New Music Friday. Jody Watley Like A Holiday Out Now.

Jody Watley. Like A Holiday Update

Due at digital outlets November 17. Good vibes always – no screaming and hollering from the rafters – think of a relaxed day or evening with family and friends .. or solo with a drink of choice, maybe a warm cider fireside..in cashmere soft slippers or your most comfy pj’s.. like a holiday .. in an ambient electronic setting accented with lush strings.

The holidays can be a stressful time with the world so crazy right now. I wanted to write something that gives a feeling of solace and joy with a hint of the innocence missing in life, media and music.

ICYMI. Jody Watley Updates.

This song has become my in concert anthem. Get IN the music! “Dancer” Cut Correct and Rhe’ Remix – available at all digital outlets and streaming services.

A celebration of home in a sultry groove produced by Soulpersona from the U.K.  Raising my daughter and son and the environment I’ve always thought important were the inspirations for writing “Sanctuary.”

Coming soon, a little something thoughtful for the holiday season. More details to come.

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“Wouldn’t it be nice if every day was like a holiday – with something new to celebrate..”

Upcoming concerts:

November 17  – 80’s in The Sand -Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Colors of Christmas Tour

Dec. 3  – Westbury,NY  NYCB Theater

Dec. 5 – New Brunswick, NJ State Theater

Dec. 6 – Broward FL Broward  Center Au Rene Theater

Dec. 7 – Chandler, AZ Wildpass Hotel and Casino

Dec. 8 – Palm Desert CA – McCallum Theater

Dec. 9 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center for The Performing Arts

Dec. 14 – Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Dec. 15 – Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theater

Dec. 16 – St. Charles, MO – Scheidegger Center

Dec. 17 — Dallas, Texas – Majestic Theater

January 27 – Napa Valley, CA Blue Note Napa ‘Timeless’ Birthday Celebration Concerts

More dates for 2018 TBA

‘Bridges’ the debut album for my new group Jody Watley and SRL. the next great music trio in the works.

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The Mood.

Concert Promo Video – Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel! Subscribe 

NEW Behind The Scenes Video – Live Rehearsal Video.

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Always keep it moving and fresh!

Jody Watley to Release Holiday Single.

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Watley brings an ambient thoughtful electronic groove for your holiday playlists, written and produced by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee (Midnight Lounge, Saturday Night Experience, The Makeover).

“It seems the worlds gone crazy..I don’t want to watch the evening news..where did life’s innocence go……”

Coming to Digital Outlets November 17, 2017

Catch Jody Watley on The Colors of Christmas Tour along with Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Ruben Studdard through December. Details : Here 

Jody Watley and SRL on Urbanbridgez

Shalamar Reloaded SRL 2017 Spring

SRL. Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2017

Check out the new feature on UrbanBridgez.com as well as upcoming concert dates: Here

 

 

Jody Watley -Spring Inspirations. Sanctuary Updated Cover Art and Release Date.

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Jody Watley “Sanctuary” written by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee. Cover and Graphic Design: Ray Easmon. Photography: Albert Sanchez

 

Dream. Believe. Do. Repeat..and don’t over think. Make it happen for yourself in life – live it! Create your environment of love.

The fabulous Ray Easmon from the United Kingdom was inspired by the blooms of Cherry Blossoms while he’s been in Asia. I mentioned it would be nice to add an infusion of color to the art and when he sent the updated ideas, this one won me over right away. It’s so beautiful, we may do a limited quantity of 7″ vinyl for collectors..stay tuned. As well, as soon as the Pre-order link is viewable in iTunes / Apple Music. it will be posted as well.

“Sanctuary” EP is now scheduled for an  April 10 release and will include the original single version which has live bass and guitar as well the extended SoulPersona Raregrooves 12″ Remix and the accompanying instrumental.

The release is even more timely with all of the chaos and stress as a result of election results especially in America. The song serves as a reminder when life feels out of balance, overwhelming, one of the things we can control is our home environments.

Jody Watley. First Weekend of 2017.

 

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Jody Watley. “Sanctuary”

2017 has begun, each day bringing another chance at whatever your goals are. I did some reflecting on 2016 – the goals I had with my new group SRL. We achieved a lot of the things we set out to do – released two new singles and videos (O.R.I.G.IN.A.L and The Mood which premiered on the #1 Celebrity website Perez Hilton) generating more attention via social media views and a campaign by Tom Estey PR. The naysayers became more silent by years end – we are the real deal and here to stay. Those media outlets that are still resistent I hope come around in 2017. Nate, Rosero and I are together because we choose to be, no one put us together, this is our thing. No one is doing what we are doing. The moral of that story is to just keep moving forward no matter the opinion of others..that’s been my mantra throughout my career. My advice is write your goals down on paper – they feel more real. A dream without a plan is just a wish. Push yourself. Get out of safe zones if you feel stagnant.

