“Christmas Time Is Here” In Top 12 New Holiday Releases In NY Post

The Grammy winning singer gives plenty of real love to the Peanuts on this jazzy take on the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” classic.

The list includes Lizzo, Alicia Keyes, Camilla Cabello and more.

See full list : https://nypost.com/2022/12/01/the-12-best-new-christmas-songs-of-2022/

Jody Watley Added As Special Guest To Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys

(LOS ANGELES) December 12, 2022 – Grammy winning artist Jody Watley has confirmed to perform at music icon and superstar, STEVIE WONDER’s 24th House Full of Toys Benefit Concert on Saturday, December 17, 2022 – Microsoft Theater.

“Today, more than ever throughout the world, we are challenged with many issues… social, political, economic, spiritual, but that must not stop our opportunity to give and share in the spirit and reason for the season. I am as always overjoyed to again present the celebration House Full of Toys,” says Stevie.

House Full of Toys will benefit children, people with disabilities and families in need. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift of joy. Your charitable gift is 100% tax deductible since no goods or services will be provided in consideration for your gift. Wonder’s We Are You Foundation m is a nonprofit organization, IRC501(c)(3).

“When Stevie Wonder, the most celebrated music icon of all time calls, you answer,” says Watley. “He is a wonderful and true humanitarian. I am truly honored to be a part of his House Full of Toys concert.” 

Stevie Wonder is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, having received numerous awards and honors including 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. His humanitarian efforts are world known.

He is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Friday, November 4 at 10 am (PDT) via AXS.com

‘Christmas Time Is Here’ and Jody Watley Gives Fans The Perfect Gift

New on Soulbounce “OG diva Jody Watley has given us one of the best gifts this holiday season: New music!” Read the full review on Soulbounce: Here

“Christmas Time Is Here” is available at all digital streaming platforms on Jody Watley Artist Pages. Download, stream, playlist, share. Happy Holidays!!

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and Ruben Studdard Bring Holiday Cheer To San Francisco

Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, Ruben Studdard, Peabo Bryson perform holiday classics and hits with San Francisco Symphony “The Colors Of Christmas” concert at Davies Symphony Hall.
Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams backstage at Davies Symphony Hall (December 7. 2022)

Grammy winners- Jody Watley & Peabo Bryson performing classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

It was an honor and pleasure to perform again with these gifted and kind people-my friends Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson and the silky soulful Ruben Studdard.

“The Colors Of Christmas” Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Colors of Christmas band, and fantastic director conductor Gail Deadrick. We performed holiday classics as duets, trio, and quartet and some of our own hits bringing the spirit of love and joy to all in attendance in the return to San Francisco Symphony after several years.


It was a magnificent, joyful and blessed experience (December 6-7, 2022). More photos and video to come!

Jody Watley. A Must Have Christmas Release.

Wonderful review from Greatest Hits and More!

We start our holiday music journey with Ms. Jody Watley and her stunning rendition of Christmas Time Is Here.
The trip-hop and jazz take is sexy, dreamy, and cozy. It’s giving us all the feels and will be on our holiday playlist for years and years to come. It really begs for one to make a Christmas wish for an entire holiday album from the incredible Jody Watley.

Check this out, add it to your list, purchase it, and stream it. You will be glad you have and we know you will play it a few times over after the first listen. It’s that good!
Bravo, Jody, Bravo!

Jody Watley Invites You To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

You can download, stream it, playlist it on your Spotify page if you subscribe -a perfect low key groove to get into the spirit or simply unwind at the end of the evening during the holiday season with a glass or cup of your favorite beverage.

Jody Watley On Anniversary of The Historic Band Aid Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Bananarama, Jody Watley, Francis Rossi (Staus Quo)

The Historic Supergroup -“Band Aid” Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

November 25,1984

While living in London after my departure from Shalamar in 1983, I’d signed a spec Solo deal with Phonogram/Mercury Records in 1984.

Jody Watley in 1984. Photography by Steve Rappaport

I received a call from Mariella Frostrup, who was the publicist for Phonogram Records U.K. at the time. Mariella didn’t give a lot of details about the session, just that I really needed to be there at request of Sir Bob Geldof as well who was organizing a recording session.

None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, we all turned up casually – some of the artists would joke they were coming from the pub or clubbing the night before.. it was all very low key when invited. One of the things that makes it so organic looking is no one was really done up for the cameras so to speak.

The result was “Do The Know It’s Christmas” the name of the group – Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK along with a powerful documentary and it has been played during the holiday season since. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” remains one of the biggest singles of all time in the U.K. and mega seller worldwide.

It’s an experience none of us involved will ever forget and a song that made a huge difference, setting the bar for other charity singles to follow.

I’ve said through the years, meeting George Michael and asking if he’d do a duet with me – which he did when I returned to America and signed with MCA Records recording my proper solo debut and looking back on it, it’s also notable I am the only black female artist and only 1 of 4 women in total. To be a part of this historic recording as my first solo endeavor is truly a astounding.

Some artists declined including other female from what I was told back then. To be a part of a historic single as the first thing I did after leaving and post Shalamar is such a gift.

The single went straight to Number 1, was front page news and has raised millions of dollars for famine relief and remains a milestone Christmas single despite a regrettable lyric (tonight thank God it’s them instead of you) created in the moment by the writers of the song as they have later acknowledged – the intent of the song is so very positive. Feed The World – Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time Again. That message and sentiment will always remain, help those in need.

Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well you can find it on Youtube along with original video.

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After Band Aid two 12″ singles (Where The Boys Are and Girls Night Out) were released in 1984 and 1985 as JODY. I already had a vision in style (edgy and fashion forward) hard hitting dance music with an eye of not being labeled or marketed as ‘formerly of’. I was intent to establish my own identity solo with a decidedly more funky dance pop vibe as a debut. I’d written with Bruce Woolley of The Buggles and produced by The Art Of Noise before they were The Art Of Noise (Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeckzalik) with engineer Gary Langan. Ultimately, the label and I weren’t on same page and eventually I moved back to America, signed a new deal with MCA – the rest is solo history!

Jody Watley in 1984.

Jody Watley. Joy, Gratitude and Simple Things In Life

Often the simplest things in life bring the most joy – sunflowers always make me smile and so keeping them in the house is always a boost on days when my mood may be a bit blue.

Often rather than lamenting on what we may be missing or lacking or what we are wanting -instead try shifting focus to what we do have. Doing so is a reminder to be mindful of living with gratitude. Every day may not be good – but there is good in every day as long as we are alive. We see daily how fragile and unpredictable life can be, so now more than ever be mindful to not take things for granted, to let your loved ones know they are appreciated – it’s a simple gesture with powerful meaning.

This is a gentle reminder because though the holidays can be full of joy – it’s also a time of sadness for a variety of reasons to many.

Be kind to yourself and others as often as you can, remembering it’s the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. The world needs more kindness and love – it all begins from within and filters out.

Thank you all for subscribing to my blog and keeping up to date with me year-round. I appreciate you – you are all like a sunflower to me.

Be a light. Wattage!

A Special Message From Jody Watley

A new massage from The Queen Of Cool Ms. Jody Watley. Watch it now – make sure to Subscribe!

Jody Watley NEW Christmas Song Out Now


Jody Watley “Christmas Time Is Here” – nAvailable at all music streaming platforms ready to be added to your holiday playlists!