Jody Watley. Shalamar Reloaded Friday Flashback and Update.

A year ago today Nate Allen Smith, Rosero McCoy and I were out in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley filming our first music video for SlowDance. It was a very monumental moment in our new journey. I’ve put my money where my heart is and invested in us because I believe in what we’re doing. You can’t just talk the talk – you have to walk the walk. Investing in myself isn’t new since becoming independent with Avitone in 1995 which has entailed paying for recording, photography, marketing, staff and so on. Extending the business to include Shalamar Reloaded is a big picture look as artist and entrepreneur. Certainly, it’s not the common road at this juncture in my music and professional life but one of which I’m totally enjoying and believing it will pay off it other ways doing something that hasn’t really been done like this. After the release of this single and video, it was picked up for license by Spectra Music Group. We’re currently about to do a digital distribution deal with Universal Japan for Asia and something exciting just came up with regard to a possible deal for the UK. We are also in the midst of writing and recording the forthcoming “Bridges” with a new video for “The Mood” in the pipeline.

Some people want to stay stuck in what was, could have been..I’m not one of them. It’s awesome to create,  make new goals and dreams. conquer obstacles, go out on a limb however one looks at it – now – today.

SlowDance is an in concert favorite by the way! It’s so cool to some of the couples accept our invitation and get up, put their phones down and come close.

We’d like to thank our growing new fan base and the media outlets who are showing us love by supporting what we are doing.

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Shalamar Reloaded. SlowDance Video Still. Sept 2, 2015 Photography All rights reserved Avid Music Inc.

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Caught in a moment on location Mojave desert – SlowDance Video. Shalamar Reloaded.  Photography: All Rights Reserved Avid Music Inc.

 

 

Original. Fan Made. Hoops. Enduring Style.

This is another fun video with a take on the new Shalamar Reloaded single and video “O.R.I.G.in.A.L”

Ironically in the past few days, fans have shared with me these posts heralding the jumbo hoop earring, the blend of eclectic style high and low fashion.. it’s been  pointed out “they mention other artists who have followed the trend, trends you set –  except the person who started it – you”..origins people, learn it! “What you mean you don’t know about my hoops!”

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Read the Teen VOGUE Post: HERE – News Flash to the Teen VOGUE style writers – they’ve always been chic – and never left! I think it’s wonderful that the style endures generation to generation. To see them the Jody Watley Hoops -always makes me smile. Go girls – WerK!!

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Love.

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Don’t You Want Me – 1988. Recently signed with love from legendary designer Jean Paul-Gaultier.

 

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O.R.I.G.in.A.L – Jody Watley 2016 

Thank You Ramshead Onstage and Blues Alley

bluesalley_sign_shalamar_reloaded_jodywatleyAll of the shows on our DC and Maryland swing were memorable for a variety of reasons. Each venue had great staff, food – and all of the audiences who came out in force to check us out made the experience an absolute joy. New members Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy are being embraced and applauded at every show. Nate steps out into the audience to screams now as he handles the male lead vocals – I love that! With his infectious energy and charm, he’s hard to resist. Rosero is smashing the stage and mesmerizing with his moves and charm as well. The audience can feel what we have is real  – the connection and what we’re bringing to the stage. Performing ‘SlowDance’ is also cool because right away with the intro – people respond which represents they know the song now and sing along as they sway with us side to side.

My new single ‘DANCER’ is a highlight of the new Jody Watley set – as I get people to feel the release of ‘werking it and getting in the music!” It’s a party but I make sure to send everyone back into the world with love and gratitude for being alive – living in the moment, the now.

Nate, Rosero and I also had our first movie day together. I can tell you this was also a first for me – in my previous Shalamar life that would have never happened.

Thank you Ramshead Onstage and Blues Alley (it was an honor to be a part of the 50th year anniversary milestone) for having us. Thank you to everyone who came out. I’m thankful for my blessings and being able to share the gift of music.

The journey!

