Jody Watley To Be Recognized on Black Music Honors

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Jody Watley featuring SRL. Poptastic Confessions Alameda County Fair Review

Jody Watley ft SRL Poptastic Confessions

“..it was really nice to hear the crowd sing along to The Mood our #1 song of 2016.. the show was amazing..The show was electrifying! We were grooving the entire night. A touching moment came right before the grand finale when Jody sang a stripped down version of her hit “Everything.” Jody showed off her powerful vocal range and had the crowd cheering throughout.”

Read the full recap:  Poptastic Confessions

Jody Watley and SRL Set To Perform at Alameda County Fair.

Join in the family fun, nothing like a county fair – music, food, rides and other activities for family and friends. We performed at two fairs last year and really enjoyed the experiences. Here’s one of the reviews: Here

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Jody Watley. ft. SRL

Save the date, get your tickets for – July 8 – Jody Watley ft. SRL. More info: Alameda County Fair

Grammy winning artist Jody Watley was ranked by Billboard Magazine in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Club Acts of All Time and hailed by Wax Poetics’s Dean Van Nguyen as one of music’s prominent visionaries.Jody Watley’s groundbreaking career as solo artist kicked off with her debut album “Jody Watley” whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” into pop culture vernacular, garnered the prestigious “Best New Artist” award and countless nominations and hits that have followed over the course of decades in her career. January 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut release single and self titled album. “Who knew writing a song about a guy who had done me wrong would turn out be the beginning of such an incredible journey..” she states.Since her days as the original female lead vocalist of the R&B trio Shalamar departing in 1983; Jody Watley emerged as always ahead of the pop culture curve. As quiet as it’s sometimes kept, Jody Watley has been at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking trends and movements in modern pop culture and serves as the style template for today’s women in contemporary music. Jumbo hoop earrings, cutting edge hi low street style, layouts in popular magazines, fashion forward video’s and messages of self empowerment; call it the Jody Watley effect. She made political statements and early LGBTQ and HIV awareness before it was trendy and accepted, music and music video innovation in her own distinct style and message of individuality, she is the place where all those tracks meet. An award winning songwriter, producer and businesswoman owning her label formed in 1995 Avitone this venerable artist continues to create her own unique path.The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/ pop song and it’s video fusing club culture with b-boys, club kids, transgender and drag queens with fashionista’s; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love,” premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Jody Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008 as an homage to opening the door for acceptance between music and fashion in the mainstream with early appearances in starting with her debut in VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone and countless magazines around the world.Jody Watley will bring her dynamic celebratory anniversary concert with a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres with a spotlight on new music from their forthcoming debut “Bridges” featuring her new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy is already garnering media attention and rave reviews and set to release their debut album in 2017.Jody Watley 30, the concert is a celebration of “Jody Watley” the debut and an enduring career that continues to evolve and surprise; showing no signs of slowing down.

Jody Watley. The Beat Don’t Stop

March is coming to a close and it’s been productive with writing, recording and other projects. I hope it’s been a good month for you – and if not..be encouraged not discouraged because every day presents a new opportunity to achieve a new goal or to implement a new plan, whatever that may mean to you and your life. It could be budgeting, moving to a new job, eating healthier, losing weight…it’s whatever it is for you. Some days can be blue – full of doubt and disappointment – the next can be filled with hope and enthusiasm. Push yourself. That’s what I do. I don’t always hit my marks, but you can trust and believe I’m always keeping it pushing – doing, trying, getting back up..and as my Mom would say “Change the tape you play in your head.” It’s great advice and so it’s in my heart to put that out there again today as I write this blog. Keep your head up – the beat don’t stop…just keep it moving on and on and on..and..

I’m included in the cast of the new concept show FULL OUT. Created by Rosero’s (of SRL) son Eric McCoy, we can’t say too much about it but we did shoot the pilot for it this weekend. I have a soft spot for kids and this is a lot of fun, terrific concept. They all also adore me..passed along from their parents and also getting to know me and so that makes me feel uplifted as well. Like ripples on a pond. Some have worked with me previously as a part of our universal all age dance squad, and so we are all looking forward to more.

