Jody Watley Art by Shawn West.
Jody Watley, multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner and style icon is one of the architects of 21st century Pop/R&B/Dance music.
From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) 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, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack since her days as the original female lead and sound of the group Shalamar. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk. The Jody Watley concert experience is an energetic thoughtful music journey in any format from the full comprehensive concert, pop freestyle, 80’s, 90’s, intimate jazz, love and soul, to her Shalamar disco funk days to the new UK hits with SRL..there’s something for everyone depending on the configuration and event.”
January 26 – Microsoft Theater Los Angeles 80’s Weekend #7 with OMD, The Bangles, Bananarama and more: Tickets
March 9 – Philadelphia, Keswick Theater (opener for Tony Toni Tony) : Tickets
March 23 – Pala Jam, Pala Resort and Casino with The S.O.S Band and Evelyn “Champagne” King : Tickets
April 19 – London, Under The Bridge : Tickets
April 20 – An Evening With Presents Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded : Tickets
April 27 – Freestyle Festival 15 Anniversary with Taylor Dayne, Lisa Lisa and more : Tickets and Info
More dates TBA