The lighting was terrible, but the interview and chemistry totally on point. Check it out!
In line with always wanting to create the right atmosphere and vibe I’m so proud to announce the addition of my friend and colleague Vikter Duplaix to join Shalamar Reloaded and I live on the Sunset Strip at The Roxy.
Vikter is an accomplished songwriter / producer not to mention a Grammy nominated Urban Alternative artist for his divine “Make a Baby” from his critically heralded ‘The Bold & The Beautiful’ release in 2008. Beyond that he’s also a renowned DJ and lifestyle event producer – a tastemaker of all groovy and good. His Kiss n Grind Events in Los Angeles are legendary in the underground scene always packed with a beautiful music loving crowd – fashionable as well I might add.
Jody Watley with Shalamar Reloaded and Vikter Duplaix promises to be a great night of an eclectic mix of sounds from soul, electronica, dance, hip hop, a splash of classic disco and hip-hop.
Vikter Duplaix. Urban Alternative Classic.
It’s been a while since I had a girl’s night out with my longtime friend Jeannine Braden. Jeannine is a stylist, designer and entrepreneur (she once owned one two of the hottest boutiques in Los Angeles, Flair in Fred Segal) as well as other businesses and ventures. Her recent venture is called ‘Say The Sun’ going to her Venice Beach, California roots with a line of chic and whimsical flipflops.
She invited me to attend Cindy Crawfords ‘Becoming’ book celebration party. The book is full of classic and never seen images and insightful anecdotes. It was a gorgeous setting and event. Hosted by Eric Buterbaugh Florals and Guthy Renker’s Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford.
Cindy was so kind and approachable; engaging with all of the guests along with her two children and husband, businessman Randy Gerber. It was a family affair. I might add her daughter Kaia is truly uncannily a twin of her legendary model Mom.
While there, it was nice to reconnect with Peter Savic, one of fashion’s most brilliant and respected hair guru’s. Peter and I collaborated on several notable style moments along my journey a while ago including the iconic image from GAP; a trendsetting celebrity ad campaign in 89. It was actually Peter’s idea to go short for this campaign..I wanted a change and didn’t want to be trapped by long hair. “Darling, we must go short, very short..” in his distinct accent and tone..I loved it. I was so happy to see him after so many years.
The journey is never long in the company of good friends and colleagues. It’s nice when you’re happy to see people!
It’s going to be a celebration for a great year of music, travel and camaraderie that we’ve shared with each other throughout the year and with fans from coast to coast and of course Japan, Brazil, Netherlands and the UK. Yoshi’s has welcomed us back to end the year (we sold out in February and March to kick off 2015). It’s only fitting we close out 2015 upbeat, high energy, up close and personal in the bay and take it into 2016. Half of the concert is Shalamar Reloaded and then it goes into Jody Watley world! It’s not just a concert, it’s an experience. Get your tickets before they sell out – it will also make a great music gift! Buy Here
A can’t hit packed miss concert experience: Jody Watley and Shalamar®
Nov. 4 – Ramshead Onstage Annapolis, MD
Nov. 6-8 Blues Alley Washington DC
Nov. 14 – special guests of Jody Watley 94.7 The WAVE Presents Freestyle Explosion Anaheim Honda Center
Nov.21 – CenturyLink Center Bossier, LA
Dec.30-31 Jan.1- Yoshi’s Oakland
Jan. 18-19 Billboard Live Tokyo
Jan. 21 Billboard Live Osaka
Jan. 29 – TBA Los Angeles
Feb. 12 special guests of Jody Watley San Jose SAP Center Freestyle Classic Throwback Jam concert
Feb. 13 Las Vegas Orleans Arena special guests of Jody Watley Freestyle Classic Throwback Jam concert
Booking info: Fill out booking request to booking agent.
Music journalist Brian Pace caught up with Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy and I at soundcheck for the “Midsummer Night Swing” Lincoln Center Damrosch Park – we were a bit weathered and frazzled just getting off train and 4 am call and straight to the venue – but you get the point in the interview, interspersed with concert footage for the event. Tourlife. Life.
Make sure to listen live on July 5 for an exclusive interview and performance with the new SHALAMAR ® Nate Allen Smith, and Rosero McCoy. We had a great time with ‘In The Groove’ host B.K. Kirkland when we taped this while in Washington D.C. for the Howard Theatre concert June 24. 9am PST 12 noon EST. “In The Groove” is a new series for SIRIUSXM and “The Groove” channel – great idea B.K. I’m proud to be chosen to kick it off!
I perform two of my classics and fan favorites, as well as two with the group.