Jody Watley. Legends of Soul Tour Diary 5. Scenes.

On the road to Carlise.

On the road to .. from our base in Liverpool in the Mercedes Vito. © 2014 Jody Watley

Rhyl Pavilion - gorgeous theater.  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rhyl Pavilion – gorgeous theater. I always go to the stage first to get the vibe. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room - heavy winds and rain by the sea. ©2014 Jody Watley Images

A view from my dressing room in Rhyl, my second stop upon arrival – heavy winds and rain by the sea. Most dressing rooms don’t have windows, let alone a view of any kind.   ©2014 Jody Watley Images

Ok..so an afternoon pre-show 'snack' - all for fun of course. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Early Pre-show silly shenanigans  after plates were shoved in my direction for my constant photo taking – – all for fun and laughs of course..the joke being all the food being washed down with a ‘Diet Coke.’ The KFC took me back to my teen Soul Train days when all we got was a cold two piece snack and a cold soda – which none of us minded just to be on television getting exposure on the road to pursuing our dreams..who knew I’d be in North Wales one day and they’d have it. I would have preferred salad greens..lol.  The key to life must include a sense of humor!   © 2014 Jody Watley Images

"Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!" © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

“Get your Legends of Soul Tour programs!” Testing out my camera options on the black and white and color accents!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Meet and Greet. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Pre-Show Meet and Greet for those who purchased tickets (serious autographs collectors) for first two rows. Rhyl Pavilion. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin' in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex , just killing time - #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Chillin’ in my dressing room before meet and greet vortex ,  candles burning, listening to music – one of the few times I’ve had my own dressing room (Hallelujah!!) just killing time – #selfie © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with David, we call him King David. Anders Knudsen. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Backstage with Matt Kern  and another cutie Anders from Denmark (they’re both new artists /musicians, with this driver gig as an adventure to learn the business ropes.. so I will be able to say I knew them when! © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Anthony having a laugh backstage as we wait to go back to hotel. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I'm on. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

5 minutes and I’m on. Ready for showtime in sequins and glitter stiletto’s by Jerome C. Rousseau – yes!  © 2014 Jody Watley Images

My view backstage - partial of the band. © 2014 Jody watley Images

My view backstage – partial of the band. © 2014 Jody Watley Images

A real cutie, all of our drivers are hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

Matt is a real cutie, all of our drivers are rock star  hot! © 2014 Jody Watley Images.

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary 'fabulous buffet'  and the security screens go up - closing time. © 2014 Jody watley Images

After a near two hour drive..back at our hotel -some of us overstay the customary ‘fabulous buffet’ and the security screens go up – closing time, “Where are my keys?!” . © 2014 Jody watley Images

We’re in the home stretch now..

It’s In The Music!

Jody Watley. From The United Kingdom With Love.

I’m in the UK at the moment, having arrived a few days ago preparing for the start of the David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour which includes fellow Aquarian Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Listening to him at soundcheck and rehearsal was a great reminder of my junior high days when music artists were so soulful and diverse. I’m a longtime fan of the Temptations and to meet many of these artists, though I’m a seasoned veteran myself — is like being the baby of the bunch, I am never jaded in these moments – being in the moment. I respect everyone’s continued journey in this crazy business.  Life can really be a trip, you just never know where you’ll end up and who you’ll meet along the way – until you just keep believing and persevering toward your goals and dreams. Always remembering it’s the journey not necessarily the destination. Kudos to everyone out here in life believing and doing.  Here’s a capture of me before it started raining heavily with gusty winds which turned my umbrella inside out – it reminded me of being in Chicago!  Keep track of the dates: Here

© 2014 Jody Watley

© 2014 Jody Watley at seaside resort town Bognor Regis, before a heavy wind and rainfall.

Jody Watley Greeting for Billboard Live Osaka and Tokyo.

Jody Watley Upcoming Tour Dates.

Photography: Mike Ruiz Makeup: Billy B.

Photography: Mike Ruiz Makeup: Billy B.

Jody Watley LIve in Japan:

Billboard Live Osaka, January 18, 2014

Billboard Live Tokyo, January 20 – 21, 2014

David Gest Presents Legends of Soul Tour:

I’m looking forward to not only performing my current hit single “Nightlife” and a few  classics from my solo and Shalamar days as the original female lead in my short set as a part of David Gest Presents Legends of Soul but continuing to spread the word about my upcoming “Paradise” and other musical ventures on the horizon. To share the stage with acts that I grew up listening to (Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Review (Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Song For You..), Candi Staton (I dance to Young Hearts Run Free at Giorgio’s nearly every Saturday, Sheila Ferguson another original lead of the super group The Three Degrees). Gwen Dickey (Wishing On A Star) and I last crossed paths when she was a member of Rose Royce, and I a member of Shalamar. This is a personal honor for me – an adventure in an ongoing musical journey!

31 JAN 2014 9.00PM
BUTLINS Bognor Regis
0845 070 4734 | ONLINE
01 FEB 20144.00PM
9.00PM
BUTLINS Minehead
0845 070 4734 | ONLINE
02 FEB 20144.00PM
8.30PM
BUTLINS Skegness
0845 070 4734 | ONLINE
06 FEB 20147.45PM
ST HELENS Theatre Royal
01744 756 000 | ONLINE
07 FEB 20147.45PM
ST HELENS Theatre Royal
01744 756 000 | ONLINE
08 FEB 20146.30PM
9.30PM
BLACKPOOL Viva
01253 297 297 | ONLINE
09 FEB 20147.30PM
HALIFAX Victoria Theatre
01422 351158 | ONLINE
11 FEB 20147.30PM
LIVERPOOL Philharmonic
0151 709 3789 | ONLINE
13 FEB 20147.45PM
STOCKPORT Plaza
0161 477 7779 | ONLINE
14 FEB 20147.30PM
RHYL Pavilion
01745 33 00 00 | ONLINE
15 FEB 20147.30PM
CARLISLE Sands Centre
01228 633766 | ONLINE
16 FEB 20147.30PM
NEWCASTLE Mill Tyne Theatre
0844 493 9999 | ONLINE
19 FEB 20147.30PM
OLDHAM Queen Elizabeth Hall
0161 770 4083 | ONLINE
20 FEB 20147.30PM
HULL City Hall
01482 300 300 | ONLINE
21 FEB 20147.30PM
YORK Barbican
0844 854 2757 | ONLINE
22 FEB 20147.30PM
STEVENAGE Gordon Craig Theatre
081438 363200 | ONLINE

Jody Watley Returns To Billboard Live Japan

Design: Ray Easmon

Design: Ray Easmon

It’s no secret I love Japan, and have since my first visit back in 1987. I’ve been going there consistently to perform and get excited each time. Billboard Live is a state of the art venue with an awesome staff which is always a bonus for any artist – you know it’s going to be right. The fans bring so much love, enthusiasm and warmth just as if they’re seeing me for the first time – there are always new fans there as well. It’s In The Music!

Billboard Live Osaka – January 18, 2014

Billboard Live Tokyo – January 20-21, 2014

 

New Fan Art. Nightlife

Collage and Art. Shawn West

“It’s In The Music” Nightlife. Collage and Art. Shawn West

 

Nightlife interpretation by Vernon Sze

Nightlife interpretation by Vernon Sze

 

JodyWatley_VernonSze_Nightlife

 

 

 

Nightlife and Legends of Soul Tour United Kingdom.

The NEW single “NIGHTLIFE” from the forthcoming new EP “Paradise” due early 2014. Available now at digital outlets worldwide, including the “Classic Glamour Extended” EP. BUY “NIGHTLIFE” – HERE

Limited edition vinyl coming late October!

JODYWATLEY_NIGHTLIFE_EXTENDED_EP

I’ll be one of the artists a part of David Gest’s Legends of Soul Spectacular” – The Event of The Year. This tour sells out each year, and I’m excited to be a part of such a stellar historical assortment of music legacy artists. I’m always down for new ventures and worthwhile opportunities and adventures. My participation will clear the way to bring my own full concert experience as I continue promoting my new music and my own eclectic hit repertoire.  “It’s In The Music!”

Tickets and More Info: HERE

Butlins Bognor Regis Jan 31
Butlins Minehead Feb. 1
Butlins Skegness Feb. 2
St. Helens Theatre Royal Feb 6
St. Helens Theatre Royal Feb 7
Blackpool The Grand Feb 8
Halifax Victoria Theatre Feb. 9
Liverpool Hilton Feb 11
Stockport Plaza Feb 13
RHYL Pavilion Feb. 14
Carlisle Sands Centre Feb. 15
Motherwell Concert Hall Feb 16
Durham Gala Theatre Feb 19
Hull City Hall Feb. 20
York Barbican Feb 21
Scunthorpe Baths Hall Feb 22
Stockton On Tees Forum Feb 23
Bridlington The Spa Theatre Feb 26

JUST ADDED!

