New video post Jody Watley & SRL “The Mood” Live In Concert. Our final concert of 2019 was in San Antonio, Texas at the Jo Long Theatre. It was a great night and I wanted to share this video. Looking forward to more memorable live concert experiences in 2020 with the guys and all of you.
“The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ Mix Top 2 UK Soul Chart, 2018 – and still in the Top 5 of my contemporary releases streaming at all digital outlets – most coming from Spotify. You can also download it from iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Near capacity crowd – lots of love in the house to kick off Jo Long Theatre at The Carver Community Cultural Center new season.
Sound and visuals check. Design by Ray Easmon.
Testing out new opening choreography with SRL Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory.
Jody Watley & SRL. The guys join me for a couple of my Shalamar classics our own 2018 UK Soul chart hits “The Mood” & “The Passion” and then return later to show off their dance skills in the Classic Jody Watley hits section.
I had to take off my heels and get in the audience for a twirl during a rousing version ‘Skin Deep’ from “Midnight Lounge” it was my favorite part of the show.
A ‘Real Love’ pose with John ‘Havic’ Gregory and Nate Allen Smith. Fan capture.
Fan capture, during finale.
Looking For A New Love. Fan capture.
Jody Watley & Lupe Ortiz who made the trip from Fort Worth and always shows a lot of love and support on social media too. Wattage!
Always taking the time to smell the roses and the love from my fans and their generosity – beautiful bouquet from Lupe. I also received a beautiful owl scarf (I love owls) from one of my recent Cameo requests – I made sure they had backstage passes!
Top streaming service remains Spotify among outlets for Jody Watley fans, though the music is available at all digital outlets with Apple a close second. Of course my classics are there overall but these top streams are the independent contemporary releases from my Avitone label. “The Mood” Jody Watley ft SRL a big UK Soul chart hit has remained Number 1 for months, this week ‘Nightlife’ takes the top spot in Top Tracks.
If you’ve missed any of these releases – the time is always now..with digital it’s all there for you anytime! BUYING–LEGALLY DOWNLOADING the music is always appreciated and preferred.
Weekly Analytics Oct 11 – Oct 17 – Jody Watley Top 15 Tracks
The Mood – Jody Watley ft SRL. (Alex Di Cio’ Mix)
A Beautiful Life
Nightlife – Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix ft Gerald Brown (Shalamar)
I Want Your Love – DJ Spinna Mix
Saturday Night Experience – Ron Trent Mix
I Love To Love
The Passion – Jody Watley ft. SRL (Brian Power Remix)
Waiting in Vain
Weekly Analytics Oct 11 – Oct 17 – Top Releases – Jody Watley
Nightlife (Soulpersona Classic Soul Remix)
The Mood – Jody Watley ft SRL (Alex Di Cio Mix)
Nightlife – Remixed EP
The Passion – Jody Watley ft SRL (Brian Power Remixes)
The event, originally an outdoor event was moved indoors to the Cox Business Center. It was a beautiful thing to see a music event with major sponsors to make it a free city family friendly concert and also be in celebration of Tulsa’s own former NBA player and respected jazz musician Waymon Tisdale. I performed ‘Skin Deep’ in celebration of Tisdale because I’d done two Smooth Jazz Cruises around the time of the original release of “Midnight Lounge” – the message was appropriate as well.
It was really special to see The Whispers, my former label mates from back in my Shalamar, Solar Records years..Scotty with the classic response!
Hotel suite – on my way straight to stage.
SRL (Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory’) are ready too! A quick photo before heading to Cox Business Center.
I don’t throw ‘legendary’ around casually – this is pretty epic if you know the history of hits here. Jody Watley // Shalamar // Solar Galaxy of Stars Tour// The Whispers
Always – Own it.
Making it a night to remember — with Nate Allen Smith and John ‘Havic’ Gregory
Up Next October t:
October 13 – Detroit Soundboard Motor City Casino with Tony Toni Tony
I performed my first full Jody Watley “Unplugged” in the beautiful setting of Blue Note Hawaii. Each show had something slightly different and both audiences loved the show. There was candor, spontaneous humor, heart and soul.
There’s a purity to the Unplugged experience of vocals and the sparse instrumentation that gives a different vibe to the songs – still funky when needed, and emotional connections. In this concept I was able to share back stories and talk a bit more than I do in my more fast paced full show experience. The crowds sang along as I told them “pretend we are all at a campfire just singing songs..” That’s what we did, we also laughed, got reflective in moments and had a wonderful time.
