Jody Watley July Happenings

Catch me live in concert with SRL :

July 21 – Cache Creek Resort & Casino Northern California : Cache Creek Tickets

July 28 – Merchant Street Music Festival Kankakee, IL

A new single and video from Jody Watley & SRL “The Passion”

Still percolating the spring surprise Smooth Jazz Top 10 “Waiting In Vain”

In the U.K. the winter/spring UK Soul Hit “The Mood”

Live Life!

Jody Watley A Monumental Look Back To Still A Thrill

The gears below the Paris Opera House (Le Palais Garnier)

Being the first artist or entity at all to be allowed to film a video in the then called Opera de Paris (Palais Garnier) in Paris, France for my video “Still A Thrill” in 1989 is something that was quietly monumental at the time – and probably beyond my devoted fans few know this. When most “urban” artists were primarily relegated to basic in studio videos. I thought about the significance as Beyonce made headlines with her video filmed at the prestigious Louvre museum another landmark in Paris. As one of my fans noted..”if you released this today, you would have broken the internet..it was ahead of the times.” I agree.

Directed by Brian Grant, the 2nd of 3 videos we filmed together – I sashayed all over the streets of Paris (thank you to my former label for supporting my vision) – I worked the historic setting with no choreography or rehearsals. There’s also a scene in one of the night shots on the streets of Paris where graffiti notes “Gay Color, Say Cool Say What?” that makes it’s own statement and my support of the LGBTQ community without batting a cat-eyed eyelash that I’ve never been asked about.

This included the basement so to speak working the gears with Tyrone “The Bone” Procter, former ST alum like me – freestyle, waacking, just making it up as we went along. I styled myself (a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier mixed in) as well as Tyrone (in a Jean Paul Gaultier T-shirt).  It was about the edgy style against the opulent setting and getting in the music. Creating art outside the box especially for a black girl at the time dealing with industry politics among other things – quietly opening doors and raising the bar for myself and others to follow has always been important to me – before social media.

You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing-that’s usually how artists make a mark.

Classic.

Paris By Night was the theme and concept of the video – totally enjoyed collaborating and working with Brian Grant.

 

Classic Jody Watley Photo of The Day. Interview Magazine 1987

Jody Watley, Interview Magazine, 1987

Photography: Karen Filter

Makeup: Wendy Osmunson

Jody Watley Exudes Elegant Cool In ‘Waiting In Vain’

The SoulBounce Review: Here

New Jody Watley Question and Answer Feature For NMAAM

Jody Watley breaks it down with Shameika R Wright in an entertaining conversation including thoughts on Rihanna. Read it Here

Jody Watley Blue Note Napa Review and Birthday Wishes On Poptastic Confessions

Review, video snippets and photography by Dave Higdon : Poptastic Confessions

Jody Watley Classic Christmas Images and Greetings

A classic holiday Christmas themed cover from my Shalamar days circa 1982.

A classic holiday themed cover from my solo career circa 1991.

Fast forward- Performing on The Colors of Christmas Tour 2017 still going strong!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and Christmas- may the spirit of the season be in your heart every day of the year.. love, peace, hope, joy and giving.

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