Jody Watley. Music and Life. The Tough Decisions.

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Navigating life and career.  Ended 2018 having to make a difficult business decision after a year of contemplation and coming to terms with hard realizations. There are times in life personally and professionally in order to continue to grow, it’s necessary to make changes, and allow others to do the same.  In the tough decisions especially for entrepreneurs or those with whom you’ve had a close relationship and the lines may have been blurred it’s even harder it will be taken personally when it’s not. Business is business and it’s wise to always keep that in mind.

Often the only person who can see a vision is you, it’s not a cold hearted thing, it’s the ongoing evolution of being and willingness to step out of comfort zones- not everyone is going to be on that same page or path. Never one to shy away from my instincts is something to never fear or avoid – no matter how difficult. Stay stagnant, rigid and stuck – or keep pushing for new levels. You never know until you try and do is also one of my life mantras.

Being able to be close to home to be there and present for my ailing Mom continues to be a priority in the midst of the music, just as it was when I was raising my daughter and son. I’ve cut back on some travel and concerts such as putting off shows in Glasgow and Manchester to make sure I’m never too far away. The process continues to push me into an even more reflective mode about life in general. One of the things my Mom has said when talking to one of her doctors on a bad day and through pain that really resonates “..no matter what, I’m happy to still be here..fighting..” – words to live by.

If you see that I’m coming to your city – don’t miss it. As an artist never been one to do a ton of dates to begin with it’s always a quality over quantity always – that keeps it fun. 2019 will include select dates, some of the schedule has had to be revised, always an experience of good vibes, memories, creating new ones and inspiration.

Stay tuned for info on upcoming new music projects as well!

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Out Now!

The Top 10 Smooth Jazz Single 2018:

Top 3 UK Soul Chart 2018

Brian Power Remix:

Top 2 UK Soul Chart 2018

Listen Again. Jody Watley and Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio UK.

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Mi-Soul Radio Three Parter with Mike Vitti on Mi-Soul Radio – Beginnings, Shalamar, Solo into the Now: Listen Now!

Youth and Beyond
Shalamar Years Tidbits
Solo and Into The Now
Get tickets for my first intimate UK Tour Celebrating Decades In The Mix!:  Here 

Jody Watley on Michael Vitti Mi-Soul Radio Funky Nation Best of 2018

Really enjoyed chatting with Mike this year, in our 3 part interview series. Here’s the Best Of with other featured guests as well including Lisa Stansfield, George Benson, renowned remix producer DJ Joey Negro, Bootsy Collins and more.

Have a listen :

Best of 2018

Jody Watley and SRL 2018 Group of The Year

Thank you R&B Soul Effect TV for the recognition of our UK Soul Chart success this year!

Jody Watley and SRL’s The Passion Top 20 Best of 2018

The Jody Watley & SRL project had a productive year in 2018 with assist from remix producer Alex Di Cio’ from Italy.

“The Passion” written by and originally produced by Watley, SRL with guitar by Levi Seacer formerly of from The NPG with Prince comes in at #17 on the Poptastic Confessions 2018 Year End Chart

The Passion Official Video

Jody Watley and SRL 2018 Group Of The Year.

Jody Watley and SRL Group of The Year 2018 Rnb SoulEffect TV

RnB Soul Effect Tv HONORING MUSIC GROUP Jody Watley & SRLOfficial 2018 GROUP OF THE YEAR. ACHIEVING INDEPENDENT SUCCESS SCORING TWO NUMBER #1 UK 🇬🇧 HIT’S “THE MOOD” & “THE PASSION” CONGRATULATIONS.

 

Amazing!! Thank you RnB Soul Effect TV for the recognition and thank you Steve Ripley, UK radio , Alex Di Cio’, Tom Estey everyone on our team/squad, those embracing and supporting us and the group / band / collective concept in this era — more to come in 2019.

New Jody Watley Music Celebration. UK Radio Special Podcast.

The Jody Watley “Still A Thrill” Radio Celebration from The Wayne Boucaud Show, UK Black in 3D is now available on Mixcloud as a podcast. Listen again or for the first time!

Wayne did an excellent job on curating a few classics and a host of deep cuts and collaborations beyond the commercial realm with snippets of vintage interviews sharing pearls of wisdom, goals and determination with a desire to always be me and never confined to expectations or narrow vision. You’ll enjoy the entire show..and be reminded that there is still quality music being made – soul, jazz, funk and you can still mix them up into a delicious musical brew with the classics, under the radar gems.

It’s been such a great year of music for me solo (the Top 10 Smooth Jazz ‘Waiting In Vain’ and with SRL (Soul Revolution Love), “The Passion”, “The Mood” Alex Di Cio’ mixes coming with massive UK radio support; and the announcement of my first UK Tour in over 20 years. It means the most to have it be fueled by what’s new while celebrating what’s past.

Get your groove on, and tell a friend.