Jody Watley. Sanctuary In Challenging Times.

My heart feels so heavy this morning, again ..all of the mass tragic shootings that continue to happen. I do believe it’s domestic terrorism fueled by hate with innocent people losing their lives. The current President (can’t even believe he’s in that position to begin with) rants on Twitter making use of the downside of social media, petty and bullying behavior fueling the fires of racist divisive speech into the to weak minds of those ready to take the woes of their lives out on others. The corruption of politicians in general who most seem to do nothing but collect checks term after term and spew empty rhetoric constantly and especially during elections ..a voting system that is failing and constantly at the mercy those who want to make it worse and more difficult/corrupt, a system doesn’t even guarantee any of what’s ill’ing this country and the world at large can be fixed. This isn’t about politics for me, this is about humanity in a country and world in which we should all be able to thrive together, caring for each other as human beings, the environment and so on. No one wants to take accountability, just finger pointing – so round and round we go.

The ultimate powers that be, including whatever shadow figures and government that exists beyond our knowledge, that don’t want it fixed deem it easier to buy a gun / AK-47, 15 whatever model it is than to obtain a Visa, or vote.. and probably many other things where extreme red tape is involved – what is the purpose of body armor, hundreds of rounds of ammo and so on being legal to purchase?  What is the purpose of semi-automatic weapons being legal and accessible? In my heart I don’t think any of them will be happy until all has been destroyed without concern or conscience, or we find ourselves in some sort of civil race war and this country ends up like a vast wasteland in some futuristic movie. Hate begets hate, love will always drive out darkness but it’s up for a hell of a challenge in these times moving forward.

Even as an optimistic person..I just wanted to write here because choosing not to post my frustrations on the state of the world on social media. Some people get on every day just to complain as if that helps anything..more anger and bitterness. Words without action are just words in any capacity in life.

That said, it’s on my mind and in my heart to express this today. This blog is always my forum for those who are willing to go deeper and appreciate the messages beyond pretty pictures and ‘likes’ – so thank you for reading.

I cry when these killings occur, never immune as a human being, a mother of two, a friend, a daughter, an employer who cares about everyone I work with and so on. We can’t all live in a bubble and thinking about these victims each time – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, relatives, classmates, co-workers..it goes on to an instant chain of heartbreak created by these vile cowards; who I’d add generally get taken into custody alive..never mind the guy selling bootleg cigarettes.

Reminding myself daily, to do what I can in life in what I put into the world and what comes from me to you and those who happen to follow me through my music. Stressing over what we can’t control is futile..and as best we can, take refuge and power in what we can control in living life and not taking anything for granted. What we choose to focus on and how it shapes our mood 24/7. Despite everything, don’t let the world and behavior of others get you down.

It’s befitting to post a song I wrote called ‘Sanctuary’ probably the most important in all of my songs, because it’s a life song inspired by my daughter and son and the importance of home and the spaces we create to just to live in but mentally and emotionally as well, a safe place, a healthy place..   ‘fill these walls with happy times, fill these rooms with peace of mind..sanctuary is my home..”  mindful to cherish each day, our loved ones and friends and what vibe we can create in the safety of our homes, an environment of love – because when we step into the world we just never know and there’s a lot of hate and divisiveness ‘trending’ in this country and the world. I won’t let it get the best of me, stress me out with worry in just living..and I hope you don’t either. It’s the same conversation I have with children who are now young adults living their own lives.

My condolences always go out to the families and victims in these tragedies and any senseless gun violence. The laws will not change sadly no matter what we do, and no matter how many lives are lost. The powers that be – don’t care and controlled by  greed, money and power – evil.

Be safe, spread love.

 

Jody Watley 2017 Favorites

2017 was another memorable year on the journey.

Here are some of my favorite moments topped with being the recipient of 2017 Crossover Music Icon on the broadcast new awards show Black Music Honors. One of the special elements of the show is their connection with National Museum of African American Music. The sculpture “Traveling Through Time Rhapsody and Rhythm” represents 50 plus genres of African American Music spanning 400 years of American culture designed by Jamaal B. Sheats exemplifying the mission of NMAAM to celebrate, preserve and educate contributions African Americans make to American music.

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The music tribute by Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Greene was beautifully done.

A Jody Watley Inspired Collection at LA Fashion Week Presentation by Richard Hallmarq

Great Concerts – one of my favorite was The Greek Theatre Freestyle Festival and I really enjoy the different of generations and diversity in my squad. The little ones call themselves WatleyBabies. Music transcends all to those open to it.

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Receiving an Honorary Proclamation from the City of Long Beach while their to perform at Pride.

80’s In The Sand. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – I’ll be back again in 2018! Book early!

With Downtown Julie Brown!

Concerts!!

Colors of Christmas

Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and Ruben Studdard

Silent Night with Ruben Studdard

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Sanctuary Video and Song a Reminder create positive and loving environments.

Japan Billboard Live is always fantastic – I love Japan!

My trip to Beijing China to perform a special Valentines Concert and the Blue Note afforded me to opportunity for some incredible sightseeing experiences including visiting the Great Wall Of China.

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Started the year with a sold out birthday concert at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of my Grammy winning solo debut.

In gratitude- looking forward to more adventures in 2018!

Up next Blue Note Napa January 27 for my birthday celebration.

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Tickets: Blue Note

Jody Watley. The Gift Of Music.

I don’t just make records – everything I do is like a  musical hand-made crocheted cashmere sweater – warmth and joy!

Add some of these recent releases to your music playlists and collections.

