New Video. Jody Watley and Oleta Adams Perform “Who Would Imagine A King” on The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019.

 

Simply divine.

The intro with a short behind the scenes moment is fun. Watch the video now.

 

 

Jody Watley and Bebe Winans My Favorite Things and More – The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019

Jody Watley & Bebe Winans. “My Favorite Things”

Jody Watley & Peabo Bryson. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

Partial Video of Opening. “Unto Us A Child Is Born”  Bebe Winans, Oleta Adams, Jody Watley, Peabo Bryson.

 

My duet with Oleta is up next!

Jody Watley – The Colors of Christmas Tour Recap Photo Essay.

Stig Edgren Presents: The Colors of Christmas Tour 2019 was a whirlwind California trio of concerts with Peabo Bryson a staple and feature of the tour since it’s beginning 27 years ago, along the way the shows at one time also included Philharmonic Orchestra’s in each city and small choirs.

Peabo was joined by Oleta Adams, BeBe Winans stepping in last minute for an ailing Ben Vereen and myself. The three of us have also done the tour before – this being my third time, the first over a decade ago. The collaborative nature of the tour makes it once of the most unique concert experiences one could experience backed by a full band and additional backing vocalists.

James Ingram, an alumni of the show and close friend of Peabo as well as music director Herman Jackson, received a poignant and emotional musical medley tribute. The first night, Herman became so overwhelmed he had to leave for a minute to regain composure.

The 3 days of concerts (Palm Desert, Cerritos and San Diego) was a whirlwind and we all lamented on what a great time was had by all..one of the highlights was Oleta and I crashing BeBe’s ending of “I’ll Take You There” for a rousing reprise of the song – we were on side of the stage lost track of the set and thought our duet was next and rather than waiting for the regular timing – let’s just go now! To our surprise Peabo was on the other side of stage — saw us go out and start singing and so he joined. The audience loved the spontaneous moment as BeBe laughed and went with it. He and Oleta had a hilarious exchange at the end..she and I realized we’d come out too soon and BeBe still had his “My Christmas Prayer” to do. Impromptu moments are always special and memorable. On “Beauty & The Beast” only one show had children to join us. Parents don’t seem to bring the little ones out the way they used to.

Thanks so all who came out to see us and as always for supporting live music – there’s nothing like it.

One of the rehearsal days – filmed this with the awesome Oleta Adams.

 

Jody Watley - Palm Desert - Holiday

Palm Desert. Jody Watley Season’s Greetings.

Pool Palm Desert

View from my suite. Palm Desert.

 

Mccallum

The beautiful McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert – first stop on the 3 day tour.

Jody Watley COC 2019 Dressing Room

Dressing Room Door.

Jody Watley Green Room McCallum Theatre

Green room McCallum Theatre.

 

Jody Watley and Bebe Winans BTS Smile _Soundcheck

Bebe Winans and I hit it off right away – and it surprised me. He was so nice and down to earth.. I should know better from my own experience of how some view me before meeting me — ‘preconceived notions.’ Because BeBe was a last minute replacement for Ben Vereen, we only had soundcheck to run through our duet for “My Favorite Things” – we had a blast singing and performing together. Photo: Soundcheck McCallum Theatre Dec. 13, 2019

 

 

Jody Watley and Peabo Bryson COC 2019

Ready to begin show with Peabo Bryson final night in San Diego. Peabo was in the stairwell warming up his vocals, I told him we have to get a photo! I warmed up in dressing room – still doing what I was taught by the great Seth Riggs.

Jody Bebe Oleta

Everyone has pre-show rituals – we finally got a partial group shot before the final show at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego. Jody Watley, BeBe Winans, Oleta Adams.

Jody Watley - White Tulle - Black and White - The Colors of Christmas 2019

Snow Princess Wattage. Life is a gift and a present each day – cherish it.

 

Jody Watley Norma Kamali Gown

Sparkle and Shine!

Jody Watley Stevie B I Luv Stevie Gown - Animal Print - Colors of Christmas

Gown by I Luv Stevie – Chicago’s Stevie Edwards.

Jody Watley - I Luv Stevie Gown - Rear View FishTail Animal Print

Rear View. Watch me walk out!

BalboaTheatre - Black and white

Final night was historic Balboa Theatre -San Diego, CA. It’s lovely and well maintained throughout.

BebeWinans_JodyWatley_IGColorsofChristmas

This Instagram post meant so much from BeBe and a nice surprise.

Jody Watley - COC 2019 - Red Gown

4th look for ensemble finale – Joy To The World (Reprise).