Full Out Cast Table read

Wrapping table read for Full Out.

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Doing a scene with Tahani Anderson, she’s so talented! Full Out. Stay Tuned! I passed up on an acting career many moons ago..it’s never too late!

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SRL. 

Upcoming:

May 25 Chicago The Promontory – Tickets

May 26 Niagra Falls Seneca Casino and Resort: Tickets

May 27 New York BB Kings : Tickets

June 4 Detroit Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix: Tickets

July 8: Alameda County Fair: Tickets

July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theatre Freestyle Concert Presented by 94.7 The Wave: Tickets

More dates to be announced

 

Pre-Order Your Copy of Sanctuary today

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Pre-Order: Here

Jody Watley and SRL – Holiday Playlists 2016. It’s In The Music.

Head to iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other digital outlets or stream on Apple, Pandora, Spotify..

The current SRL (Shalamar Reloaded) release “THE MOOD” a highlight of my musical journey in 2016.

O.R.I.G.in.A.L – Shalamar Reloaded made noise with this anthem in 2016.

 

 

“DANCER.” A song about confidence and losing yourself in the music.  This jam kicked off 2016 – now a crowd favorite live in concert..guaranteed to get any party started, or give you motivation at the gym working off holiday calories!

 

SANCTUARY. A reminder in often unpredictable world. The video and single will be out in January. The single will include the mix and edit that features my former songwriting collaborator, ex-husband; music producer and musician Andre Cymone on bass and guitar. Adding the EP ‘Paradise’ to your collections – you can’t go wrong.

Jody Watley Christmas Songs. Available at digital outlets. I recorded these last year for a various artist project for a label that was supposed to be titled ‘A Soulful Christmas’ – it seems they only released my songs..These are very traditional versions, no bells and whistles, I prefer those.  Perhaps these will light my own flame to record a Christmas album for my label Avitone.

 

This is an unreleased version of my recording of “Christmas Time Is Here.” I originally recorded this several years ago and gave free downloads as a gift to fans.

Recorded in 2002 for German electronic duo Cyber X – uptempo trance “My Love, Santa Claus.” I had fun recording this – it made me feel like a teen Japanese anime character.

 

 

UP NEXT.

JANUARY 28, 2017 LIVE AT THE ROXY THEATRE LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY GOLDENVOICE

FEB 6-7 BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO

FEB 9 BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA

ON SALE NOW

MAY 27 BB KINGS NEW YORK

80’S IN THE SAND PUNTA CANTA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

MORE DATES TBA

Jody Watley and SRL – A Soulful Blend

It has been and exciting year full of concerts, new music and video. Jody Watley was just named one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine. You know you’re in for a good time whenever she hits the stage  in a genre blending catalog that covers Pop, R&B/Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ambient and Electronica with a message always rooted in love. That’s inspiration.

Jody Watley and the hot new trio SRL with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy are set to return to the stage with their soulful blend of music and sleek choreography to the stage in recently announced concerts including the just announced return to B.B. Kings New York in Times Square. Here are the new series of promotional flyers for BB Kings NYC.

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This is a must experience concert event.

Get Tickets BB KINGS MAY 27, 2017 : TicketMaster

LIVE AT THE ROXY THEATER LOS ANGELES JANUARY 28, 2017 – TICKETFLY

BILLBOARD LIVE TOKYO FEB 6-8

BILLBOARD LIVE OSAKA FEB 9

ALSO ON SALE :

80’S IN THE SAND PUNTA CANTA RESORT NOVEMBER 11-18, 2017 : BOOK NOW

MORE DATES TBA!!!

JODY WATLEY

SRL.

 

DANCER (Cut Correct and Rhe’ Remix) Concept Video.

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Perform The Mood First Time on Live Television

 

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It was a Washington D.C, takeover! Television, Concerts, Radio and New Single Release. #SRL #JodyWatley

 

It was early and we were performing this for the first time..after nearly missing the show being stuck in traffic. All in all – a good time was had by everyone! I’m thrilled at the reception and enthusiasm for me as a veteran solo artist and to parlay that goodwill to this new group is very fulfilling. The Mood – is great!

Watch our interview and performance: : WUSA9 Great Day Washington