AGMP Announces Jody Watley UK Tour Dates for 2019

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Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/independent label owner, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1987’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim) to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.

Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Female Artists and Top Dance Artists of All Time in 2018; Winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987, Jody Watley’s entire career has been about looking forward, drawing inspiration from personal heroes and iconoclasts always ten steps ahead of the pack. The Chicago native’s eclectic repertoire – R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word – is built on a positive vision and a strong taste for artistic and aesthetic risk.

As an original member and the distinct female sound of the legendary disco soul group Shalamar singing on all of the pinnacle hits; Watley’s own definition of success centered then and now on artistic growth and freedom, not simply replicating whatever was or is hot at the moment.

After breaking from the majors and starting her own label Avitone Recordings in 1995, Watley began collaborating with a Who’s Who of visionary producers and remixers, many of whom were longtime fans and jumped at the chance to work with her: 4 Hero, King Britt, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez & Little Louie Vega, Mark de Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson, Ron Trent, Moto Blanco, Bob Jones,  Soulpersona, Brian Power and Alex Di Ciò amongst others. Thanks to her non- stop touring, her global fan base remains as fervent as ever and they’ve made chart and club hits of Ms. Watley’s indie albums – Affection (1995), Flower (1998), The Saturday Night Experience (1999), Midnight Lounge (2001), and The Makeover (2006) – and her 2014 EP Paradise.

For the past five years the ever multi-tasking Jody Watley has focused on both her thriving solo career and the group project “Jody Watley & SRL.”  With musical influences that include Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, and Little Dragon, the music collective has released  chart-topping UK Soul Chart Top 3 singles “The Mood”  and “The Passion” mixed by Italy’s Alex Di Cio.

“Everything I’ve ever done has been to be distinctively Jody Watley,” says the pop icon herself, “from my first solo album through right now. Everything that I will ever do always has to be authentic to me, work that I can always be proud of first and foremost. It’s not so much about, ‘Oh, this is going to be popular,’ or ‘Oh, this is going to be a big hit.’ It’s always been so personal to me, everything that I do. And the fans can feel that. They connect with the honesty. I’m so excited to bring my show to the UK for these intimate dates – these will be my first concerts in Glasgow and Manchester – and my first full concert in the UK in almost 20 years, expect hits classic and new, deep cuts and one hell of a concert experience with my rhythm section as well as SRL.”

Jody Watley UK Dates Announcement Flyer

Just Added. Jody Watley Special Appearance Disco Inferno Anniversary Celebration

I’ll be making a special appearance at this 6th Anniversary Disco Inferno – singing a couple of my Shalamar disco classics only December 29, 2018 Resort World Casino in Jamaica, NY.

Tickets just went on sale and won’t break the bank so you can keep taking your coins to the bank. Disco Inferno Tickets

Get your crimping irons, platforms and sequins ready for this unique themed experience!

Jody Watley. Flashback Friday. Shalamar Disco from the Vault.

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Disco fabulous onstage in my Shalamar days from my personal archives – “Big Fun” album “The Second Time Around” “Right In The Socket” singles. – Blessed to have such longevity from my youth continuing to learn, evolve, grow, get better and never allowing my faith, spirit or self belief to be broken.

Jody Watley Epic 3 Part Interview on Mi-Soul Radio With Mike Vitti

One of the most comprehensive interviews I’ve ever done. You really must listen to this..history,  first time onstage with my Godfather Jackie Wilson,Soul Train, Shalamar, aspects of my solo career moving up through to the current new music. Mike Vitti was masterful with the questions, knowledge as well as weaving a tapestry of quality music spanning decades.

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Listen: Jody Watley Interview w Mike Vitti Mi Soul Radio The Funky Nation

 

UPDATE:: To those outside of the UK here are the individual shows without restriction:

Jody Watley Part 2 of 3 with Mike Vitti Mi-Soul Radio Goes Way Back to Shalamar Days

Mike asked “Where’s Gary Mumford?” I answered!

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Shalamar with Gerald Brown

 

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Classic three in the heyday of the group..

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Jody Watley Grammy Award Best New Artist after being in a group?? … the how and why?? Yes, I answered that too.

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NEW!! A Must Listen. Jody Watley Part One with Mi-Soul Radio’s Mike Vitti

Jody Watley The Passion Video

Mike Vitti  takes it back to the beginning with Soul Train and Shalamar as we begin the first of three parts of our in depth conversation highlighted with the new and classic music…you will be dancing too..or getting some fly by minutes on the treadmill!

Listen Now or At Your Leisure: MiSoulRadio Mike Vitti

New Jody Watley Art.

New to the Jody Watley Gallery by Gabby Bond, Bondworks Designs. Mixed Media.

It’s always an honor for me when others are inspired to use their passion and talent in this way – touched by music, style and being.

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