We are bringing music, dance and style to the stage. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar® Reloaded

We are bringing music, dance and style to the stage – there is no one doing and giving the people what we’re doing right now.. Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley and Nate Allen Smith. Shalamar® Reloaded

Nate Allen Smith, Bryan Monroe (former editor and analyst at CNN, editor of JET and Ebony), Kim Keating, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded for a new era

Nate Allen Smith, Bryan Monroe (former editor and analyst at CNN, editor of JET and Ebony), Kim Keating, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded for a new era, backstage at Blues Alley after a soldout concert.

Jody Watley and Nikki Strong WHUR / Voice of America at Blues Alley

Jody Watley and Nikki Strong WHUR / Voice of America at Blues Alley

Rosero, Jody and Nate take in 007 "Spectre" at a Regal 16 Theatre in VA.

Shalamar in the house!Rosero, Jody and Nate take in 007 “Spectre” at a Regal 16 Theatre in VA.

Nate Allen Smith photographed by Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded

Nate Allen Smith photographed by Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® Reloaded (shared via Instagram)

Selfie. Jody Watley backstage at Blues Alley 2015.

Selfie. Jody Watley rocking twists and braids – backstage at Blues Alley 2015.

Rosero McCoy. Shalamar® - Style.

Rosero McCoy. Shalamar®  Reloaded- Style.

Jody Watley and Shalamar® poster at Ramshead Onstage

Jody Watley and Shalamar® poster at Ramshead Onstage

Live at Ramshead Onstage. Jody Watley and Shalamar® 2015

Live at Ramshead Onstage. Jody Watley and Shalamar® 2015 (via Instagram)

Spins and Blends ReCap: Ramshead Onstage: HERE

 

 

Jody Watley Attends Paul Smith 10th Anniversary of Beaumont

Designer Paul Smith, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy. A #PaulSmithSelfie

Designer Paul Smith, Jody Watley and Rosero McCoy. A #PaulSmithSelfie

What a delight it was to meet designer Paul Smith, while hanging out with my close friend and Shalamar compadre Rosero McCoy. Bryan Rabin is always the classiest event producer who knows how to put an eclectic room together, DJ Adam Bravin spinning the right music for the evening – just the right amount of fabulousness. WWD / RexFeaturesImages

 

Jody Watley and Shalamar® Reloaded Updates.

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

Jody Watley. Photography: Albert Sanchez

Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy.

Shalamar® Reloaded. Nate Smith, Jody Watley, Rosero McCoy.

In case you missed it: ICYMI

Spring Summer Press Highlights June-September 2015.

Louder Than War: Jody Watley and Shalamar by Eileen Shapiro September 18, 2015 http://louderthanwar.com/interview-jody-watley-shalamar/

Eurweb: Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded Celebrate New Single LA Style by BJ July 17, 2015: http://www.eurweb.com/2015/07/jody-watley-shalamar-reloaded-celebrate-new-single-la-style/

Essence: Shalamar Reloaded with Jody Watley Releases SlowDance” by Patrik Henry Bass. July 20, 2015: http://www.essence.com/2015/07/20/shalamar-reloaded-jody-watley-releases-slowdance

KTLA 5 Morning News Los Angeles with Sam Rubin by Grace Mendoza July 3, 2015:  Sam Learns Some New Moves from Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded: ktla.com/2015/07/03/sam-learns-some-dance-moves-from-jody-watley-and-shalamar-reloaded/

Essence: Jody Watley Brings Back Shalamar Her Way by Patrick Henry Bass. June 24, 2015:  http://www.essence.com/2015/06/24/jody-watley-brings-back-shalamar-her-way

OkayPlayer: The OkayPlayer Interview: Jody Watley Speaks on Rakim, Soul Train and Reclaiming The Name ‘Shalamar’ by Eddie “Stats” June 24, 2015 http://www.okayplayer.com/news/jody-watley-photos-rakim-soul-train-shalamar-interview.html

GETOUTMag: Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded by Eileen Shapiro June 23, 2015: http://getoutmag.us/jody-watley-shalamar-reloaded/

Lincoln Center Jody Watley Q&A by K. Leander Williams: June 29, 2015 —http://www.lincolncenter.org/article/jody-watley