The Colors of Christmas Finale - Jody Watley Peabo Bryson Oleta Adams BeBe Winans

Jody Watley. Peabo Bryson. Oleta Adams. BeBe Winans. ‘Joy To The World” 

 

Jody Watley Christmas Logo Tshirt

After show. Jody Watley Christmas T-shirt. 

Thanks to Stig Edgren, musicians, backing vocalists – and all who came out to support us!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessings to All for 2020!

A few more videos still to come.

 

 

 

Jody Watley Holiday Season. Sunday Rainy Day Vibes.

Jody Watley - Christmas Lights Tshirt

I’ve posted before how much I love the rain..the sound of it, the calmness of the sound and the cleansing nature of it in general. It’s one of those simple things in life I mention often to appreciate. I don’t like to have to drive in it..but there’s a rainbow to be found in any rainstorm. Stepping out into my yard to take this selfie and model my limited edition Christmas T-shirt from 2018 in the process.

This week I’ll be performing in The Colors of Christmas Tour with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and replacing Ben Vereen is BeBe Winans. I hope to see you for this unique and beautiful holiday concert.  There will be a few of these t-shirts available -makes a wonderful gift for Jody Watley fans.

December 13: McCallum Theatre – Palm Desert, CA: Tickets

December 14: Cerritos Center for Performing Arts – Cerritos, CA : Tickets

December 15: Balboa Theatre, San Diego : Tickets

 

Jody Watley: Like A Holiday (Alex Di Cio’ Remix) Available at all digital outlets.

 

 

 

Experience The Colors Of Christmas With Jody Watley, Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams and Ben Vereen

Tickets on sale now for the holiday show of the season- The Colors Of Christmas. This is a classy evening of Christmas music with a few hits sprinkled in and the only time you get to see these types of onstage duets and choral performances.

The Colors of Christmas Tix and Info

The Colors Of Christmas Tour.

Get tickets early for this fantastic holiday show featuring Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Ben Vereen and yours truly Jody Watley. Yes, it’s summer but it’s cool to plan ahead. We sing duets together, as a group and select solo selections.

Dec 13 – McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA

Dec 14 – Cerritos Performing Arts Centre, Cerritos, CA

Dec 15 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA

Tickets and Info

An Epic Night. Jody Watley Black Music Honors

It was an epic night in Nashville, Tennessee at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center as I was the recipient of the Crossover Music Icon Award. I’ll be doing a more extensive post but wanted to share a few photos.

En route in a custom couture lace tux by Kevan Hall.

Red carpet and a post show exchange with host Rickey Smiley about a “workers of inequity” inspirational video he posted last year that was very timely.

Dancers ready to back up Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green in the Jody Watley tribute.

Front row baby! Looking forward to a great show and nervous about what I was going to say because I didn’t write a speech, just wanted to be in moment and enjoy the night.

With Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green after the tribute- they were so awesome and kind wanting to do me proud – they did.

My dear friend , SRL mate and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy had all dancers on point for the night – and for moral support too!

With Teddy Riley and Damian Hall from Guy.

With my best friend Wallace Butts from Avid Music Inc – friend through thick and thin.

Got a big hug from Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award – great to see them honored – overdue and well deserved.

They have pivotal moments in my life-making this night even more special.

You’ve got to be willing to be ridiculed to open the door wider for the next generation in life, music, politics – all of it.

I intended to make that point in my speech but ended up in another direction. It means everything to receive this recognition.

With renowned Hip hop /rap artist DaBrat.

With the incomparable Oleta Adams – she’s such a loving person too! I did the Colors of Christmas Tour with her several years ago and it was such a pleasure to sing with her – we also share a publicist and friend Tom Estey.

Backstage after the receiving my award for Crossover Music Icon. The statuette itself is so regal. I dedicated my award to my parents.

Rickey Smiley was a great host along with LeToya Luckett – I was doubled over in laughter.

Hanging out post show with LeToya Luckett- so kind. LeToya gave me the most exquisite perfume after I complimented how good she smelled (like gardenia and roses).

LeeLee from SWV always beautiful , effervescent and keeps it 100 – love and those ladies.

Watch the full clip.. I’m asked about Unsung..

One of the great nights of my life – this summer has truly been awesome despite all the ugliness of the world. I thank all past and present-and as always I look forward to keeping it moving to the next.

Thanks again Central City Productions, Don Jackson and Black Music Honors for truly making it a night to remember!

Airing Sept.2 syndicated television channels around the club and throughout October on Bounce network.

This show is also in support of funding for National African American Museum of Music.