Jody Watley. Music and Life. The Tough Decisions.

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Navigating life and career.  Ended 2018 having to make a difficult business decision after a year of contemplation and coming to terms with hard realizations. There are times in life personally and professionally in order to continue to grow, it’s necessary to make changes, and allow others to do the same.  In the tough decisions especially for entrepreneurs or those with whom you’ve had a close relationship and the lines may have been blurred it’s even harder it will be taken personally when it’s not. Business is business and it’s wise to always keep that in mind.

Often the only person who can see a vision is you, it’s not a cold hearted thing, it’s the ongoing evolution of being and willingness to step out of comfort zones- not everyone is going to be on that same page or path. Never one to shy away from my instincts is something to never fear or avoid – no matter how difficult. Stay stagnant, rigid and stuck – or keep pushing for new levels. You never know until you try and do is also one of my life mantras.

Being able to be close to home to be there and present for my ailing Mom continues to be a priority in the midst of the music, just as it was when I was raising my daughter and son. I’ve cut back on some travel and concerts such as putting off shows in Glasgow and Manchester to make sure I’m never too far away. The process continues to push me into an even more reflective mode about life in general. One of the things my Mom has said when talking to one of her doctors on a bad day and through pain that really resonates “..no matter what, I’m happy to still be here..fighting..” – words to live by.

If you see that I’m coming to your city – don’t miss it. As an artist never been one to do a ton of dates to begin with it’s always a quality over quantity always – that keeps it fun. 2019 will include select dates, some of the schedule has had to be revised, always an experience of good vibes, memories, creating new ones and inspiration.

Stay tuned for info on upcoming new music projects as well!

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Out Now!

The Top 10 Smooth Jazz Single 2018:

Top 3 UK Soul Chart 2018

Brian Power Remix:

Top 2 UK Soul Chart 2018

Jody Watley’s Waiting In Vain Makes Top 100 Year End 2018 Smooth Jazz Network

Doing music I love and continuing to defy odds and boundaries imposed by others often this very business is what’s important to me and most of all to enjoy it all as much as possible in the process .. everything else is always just a bonus.

To you I say – keep exploring and growing .. that’s the beauty and blessing of life.

Jody Watley – It’s In The Music

Like A Holiday in included on this soulful show: Bernie O’Brien Radio Warrington U.K.

Listen to this goodness:

Here’s the playlist
Ashford & Simpson, It seems to hang on (Alex Di Cio Re-Edit)
Kashif, Help yourself to my love
Howard Johnson, Stand Up
Keni Burke, Rising to the top
Sunfire, Young free & Single
Bar-Kays, Open up your heart
Johnnie Taylor, I could never be President
Ericka Yancy, So Good
George Benson, When love comes calling
Al Di Meola, Roller Jubilee
Jermaine Robbins, What you want
L A Young, No one can love you more
Reelsoul feat Rose Windross, We are one
Agapesoul, Kite
Kathy Kosins, Musta put the Voodoo on me (Opolpo Mix)
Darien Dean, Hard 2 put words 2 it
Chelsea Wilson, Real Love
Tilly Grace, Ghetto Superstar
Cool Million, Save your love for me (Album Mix)
Latoiya Williams, One Call
Jody Watley, Like a holiday (Alex Di Cio Mix)
Joseph Malik, Love Bound (Wallace & Morris North Street Remix
The Sound Principle, Heartbreaking
Daisy Hicks, When I’m gone

In Case You Missed It: The Wayne Boucaud Show, Black in 3D Jody Watley Tribute

The David White Show : BBC Essex Selection of Jody Watley House Mixes

 

Current  2018 Music Releases Available at digital outlets and streaming services.

Jody Watley – Like A Holiday (Alex Di Cio’ Remix)

Jody Watley & SRL. – The Passion (Brian Power Remix)

Jody Watley & SRL – The Passion (Alex Di Cio Mix)

Jody Watley & SRL – The Mood (Alex Di Cio Mix)

Jody Watley. Like A Holiday Alex Di Cio’ Remix Available Now.

