Jody Watley Loves The Nightlife. Popservations.

Coming off a pair of collaborations with French Horn Rebellion (Cold Enough and Dancing Out), Jody Watley is once again working the dancefloor – Read full post: Popservations

 

 

Jody Watley. Song Of The Day. Affairs of The Heart.

Written in 1991, when I chose to shift musical gears – revisited today.

 

Jody Watley. Nightlife Teaser Video.

I’ve been performing “Nightlife” live in concert for the past year or so. It’s been encouraging to see the positive reaction to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” The fans have responded positively and dancing along to it as if it’s already a familiar tune which bodes well! This is a nod to my Shalamar disco funk (including guest vocals from one of Shalamar’s lead vocalists Gerald “Take That To The Bank” Brown)  past melded and updated into a distinctly modern Jody Watley funky soul dance jam.

Written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music, BMI), Julien and Raphael Aletti (Aletti Brothers) Produced by Count De Money and Jody Watley

Video Teaser by Ray Easmon.

Jody Watley Is Coming To Essence Fest.

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With the backdrop and history of New Orleans as the backdrop amidst a variety of artists of various age demo’s; I’m so looking forward to being a part of this spectacular music and cultural event! Saturday night July 6, 2013 – it’s going down with my eclectic show of stylish funky pop soul in a concert of classic and dynamic hits (solo and Shalamar), a couple of critically acclaimed under the commercial radar gems, well new music and perhaps a surprise or two! To coincide with the performance I’ll be releasing  two new singles titled ‘Nightlife’ Produced by the UK’s Count De Money and ‘The Dawn’ Produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe this summer. ‘Nightlife’ is a nod to my Shalamar / disco past though totally modern in approach – the groove never subsides. ‘Nightlife’ features vocal contributions by original Shalamar male lead Gerald Brown (Take That To The Bank) for added authenticity – if you loved Shalamar or music from that era – you will love ‘Nightlife.’ ‘The Dawn’ is another nod to my disco funk roots and written recalling my youth, while appreciating the me of now and adding those elements. This is the type of real dance music that not unlike what Daft Punk is being heralded for. Traditionally, other’s doing music rooted in soul, disco and funk receive more accolades however it’s not really about that – in the end for me my music always comes from a place of passion, joy and love first to represent me at a particular time in my creative and artistic life.

http://www.essence.com/2013/04/30/jody-watleys-coming-essence-festival/

Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

A Night To Remember. theLIFT Presents CHURCH.

It went down April 27, 2013 at a very secret location in downtown Los Angeles. You needed to RSVP before being given the address. This is an ultra groovy music affair. If you’re not hip to internationally renowned DJ/Producer/Jazz Musician/Classically trained pianist/ Mark de Clive-Lowe you need to update your musical palette. His event CHURCH is a must attend night on the town if it ever pops up in your city – anywhere in the world. The framework and atmosphere were laid by an eclectic range of DJ’s including Jeremy Sole and KCRW’s Aaron Byrd mixing tunes on a stellar sound system inside the warehouse. I’m not talking the glut of the same Top 40 songs being spun in clubs around the world now. If you’re old enough to remember what it was like going out to dance and you heard songs that made you go “Whoa..what’s that?!”

This was handpicked music ranging from jazz, soul and house all woven together amidst a first class lighting designer to create the right type of ambience. Mark de Clive Lowe’s set is a combination of DJ and musicianship – with vocal pieces and musical bits being created on the fly accompanied by a tight knit band that included an esteemed cast including Freddy Washington (Herbie Hancock,Patrice Rushen on bass; Derf Reklaw (The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis) percussion, Dexter Story (Kindred Spirits, Lifeforce Trio), drums Bob Reynolds (John Mayer) on saxophone, , as well the gifted Nia Andrews (Common, Janelle Monae) on vocals.

Food trucks, full bar and a packed house of music devotees not worried about trend or popularity – rather the type of night of music and dancing that’s all about substance. Legacy artist/songwriter producer Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Maxwell) did a memorable brief set that included Minnie Ripperton’s classic “Inside My Love” to which I joined him on a sublime and sexy rendition of one of his classic penned tunes “I Want You.” I felt as if I were in a dream. It wasn’t one of those generic ‘old school’ moments – this was born of the moment to a packed house of primarily 20 and 30 somethings that appreciate the music and vibes enough to be in the ‘know’ about an evening like this. They also seem to know the history not as nostalgia (like some older fans tend to do) but true modern appreciation  rather than what’s force-fed ad nauseam in today’s commercial scene. After coming onstage to join Mr. Ware, I returned in the second set of De Clive-Lowe to perform “Tonight’s The Night” one of our club gems as well as the new “The Dawn” – it was the first time he and I had performed that one. My guys Rosero McCoy and John “Havic” Gregory went in with me on both.

It’s a pleasure to be a legacy artist with history myself while continuing to be a part of something fresh to those who really understand – as an alternative to some of the more straight up shows and events I do with my own band. It’s a continued evolution which is an element and one of the many unique things about what I do and the variety of ways I choose to do it. Being an artist for 3 decades in this crazy business, it’s always important for me to find ways to remain authentic though never staying the the ‘box.’ The vibe of ‘CHURCH’ is one of the elements of the underground that I’ve loved since I discovered and began to embrace back in 1999; a quality mixture of soul, jazz, dance, electronic – just happens to be ‘club.’ There is a wealth of great music and artistry – you may have to work harder to find it, but it’s there for the open-minded. I had so much fun – it was another night to remember for all involved.

