Navigating life and career. Ended 2018 having to make a difficult business decision after a year of contemplation and coming to terms with hard realizations. There are times in life personally and professionally in order to continue to grow, it’s necessary to make changes, and allow others to do the same. In the tough decisions especially for entrepreneurs or those with whom you’ve had a close relationship and the lines may have been blurred it’s even harder it will be taken personally when it’s not. Business is business and it’s wise to always keep that in mind.
Often the only person who can see a vision is you, it’s not a cold hearted thing, it’s the ongoing evolution of being and willingness to step out of comfort zones- not everyone is going to be on that same page or path. Never one to shy away from my instincts is something to never fear or avoid – no matter how difficult. Stay stagnant, rigid and stuck – or keep pushing for new levels. You never know until you try and do is also one of my life mantras.
Being able to be close to home to be there and present for my ailing Mom continues to be a priority in the midst of the music, just as it was when I was raising my daughter and son. I’ve cut back on some travel and concerts such as putting off shows in Glasgow and Manchester to make sure I’m never too far away. The process continues to push me into an even more reflective mode about life in general. One of the things my Mom has said when talking to one of her doctors on a bad day and through pain that really resonates “..no matter what, I’m happy to still be here..fighting..” – words to live by.
If you see that I’m coming to your city – don’t miss it. As an artist never been one to do a ton of dates to begin with it’s always a quality over quantity always – that keeps it fun. 2019 will include select dates, some of the schedule has had to be revised, always an experience of good vibes, memories, creating new ones and inspiration.
Stay tuned for info on upcoming new music projects as well!
Review of “The Passion” Jody Watley & SRL. “Nothing has diminished the brilliant light of Jody Watley. Brian Power cranks it up a few more lumens on his remix of “The Passion,” the forthcoming remix of the single by Jody Watley & SRL, Jody’s group project. The official track isn’t out until September 28 but Jody shared an ad hoc teaser video right now…” Read the full review and inspirational background of Brian Power: 5Chicago.com
A longtime advocate of the LGBTQ community Jody Watley will make her first appearance in Austin Texas for their Pride celebration on August 3, 2018 to perform a highlight set of some of her signature solo hits.
No stranger to chart success, Grammy award winning songstress,songwriter, producer and style icon Jody Watley has had hits spanning decades as a solo artist, and before that as the original female lead voice and sound of the group Shalamar. Currently, Watley has now gone into a rare category of a successful artist to create a new group and see it garner it’s own success and identity with her renamed Jody Watley ft. SRL originally formed in 2015.
The beginning of 2018 began with an unexpected surge of support for “The Mood” after a remix from esteemed Italian DJ Remixer Producer Alex Ci Dio. Di Cio played it for New Year’s Eve revelers. The remix turned out to be a real floor filler then catching the ear of British radio personalities. Since that time and with Avitone Recordings bringing in a specialist team to further get the single out.
Released to digital outlets on February 12, 2018 where it also debuted at Number 11 on the Top 20 Mi-Soul Soul Connoissuers Chart, Jody Watley ft. SRL’s “The Mood” has already shot to Number One on Solar Radio and in the tops of numerous playlists with prime play on key stations and building.
Here’s a look:
Record of The Week
Single of The Week
Mi-Soul Radio Early Support with ‘A La Carte’ Spotlight
NEW Entry at 11 on the Mi-Soul Soul Connoisseurs Top 20 Compiled from the Top 100 Stations Hottest New Soul R&B Music
Contact: Steve Ripley Soulfood Music UK for more information and radio requests.
Jody Watley featuring SRL – The Mood (Alex Di Ciò Remix)
Jody Watley and her new group SRL featuring Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy return with “The Mood” remixed by Italian DJ Producer Alex Di Ciò.
An awesome contemporary R&B song from the forthcoming “Bridges” full length.
Los Angeles based SRL vocal trio established in 2015 featuring Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith are working on the debut full length “Bridges”.
“THE MOOD” – written and produced by Jody Watley and SRL is a feel good blend of contemporary R&B meets classic soul, sure to delight music lovers of all ages. The Italy based DJ/Producer Alex Di Ciò remix provides an additional bounce to the groove. With sold out concerts in America, Asia and The Netherlands building visibility the past 3 years; Jody Watley and SRL are destined to be music’s next great music group for the 21st century and definitely get you in the mood for love and good times. A massive track.
Alex Di Ciò is an historic Italian DJ since 1981, Producer and Remixer since 1996 with very important international labels.
He is a true legend of the contaminated sounds from the blend of past and future.
His re-edits and remixes of rare and classic Disco/Boogie/Funk tracks are proving to have considerable success across the world.
I don’t just make records – everything I do is like a musical hand-made crocheted cashmere sweater – warmth and joy!
Add some of these recent releases to your music playlists and collections.
Jody Watley Dancer Remixed – Cut Correct and Rhe Mix
DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
As well, revisit critically acclaimed releases “The Makeover” (featuring the Top 5 Billboard hit dance singles “I Want Your Love”, “A Beautiful Life”, “Borderline”) and the ambient soul of “Midnight Lounge.”
Jody Watley and SRL. (formerly Shalamar Reloaded).
The Colors of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis beginning Dec. 3 – Learn More and Get Tickets: Here
A few tickets still available for my birthday concert at Blue Note Napa January 27 – we’ve extended the Meet and Greet option too! Gift the concert for the Jody Watley fan you know!! – More Info and Tickets – Blue Note Napa