Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded on New Music Buzz

The lighting was terrible, but the interview and chemistry totally on point. Check it out!

Jody Watley. Looking For A New Love.

 

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I’m so thankful to have experienced this – thankful for my blessings and continued journey. I thank all of you who continue to show me love, support my music and encourage me each day!! — On January 6, 1987, January 6. My solo debut single “Looking For A New Love” was released (a Rihanna/Jody fan just told me on Instagram and I looked it up, love social media for things like this).. Of course it was a monumental debut, my first #1 single and a touchstone in music and pop culture, not many artists get to experience this smile emoticon
Facts:
The single hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 besting the chart peak of her group Shalamar Top 10 “The Second Time Around.” “Looking For A New Love” spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart another notable achievement. The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”. It ranked number 16 on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1987. The single would also reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Play Chart.

In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, winning the The GRAMMYs for Best New Artist.

One of the song’s key phrases became a popular saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.” It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

2005 Reissue
In 2005, Jody Watley re-recorded and released “Looking for a New Love” on Water Music Records in conjunction with her own Avitone label, Curvve Recordings, and Peace Bisquit. The reissued classic was remixed in various styles: house, electro, breakbeat. The newly imagined “Looking for a New Love” proved to be a historic undertaking for Watley, as it peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, making her the first artist ever to take the same song to No. 1 in two decades.
Written by Andre Cymone and Jody Watley (lyrics and melody). Produced by David Z. and Andre Cymone.
Photography: Victoria Pearson / Art Direction: Jody Watley / Lynn Robb

Everlasting gratitude to Jheryl Busby, Louil Silas Jr. (RIP) and to all of the MCA Records team at that time including A.D. Washington, Ernie Singleton, Alonzo Miller, Sarah Melendez..who made it happen despite the usual obstacles along the way. I thank Jheryl for believing in me and signing me as well as giving me the freedom to be myself and make a mark – understanding what I wanted to do as an artist and writer, not just a girl..but a woman with a vision.

Always believe in yourself – no matter how many people are trying to bring and tear you down..keep on keeping on. God and the universe always has it’s way.

http://www.jodywatley.net

Jody Watley Classic Photo of The Day. LAEyeworks.

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Jody Watley and Shalamar ® with Pat Sharp Let’s Rock London Video

Check out this awesome video from the massive Let’s Rock London Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Why? You’ll get to see the spirited exchanges and interaction with host Pat Sharp Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Fresh from a triumphant performance in a stellar lineup that included Rick Astley, Banarama and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey it’s all laughs and even a brief dance lesson.

Also included are performance highlights that capture some of the love and energy from the day. Filmed June 27, 2015. We rocked London!!

Jody Watley Brings Back Shalamar Her Way

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

 

 

 

SHALAMAR ® Reloaded heat up a Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night Swing - a can't miss event.

SHALAMAR ® Reloaded heat up a Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night Swing – a can’t miss event.

 

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy strike a pose at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Midsummer Night Swing.

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy strike a pose at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Midsummer Night Swing.

 

Never one to go with the status quou read the full article here and find out what’s next for Jody Watley and the new reloaded SHALAMAR ® in a witty and depth conversation with Patrik Henry Bass on Essence.com required reading for fans, and business minded artists.

The OkayPlayer Interview. Jody Watley Speaks on Soul Train, Rakim and Reclaiming The Name Shalamar

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015

For those who came late, Jody Watley is a name synonymous with soul, an icon of music, fashion and dance who set the defining trends of at least four or five distinctive eras of black culture.. Read the full article on:  OkayPlayer

Get your tickets:

June 24 The Howard Theater D.C.

June 25 Midsummer Night Swing NYC

June 27 Let’s Rock London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

June 28 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands

Other Appearances:

June 23 SIRIUS FM The Groove 4-5 PM EST

June 24 MyFox5 News Washington, D.C.

July 3 KTLA Morning News Los Angeles

 

 

Jody Watley Chicago Defender Interview

Jody Watley. Photography Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography Albert Sanchez

 

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With Mary L. Datcher in the Chicago Defender from May 29, 2015; Jody Watley talking new music and the new SHALAMAR ® : ” If you grew up in the era of cultural identity, sexual exploration, political uprise..” Read the rest  here: