Jody Watley “Sanctuary” written by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee. Cover and Graphic Design: Ray Easmon. Photography: Albert Sanchez
Dream. Believe. Do. Repeat..and don’t over think. Make it happen for yourself in life – live it! Create your environment of love.
The fabulous Ray Easmon from the United Kingdom was inspired by the blooms of Cherry Blossoms while he’s been in Asia. I mentioned it would be nice to add an infusion of color to the art and when he sent the updated ideas, this one won me over right away. It’s so beautiful, we may do a limited quantity of 7″ vinyl for collectors..stay tuned. As well, as soon as the Pre-order link is viewable in iTunes / Apple Music. it will be posted as well.
“Sanctuary” EP is now scheduled for an April 10 release and will include the original single version which has live bass and guitar as well the extended SoulPersona Raregrooves 12″ Remix and the accompanying instrumental.
The release is even more timely with all of the chaos and stress as a result of election results especially in America. The song serves as a reminder when life feels out of balance, overwhelming, one of the things we can control is our home environments.
One of my favorites of the many songs I’ve written and recorded – and this collaboration with Soulpersona out of the UK (aka Morgan Howell). This is a timely, real and comforting song in often troubled times. As I say when performing it live..your space, your vibe – sanctuary is our home. Take those same vibes into the world..an environment of love and when you close the door..a safe place..for you, your significant others, family, children and so on.
I’ll be releasing this long version as a single – the short edit is available on my “Paradise” EP which is available at digital outlets worldwide. It’s a new era since this millennium (always surprised by those who are still waiting on the old model of the industry – it’s not coming back..) and you don’t have to wait for commercial radio to make you aware of and/or quality new music and video. Support independent music and artists. No rants, no controversy, no public romances to exploit ..just quality music.
I’ve been inspired to do a video for it..stay tuned!
What a delight it was to find out PARADISE made the Hot 16 List on Soulbounce amongst an eclectic list of young and emerging talent – that is quite fabulous for a vet like me. To remain fresh and true to myself always keeps my soul rooted in my work. I always hope my efforts and collaborations resonate with audiences large, small and diverse as well as the young without pandering and the young and heart. It’s in the music!
See the full list and discover other artists outside of the usual : Soulbounce
The music also made an appearance twice on the Dave Higdon’s Favorites of 2014, including ‘DANCER’ in the Top 3: Poptastic Confessions
In the past, an artist would send out tons of copies of promotional discs to have their album reviewed. We have not done that. This collection is all about the love, the word of mouth, the appreciators of artistry, the fans – it’s in the music! The QHBlend is one of my favorite music blogs with Quentin Harrison always shining as a true music writer who knows his subjects objectively really examining and listening to the music and covering those elements. Quentin understands music pop culture, artistic growth and never holding commercial peaks and valleys against or for his subjects – as it should be. Read his observations about “PARADISE”: Here
Happy Summer – Summer Solstice! Previewing ‘Sanctuary’ is the perfect way to begin summer. Have a listen to the Soulpersona Raregrooves Remix of the “Sanctuary” promo – from the forthcoming “PARADISE” EP. I wrote this with longtime collaborator Rodney Lee who is also my band musical director and keyboardist since 1993. “Sanctuary” through my live concerts is always met with a fantastic reception. We premiered this version recently at Yoshi’s Oakland to rapturous applause.
Having written and recorded a LOT of songs..this is one of my favorites and a special one to me..I hope it brings some good vibes and a reminder of the environment we create for ourselves and our children – and no matter rich or not rich, a home should always be a sanctuary and a safe place once from the world.
“Leave the world behind – as you close the door, an environment of love – a safe place to fall..let’s fill these walls with happy times, and fill these rooms with peace of mind – sanctuary is my home.”