Malvern Theatre Feb 27

Peterbourough The Cresset March 1

Bournemouth Pier Theatre March 2

Jody Watley. The Howard Theatre Review. Buddah Desmond’s Place

 

Image Courtesy of CentricTV, SoulSessions

Image Courtesy of CentricTV, SoulSessions

“..I expected a high energy show..” – Read the full review:

Here

Jody Watley. The Howard Theatre Update.

2 more days until my final performance of the summer which will be at Washington D.C’s historic The Howard Theatre Friday July 19, 2013.

DJ_Lisa_MoodyJust added to set thew party vibe is Baltimore’s DJ Lisa Moody, one half of Ultra Nate’s renowed club promotions and DJ collective Girls Squad. Lisa will be spinning club classics and all serving all sorts of groovy fabulousness.

Oh yes, ba-by, it’s going down. Don’t miss this!

Jody Watley. ESSENCE Festival ReCap.

The weekend was whirlwind and full of excitement, with just enough chaos. After arriving, my band, dancers and I went out for our customary group dinner – not mandatory, but everyone always loves the hang. We had a wonderful meal at The Gumbo Shop just off Bourbon Street. I purchased cajun seasonings to add to my home spice rack. It was a pretty crazy scene when we left and fun to watch the revelers with their fish bowls and giant assortments of alcohol vessels as they walked customarily do in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. We had an early call for soundcheck, therefore everyone turned in early, although we joked the the younger set in my crew were probably going back, after we all walked back to our hotel.

After soundcheck, there were press and promotional obligations I was responsible for. I was greeted with nothing but love.

My first time as a performer at the 2013 Essence Festival did not disappoint. Though some fans observed and couldn’t figure out why some artists were afforded the ‘Main Stage’ – though I have more hits as a solo artist, as well as from my Shalamar repertoire; I chose to accentuate the positive. Admittedly, it also made me want to shut it down and really make a great impression – my band, dancers and I achieved that with our high energy musical journey. The two new songs “Nightlife’ and “The Dawn (Don)” were part starters and already reacted to as if they are already familiar Jody Watley hits. My Twitter timeline was full of praise after the show and without being totally obnoxious I shared a few of the more flavorful ones such as “@Mikeisha @jodywatley just went the fuck off onstage tonight! Essence Festival!!!” as well as @MissJenn1920 who tweeted ” OMG @jodywatley was simply amazing she rocked that McDonald’s Super lounge” from @ActivistFreak (Anthony Antoine) “@jodywatley “Thank you Essence..but what the hell took you so long” said after Jody rocked her set! You DDS dat! #essencefest #bouttime- among others. You can scroll my Twitter timeline to read more. After almost 40 years in this business…6 of them in Shalamar – I remain with all my my success a virtual underdog. I appreciate those who really get it. My name may not grace the headlines or be a gossip and celebrity blog staple, however I continue to do ‘the work’ as a viable quality artist; while enjoying my journey with all of it’s twists, turns, highs, lows – hits, misses and triumphs. That’s life baby.

The Howard Theatre in D.C is next on July 19 – and my final concert of this summer.

Last minute prep with dancers for Essence Fest All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Last minute prep with dancers for Essence Fest All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

essence_fanzone

All Photo Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music. 2013

Jody Watley. FanZone Essence Festival 2013. All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

All Rights Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley Essence Festival FanZone Q&A. All Rights Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley. Fanzone. Essence Festival 2013.

Jody Watley. Fanzone. Essence Festival 2013.

Fanzone. Meet and Greet.

Jody Watley Fanzone. Meet and Greet Essence Festival 2013

Jody Watley in VIP Green Room Convention Center Essence Festival. All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley in VIP Green Room Convention Center Essence Festival. All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Jody Watley and Former Miss USA and RHOA's star Kenya Moore

Jody Watley and Former Miss USA and RHOA’s star Kenya Moore

Inside Superlounge at pre-soundcheck Essence Fest. All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

Inside Superlounge at pre-soundcheck Essence Fest.
All Rights Reserved Jody Watley Music (c) 2013

At Convention Center,  also hosting Essence Festival. All Rights ReservedJody Watley Music (c) 2013

At Convention Center, also hosting Essence Festival. All Rights ReservedJody Watley Music (c) 2013

Fan Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Stanback from Essence Festival

Fan Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Stanback from Essence Festival

Post show - chill nightlife with band in hotel lounge.

Chill nightlife in hotel lounge, pictured with Wallace Butts, Rodney Lee, Stanley Sergeant and Donnell Spencer Jr.

A few more pics to come.

Observations from Billboard Magazine, not sure why they would be polling fans under but.: Here