 

Jody Watley LIKE A HOLIDAY Cover Art

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Jody Watley Dancer Remixed – Cut Correct and Rhe Mix

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DANCER. Photograpy: Albert Sanchez. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley

 

 

Paradise EP

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As well, revisit  critically acclaimed releases “The Makeover” (featuring the Top 5 Billboard hit dance singles “I Want Your Love”, “A Beautiful Life”, “Borderline”)  and the ambient soul of “Midnight Lounge.”

 

Jody Watley and SRL. (formerly Shalamar Reloaded).

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Up Next:

The Colors of Christmas Tour  with Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis beginning Dec. 3 – Learn More and Get Tickets: Here 

 

A few tickets still available for my birthday concert at Blue Note Napa January 27 – we’ve extended the Meet and Greet option too! Gift the concert for the Jody Watley fan you know!!  – More Info and Tickets – Blue Note Napa  

 

Excited to announce more concert dates in 2018!!

Jody Watley September Update.

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Black Music Honors continues to air throughout September on syndicated television broadcasts across the country and in October on urban cable outlet Bounce. Check the Black Music Honors website for listings : BMH

Up next:

Oct 6 – Private Event Palm Springs

Oct 21 – Famously Hot SC Pride

Oct 28 – Genesee Theatre Waukegan IL with Debbie Gibson and Lisa Lisa

Nov 11-18 80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort Punta Cana Resort – Info

December: Colors of Christmas Tour COC

In the works SRL : Bridges

Out now, on the solo tip- Sanctuary-

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Jody Watley. Sanctuary Remixed and Mashed.

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time.. who we choose to spend it with and how.” Live life — it’s not stopping for any of us.

 

Can’t get enough of this, fan made video and remix of “Sanctuary.”  You can get the ‘Sanctuary’ EP at digital outlets around the world..unless you’re stuck in another time an place.

NEW. Jody Watley -Sanctuary Remix and Mashup Video.

 

Watch it Now:

 

I love this fan made video by The Fantasy Clinic – the video is a mashup of the teen me on Soul Train blended with current visuals created by Ray Easmon out of the U.K. The remix keeps the essence of the song with a nice deep house edge – which you know I live for!

Good Vibes All The Time.

 

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One the great things about this era is when you want to watch a video, you don’t have to wait for it to appear on a network, or if you want to hear a song, you can just stream it (Spotify, Aple Music, etc)  or even better download it from one of the online outlets (iTunes, Amazon) – though streaming is outpacing paid downloads as the way fans get music. Times change and I continue to change too! The music is there within reach all the time.

Sanctuary, quality soul music with meaning…the kind people who don’t really support new music to begin with say is not being made – it’s here, just like I am!

These were the limited edition candles we did last year.

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SANCTUARY Candle. Logo and Design Ray Easmon and Jody Watley.

 

 

Jody Watley. Sanctuary Video on Soulbounce.

 

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Jody Watley Shares A Rare Look At Her Family Life: Soulbounce

Upcoming concerts:

May 21 – Long Beach Pride

May 25 — The Promontory Chicago

May 26 Seneca Resort and Casino Niagara Falls Bears Den

May 27 BB Kings NYC

June 4, 2017  Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Chevrolet

June 23 Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA

July 8, 2017 Alameda County Fair

July 21 TBA

July 22 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles

August 5 TBA

August 12   TBA

August 26, The Fox Theatre Atlanta (Special Guest with Peabo Bryson and Stephanie Mills)

November 11-18 –  80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort and Spa Punta Cana Dominican Republic

New Video Alert. Jody Watley ‘Sanctuary’ Part 1

Inspired by my children, life and peace of mind in a crazy world – and hopefully a reminder to cherish the home environments we create and what we take into the world as well as those around us. These are snapshots small glimpses into my life away from music. When my son was born, I did stop traveling as much and really chose to stay vibrant creatively with various projects, and selective dates and of course probably sacrificing what others may feel as a need to always be in the spotlight. That’s never been my driving force. Looking back, and now that both my daughter Lauren and my son Arie are young adults – I don’t regret at all being present in their lives, being carpool Mom, sports Mom, etc. Time is always moving and you can’t get it back so choose wisely. I’m happy of the choices I’ve made placing my priorities on being there. It’s a blessing to be a songwriter and to have the luxury to make that choice..not all artists or parents do. We’re all doing the best we can..however in pursuing career, job and work goals never forget to create a life – an atmosphere of love, joy, fun, laughter and so forth. Those moments carry you through the more challenging times.

Visuals by Ray Easmon. Part 2 will arrive soon, with more of a performance vibe..this song is very special to me and I feel very important at this time in the world. We can’t control the politicians, and uncertainty that looms..however we can control how we live day to day in our own lives and we energy we give off to those around us.

“Sanctuary” EP available now at all digital outlets such as iTunes. To those who complain that good music isn’t being made anymore – I disagree. It may not make headlines, fuel the gossip blogs or top the charts – but it is here and I’m proud to continue to write and record it. It’s in the music!

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Jody Watley and Sanctuary Arrive At Digital Outlets.

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Spring is in the air. Music therapy is needed in these troubled times. Download it today: Apple

 

Limited edition digipaks arrive this week. Thanks to all who reserved your copies!

 

On calendar and announced concerts:

May 21, Long Beach Pride

May 25, Chicago The Promontory

May 26, Niagra Falls Seneca Resort and Casino Bears Den

May 27 New York BB Kings

June 4 Detroit, Chevrolet Grand Prix

June 23, Danvers Massachusetts Special event

July 8 Alameda County Fair

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July 22 Los Angeles The Greek Theater Freestyle Explosion Concert

Nov 11- 18 80’s Domenican Republic, 80’s In The Sand Punta Cana Breathless Resort and Spa

More dates TBA