Like A Holiday Revised Art - Alex Di Cio

Like A Holiday

Written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music BMI) and Rodney Lee (Dream Planet Music BMI)

Produced by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee

Additional Remix and Production: Alex Di Cio’

UPC: 193483256238

Genres: Ambient / R&B/Soul / Electronica / Holiday

Label: Avitone Recordings

 

Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman and Best New Artist Grammy winner is one of the architects of 21st century pop. 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, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Since her days as an original member of the group Shalamar, Watley’s entire career is about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts who were and are always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic, hits-filled repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word, disco, soul – spans decades and is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.

2018 was another banner year for Watley ranking as one of the Top 60 Female Artists of All Time; the year produced three diverse hit singles including the jazz makeover of the Bob Marley classic “Waiting In Vain” an American Top 10 Smooth Jazz release.

 

U.K, radio embraced the music of the new branch of her vast musical tree Jody Watley & SRL (Soul Revolution Love) with two Top 5 UK Soul Chart Singles. (“The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ Mix and the Number 3 The Passion also remixed by Di Cio’).

 

SRL is Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy along with a squad of dancers and musicians.\

On the heels of the announcement by AGMP concerts that Jody Watley will do her first UK Tour in over two decades in April 2019, up close and personal: 17th Glasgow (Oran Mor), 18th (Manchester Gorilla) and 19th London (Under The Bridge).

Jody Watley closes out 2018 with the lyrically timely holiday release “Like A Holiday” Alex Di Cio’ Remix. Watley describes the single as the soothing feeling of a warm beverage by the fire, and then I’ll be back with more up-tempo burners in 2019 to coincide with the tour.”

 

 

 

 

New Jody Watley Music Celebration. UK Radio Special Podcast.

The Jody Watley “Still A Thrill” Radio Celebration from The Wayne Boucaud Show, UK Black in 3D is now available on Mixcloud as a podcast. Listen again or for the first time!

Wayne did an excellent job on curating a few classics and a host of deep cuts and collaborations beyond the commercial realm with snippets of vintage interviews sharing pearls of wisdom, goals and determination with a desire to always be me and never confined to expectations or narrow vision. You’ll enjoy the entire show..and be reminded that there is still quality music being made – soul, jazz, funk and you can still mix them up into a delicious musical brew with the classics, under the radar gems.

It’s been such a great year of music for me solo (the Top 10 Smooth Jazz ‘Waiting In Vain’ and with SRL (Soul Revolution Love), “The Passion”, “The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ mixes coming with massive UK radio support; and the announcement of my first UK Tour in over 20 years. It means the most to have it be fueled by what’s new while celebrating what’s past.

Get your groove on, and tell a friend.

Celebrating The Music Of Jody Watley

Monday 3rd Dec. 8pm-10pm [UK]  K2KRadio.com
The Wayne Boucaud Radio Show,Blackin3D 
Presents ‘Still A Thrill’ – Celebrating the music of Jody Watley.
That’s right, if your a fan you’ll know that this is a long time coming,i’ll be playing the music of the Grammy winning,Style and Music Icon,Miss Jody Watley,again,all of my own personal faves and i hope there yours too.
Also,playing music from The Eclectic Sessions,the genre spectrum from around the globe,news and comedy…
All happening right here on ‘the coolest show on the planet’.
Peace. Wayne. K2KRadio.com London/Worldwide

Jody Watley’s Waiting In Vain Top 10 With Smooth Jazz Global Listeners

This is very exciting news. “Waiting In Vain” after making it into the Smooth Jazz Top 10, Billboard Top 25 remains in rotation on various stations. We go this exciting news today that it’s Top 10 with global listeners.

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Check out the Top 50: Here – Download the single today and please tell a friend! “Waiting In Vain” is the perfect musical companion for a chillaxing summer evening or weekend.