The set list included my tribute to George Michael, my Top 10 Jazz makeover of Bob Marley ‘Waiting In Vain” many familiar Jody Watley classics, a few from my Shalamar days and the 2018 Top 2 UK Soul hit ‘The Mood’ joined by Nate Allen Smith of SRL. The Unplugged musicians were Roland Hamilton on piano and Naz Chambi from the Jody Watley & SRL music collective.
Jody Watley. Photography by Alan Fukushima.
Jody Watley. Photography by Alan Fukushima.
Nate Allen Smith and Jody Watley. Photography by Alan Fukushima.
Roland Hamiton, Naz Chambi – Jody Watley. Unplugged.
Here are the most streamed Jody Watley, Jody Watley & SRL Avitone Recordings (my boutique imprint) releases August 16 – August 22 with Spotify as the top source from various outlets over (Apple, Tidal, Deezer, etc.). Make sure to follow my artist pages on the digital music outlet of your choice. Thanks for listening! Spotify
Sony Hall New York, August 16, 2019 was phenomenal. New York is always a special place, my Mom is from Harlem,my son graduated college there and lives there. It’s also extra special to see him when I go there to work too.
I won my Best New Artist Grammy in New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall, been inspired to write songs from the vibes of New York, filmed my ‘Friends’ video there to capture that real authentic vibe with Eric B & Rakim, club kids and beyond, trendsetting fashion shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, Saks – cover of Essence Magazine back in the day..you name it. I’ve performed in the Big Apple countless times over the span of my over 3 decade solo career and counting..this ranks as the best.
There are so many rave reviews pics and video on social media (especially Instagram) – here are two that really say it all!
Via Twitter. Love!
Jody Watley. Photography by Trudy Giordano
Jody Watley. Photography by Trudy Giordano
Jody Watley. Photography: Dara Seans
Jody Watley and John ‘Havic’ Gregory – SRL.
Jody Watley – A Music Journey, performing a few of my Shalamar classics with SRL.
Fan photo capturing a moment, Sony Hall 2019.
Real Love. Striking a pose.
I had not planned to do ‘Still A Thrill’ in this show. The setlist included rare gems like ‘Nightlife’ Soulpersonal Classic Soul mix, Saturday Night Experience, the current SRL hits, ‘Precious Love’ soul mix, ‘Skin Deep’ from ‘Midnight Lounge’ a piano and vocal only ‘Everything’, the jazz bossa nova of ‘Waiting In Vain’ and more along with classic hit staples. I ended up taking a few spontaneous requests resulting in a spirited a cappella section. Video capture by Trudy Giordano.
Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Photography Trudy Giordano. Sony Hall 8.16.19
Multi-talented Nate Allen Smith, male lead – SRL. Singer, songwriter, dancer, model.
The soul collective. Jody Watley & SRL.
Jody Watley. Wattage!
Thank you to the wattage crew and everyone who came, sold-out the venue (this means so much) and made it truly a magical night of music – a night to remember full of precious love.
After New York, we were off to Atlanta for the concert with Jeffrey Osborne.
Beautiful outdoor setting. Older more reserved crowd than I’m accustomed to and as the case with older R&B audiences – there’s always an initial sense of sitting in judgment maybe skeptical of what Jody Watley was going to bring to the evening. My perception is this age demo are more of the upset I’m not longer with Shalamar though it’s been nearly 4 decades and I’ve been successfully putting it down solo for over three decades and counting – always evolving and getting better with time.
The skeptics always learn..I bring a first class, high quality soulful show with lots of style, heart and my brand of soul, full of positive messages and hits – including a couple from my Shalamar days.
Jody Watley. Photo by Bill Coker.
Photography: Norman ‘NV’ Johnson
Jody Watley – Photography: Norman ‘NV’ Johnson
Jody Watley & SRL. Mable House Barnes Amphitheater.
Up next and closing out summer 2019:
Saturday August 24, 2019 – Groove 99.3 and Pacific Concert Group Present – Summer Bash, Bakersfield, CA Stramler Park (multiple acts) – Tickets
August 31, 2019 – WorldOne Concerts Presents Rewind Funk & Soul – Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheater – Tickets (Multiple acts)
September 7, 2019 – Blue Note Hawaii – Jody Watley ‘UnPlugged’ – Tickets