Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy Jody Watley and John Monds.
On air! Jody Watley and Shalamar in the house. Majic 102.3
Jody Watley and Shalamar® Radio One, Washington D.C.
A special thank you to Omar Nelson in his new position as coordinator at Radio One’s the nationally syndicated John Monds Show ‘Love and R&B.’
Nate, Rosero and I were delighted to be guests on air to talk about our new single “SlowDance” our concerts and how we all came together. I also answered a fun relationship question to cap it off.
It isn’t often that artists get to go on air and spend time – and we were with veteran on air personality John Monds for over an hour, as he spun classic and contemporary R&B. I remember John from his days in Los Angeles on 92.3 The Beat.
As the legal registered trademark owner of the Shalamar® mark, it’s exciting for me not just an an artist but as a business woman to be able to take control of this brand and not just pimp it for what it meant in the past..and who’s pockets could be lined doing a show here and there in the UK — using false and misleading ads with my likeness with potential damage to a reputation I worked hard – and continue – to build. A part of my past history and legacy..bringing it into the now after it was abandoned since 1990. No new music, no media or press interest – nothing, until my registration and vision – now others scramble and continue to ignore and remain locked in some bizarre purgatory of decades gone by. It’s about learning and putting the knowledge to use and not wasting time on nonsense. I am handling business and so happy to have Nate Smith, Rosero McCoy in this with me.
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Out today on The Spectra Music Group – new Shalamar maxi-single “SlowDance.” It’s a new era and this is just the beginning for us! Thank you to all supporting the music, growth and change.
SHALAMAR ® reloaded with Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. 2015
I really appreciate the writeup on Indamixworldwide – always good when a writer goes in depth and obviously does some homework. They also said something that makes sense for those who act as if there was only one version of the group during it’s run from 1977-1990..no matter how popular one was – it was always changing and more of a brand and trademark than an ongoing group. This is after all – a business. I wonder to a degree if the underlying resentment a hand full of people have of my legally registering the trademark or any resistance from fans who long for the past – has to do with the fact that I am a woman doing business ..if I were a man I’d be called smart and shrewd. Hmm..
Photography Viktoria Pashuta. Design: Ray Easmon and Jody Watley
While other people run their mouths..run your business..I always think of that quote. The road less traveled..
Life isn’t meant to be lived by committee. The journey of life and business has many twists, turns and lessons – stay open on the path is what I always believe. Listen to the universe, follow your instincts. Sometimes opportunities and new beginnings come in unexpected ways…especially ones we may not be looking for. For me..this began when others were misappropriating my image and likeness to their gain, while seeking to mislead – however it’s clear the universe had it’s own plans. Being a business woman simply trying to protect myself from those seeking to damage, mislead and even bizarrely – erase and diminish — creating this cause and effect. But it’s obvious – this is all intended.
There is one Shalamar of today, not decades ago — this era with a legally registered trademark, of which I am the owner and we are it like it or not – believe that; Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. Despite efforts by a few to try undermine, sabotage, intimidate, and slander my name – we will continue to work hard and remain humble – creating a quality new foundation as we have begun in music, live entertainment, dance and style. That is something always associated with me. The past will always be there to look back on..just don’t get stuck there as life and business continue to move on.
That we caught the attention of Spectra with our efforts, I see as another blessing – a gift that was meant to be..the universe is always evolving and speaking if we are paying attention.
Directed by Damien Sandoval, who believed so much in this song and us – wanting to give it the video it deserved with aerials by Garrett Backstrom is also so special. His agent Martin Davis who was so diligent over the years in wanting to connect me with one of his directors because he believed and has such respect for what I’ve done and doing. Everyone on this project, hair and makeup Tre Major who’s wanted to work with me for decades..Jessie J Collections who helped styled the guys..there’s a passion, unity and organic authenticity that’s all through this video. It’s love. The result is the epic new Shalamar video “SlowDance’ now LIVE. Spectra Music Group welcomes Shalamar: Here
My “PARADISE” collection will also being getting a re-release if anyone is wondering where it went..details to come!