July Greetings – New Video

New video greeting. This is the 4th I’ve done and with each try to inspire to begin the new month as well as to update where I’ll be that month..in this case July – on the 19th it’s Staten Island, NY for the City Parks ‘Summerstage’ at Corporal Thompson Park and then returning to Bethesda, MD at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Real Love’ on the 20th – that’s staying power!  More concerts during the summer and fall and whenever added can always be found: Jody Watley Tour Dates

Hopefully, you will take the advice from the video and release past energies that may weigh you down going into this month..let alone months or years ago!  Today is today and I hope whomever reads this post or watches the video will receive that message.

 

Love to all – Wattage!

 

Monday Wattage. Look To The Good.

Remember – Every day might not be good but there is always good in each day – look to the good. Wattage!

Upcoming this week:

April 19 London- Under the Bridge – Tickets

April 19 – The new single “Good Good Reason” Brian Power ft. Jody Watley due at all digital outlets. Out Now at Traxsource:

April 20 – Amsterdam- The Melkweg featuring Shalamar Reloaded (SRL) – a repeat performance (first was in 2015) 2019 is now sold out- the second time around!

Jody Watley-Weekend Wattage and End of March Updates

A most blessed and joyful weekend to all. Since this is the 30th Anniversary of “Larger Than Life” today’s look is channeling the more chic look.

Always find and stand in your best light – radiate the best of yourself.

Wattage!

Up Next:: April 19 New single “Good Good Reason” Brian Power featuring Jody Watley

April 19 – London at Under The Bridge

April 20 – Amsterdam The Melkweg

April 27 – Microsoft Theater “Freestyle Festival 15”

May 3 – Fresno, CA Cinco de Mega Woodward Park

June 22 – Blue Note Napa “An Evening Of Love, Jazz and Soul”

and more TBA

Weekend Wattage and Other Vibes

Always find your best light..and often it will find you.

Jody Watley - Natural light

John Havic Gregory Jody Watley Nate Smith SRL Squad

Jody Watley & SRL squad – John “Havic” Gregory and Nate Allen Smith.

 

Soundcheck vibes “The Passion” in Philly last Saturday – Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don’t miss uploads!

 

Over on Instagram, really loved the comments in this post..hearing what Jody Watley Music was on playlists..originated by a fan who shared what he was listening to from 4 of of my albums. If you stopped at the first two and most commercial albums..you really are missing a lot of great music. Mix it up. Though streaming sucks for artists – I still recommend them for listening and checking out music you may have missed..and then go buy (download) to your collections. Read some of the comments to check out the diverse range..I love it when the deep cuts are mentioned..that’s a real music appreciator for any artist to go beyond the radio.

Jody Watley 4 albums Collage IG

This concert for March 23, 2019 Pala Jam, San Diego at the The Pala Resort and Casiono is now – SOLD OUT. This will be one funky night of music classics.

Pala Jam 2019 Jody Watley Ev King Sos Band Sold Out

Monday Wattage. Make Each Day Special.

A casual day at home, doing a bit of work over the weekend. Though not going out, I perked myself up with just a touch of glam. As my Dad used to say you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to dress up, enjoy your nice things, a special meal or to be charitable, giving and kind.

Wise words – each day of life is special!

Jody Watley Art Appreciation Friday

Jody Watley Abstract Art by Milo Bosh from Chicago, Illinois.

Wattage!

Upcoming concerts:

March 9 Philadelphia Keswick Theater

March 23 San Diego Pala Resort & Casino

April 19 – London Under The Bridge

April 20 – Amsterdam The Melkweg

April 27 – Los Angeles Microsoft Theater Freestyle 15

May 27 – Cancun Honoree Woman of Excellence Award LGBTQ Music & Film Festival

June 22 – Blue Note Napa “An Evening Of Love, Jazz and Soul”

Just Announced: Jeffrey Osborne with Jody Watley “An Evening Of Soul” August 17 / Atlanta Mable Barnes House Amphitheater

New, Current and Classic Hit music releases available at digital outlets worldwide.

Jody Watley. Winning Best New Artist Grammy Award In 1988 – What It Means To Me in 2019.

Lesson learned: To be fearless, have faith and always believe in yourself. Be yourself – no matter who doubts you, doesn’t agree, doesn’t understand, wants to discourage you or your l choices. I didn’t quit Shalamar to go solo – I quit to be happy. The sudden passing of my father forever changed my view on living life. It’s best to the life you choose towards love, peace, respect with joy – inspiring others to do the same in the process, God blessed me for my choice and continues to in so many ways.

An ongoing career is not a curse to those who have implied “Best New Artist” is curses because a few in the category have faltered. I’ve always found that narrative insulting not to mention ridiculous. It’s a blessing.

The same is never said of recipients of Album, Song or Record of the Year, some never reach those pinnacles again but continue to work and be creative without the fanfare or accolades.

What I know is to date I have great success with an ongoing discography full of hit singles in various genres over many albums, have watched things I’ve done or worn become trends and open the door bridging music and style open for a new generation of female artists regardless of the lack of acknowledgement. “Friends” ft. Eric B and Rakim, as an example, and a hit from my second album is the first collaboration like that to become a Top 10 Crossover Hit Hot 100, R&B/Hip Hop and Dance – a formula that eventually had to be recognized with its own category and continues to dominate. “Friends” was not nominated however it’s significance in music and pop culture influence is indelible. In 2018 Billboard Magazine ranked me in the Greatest Dance Artists of All Time and in the Top 60 Female Artists of All Time for further clarity.

In my ongoing catalog songs that aren’t hits all represent an artist, songwriter, producer who happens to be a woman and black (the first to be marginalized generally) continues to write, record and release quality music on my own terms outside of the “machine” or conventional methods nor the assist of big time producers or executives using their clout to keep me afloat. Survived though a certain executive for a time was trying to have me ‘blackballed’ at black radio – my debut happened anyway despite his attempts because a higher power is always on my side, rather than a publicist on year round retainer to keep my name in the news, as some do.  Thriving despite obstacles, traveling the world and better than ever with time is what’s real. It is frustrating at times to still not get the respect, however going to why I do what I do and always counting my blessings not woes or detractors. There are those who are still angered at my win for various reasons.

Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the meaning of success isn’t often what others see or view…status and big money, headlines, quantity of awards and so on are not it and aren’t what has driven or inspired me. Never thirsted for those things though of course though mad at any of those things, never about ‘playing the game’ to achieve any of it. Some of my music heroes and heroines never received a Grammy including Diana Ross with the exception of an honorary one. Ask Little Richard as well – the architect of Rock n Roll.

True success is maintaining your own self worth on your personal life journey which is unique to all of us – authenticity and living a life that brings you joy and joy to those you love is the greatest award and reward ..and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Presenting to MJ the night I won Best New Artist – surreal because I was such a fan and used to write him fan mail when he was in The Jackson 5.

 

2019 – Continuing to shine. Wattage!

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”