Closing out the year was really stressful I’ll admit because it seemed we lost more of our icons, artists than ever (countless fans were tweeting and tagging me on Instagram saying to bubble wrap myself and letting me know how much they loved me). A few nights I was afraid to go to sleep from anxiety.  Not to to mention a crazy election season bringing out the worst in a lot of people and racists making it feel we were going back in time. I had conversations with both my son and daughter about being more aware of surroundings and people.

Too much senseless violence also in the news around the world  – now more than ever the message is live and enjoy life, never take a day for granted..spread joy to others,  take care of yourself, surround yourself with those who love, respect and uplift – do you, don’t waste moments not being authentic or trying to appease people and opinions that don’t matter anyway when all is said and done.

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SRL. Jody Watley. Making moves building a foundation one step at a time and enjoying it!

Television appearances bolstered our visibility and support by select radio outlets like SIRIUS XM in particular The Groove and Heart & Soul, Radio Andy’s Sandra Bernhard and independent shows like The Soulbrother Show with Mr. Chris to name a few. We did shows across the USA our target market – to sold out audiences and great reviews; had a nationally broadcast television special in Japan via Fuji Next TV.  SRL and I were told face to face by those who came as skeptics – leaving as fans, and being blown away by my solo set..it’s nice to still surprise people while at the same time hear “I had no idea you were so good live..” after 30 years as a solo artist! We closed the year out as special guests of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin – fabulous to cap off a year where we also met baseball hall of famer Mike Piazza and Apollonia Kotero came out to the Blue Note Hawaii and we stayed up into the wee hours of the morning talking about Prince.

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Jody Watley and SRL with The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

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We learned that Hall of Famer Mike Piazza is a big fan! Pictured with us here in D.C.

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Jody Watley. SRL with Apollonia grieving from the loss of Prince came out to Blue Note to show love.

I wrote an open letter directed to my former colleagues Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and the show Unsung for their perpetuation of lies, slander and character attacks on me which made my website crash when I posted it back in September. The consensus “.. She had time.. – Ms. Jody brought receipts..” and that was for sure from recent emails as well other documents disproving their claims that no matter how much I tried to ignore and not give energy to – things needed to be said from me. In this era lies can become the truth and one can’t always do the ‘who cares what people think’ when people are out to destroy your reputation and make promoters feel uneasy about bookings through tampering and intimidation. It was a shock for me to learn in 2016 via the ongoing trademark challenge by the Griffey stepdaughter that Hewett and Daniel were under agreement to the Griffey family, mandated to work only with her (see Open Letter receipts) and paying a hefty 30% in the process to be in Shalamar performing overseas. They’d rather make people believe I’d always turned them down for any reunions which wasn’t true than have the public know the real truth.  I also touched upon the unfortunate times we live where people don’t read half the time, only headlines (as I write this blog – the irony) nor fact check, which allows people to spread lies. 2016 I’d had enough since the 2009 airing of Shalamar Unsung to the Hewett episode where they used my likeness and name to their attempts at creating drama for ratings in an effort to help a fledgling “Unsung” careers while trying to smear my name to guillble viewers and listeners (Tom Joyner Morning Show). Presenting me in a false light with my former colleagues through their own jealousy and bitterness toward me has caused their action in tandem with the step daughter of former label head of the defunct Solar Records.What I’ve learned is that when certain people can’t control you – they will try to control how others might see you. This industry can be shady and treacherous.  Open Letter: Here

We finally started a page for my label Avitone : http://www.twitter.com/avitonemusic If you don’t know, I started Avitone in 1995. In each of these recent features, Courageous Woman Magazine as well as Closer Weekly you may learn things you don’t know about me.

There were great pieces on ABC Radio Network , A. Scott Galloway on Urban Music Scene,. The Georgia Voice and a few others that I’ll go back and include links.

Moving on..SRL and I started working on our forthcoming “Bridges” and that’s at the top of our focus for 2017..releasing our debut full length and with that more video’s (including my solo “Sanctuary” concerts and love.

It’s In The Music!

 

Up Next: Already Announced

The Roxy Theatre Jan. 28 West Hollywood, CA

Billboard Live Tokyo Feb. 6-7

Billboard Live Osaka Feb. 9

B.B. Kings NYC May 27

80’s in the Sand Breathless Resort and Spa Dominican Republic  Nov 11-18

More Dates To Be Announced!!