 24, Surry Happy Days Festival Imber Court
June 24, Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 25, TBA
June 27, London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Let’s Rock London Festival
Stay excited about life, even on days you feel low. Be thankful to be alive; always ready for new opportunities, challenges, new ways to improve various elements of your life, career, who you are as a person..you don’t need to make resolutions. Take small steps each day, or simply take time to reflect, relax, rejuvenate, plan and then work to execute whatever it is and repeat. Stay encouraged because sometimes you will just have to go with what comes your way and move on regardless.
Paradise and Sanctuary Candles are back in stock: Jody Watley Boutique, the music is available at digital outlets worldwide (Limited edition CD’s may come around again.)
Upcoming concerts in February Jody Watley featuring a rebooted millennial SHALAMAR
New York – 2/18 B.B. Kings
Atlantic City – 2/19 Harrah’s Resort and Casino
Oakland – 2/28 Yoshi’s Jazz Club
Remixes are in the works for the next single from PARADISE: DANCER
Make sure to use your Jody Watley hashtags on social media: #JodyWatley #itsinthemusic #Paradise #Shalamar – thank you!
As always, I’m really excited about the upcoming concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. These concerts will close out an exciting 2014. I hired a new booking agent this year and it’s already paying off. In the past, I chose not to work so much because I was enjoying being a stay at home Mom raising her children though picking and choosing when to travel – a luxury of being a songwriter to so many hit singles. I’ll always be discerning about what and when to take jobs but I do feel a new enthusiasm for this part of the business. With the music of PARADISE, mixed in with a range of curated hits from both catalogs of Jody Watley and the new millennial SHALAMAR ™ adding to the set, it’s even more of a party. Rosero McCoy has done a great job creating new choreography for us. The ladies are enjoying Paul’Michael who brings such a fresh young energy and charm along with his own vocal style. The shows will only get better and we’re having a great time together. Check out our Jody Watley / SHALAMAR ™ ‘Backstage’ passes on Youtube by subscribing to both channels. http://www.youtube.com/JodyWatley and http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShalamar
December 28 – Tokyo Billboard Live
December 30 – Osaka Billboard Live
December 31 – Osaka Billboard Live
February 18 New York BB Kings
February 19 – Atlantic City Harrah’s Resort and Casino
February 28 – Oakland, Yoshi’s
More dates to be announced.
June 24 – Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 27 – London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -Let’s Rock London Festival
Concert Booking Inquiries:
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Jody Watley Conversation with Cyrus Webb: Click HERE to Listen to our inspirational and fun chat.
Get the current release PARADISE available at digital outlets worldwide. Remixes are being done for Avitone with the assistance of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit out of NYC and being reviewed for the next single ‘DANCER.’
Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
SHOP the Jody Watley Boutique for limited edition items: HERE
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