WGN Morning News Chicago: Jody Watley Returns to Chicago with a Revamped Shalamar Live Performance May 30, 2015: http://wgntv.com/2015/05/29/jody-watley-returns-to-chicago-with-a-revamped-shalamar-live-performance/

Chicago Concert Reviews: From Disco, to House and Hip Hop Jody Watley and the new Shalamar Sparkle by Andy Arygakis May 30, 2015 http://chicagoconcertreviews.com/reviews/2015-05-30-jody-watley/

Chicago Defender: Jody Watley: New Tour, New Music, and New Shalamar by Mary L. Datcher May 29, 2015: http://chicagodefender.com/2015/05/29/jody-watley-new-tour-new-music-and-new-shalamar/

Maxaxine: Shalamar at Melkweg Amsterdam by Serge Van De Lisdonik June 30, 2015 http://www.maxazine.nl/2015/06/30/shalamar-laat-disco-herleven-in-melkweg/

JET: Jody Watley Announces Tour by Taylor Morton April 16, 2015  http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/jody-watley-announces-tour/#.Vf2viGRVikp

Singersroom: Shalamar SlowDance by Dominque Carson, July 27, 2015   http://singersroom.com/content/2015-07-27/Shalamar-Slowdance/

SIRIUSXM: July 2015

Excerpt from SIRIUSXM Special with BK Kirkland ‘In The Groove” Debut. The one hour special aired in July and featured the music of Jody Watley and Shalamar with in depth interviews featuring Jody Watley, Nate Smith and Rosero McCoy.

LIVE and Soldout Melkweg Amsterdam, June 28, 2015

Let’s Rock London June 27, 2015

ARISE TV, April 2015

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

Oct. 2 – Bakersfield Rabobank Arena, Jody Watley ‘Classic Jam’ various artists

November 4 – Ramshead, Annapolis MD with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of GirlSquad Pre-show: Tickets Here

November 6-8 Blues Alley Washington D.C. with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of Girl Squad Pre-show Tickets and Info: Here

November 14 – The Honda Center Superfreesyle Explosion Jody Watley with Salt n Pepa and various artists

December 29-31 / January 1 – TBA Oakland, CA Jody Watley with Shalamar® Reloaded

January 18-19 Tokyo. January 21, Osaka.  BILLBOARD LIVE Jody Watley and Shalamar® Reloaded

Billboard Live Tokyo Tickets and Info: Here

Billboard Live Osaka Tickets and Info: Here

Feb. 13 – TBA –  Las Vegas Orleans Arena  / Freestyle Explosion

Feb. 27 – TBA – Miami Bank Arena / Freestyle Explosion Bank United Center

Just Announced. Jody Watley Returns to Japan with Shalamar® Reloaded.

 

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As a solo artist I’ve been touring Japan consistently since my solo debut – and grateful as always for the opportunity and to share the gift of music and dance. It’s awesome to be able to include this new element of the show with the new Shalamar ‘Reloaded’ with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. It’s a show and experience to remember, Jody Watley hits, Shalamar hits and new music. Catch us LIVE in Tokyo January 18-19 Tokyo. January 21, Osaka. 

Tickets and Info: Here

Other announced shows are:

Oct. 2 – Bakersfield Rabobank Arena, Jody Watley ‘Classic Jam’ various artists

November 4 – Ramshead, Annapolis MD with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of GirlSquad Pre-show

November 6-8 Blues Alley Washington D.C. with Shalamar® Reloaded and DJ Lisa Moody of Girl Squad Pre-show

November 14 – The Honda Center Superfreesyle Explosion Jody Watley with Salt n Pepa and various artists

December 29-31 / January 1 – TBA Oakland, CA Jody Watley with Shalamar® Reloaded

 

 

 

Jody Watley At The Historic Howard Theater

 

 

Jody Watley. Live at The Howard Theater

Jody Watley. Live at The Howard Theater

“If you have not seen  her perform live you are surely missing out on having a good night out and seeing one of the greatest to ever do it on stage.” By JV Jones for DC Nitelife: Here