People often get upset when you have standards, especially women. “Who does she think she is?” As well, there’s a friction that occurs when you refuse to lower them to suit someone else, not to mention when the expectations that may be low to begin with.
What I continue to learn and believe –
“Always hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone expects from you- and exceed them.”
Last weeks performance of one of my solo Pop/R&B classic hits was one of the best of the countless times I’ve performed it over the decades. My voice still retains it’s unique resonance and tone – though time has given it more depth. In soundcheck, I usually like to break the songs down to either piano and vocals, acoustic and so on before we bring all of the instruments in. There’s something more intimate that happens when the listener is just with voice and a lone instrument. No frills, vocal gymnastics and distractions – just the lyric and delivery to really touch a person in a different way.
Here’s a snippet from soundcheck of “Everything.” Make sure to subscribe to the Official Jody Watley YouTube channel : Subscribe
Coming up in August a variety of concerts and appearances – two with my full band and show August 16 New York, Sony Hall August 17 opening for Jeffrey Osborne in Atlanta Mable House Barnes Amphitheater.
As well if you’re in Honolulu September 7 – don’t miss a very special Jody Watley ‘Unplugged.’
Friday July 19 on Staten Island was super hot, nearly 100 degrees in the shade at City Parks Presents Summerstage Corporal Thompson Park. Thanks to all the braved the sweltering temperature to enjoy classic disco vinyl spun by Joey Carvello from Mobile Monday’s and international Queen Of Waacking Princess Lockeroo who gave lessons on how to werk it.
Jody Watley & SRL
Jody Watley – 2019 Summerstage Staten Island. Photography by Sean Jamar.
After slaying a set that leaned more heavily on the disco theme which meant a bit more of my Shalamar repertoire than usual we had an early start to Bethesda. Loved the train ride.. always nice to have a moment of pause looking out at the scenery.
Traveling band..it makes all the difference to enjoy the company you keep while on the road handing business.
The setlist featured a few deep cuts like Skin Deep from the critically acclaimed “Midnight Lounge” full length, “Precious Love” “Nightlife” the classic soul Soulpersona mix with a nod to the late great Phyllis Hyman. Also on the set was current single collaboration with Brian Power “Good Good Reason.”