Mark De Clive-Lowe and Jody Watley (c) 2013

Backstage. Mark De Clive-Lowe and Jody Watley Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Mark De Clive-Lowe, Jody Watley, Leon Ware. Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Backstage. Mark De Clive-Lowe, Jody Watley, Leon Ware. Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Jody Watley "LIVE" theLIFT presents CHURCH Spring 2013 Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Jody Watley “LIVE” theLIFT presents CHURCH Spring 2013 Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Backstage. Limited edition Jody Watley T-shirts!

Backstage VIP Lounge. Limited edition Jody Watley T-shirts!

Pre-Show - Always staying "in the light!" Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Pre-Show – Always staying “in the light!” Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Meeting Leon Ware backstage for first time. Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

Meeting Leon Ware backstage for first time. Photo: Jody Watley 2013 (c)

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

CHENGDU NIGHT OF GLOBAL FORTUNE AND GRAMMY WINNING ARTISTS; CHENGDU, CHINA SPORTS CENTRE JUNE 8, 2013. 

ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS, LA MERCEDES BENZ SUPERDOME SUPERLOUNGE, JULY 6, 2013

NEW MUSIC COMING:

“NIGHTLIFE” PRODUCED BY COUNT DE MONEY 

 “THE DAWN” PRODUCED BY MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE – Coming Summer 2013!

Jody Watley. Special Guest Tonight with Mark de Clive-Lowe

Tonight’s the night at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse secret location; TheLIFT presents the Spring Edition of Mark de Clive Lowe’s “CHURCH.”  This is one of those one time only events you don’t want to miss. It’s also the first time we’ll be performing together officially. Deep cuts fans of mine will know that he and I have collaborated on a few songs; Midnight Lounge (Remix) from “The Makeover”, “Tonight’s The Night,” a single we wrote together for his project a couple of years ago, as well as a funk filled dance groove he produced that we wrote titled “The Dawn.” I’m so excited to be performing and debuting that one here in Los Angeles tonight from my forthcoming new music project. The icing on the cake is that I’ll also be doing a guest vocal with Leon Ware. Underground, soulful, funky, club – yes indeed. As a note, I’ve always liked the underground club scene which served as the inspiration for one of my classic video’s “Don’t You Want Me” which was filmed at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse.

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Jody Watley Classic Song of The Day. “Friends” featuring Eric B and Rakim.

The state of music can always be debated depending on a person’s personal tastes. That said, there’s no doubt the bar has been lowered if not obliterated completely in some genres. Today’s rap / hip-hop music is deep in misogyny, promotes violence, drug use, getting drunk, glamourizing death, overtly sexual themed lyrics, how big a woman’s ass is, pumping date rape – as if it’s cool. I’m appalled – where did it all go wrong? Some are heralded for going to prison. Really?  It’s one thing to live your dream but it’s another to sell your soul so low without regard for the message or influence just to be ‘popular’ or to make millions of dollars. It’s an outrage that corporations i.e major labels put a lot of money behind these artists and their “messages”, while those with quality and a true love for music and the message languish without support. The fact that these songs are pumped up and out a full blast in shopping malls and boutiques is beyond comprehension as little ones in tow with their parents are subjected to the profanity laced obscenities. It’s a shame really and I’d go as far as to say plain evil. I’ve been an artist for 3 decades and I ask myself what’s really going on in the music business? I believe parents have the primary responsibility for the influence over their children and this goes for extended family and friends, however one can’t turn a blind eye to not just a lack of balance but to the messages being highly promoted and sponsored. An agenda? I say yes.

My song with “Friends” was the first collaboration between a Pop/R&B artist and hardcore hip-hop/rap to feature the custom 16 verse ( I called it a duet when I pitched it at the time) to crossover and become Top Ten Hot 100, R&B Soul and Dance..and all with a timeless message and zero obscenities. I just wanted to make a great song about betrayal. In my head I could only hear the tones of Rakim – it took some convincing to make my label get it. They always wanted me to be “more urban, more ghetto, more street..” – all of which I found marginalizing and insulting but couldn’t see how I related to Eric B and Rakim, I just said ‘trust me – it will work because it’s real.” Luckily, Rakim loved it and was onboard along with Eric B.  That’s why I know how artists get sucked into the ‘corporate’ mindset of the imagery they’d like black artists to project. I was never having that and fought to maintain my authenticity.

The video notably blends b-boys, drag queens, and a variety of party people in unity for a good time capturing a slice of New York nightlife at the time. I’m in Jean Paul-Gaultier couture fresh off he Parisian runway that year. A great time was had by all on that sweltering summer day in the village in 1989. Fabulous and street in it’s realness without pandering, being contrived or sending a negative message, certain stereotypes or coonery. Proud.

Another Nightlife Preview.

This is another snippet of my forthcoming new single “Nightlife.’ “Princess Lockeroo” Samara Cohen is supreme in this dance video directed by Yak Films one of the most popular dance channels on YouTube.

Jody Watley. Weekend Jam.

From the #3 iTunes Top Electronic Album “The Makeover” written by Jody Watley (Jody Watley Music, BMI), and Mark De Clive Lowe, Remix Produced by Mark de Clive Lowe. The original version appears on the critically acclaimed “Midnight Lounge.”