Check out this awesome video from the massive Let’s Rock London Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Why? You’ll get to see the spirited exchanges and interaction with host Pat Sharp Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Fresh from a triumphant performance in a stellar lineup that included Rick Astley, Banarama and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey it’s all laughs and even a brief dance lesson.
Also included are performance highlights that capture some of the love and energy from the day. Filmed June 27, 2015. We rocked London!!
The trip to Sao Paulo was such a blast – the concert, the people, the food – everything but wifi was all good. Thank you to Jason Bralli and Espacos Das Americas, and AudioClub for the experience and opportunity.
A toast to another trip to remember. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy in Sao Paulo Brazil. 6/132/2015
Listen LIVE today I’ll be on air WHUR-FM 3PM EST talking about the upcoming concert at The Howard Theater with SHALAMAR ® , the new members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy and of course PARADISE.
Up Next: with SHALAMAR ® Reloaded
June 23 SIRIUSXM THE GROOVE
June 24 – Live on Air FOX 5 News D.C. (solo appearance)
June 24 – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C. #DC
June 25 – Midsummer Night Swing Lincoln Center Damrosch Park #LCSwing
June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Let’s Rock London #London
June 28 – An Evening With SHALAMAR ® ‘Reloaded’ and Jody Watley Melkweg Amsterdam #Netherlands
Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy Photography: Viktorija Paschuta
Each interview is a lesson in business and growth – as well setting a few misperceptions straight. Ultimately this is about today – the now and the newly reloaded SHALAMAR how I arrived .. often things are put in our life’s path for a reason and this is one of those things..
Listen to my conversation with DJ Souly from Sweden: Here
The interview begins with a revelation by the writer, Gerald Radford, which threw me upon reading. His personal bias was something I always suspected with some in the “urban” media which goes back to earlier in my solo career and having mega crossover success – not everyone embraced that. The negative cloud he speaks of is odd because overall I receive so much love in the press and of course from fans in a career spanning decades and with all of the acheivments and benchmarks thus far. A negative cloud hanging over me? I don’t see it. From my point of view only those who resent me for being who I am…and my early solo crossover success, not towing the line, not staying ‘in my place’.. as women as supposed to do in the minds of some is where that exists. I appreciate very much that Gerald remained open and this article was able to be so honest on both of our parts -we had a wonderful conversation. As always, I’m just being myself – living, laughing, loving, learning and hoping it’s contagious to others. There are many things I refrain from saying because I don’t like drama, however sometimes one must let people know what’s really going on.
I consider myself quite blessed to have not only achieved my childhood dreams, but exceeded them. Constantly creating new goals – growing, learning, evolving. Some people don’t like that – the independents, those who don’t fall in line with the status quo..especially women..read the interview: Here
UPCOMING APPEARANCES / CONCERTS:
May16 – Autograph Signing 1st ever Rupaul’s DragCon Los Angeles Convention Center
May 24 – Happy Days Festival, Imber Court, Surrey UK
May 30 – The Shrine Chicago
June 6 – Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA with K.C. and the Sunshine Band
June 13 – Espaca Das Americas, Sao Paulo Brazil
June 24 – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C.
June 25 – NYC TBA
June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Park, Let’s Rock London
July 25 – Atlanta Health and Music Festival – Recipient of Women of Excellence ICONIC Music Award
Putting in work – with style of course with my fellas for our spring summer concerts after turning it out with our sold out debut shows fall/winter! SHALAMAR, newly reloaded baby!
Our debut launch included sold out concerts in Tokyo and Osaka Japan (Billboard Live), Harrah’s Atlantic City, BB King’s New York, Cache Creek Resort and Casino and Yoshi’s Oakland.
May 24 Happy Days Festival Imber Court, Surrey UK
May 30 The Shrine Chicago
June 6 – TBA
June 13 – Sao Paulo Brazil Espaca Das Americas
June 24 – The Howard Theater Washington D.C.
June 25 – TBA
June 27 – Let’s Rock London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Jody Watley, who recently legally acquired the trademark rights to SHALAMAR has reloaded the group with new young talent in vocalist/dancer/choreographers Rosero McCoy (America’s Best Dance Crew, Disney’s Shake it Up, Usher, Beyonce, Keke Palmer, Toni Braxton) and Ohio native Nate Allen Smith who brings his own sound style and a precision on stage reminiscent of Michael Jackson with the urban sex appeal of early Maxwell. The trio have begun building a fan base playing to packed concert venues in the United States, with scheduled appearances in the UK in the summer festival season. The signature sound is still intact but the presentation is a fresh and color as this new image. More to come.
