In the excitement of Inauguration Day 2021, I forgot to post this as Happy Anniversary to “Everything” from my second album “Larger Than Life.” I’ve blogged previously that January has always seemed to be a great month for my music – and it’s my birth month as well.
I love performing this song live in concert, full version or unplugged it’s always a heartfelt part of my show and emotional fan favorite.
Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart! My 6th Top 10 Hot 100 Single as a solo artist.
December 31, 2020 – For Immediate Release- BNM Publicity Group.
As we wrap up 2020, it has certainly been a reflective and eventful year, to say the least.
For all things Jody Watley, the iconic superstar continued to forge ahead in the midst of this pandemic; everything she touched turned into a buzz, from her expanding signature brand line with the addition of candle and home fragrance to the collaboration with husband and wife super duo producers, “The APX” on “The Healing – The Remix”.
Her timely spoken-word anthem release, “The Healing,” was debuted in the popular Club Quarantine’s transcendent DNice one of the game changers of the pandemic with his history making Instagram Lives. “The Healing” another from her longtime self-owned independent label Avitone Recordings with its lyric video touching on the civil unrest and Black Lives Matter theme resonated with listeners and led to major congratulatory shout outs from fellow music artists.
The beautiful living legend reminded us to keep living, keep loving, and keep moving forward.
Never one to disappoint, Watley accepted an invitation by popular on-air host BK Kirkland to be guest DJ for a two-hour takeover of his SIRIUS XM “The Groove” Channel. The playlist featured a specially curated playlist that included many of her classics with entertaining backstories of the songs.
A feature in the Black Enterprise magazine was a very special “first” with recognizing her as a well-respected entrepreneur highlighting launch of home line of candles and fragrance.
Known as a seasoned businesswoman, Jody Watley’s one-on-one interview on Money Making Conversations, a popular talk show hosted by Emmy award-winning producer Rushion McDonald where he interviews celebrities, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders on their secrets to success allowed listeners to experience her tremendous business-acumen.
Gracing the covers of three digital publications: Faith Heart Magazine, xS10 Magazine and Communique’ (dropping January 2021 ) was a nice highlight for the beloved singer, too!
We won’t stop there, as she was also featured for the first-time in Cuisine Noir, a food publication showcasing her culinary skills.
Her plethora of surprise television appearances on Fox, CBS and ABC News and its affiliates, digital interviews and other social media platforms this year confirmed that the always fabulous Miss Watley is not only relevant, but impactful.
The 2020 pandemic lockdown also brought together Jody Watley with Eric B & Rakim on their groundbreaking multi chart Top 10 collaboration “Friends” for a virtual performance (their first time performing it live since recording it in 1989) on Caffeine TV as the duo celebrated 30 years of “Let The Rhythm Hit Em”.
Her unforgettable surprise appearance on DJ Cassidy’s “Pass The Mic: BET Soul Train Edition which premiered on television for the first time following the Soul Train Awards airing on VH1 and MTV2 was a wonderful treat for fans to see the always fabulous singer “live and in color.” (Did I mention the segment to date has netted over 500,000 plus YouTube views and still counting!)
Jody Watley continued to expand, build and explore new aspects of creativity, including working with millennials.
Always one to share “gold nuggets” to others, she participated in a series of music industry mentorship virtual programs for the GRAMMY Museum sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. The online day of mentorship and career advice featured the Grammy winning trendsetting legend and allowed students from three high schools—Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo., Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. and Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in the interactive series.
She was also one of the keynote speakers on Black Girls Rock: Black Girls Lead Virtual Conference which welcomed 1,000 young women (ages 13 to 18) from communities across the United States and its territories to amplify leadership skills, critical thinking, ingenuity and creativity and was also a District Advocate for the Recording Academy’s “Summer of Advocacy” helping push passage of relief for those impacted by the pandemic and other legislation.
Kamille Boyd-Gilmore (@Mssskamille), a popular professional skater and celebrity choreographer seen in the films, Drum Line, Baby Drivers and Step Sisters recently gave homage to the style-forging singer by skating to “Don’t You Want Me,” one of Watley’s many string of hits. The beautiful video artistic presentation netted thousands of viewers on her social within minutes of posting.
Since the beginning of Watley’s work in the humanitarian field, she has continued to expand and flourish as a supporter of various advocacy organizations. She contributed to the 30-year anniversary of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Charity Event, “Divas Simply Singing” virtual concert and performed one of her signature hits, “Everything,” which aired on KTLA 5. Divas Simply Singing is the longest running musical fundraiser in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Watley was also a part of the mega fundraising concert series RWQuarantunes created by WME’s Richard Weitz and daughter Demi, featuring a who’s who in various genres. To date RWQuarantunes has raised a staggering $16M.
As a Grammy winning trendsetting pioneer Jody Watley’s influence reigns supreme and without borders.
Celebrated prominently as a major influence of Mexican American superstar Selena Quintanilla in Netflix’s Number One biographical series, “Selena,” and highlighted in a major Houston Chronicle feature, Jody Watley will forever be cemented as one of the architects of 21st century pop whose impact and contributions cannot be touched.
Now that is a monumental achievement to end the new year on!
Onward to 2021! Jody Watley continues to bring the Wattage!
“Thank you to all supported the music, message and other my business endeavors. Here’s to 2021. If you made it of 2020 unscathed and healthy – you did good. For 3 months of the early morning interviews and press – I was dealing with a broken wrist and full cast on my right arm..and a lot of pain..but no matter what always kept it moving like so many of you dealing with obstacles, and setbacks. Onward.” – Jody Watley
2020 Rewind:: ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) – You’ll find lots of recent press interviews, print, TV, digital features which culminated from my 2020 timely Spring / Summer Release “THE HEALING” – just scroll in your free time and do some reading!
Here’s the September Cover of Faith Heart Magazine and Excerpts:
Joy and inner peace are beauty must-haves; they radiate from the inside out and putting good into the universe.” Always using her voice to inspire others, JODY WATLEY is shining brighter than ever and living fearlessly as she empowers FHM readers in the September edition. Her journey exemplifies what is possible when you don’t allow circumstances to stop you from being you! “While others are running their mouths, run your business.” This interview you don’t want to miss. Grab your copy today!
Grammy award winning pioneer in music, video, fashion and style Jody Watley graces the cover of Faith Heart Magazine, September issue looking more beautiful than ever.
The stunning and always fabulous trendsetter opened up to the magazine about creating new special moments with her enthusiasm and passion for living, life, and music.
She also shared about practicing a healthy lifestyle from what you eat to what you consume on social media and using her voice to inspire others.
“Don’t compare yourself or your life to others. When it comes to our personal health and choices, we are the captains of our own vessels,” says Watley.
“With COVID19, think of others not just yourself…”
It’s been a challenging year – and if all you did was manage to stay healthy and in good spirits – celebrate it on this final weekend of 2020, in gratitude.. so many didn’t make it. Wishing everyone the best of this weekend before we set our personal intentions and goals for 2021.
Making my home space my sanctuary each day and encouraging you to do the same. Create an environment of love, joy and hope.
Move things around, adjust the energy, always have something fresh if you can-flowers are always a splurge, candles are a must – chill.
Two mixes – one message. Thank you to Dave Higdon and Poptastic Confessions always supportive of indie releases, veteran pop artists like myself still releasing quality work along with new music makers as well.
Tomorrow Morning December 9, 2020 8:00 A.M. PST. Jody Watley will be a guest on Good Day Sacramento Holiday Edition talking about the new home line and self care during these times. Stream it live from their website from anywhere in the country! gooddaysacramento.com