Originally released May 7, 2016 O.R.I.G.IN.A.L got a lot of attention .. Many were pressed when we formed in 2015 and the attacks began. Our old page was constantly trolled up. Jody’s was blowing up with haters, online bullies and naysayers on how this thing wouldn’t work, and this and that, so we had to address it, have some fun with it and be bold about who WE are. We are Originals to this group and Jody Watley of course is an original in her trends. Writing a song and video about it all, complete with the anonymous trolls in it and each of us with our own verse.. We shook things up with this pared down trap soul sound and moved on, enduring the hate in the process, it made us stronger. We changed our name, focused on our new direction, more new music, just having fun with this. We inspired some folks we could see it and laugh about it. The same ones who hate are the ones to copy, mimic, or whatever, while we just focused building our own thing being creative, it’s all good.
2016? It seems like a lifetime ago already.
2018 started off with a hit single “The Mood” Alex Di Cio Remix (UK, Netherlands, Canada), lesson is to just keep believing and doing us, sold out shows traveling the U.S. and overseas making our own name slowly but surely, that’s what’s dope. A passion for living and life and building something new.
Our message is to keep doing your thing, no matter what people have to say..and make them watch you walk out with confidence!
When other creatives take their time to come up with remixes and videos coming from a genuine love of the work – you just have to return the love. The Fantasy Clinic did a compelling remix of Jody Watley ‘Sanctuary’ in 2017 – now he’s taken things to another level with the deep house rendering of O.R.I.G.IN.A.L
Watch and listen to the hotness – dance, workout, twirl, turn and ‘watch me walk out..” If you’re not feeling this – check your pulse!
The SRL single O.R.I.G.in.A.L which was our true debut statement song about us. Understanding people will always have something to say so – do you, we are doing us – originals to this new group and creating our own path – makes Dave Higdon’s Poptastic Confessions Music In Review – check out the list. Here
Jody Watley. Original. Shalamar 1983 on tour in Belgium. Photo Courtesy of: Etienne Go.
Seeing this photo shared by a Etienne Go on Facebook from a club in Belgium in 1983 while on tour with Shalamar is another reminder of how long I’ve been getting to do some of the things I love and working really hard at it, and always fighting to be myself – through the many ups and challenges, obstacles overcome ..singing, performing, dancing, designing, writing and bringing joy to the people.
Here’s to the now, to the weekend. It’s OK to take a glimpse back, evaluate, reflect, see how far you’ve come, use the lessons learned and so on – just don’t get stuck there.
This is another fun video with a take on the new Shalamar Reloaded single and video “O.R.I.G.in.A.L”
Ironically in the past few days, fans have shared with me these posts heralding the jumbo hoop earring, the blend of eclectic style high and low fashion.. it’s been pointed out “they mention other artists who have followed the trend, trends you set – except the person who started it – you”..origins people, learn it! “What you mean you don’t know about my hoops!”
Read the Teen VOGUE Post: HERE – News Flash to the Teen VOGUE style writers – they’ve always been chic – and never left! I think it’s wonderful that the style endures generation to generation. To see them the Jody Watley Hoops -always makes me smile. Go girls – WerK!!
Don’t You Want Me – 1988. Recently signed with love from legendary designer Jean Paul-Gaultier.