I had a fantastic time in my delightful conversation with Emmy winner LeGrande Green on his BOLD podcast. LeGrande is a former supervising producer for the OPRAH Winfrey Show. His vision for BOLD is empower others to listen to that inner voice which propels us to be who we are and who we are capable of becoming – without fear. This resonates with so much. We speak about drowning out the inner voice of self-doubt with candor and humor. I hope everyone embraces new platforms and positive voices such as this. There are always new things and pearls of wisdom to pass along and with each interview I try to do that. Listen: HERE and also check out some of his other eclectic and join in the enlightening conversations at GetBoldToday.com
Just announced, my appearance in concert with the reloaded renewed SHALAMAR at The Happy Days Festival in Surrey, United Kingdom May 24. Get tickets and information: HERE
Feb. 18, B.B. Kings, New York
Feb. 19, HARRAH’S Atlantic City
Feb. 28, Yoshi’s Oakland
May 24, Surry Happy Days Festival Imber Court
June 24, Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 25, TBA
June 27, London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Let’s Rock London Festival
As always, I’m really excited about the upcoming concerts in Japan at Billboard Live. These concerts will close out an exciting 2014. I hired a new booking agent this year and it’s already paying off. In the past, I chose not to work so much because I was enjoying being a stay at home Mom raising her children though picking and choosing when to travel – a luxury of being a songwriter to so many hit singles. I’ll always be discerning about what and when to take jobs but I do feel a new enthusiasm for this part of the business. With the music of PARADISE, mixed in with a range of curated hits from both catalogs of Jody Watley and the new millennial SHALAMAR ™ adding to the set, it’s even more of a party. Rosero McCoy has done a great job creating new choreography for us. The ladies are enjoying Paul’Michael who brings such a fresh young energy and charm along with his own vocal style. The shows will only get better and we’re having a great time together. Check out our Jody Watley / SHALAMAR ™ ‘Backstage’ passes on Youtube by subscribing to both channels. http://www.youtube.com/JodyWatley and http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShalamar
December 28 – Tokyo Billboard Live
December 30 – Osaka Billboard Live
December 31 – Osaka Billboard Live
February 18 New York BB Kings
February 19 – Atlantic City Harrah’s Resort and Casino
February 28 – Oakland, Yoshi’s
More dates to be announced.
June 24 – Washington D.C. The Howard Theater
June 27 – London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -Let’s Rock London Festival
Concert Booking Inquiries:
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Jody Watley Conversation with Cyrus Webb: Click HERE to Listen to our inspirational and fun chat.
Get the current release PARADISE available at digital outlets worldwide. Remixes are being done for Avitone with the assistance of Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit out of NYC and being reviewed for the next single ‘DANCER.’
Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
SHOP the Jody Watley Boutique for limited edition items: HERE
The show at Cache Creek Casino and Resort was a sold-out funky party from start to finish. This is a must see concert if you’re in to great music and entertainment. It doesn’t feel like a rote exercise in nostalgia because it’s not – although filled with classics.
The show begins with a rebooted SHALAMAR ™ featuring new young vocalist Paul/Michael Bair and for now renowned choreographer / dancer / vocalist Rosero McCoy. Some people want the thought of a reunion of the classic 3 lineup and of course I understand. The invitation has been extended again from my part – it is on the table whenever the business and creative is sorted, with my former classic 3 members Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett.
This is a different vibe and no one will be disappointed if coming to embrace great entertainment, singing and dancing. At the start, original lead vocalist Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank” was going to be a part of this new endeavor, however it didn’t work out with him. When that happened, I did reach out to Howard and offer an invitation to join us. He declined and wished me well with it.
This concert begins with SHALAMAR ™ and ends in a funky beat down with some of my signature solo hits and new music from PARADISE including the hit single ‘NIGHTLIFE.’
This is a strong show, not simply because of the hits but because it’s fresh with spot on choreography, chemistry and style. The vocal blend is on point, and Paul’Michael’s tone fits perfectly. The universe always has it’s way.
Photography Donnell Spencer Jr. Paul’Michael, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy
Check out Backstage Access Series: http://www.youtube.com/jodywatley
Just ADDED the massive UK Festival: LET’S ROCK LONDON June 27, 2015 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park